Sam Shepard Quotes & Sayings

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49 most famous Sam Shepard quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He's a 78 year old American playwright born on Nov 5, 1943.

Sam Shepard Quotes
“It's one of the great tragedies of our contemporary life in America, that families fall apart. Almost everybody has that in common.”
“I feel like I've never had a home, you know? I feel related to the country, to this country, and yet I don't know exactly where I fit in... There's always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself.”
“For me, playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are balance, form, timing, lights, space, music. If you don't have these essentials, you might as well be writing a theoretical essay, not a play.”
“Democracy's a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it's no longer democracy, is it? It's something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.”
Sam Shepard Quotes
“Sides are being divided now. It's very obvious. So if you're on the other side of the fence, you're suddenly anti-American. It's breeding fear of being on the wrong side.”
Sam Shepard Quotes
“You can't make a living as a playwright. You can barely scrape by.”
Sam Shepard Quotes
“You sometimes use the excuse, 'I'm a writer, dammit, I can do anything I want,' but that doesn't work.”
“There's no way to escape the fact that we've grown up in a violent culture, we just can't get away from it, it's part of our heritage. I think part of it is that we've always felt somewhat helpless in the face of this vast continent. Helplessness is answered in many ways, but one of them is violence.”
“In real life we don't know what's going to happen next. So how can you be that way on a stage? Being alive to the possibility of not knowing exactly how everything is going to happen next - if you can find places to have that happen onstage, it can resonate with an experience of living.”
Sam Shepard Quotes
“The funny thing about having all this so-called success is that behind it is a certain horrible emptiness.”

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