The English sent all their bores abroad, and acquired the Empire as a punishment.
I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future.
First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people.
If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond.
We are still living in the aftershock of Hiroshima, people are still the scars of history.
When humanness is lost the radical difference between the bodies in the pit and people walking on the street is lost.
I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.
The truth has got to appear plausible on the stage.
Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society.
Art is the expression of the conviction that we can have a rational relationship with the world and each other. It isn't the faith or hope that we can, it is the demonstration that we can.
Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it.
In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice.
We may seem competent, but by the end of next century there will be new deserts, new ruins.
All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends. It's called competition. And competition is antagonism.
But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.