John Patrick Shanley Quotes

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John Patrick Shanley Quotes

Conscience is the most dangerous thing you possess. If you wake it up, it may destroy you. To live a life of total moral rigor is not necessarily the way to go. Its the path for very few people. Most people need to come up with some kind of middle ground that satisfies their practical, moral, and philosophical esthetic needs.
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I'm Irish as hell: Kelly on one side, Shanley on the other. My father had been born on a farm in the Irish Midlands. He and his brothers had been shepherds there, cattle and sheep, back in the early 1920s. I grew up surrounded by brogues and Irish music, but stayed away from the old country till I was over 40. I just couldn't own being Irish.

— John Patrick Shanley

I was in the Marine Corps in 1971. The idea 'Where does authority come from?' is fascinating to me. And also, the idea of a chaplain is fascinating to me because it's a man of the cloth in uniform, and it's the uniform of a killing machine. Back when I was in the Corps, when I saw that, I was amazed by it.

— John Patrick Shanley

When I write a screenplay - and I think this is true for a lot of people - you direct the movie. That's what writing a screenplay is.

— John Patrick Shanley

I've been writing plays since the seventies and only came to moviemaking when I basically realized that I needed some money to pay the rent. I started to watch films with an eye to figuring out how to write them.

— John Patrick Shanley

I would say that my parents were intermittently proud of me. They couldn't hang onto it, you know? It would come and go, like the flu.

— John Patrick Shanley

Choose Life over the other stuff. Get out of your head. Live. Dress up. Eat. Touch people. Help out. Give up. Love people. Give your best away. There's more. What's the problem? Relax. You're going to die. Throw a party. Eat off my plate. Sing to me. Meet me in the bedroom. Get a massage. Give one. Let your amazement out into the room. Pry open the box you hide your joy in. Be a poem.

— John Patrick Shanley

Where the terror is, you must go.

— John Patrick Shanley

There are people who ... tell you that the light in your heart is a weakness. Don't believe it! It's an old tactic of cruel people to kill kindness in the name of virtue.

— John Patrick Shanley

Theatre is the safe place to do the unsafe things that need to be done.

— John Patrick Shanley

I have doubts! I have such doubts!

— John Patrick Shanley

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