Dale Wasserman Quotes
“I have lived nearly fifty years, and I have seen life as it is. Pain, misery, hunger ... cruelty beyond belief. I have heard the singing from taverns and the moans from bundles of filth on the streets. I have been a soldier and seen my comrades fall in battle ... or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I have held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no gallant last words ... only their eyes filled with confusion, whimpering the question, "Why?"
I do not think they asked why they were dying, but why they had lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. To seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
“Take a deep breath of life and consider how it should be lived.
Call nothing thy own except thy soul.
Love not what thou art, but only what thou may become.
Do not pursue pleasure, for thou may have the misfortune to overtake it.
Look always forward; in last year's nest there are no birds this year.
Be just to all men. Be courteous to all women.
Live in the vision of that one for whom great deeds are done...she that is called Dulcinea.”
“The Duke: This La Mancha—what is it like?
The Governor: An empty place. Great wide plains.
Prisoner: A desert.
The Governor: A wasteland.
The Duke: Which apparently grows lunatics.
Cervantes: I would say, rather...men of illusion.
The Duke: Much the same. Why are you poets so fascinated with madmen?
Cervantes: I suppose...we have much in common.
The Duke: You both turn your backs on life.
Cervantes: We both select from life what pleases us.”