Tony Kushner Inspirational & Motivational Quotes

  1. I find writing very difficult. It’s hard and it hurts sometimes, and it’s scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities. – Tony Kushner
  2. You have to have hope. It’s irresponsible to give false hope, which I think a lot of playwrights are guilty of. But I also think it’s irresponsible to simply be a nihilist, which quite a lot of playwrights, especially playwrights younger than me, have become guilty of. – Tony Kushner
  3. People shouldn’t trust artists and they shouldn’t trust art. Part of the fun of art is that it invites you to interpret it. – Tony Kushner
  4. Who knows better than artists how much ugliness there is on the way to beauty, how many ghastly, mortifying missteps, how many days of granitic blockheadedness and dismaying ineptitude there is on the way to accomplishment, how partial all accomplishment is, how incomplete? – Tony Kushner
  5. You have a strange relationship with calamity when you’re a writer: you write about it; as an artist, you objectify and fetishize it. You render life into material, and that’s a creepy thing to do. – Tony Kushner
  6. In a way, film and television are in the same sort of traumatic trance that print journalism is. The technology has outpaced our comprehension of its implications. – Tony Kushner
  7. There’s a kind of a fundamental irresponsibility in playwriting, and the strength of playwriting comes from that irresponsibility. – Tony Kushner
  8. As much as I hate his movies, Oliver Stone has an aspiration I admire, and that is that he wants his art to be part of what makes and changes public policy and cultural practice. – Tony Kushner
  9. Making movies is a very different experience in a lot of ways. It’s difficult when you’re used to owning the copyright and having a landlord’s possessory rights – I rent my plays to the companies that do them and, if I’m upset, I can pull the play. But the only two directors I’ve worked with are pretty great. – Tony Kushner
  10. I feel there’s a power in theatre, but it’s an indirect power. It’s like the relationship of the sleeper to the unconscious. You discover things you can’t afford to countenance in waking life. You can forget them, remember them a day later or not have any idea what they are about. – Tony Kushner
  11. Artists know that diligence counts as much, if not more, as inspiration; in art, as in politics, patience counts as much as revolution. – Tony Kushner
  12. The way that same-sex marriage should reach the federal level is that it absolutely should be decided by the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. It’s a 14th Amendment issue. There’s no argument about it. – Tony Kushner

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