Marsha Norman quotes

  • Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Inspirational #Life #Dream

  • There are things that music can do that language could never do, that painting could never do, or sculpture. Music is capable of going directly to the source of the mystery. It doesn't have to explain it. It can simply celebrate it.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Sculpture #Painting #Language

  • We are not afraid to look under the bed, or to wash the sheets; we know that life is messy. We know that somebody has to clean it up, and that only if it is cleaned up can we hope to start over, and get better.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Starting Over #Get Better #Looks

  • We have to hear the stories of women at all ages of their lives in order to really present a picture of what it felt like to be alive in our time. That's what our job is as writers is to present that and create it. Our job as writers isn't to make as much money as we can. Our job is to create a record of this time. That's why if you leave out women and the stories of women, we failed at our mission. All of us. Men and women.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Jobs #Men #Order

  • If I had not had music in my life, I would be the neurasthenic vision of the playwright.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Vision #Would Be #Playwright

  • Music expresses longing and love and joy better than any piece of dialogue you can ever write.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Writing #Joy #Pieces

  • People listen to music with cavemen ears: Is it a bird song or the call of a lion? The audience at a musical is dancing in their hearts.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Song #Heart #Dancing

  • There are days when I think the National Endowment for the Arts should issue a quota system for the production of plays by women - especially when you realize women buy 70 percent of all theater tickets.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Art #Thinking #Play

  • If someone wants to say 'I love you' in a straight play, they say it, and then it's the other person's turn to talk. But in a song, you can sing about it for another three minutes. The musical form has that unique opportunity to express at length what joy really feels like.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Song #Love You #Unique

  • At the heart of the failure of most plays is the inability to carry on a thoughtful conversation about your work with yourself.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Heart #Thoughtful #Play

  • I grew up at the piano, and I longed to write musicals.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Writing #Piano #Grew

  • After I won the Pulitzer, there was this sense of, 'OK, that's enough for you. Now go away.' What I wanted was to keep writing, keep working. But no one would produce anything of mine they didn't think would be as big as ''night, Mother.'
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Mother #Writing #Night

  • I feel that I speak the musical language.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Musical #Language #Speak

  • In the theater, when people hear that you're writing a play, they want to know what it's all about, whether there's a role for them. You write it fairly quickly, and it becomes a group activity before you're really ready to have company.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Writing #Play #People

  • My view is that musicals are love stories with great final scenes. It's just that simple. Musicals are also conflicts between two worlds. And by those criteria, 'The Color Purple' is actually exactly the kind of story that makes for a great musical. Yes, it's got hard stuff in it, but so does 'Les Miserables' and 'Phantom of the Opera.'
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Simple #Views #Color

  • Success is always something that you have to recover from.
    -- Marsha Norman

  • When ''night, Mother' opened, I did not know how long it would be before I would have another show on Broadway.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Mother #Night #Long

  • on the whole the American theater, dominated by men, does not perceive women fighting for their lives as a central issue.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Fighting #Men #Issues

  • People do think that if they avoid the truth, it might change to something better before they have to hear it.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Thinking #People #Might

  • The theater is a communal event, like church. The playwright constructs a mass to be performed for a lot of people. She writes a prayer, which is really just the longings of one heart.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Prayer #Writing #Heart

  • I'm just not having a very good time and I don't have any reason to think it'll get anything but worse. I'm tired. I'm hurt. I'm sad. I feel used.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Hurt #Tired #Thinking

  • Mama, I know you used to ride the bus. Riding the bus and it’s hot and bumpy and crowded and too noisy and more than anything in the world you want to get off and the only reason in the world you don’t get off is it’s still fifty blocks from where you’re going? Well, I can get off right now if I want to, because even if I ride fifty more years and get off then, it’s the same place when I step down to it. Whenever I feel like it, I can get off. As soon as I’ve had enough, it’s my stop. I’ve had enough.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Block #Years #Bored

  • No. You can't. And I can't do anything either, about my life, to change it, make it better, make me feel better about it. Like it better, make it work. But I can stop it. Shut it down, turn it off like the radio when there's nothing on I want to listen to. It's all I really have that belongs to me and I'm going to say what happens to it. And it's going to stop. And I'm going to stop it. So. Let's just have a good time.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Feel Better #Bored #Want

  • Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Family #Mean #Nerves

  • Knowing is the most profound kind of love, giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Love You #Knowing #Giving

  • I have had an inordinate and painful concern for the audience in my writing career.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Writing #Careers #Painful

  • I'm who I was waiting for. I didn't make it.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Waiting

  • Art is how a culture records its life, how it poses questions for the next generation and how it will be remembered.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Art #Generations #Culture

  • There is no point in trying to remember your dreams ... There is only the unspeakable joy of eavesdropping on your spirit, catching tiny glimpses of its independent life, resting for a moment in its wisdom, puzzling, laughing sometimes, over what it's up to, what it makes of you.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Dream #Independent #Laughing

  • During the day, our souls gather their ... impressions of us, how our lives feel. ... Our spirits collect these impressions, keep them together, like wisps of smoke in a bag. Then, when we're asleep, our brains open up these bags of smoke ... and take a look.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Soul #Brain #Together

  • When you fight something long enough, it becomes a center pole right in your life and you count on it to be there to fight with.
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Fighting #Long #Enough

  • What's so good about a heaven where, one of these days, you're going to get your embarrassing old body back?
    -- Marsha Norman

    #Heaven #Body #Embarrassing