Sarah Ruhl quotes

  • A wedding is for daughters and fathers. The mothers all dress up, trying to look like young women. But a wedding is for a father and daughter. They stop being married to each other on that day.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Daughter #Mother #Father

  • This is what it is to love an artist: The moon is always rising above your house. The houses of your neighbors look dull and lacking in moonlight. But he is always going away from you. Inside his head there is always something more beautiful.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Beautiful #Moon #Artist

  • Art is a way of freezing time, or extending time. ... It's another way to bridge the gaps between us.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Art #Bridges #Gaps

  • I think a person has to believe in something, or search out some kind of faith; otherwise life is empty, nothing. How can you live not knowing why the cranes fly, why children are born, why there are stars in the sky... Either you know why you live, or it's all small, unnecessary bits.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Stars #Children #Believe

  • There's a word in Japanese for being sad in the springtime - a whole word for just being sad - about how pretty the flowers are and how soon they're going to die.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Flower #Being Sad #Just Being

  • Have you ever been so melancholy, that you wanted to fit in the palm of your beloved's hand? And lie there, for fortnights, or decades, or the length of time between stars? In complete silence?
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Stars #Lying #Hands

  • Theatre is, at its roots, some very brave people mutually consenting to a make believe world, with nothing but language to rest on.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Believe #Roots #People

  • Being dead is the most airtight defense of one's own aesthetic.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Defense #Aesthetic

  • I try to interpret how people subjectively experience life. Everyone has a great, horrible opera inside him. I feel that my plays, in a way, are very old-fashioned. They’re pre-Freudian in the sense that the Greeks and Shakespeare worked with similar assumptions. Catharsis isn’t a wound being excavated from childhood.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Play #People #Childhood

  • I found that life intruding on writing was, in fact, life. And that, tempting as it may be for a writer who is a parent, one must not think of life as an intrusion. At the end of the day, writing has very little to do with writing, and much to do with life. And life, by definition, is not an intrusion.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Writing #Thinking #Parent

  • I always thought there would be more interesting people at my wedding.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Interesting #People #Would Be

  • Catharsis isn’t a wound being excavated from childhood.
    -- Sarah Ruhl

    #Childhood #Catharsis #Wounds