Etienne Decroux quotes

  • The idea of difficulty animates us all the time. We don’t want man to be an angel; we want him to be a hero. That is to say, a man like us, but who does extraordinary things. He jumps, yes, but in spite of the law of gravity. And everything he does is always ‘in spite of.’
    -- Etienne Decroux

    #Hero #Angel #Men

  • One pearl is better than a whole necklace of potatoes.
    -- Etienne Decroux

    #Necklaces #Pearls #Potatoes

  • Housman is one of my heroes and always has been. He was a detestable and miserable man. Arrogant, unspeakably lonely, cruel, and so on, but and absolutely marvellous minor poet, I think, and a great scholar.

  • If there had been a strong democratic sentiment in Germany, Hitler would never have come to power . [Germans] deserved what they got when they went round crying for a hero.

  • Saint George killed the last dragon, and he was called a hero for it. I've never seen a dragon, and I wish he would have left at least one. Saint Patrick made a name for himself by running the snakes out of Ireland, leaving the place vulnerable to rodent infestation. This business of making saints out of men who exterminate their fellow creatures has got to stop. All I'm saying is, it's starting to get a little lonely up here at the top of the food chain.

  • I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man, or any of that. I'm a character actor.

  • My resting pulse as a writer is writing idealistically and romantically; aspirationally. My taste lies in quixotic heroes.

  • I'm really not that good at Guitar Hero!

  • If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.

  • Hell was created for the devil and his angels. If you go, you are an intruder.

  • Men have presented their plans and philosophies for the remedying of earth's ills, but Jesus stands alone in presenting not a system, but His own personality as capable of supplying the needs of the soul.

  • Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose, But young men think it is, and we were young.