Top 24 Quotes of John Guare

You must keep people happy backstage because that affects what’s onstage. During a run, the playwright feels like the mayor of a small town filled with noble creatures who have to get out there and make it brand new every night. When a production works, it’s unlike any other joy in the world.

John Guare

What we’re dealt with hopefully is two arms, two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart. The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body, what that can do.

John Guare

We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word?

John Guare

To stay around any place you love, you have to have a job. In college at Georgetown in the fifties, I got my first theater job checking coats at the National, which was Washington’s main theater.

John Guare

The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it’s about listening, it’s about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.

John Guare

The life of a dancer is tragically short. What is remarkable about the New York City Ballet is that it makes us forget that. Because it keeps the ballet alive.

John Guare

The ballet makes us look at those bodies, it makes us listen to that music, it makes us wonder at the geometry, of the way they come together. The way that extraordinary space is controlled and given such emotional force.

John Guare

Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.

John Guare

Plays have a celebratory nature that no other form has. Theater always meant celebration, a birthday, a reward for good grades. I felt at home in a theater. I loved being part of an audience. All the rules – the audience has to see the play on a certain date at a certain time in a certain place in a certain seat.

John Guare

People go to see beautiful paintings to see how much they cost. Wow. The practical value is that it shows you what the human spirit can do.

John Guare

I’ve had students at Yale: my main task with them in drama school was not helping them with their writing but showing them how valuable they were. Because they’re ready to give it up and go into teaching or television.

John Guare

It’s a lucky life to be a playwright.

John Guare

I ushered at the Shubert in New Haven during graduate school when plays en route to Broadway still went out of town to try out. I worked backstage at summer stock doing jobs from garbage man to strapping on Herbert Marshall’s wooden leg to fixing Gloria Swanson’s broken plumbing in her dressing room with her yelling at me as I worked the plunger.

John Guare

I think that every year that the New York City Ballet is alive is worthy of celebration. Because otherwise the terrible thing is just that we take it for granted.

John Guare

I think of the New York City Ballet as the Yankees without George Steinbrenner.

John Guare

I mean New York City is the financial capital of the world. It’s where all the money passes through, the Dow Jones, whatever, that’s where all the money goes.

John Guare

I like to ground plays in reality so they can jump higher. So we can account for the trampoline, so we can account for the leap.

John Guare

However, the moral center of New York City, I believe, is the New York City Ballet.

John Guare

Does the New York City Ballet affect other places? Yeah, it lets people know they should come to New York.

John Guare

Does any art have a practical value? People love to talk about how expensive a painting is. That’s the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.

John Guare

Avoiding humiliation is the core of tragedy and comedy.

John Guare

And what would be great numbers in a Broadway show are now on stage of the New York City Ballet.

John Guare

And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life – it lives in the constant present.

John Guare

All the New York City Ballet does is hit beautiful home runs.

John Guare