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quote of the day

March 26, 2009

From Tennessee Williams‘ preface to The Rose Tattoo entitled “The Timeless World of a Play”:

“In a play, time is arrested in the sense of being confined. By a sort

of legerdemain, events are made to remain events, rather than being

reduced so quickly to mere occurrences. The audience can sit back

in a comforting dusk to watch a world which is flooded with light

and in which emotion and action have a dimension and dignity that

they would likewise have in real existence, if only the shattering

intrusion of time could be locked out.

The great and only possible dignity of man lies in his power

deliberately to choose certain moral values by which to live as

steadfastly as if he too, like a character in a play, were immured

against the corrupting rush of time.

Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great

magic trick of human existence.”

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