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Marsha Norman

  • 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.

  • Hopes are what your waking mind can imagine. Like prayers. Like bridges you can cross to a better place. And however wild these hopes may be, they are still basically thinkable things. But dreams ... dreams are the unthinkable, the unsayable.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • And people do think that if they avoid the truth, it might change to something better before they have to hear it.

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

    • Marsha Norman,
    • in David Savran, In Their Own Words ()
  • Art is how a culture records its life, how it poses questions for the next generation and how it will be remembered.

    • Marsha Norman,
    • speech ()
  • 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

Marsha Norman, U.S. playwright

(1947)