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Viola Spolin

  • It stands to reason that if we direct all our efforts towards reaching a goal, we stand in grave danger of losing everything on which we have based our daily activities. For when a goal is superimposed on an activity instead of evolving out of it, we often feel cheated when we reach it.

  • We learn through experience and experiencing, and no one teaches anyone anything. This is as true for the infant moving from kicking to crawling to walking as it is for the scientist with his equations. If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach.

  • One must be chary of words because they turn into cages.

    • Viola Spolin,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()

Viola Spolin, U.S. theatrical producer, director, writer

(1911 - 1994)