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Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement - they offer not drama but thrills.
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
John F. Kennedy
The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.
Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.
P. G. Wodehouse
Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand - the one doing the important job - unnoticed.
David K. Shipler
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.
If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama.
The office of drama is to exercise, possibly to exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring the relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
James Earl Jones
I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.
Drama if I sing, drama if I don't sing. What do you do?
A dramatic thing, the first time you stand up to your dad.
The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history.
There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment - and you start to decline.
Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have - by disrupting that order - a way of surprising.
It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.
In Hitchcock's eyes the movement was dramatic, not the acting. When he wanted the audience to be moved, he moved the camera. He was a subtle human being, and he was also the best director I have ever worked with.
What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning.
Barbara De Angelis
The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh.
The moment one accosts a stranger or is accosted by him is above all in this life the moment of drama... Whoever we meet watches us intently at the quick, strange moment of meeting, to see whether we are disposed to be friendly.
There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.
Alexis de Tocqueville
In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
War is the supreme drama of a completely mechanized society.
A good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening.
A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.
A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
It not infrequently happens that persons without any other special qualification than the drama of their lives are precipitated into important political positions.
Charles Edward Merriam
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