Audiences know what to expect, and that is all that they are prepared to believe in.
("Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")
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It would have been nice to have had unicorns.
We must be born with an intuition of mortality. Before we know the word for it. Before we know that there are words. Out we come, bloodied and squalling, with the knowledge that for all the points of the compass, there's only one direction. And time is its only measure.
Between 'just desserts' and 'tragic irony' we are given quite a lot of scope for our particular talent. Generally speaking, things have gone about as far as they can possibly go when things have got about as bad as they reasonably get.
I disagree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.
If you took away everything in the world that had to be invented, there'd be nothing left except a lot of people getting rained on.
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