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John Patrick Shanley

Datum narození: 3. říjen 1950

John Patrick Shanley je americký autor irského původu.

„Když se teď koukám na předávání Oscarů v televizi, říkám si, že už bych tam nešel, kdybych neměl vážnou osobní motivaci. Napřed tři hodiny popojíždíte limuzínou hlemýždím tempem k budově, pak přejdete červený koberec a další tři hodiny sedíte v sále a čekáte, jak to dopadne. Je to strašně zdlouhavé. A přitom ty nervy, nejistota. Když Oscara nedostanete, jste naštvanej, a když ho máte, vyptávají se vás na tolik pitomostí, že určitě způsobíte trapas… Zkrátka, je to děsné.“

„I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.“ 13 by Shanley

„Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite – it is a passionate exercise. You may come out of my play uncertain. You may want to be sure. Look down on that feeling. We’ve got to learn to live with a full measure of uncertainty. There is no last word. That’s the silence under the chatter of our time.“ Doubt

„If I could, Sister James, I would certainly choose to live in innocence. But innocence can only be wisdom in a world without evil. Situations arise and we are confronted with wrongdoing and the need to act.“ Doubt

„Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn't know this either, but love don't make things nice - it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*. The storybooks are *bullshit*. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and *get* in my bed!“

„Father Brendan Flynn: "A woman was gossiping with her friend about a man whom they hardly knew - I know none of you have ever done this. That night, she had a dream: a great hand appeared over her and pointed down on her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt. The next day she went to confession. She got the old parish priest, Father O' Rourke, and she told him the whole thing. 'Is gossiping a sin?' she asked the old man. 'Was that God All Mighty's hand pointing down at me? Should I ask for your absolution? Father, have I done something wrong?' 'Yes,' Father O' Rourke answered her. 'Yes, you ignorant, badly-brought-up female. You have blamed false witness on your neighbor. You played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed.' So, the woman said she was sorry, and asked for forgiveness. 'Not so fast,' says O' Rourke. 'I want you to go home, take a pillow upon your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me.' So, the woman went home: took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer, went up the fire escape to her roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed. 'Did you gut the pillow with a knife?' he says. 'Yes, Father.' 'And what were the results?' 'Feathers,' she said. 'Feathers?' he repeated. 'Feathers; everywhere, Father.' 'Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out onto the wind,' 'Well,' she said, 'it can't be done. I don't know where they went. The wind took them all over.' 'And that,' said Father O' Rourke, 'is gossip!“ Doubt

„dear god, whose name i do not know. thank you for my life. i forgot... how BIG... thank you. thank you for my life.“ Moonstruck, Joe Versus the Volcano, and Five Corners

„I think that certainty is a closed door, It's the end of the conversation. Doubt is an open door.“

„i don't know what your situation is but i wanted you to know what mine is not just to explain some rude behavior, but because we're on a little boat for a while and... i'm soul sick. and you're going to see that.“ Moonstruck, Joe Versus the Volcano, and Five Corners

„You have no right to act on your own! You have taken vows, obedience being one! You answer to us! You have no right to step outside the church!“ Doubt

„I want to say to you: Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.“ Doubt

„Walk towards the good. Don't be distracted by fear, by rage. Walk towards the good. In places, that path is wide. In places, perilous. Walk.“

„My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake, and they live in a state of constant total amazement.“ Moonstruck, Joe Versus the Volcano, and Five Corners

„Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite - it is a passionate exercise.“

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