Susan Glaspell (July 1, 1882 - July 27, 1948) was one of two major playwrights of the Provincetown Players (1913-1922); the other was Eugene O'Neill. Her plays were often experimental, sometimes shocking, and often about the pursuit of personal fulfillment and meaning. Her play Allison's House based on Emily Dickinson won a Pulitzer Prize in 1931; it was the last of her plays produced. She was called "the playwright of woman's selfhood."
Selected Susan Glaspell Quotations
• Be the most you can be, so life will be more because you were.
• We all go through the same things -- it's all just a different kind of the same thing.
• Philosophy should quicken life, not deaden it.
• She had observed that it was from those who had never sailed stormy waters, came the quickest and harshest judgments on bad seamanship in heavy seas.
• What men have thought about life in the past is less important than what you feel about it to-day.
• There's one form of immortality I like to think about. It's that all those who from the very first have given anything to the world are living in the world to-day.
• Not having children makes less work—but it makes a quiet house.
• Seems nothing draws men together like killing other men.
• In writing ... remember that the biggest stories are not written about wars, or about politics, or even murders. The biggest stories are written about the things which draw human beings closer together.
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis 1997-2012. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
Jone Johnson Lewis. "Susan Glaspell Quotes." About Women's History. URL: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/Susan Glaspell .htm . Date accessed: (today). (More on how to cite online sources including this page)