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Edward Bond quotes

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.

But we are not in the world to be good but to change it.

It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.

I don't think it's the job of theatre at the moment to provide political propaganda; that would be simplistic. We have to explore our situation further before we will understand it.

I think there is no world without theatre.

It's insulting to ask a dramatist what his view of his play is. I have no opinion.

At the turn of the century theatre does not have to be prescriptive.

In the end I think theatre has only one subject: justice.

Art is the close scrutiny of reality and therefore I put on the stage only those things that I know happen in our society.

Auschwitz is a place in which tragedy cannot occur.

Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time.

First there was the theatre of people and animals, then of people and the devil. Now we need the theatre of people and people.

Humanity's become a product and when humanity is a product, you get Auschwitz and you get Chair.

I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me.

I'm interested in the real world.

I'm not interested in an imaginary world.

If you engage people on a vital, important level, they will respond.

In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised.

It seems to me that we are profoundly ignorant of ourselves.

It's wonderful to be able to sit down and write a play.