"The product of the artist has become less important than the fact of the artist. We wish to absorb this person. We wish to devour someone who has experienced the tragic. In our society this person is much more important than anything he might create."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."David Mamet on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."David Mamet on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."David Mamet on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."David Mamet on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."David Mamet on Mahatma Gandhi
"Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance."
"In practice we, in the world, must do business with each other."
"I understand that computers, which I once believed to be but a hermaphrodite typewriter-cum-filing cabinet, offer the cyber literate increased ability to communicate. I do not think this is altogether a bad thing, however it may appear on the surface."
"Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status."
"You know, young actors say all the time, 'Should I use my own life experience?' And my response is, 'What choice do you have?'"