"You know, young actors say all the time, 'Should I use my own life experience?' And my response is, 'What choice do you have?'"
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."David Mamet on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."David Mamet on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."David Mamet on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."David Mamet on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."David Mamet on Mark Twain
"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."
"In my family, in the days prior to television, we liked to while away the evenings by making ourselves miserable, solely based on our ability to speak the language viciously."