"I wouldn't go up on a stage now if you paid a thousand dollars for one minute of acting. It's a nasty experience. You're up there all by yourself. You're so damn exposed."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Elia Kazan on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Elia Kazan on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Elia Kazan on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Elia Kazan on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Elia Kazan on Mark Twain
"The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal."
"I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement."
"Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it."
"I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity."
"Miller didn't write Death of a Salesman. He released it. It was there inside him, waiting to be turned loose. That's the measure of its merit."