"Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Elia Kazan on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Elia Kazan on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Elia Kazan on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Elia Kazan on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Elia Kazan on Robert Frost
"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."