"All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Stephen Sondheim on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Stephen Sondheim on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Stephen Sondheim on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Stephen Sondheim on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Stephen Sondheim on Dalai Lama
"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos."
"I'm interested in the theater because I'm interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music."
"Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall."
"In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies."
"One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music."