"But because we've all been readers, we know what the experience is like, and we hope that what certain writers have given to us, we will give to someone."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Wallace Shawn on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Wallace Shawn on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Wallace Shawn on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Wallace Shawn on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Wallace Shawn on Mark Twain
"I led the life of an intellectual up until a certain age. I remember Freud's 'Interpretation of Dreams' was a big favorite when I was 11. It sounded so interesting. And it really was!"
"I think the whole system of education would change if I were in charge and had the ability to make changes. I don't think I would keep Princeton exactly being Princeton."
"You can go to a play that is enjoyable because it's funny, and then on the next night you can go to a play that's enjoyable because it's 'disturbing.'"
"I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally."
"I was making my living from a joke about my appearance that I didn't understand, and in a way still don't, because when I look in a mirror it doesn't seem funny to me."