"We're in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Wallace Shawn on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Wallace Shawn on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Wallace Shawn on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Wallace Shawn on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Wallace Shawn on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."
"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."