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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Caryl Churchill on satire, humor, marriage, plays, writing, feminism, puns, beauty, gender-roles, love, irrational and life.

23 Great Quotes By Caryl Churchill, The Feminist Who Conquered The British Theater

Quick Facts

Famous As: Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist

Born On: September 3, 1938

Born In: London, England

Caryl Churchill is a popular English dramatist known for writing plays on the theme of feminism. She was interested in writing from the very beginning and got attracted towards drama during her graduation at the Oxford University. There, she wrote various plays for school functions. One of her popular plays ‘Downstairs’ was also written by her during that time. This helped her get a job with the BBC radio where she wrote short radio dramas which were well-received by the masses. This encouraged her to write a couple of successful television plays including ‘Shorts’. She marked the beginning of her professional career with her play titled ‘Owner’ which eventually made her a resident dramatist of the royal court. She further worked with various renowned theater companies to come up with some of the most successful plays of her career. All through her career, she wrote plays which reflected her thoughts on woman rights and other feminist themes. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Caryl Churchill which reflects her feminist mind and also give a glimpse of political exploitation that prevailed then.
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Maud: Young women are never happy. Betty: Mother, what a thing to say. Maud: Then when they're older they look back and see that comparatively speaking they were ecstatic.

Caryl Churchill

People aren't evil and people aren't good. They live how they can one day at a time. They come out of dust they go back to dust, dusty feet, no wings, and whose fault is that?

Caryl Churchill

Harry: I supposed getting married wouldn't be any worse than killing myself.

Caryl Churchill

Painting doesn't mean just describing; it's a state of spirit.

Caryl Churchill

What's poetry? It's not real but maybe it's more than real. It's dreaming while you're awake.

Caryl Churchill

I’ll take her no mistake no mister no missed her no mist no miss no me no.

Caryl Churchill

[Margaret] Thatcher had just become prime minister; there was talk about whether it was an advance to have a woman prime minister if it was someone with policies like hers: She may be a woman but she isn't a sister, she may be a sister but she isn't a comrade.

Caryl Churchill

We’ve got ninety-nine per cent the same genes as any other person. We’ve got ninety per cent the same as a chimpanzee. We’ve got thirty per cent the same as a lettuce. Does that cheer you up at all? I love about the lettuce. It makes me feel I belong.

Caryl Churchill

Paper is like Joyce Carol Oates: white.

Caryl Churchill

I'd go without food if I could have a flower.

Caryl Churchill

Parties are a cruel kind of fun.

Caryl Churchill

How could I go on my travels without that sweet soul waiting at home for my letters?

Caryl Churchill

You can't win every week.

Caryl Churchill

England that little gray island in the clouds where governments don't fall overnight and children don't sell themselves in the street and my money is safe.

Caryl Churchill

You make beauty and it disappears, I love that.

Caryl Churchill

You're pretending this isn't your life. You think it's going to happen some other time. When you're dead you'll realise you were alive now.

Caryl Churchill

Martin: Yes, I'd like to go home and do some work. I'm writing a novel about women from the women's point of view.

Caryl Churchill

Maybe he should have kept quiet about if he knew they couldn't stand it. Is that what you do?

Caryl Churchill

Numbers that make you uncomfortable and don't relate to oranges

Caryl Churchill

There's nothing personal in it [THE SKRIKER]. I'm not ever inclined with any of the plays to say, This is about that, because plays are about the whole event that they are. . . . I was certainly wanting to write a play about damage - damage to nature and damage to people, both of which there's plenty of about. To that extent, I was writing a play about England now.

Caryl Churchill

NELL. Because that's what an employer is going to have doubts about with a lady as I needn't tell you, whether she's got the guts to push through to a closing situation. They think we're too nice. They think we listen to the buyer's doubts. They think we consider his needs and his feelings.

Caryl Churchill

What I like about a dog it stops people getting after you, they're not going to come round in the night. But they make the place stink because I might want to stay out a few days and when I get back I might want to stay in a few days and a dog can become a tyrant to you.

Caryl Churchill

Polly Findlay showed real insight and imagination in her production of my translation of Seneca's Thyestes at the Arcola. I enjoyed her use of the space and the detail of her work with the actors, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with Light Shining.

Caryl Churchill