Beau Willimon Quotes
Beau Willimon Quotes

Biography

Author Profession: Playwright
Nationality: American
Born: October 26, 1977

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At home I mostly stick to online Scrabble, or chess or Risk – games I find far less addictive than the spectacular games created for consoles these days. But, whenever I get the chance, I head over to my friend Kyri’s house to play his PS3.

Beau Willimon

Home, Chance, Friend,
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A lot of people have asked me whether I am a cynic or take a cynical view of politics and are often surprised when I say that I consider myself an optimist, but an optimist dressed in the robes of a realist.

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Myself, Inspirational, Often, 
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The reality is that politicians, in terms of the amount of power they wield and the amount that they work, don’t actually make that much money.

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Work, Money, Reality,
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I was always a writer – working on campaigns was never a profession for me. It was something I did on the side, really, so the trajectory hasn’t been a political operative who likes to dabble in writing and finds himself into stumbling on film and TV – that was always my goal.

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Never, Political, Always,
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The political world is a dark place. If you want to portray it accurately, authentically, you’ve got to turn out the lights from time to time.

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Time, World, Famous,
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I certainly keep my eye on Washington all the time because often life is stranger than fiction.

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Life, Stranger, Fiction, 
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Writing plays supplied for me everything that painting didn’t, which is the ability to tell stories in real time, in a real space, in three dimensions, in flesh and blood. I realized I had been trying to cram all this narrative into my paintings, but ultimately painting was a static medium. So it just opened up this whole new door.

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Painting, New, Blood, 
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There were many years when I was hand-to-mouth and didn’t know how I was gonna make rent. I’ve done every job under the sun, from busing tables, temping, and working in factories to SAT prep and detailing cars. So to be able to make a living where all I do is write is absolutely liberating.

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Sun, Know, Job, Done,
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The press don’t wake up in the morning simply to be a mouthpiece for pols – they’re out to uncover and expose news. That often is at odds with what politicians are setting out to do – it’s both symbiotic and antagonistic. They need each other, they work in concert with one another, they work against one another.

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Work, Morning, Wake Up, 
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Real leaders have to live a paradoxical life, where they must break the rules in order to maintain them. If your expectations are high, you’re setting yourself up for disillusionment. The land of governance is paved with gray streets, not black or white ones.

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Yourself, Black, Motivational, 
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The way I see politics is, I don’t think it’s cynical to accept the fact politicians are human beings, that they’re flawed, and they represent the best and the worst of us.

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Best, History, Way, Family
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We all experience power struggles in our lives – at the workplace, with our friends, in our love lives. In a way, we’re all politicians.

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Struggle, Love Life, Our Love
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If you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll have a better life than your parents did, and your children will have a better life than you did.

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Children, Hard Work, Play
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In politics, it’s very theatrical. There’s a lot of stage craft. The campaign is trying to tell a story that they want people to believe in, and candidates are playing the role, like actors, by a creative personae that people will be attracted to.

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Believe, People, Creative
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My jobs on campaigns were pretty low on the totem pole – I was an advance man.

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Jobs, Men, Campaigns
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I don’t think that Washington is a fundamentally bad or corrupt place.

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Thinking, Bad, Place, 
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When you’re creating new roles out of scratch in my opinion working with the actors is a great asset. You can learn a lot from that.

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Creating, Scratches, Roles
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In the best possible scenario, whenever you get notes from people, they’re good notes, and they see things that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise, and they make you a better writer.

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People, Notes, Scenarios
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At home I mostly stick to online Scrabble, or chess or Risk – games I find far less addictive than the spectacular games created for consoles these days. But, whenever I get the chance I head over to my friend Kyri’s house to play his PS3.

Beau Willimon

Home, Games, Play
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You just have to re-wire your brain when you’re shifting from the stage to the screen, or the silver screen or the HD flat screen.

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Brain, Wire, Shifting
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