100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights Quotes.

1. "I found that life intruding on writing was, in fact, life. And that, tempting as it may be for a writer who is a parent, one must not think of life as an intrusion. At the end of the day, writing has very little to do with writing, and much to do with life. And life, by definition, is not an intrusion."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

2. "There were times when it felt as though my children were annihilating me (truly you have not lived until you have changed one baby’s diaper while another baby quietly vomits on your shin) and finally I came to the thought: all right, then, annihilate me, that other self was a fiction anyhow."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

3. "Smallness is subversive, because smallness can creep into smaller places and wreak transformation at the most vulnerable, cellular level. In a time when largeness is threatening to topple us, I wish to remember and praise the beauty of smallness, in order to banish the Goliath of loneliness."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

4. "Play itself is a primary process, not a luxury, not a hobby, but something all children must do to survive into adulthood."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

5. "Small, forthright words, used in the service of condensing experience, might have an idea buried in them as large as the most expansive work that wears its intellectualism on its sleeve. The unshed tears of the deeply felt are akin to the unused large words in the service of a thought."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

6. "The word quirky is so much more loathed than the word whimsy that it does not bear the time it would require to dissect its horrors. The choice to have a perceptible aesthetic at all is often called a quirk. The word quirky suggests that in a homogenized culture, difference has to be immediately defined, sequestered, and formally quarantined while being gently patted on the head."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

7. "Can the theater teach us to wait? To forestall our satisfaction? Poems teach us how to wait. The natural world makes us wait. Erik Satie teaches us how to wait. And so does much music. Will YouTube teach us how to wait? Will YouTube teach us how to die?  "
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

8. "And I think, as I’m surrounded by teeming life—parasites, fish, and children—I think, So, you thought you wanted to observe life? Motherhood shakes her head, clenches her fists, and demands, No, you must live it."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

10. "There was a time, when I first found out I was pregnant with twins, that I saw only a state of conflict. When I looked at theater and parenthood, I saw only war, competing loyalties, and I thought my writing life was over. There were times when it felt as though my children were annihilating me (truly you have not lived until you have changed one baby’s diaper while another baby quietly vomits on your shin), and finally I came to the thought, All right, then, annihilate me; that other self was a fiction anyhow. And then I could breathe. I could investigate the pauses. I found that life intruding on writing was, in fact, life. And that, tempting as it may be for a writer who is also a parent, one must not think of life as an intrusion. At the end of the day, writing has very little to do with writing, and much to do with life. And life, by definition, is not an intrusion."
- Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights

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