Quotation by James Thurber

We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves.
James Thurber (1894–1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. quoted in New York Times (Feb. 21, 1960).

On the same subject, Thurber wrote, "Surely no other American institution is so bound around and tightened up by rules, strictures, adages, and superstitions as the Broadway theater."
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