Arthur M. Jolly

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Arthur M. Jolly (born 1969) is an American screenwriter and playwright.



Every Battle, Every War (2007)

  • Every battle, every war - is fought for things worth dying for.
    • Lieutenant

Past Curfew (2009)

  • You know they're all gay, right? … Male strippers. Fruity as cake. Queer as a cardinal.
    • Sarah, Act I, Scene 2
  • Get me a drink, or I'll tell you I love you. I'll wake you up in an hour or two, crooning, all sloppy and maudlin, tell you I love you really. You'd like that, right? Hearing Momma tell you she loves you? Isn't that what you want, deep inside?
    • Sarah, Act I, Scene 4

A Gulag Mouse (2010)

  • The only thing that matters is what you do now, here.
    • Masha, Act I, Scene 2
  • Don't cook that chicken - it still has feathers.
    • Lubov, Act II, Scene 1
  • The answer is what the answer always is, that we are animals, that at the end we turn on each other, tearing each other apart. To survive. Throw Lubov to the men in the guard shack like a scrap of meat to a pack of wolves... why not, it is for survival. Fight, kill each other, over the warmth of the stove? Of course - it is survival. I refuse to survive. But I will live.
    • Anastasia, Act II, Scene 1

Trash (2012)

  • Just because you’re living in blissful oblivion doesn’t mean you’re not responsible.
    • DIane, Act I, Scene 2
  • Spending the day with you has been marginally better than watching mother die of cancer.
    • DIane, Act I, Scene 2

Long Joan Silver (2013)

  • No offense to your father, Jim, but let's face it—the man's dead. Dead, dead, dead. Moldering in the ground, being eaten by worms, and...what's that kind of fly that lays its eggs in rotting meat? You know the ones, little white maggots wriggling everywhere. Those.
    • Squire Trelawney, Act I, Scene 1
  • You can't make cheese from rats. … It's hard enough just milking the little beggars.
    • Jenn Gunn, Act II, Scene 2
  • I said I'd make ye a man, Jim - but damme if ye didn't go and do it behind my back when I were watching elsewhere.
    • Long Joan Silver, Act II, Scene 5
  • You'll find, young Jim, that there are two measures of a man. Only two. What he will die for...and what he will kill for. You made your choice aboard the Hispaniola.
    • Squire Trelawney, Act II, Scene 6
  • What about what he lives for, Squire? Isn't that the true measure of a man, what he lives for?
    • Jim Hawkins, Act II, Scene 6

Moby (No Last Name Given) (2014)

  • The waves round the horn will toss us to and fro, to and fro like a rubber duckie in the bathtub of an angry God.
    • Captain Ahab
  • I thought I would try my hand at sailing. It was too small and kept sinking, so I decided to try a boat instead.
    • Ishmael
  • I hate whales. I hate them. I can’t stand those stupid, blubbery, floating around, self-indulgent smug-faced krill-eating fat jerks with all their sycophantic hippie save-the- planet peacenik eco-terrorist generation X-er groupies. Greenpeace? Get a job!
    • Ishmael

The Lady Demands Satisfaction (2018)

  • Don’t be afraid, my Lord. My father always says that fear is the devil’s hairbrush, although no one knows quite what he means by it.
    • Trothe Pepperston, Act I, Scene 1
  • Marriage is the safe harbor men proffer from a tempest they themselves conjure into creation.
    • Duchess Theodosia Pepperston, Act I, Scene 3
  • One cannot restrain a dancing cow.
    • Lord Abernathy, Act II, Scene 2
  • One of those monstrosities that nature so cruelly inflicts upon her world, like a two headed calf or a servant with ginger eyebrows.
    • Lord Abernathy, Act III, Scene 1
  • A servant is the true reflection of his master.
    • Duchess Theodosia Pepperston, Act III, Scene 1

Interviews and profiles

  • If it was easy, everyone would do it rather than going around telling you their ideas and saying how they could be a writer if they had the time.
  • Writing is nothing less than thought transference, the ability to send one's ideas out into the world, beyond time and distance, taken at the value of the words, unbound from the speaker.
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