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Community Post: 37 Pieces Of Life Advice From Sondheim

1. “Sooner or later you’re gonna be fine”

Song: Sooner or Later
Musical: Dick Tracy

2. “Love ain’t solid land, it’s just sand, nothing but sand”

Song: Sand
Musical: Singing out Loud (unproduced)

3. ” We choose things and then we lose things”

Song: Everybody Loves Louis
Musical: Sunday in the Park with George

4. ” So old friends, now it’s time to start growing up. Taking charge seeing things as they are. Facing facts- not escaping them, Still with dreams just reshaping them, Growing up”

Song: Growing Up
Musical: Merrily we roll along

5. “And you think of all of the things you’ve seen and you wish that you could live inbetween and you’re back again only different than before. After the sky”

Song: Giants in the Sky
Musical: Into the Woods

6. ” With so little to be sure of, if there’s anything at all. If there’s anything at all, I’m sure of here and now and us together”

Song: With so little to be sure of
Musical: Anyone Can Whistle

7. “If it’s saturday night and you are single. You sit with a paper and fight the urge to mingle and home is a place where you gotta go back alone. Home is a place where the future looks black alone”

Song: Saturday Night
Musical: Saturday Night

8. “Why keep concealing everything you’re feeling? Say it to her. What can you lose?”

Song: What can you lose?
Musical: Dick Tracy

9. “The world stops, the heart dies. The wind counts the lost goodbyes. There is no other way.”

Song: There is no other way
Musical: Pacific Overtures

10. “The choice may have been mistaken. The choosing was not. You have to move on”

Song: Move On
Musical: Sunday in the park with George

11. ” Please don’t cough, it tends to throw the actors off… As for applause please when there’s a pause please. So please don’t fart, there’s very little air and this is art”

Song: Invocation and Instructions to the audience.
Musical: The Frogs

12. “Marry me a little, love me just enough. Cry but not too often, play but not too rough. Keep a tender distance so we’ll both be free. That’s the way it ought to be”

Song: Marry me a little
Musical: Marry me a little

13. ” We took for granted a lot and still I say it could have kept on growing instead of just kept on. We had a good thing going… going…gone. “

Song: Good thing going
Musical: Merrily we roll along

14. “So many people laugh at what they don’t know. Well, that’s their concern”

Song: So many people
Musical: Marry me a little

15. “Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat”

Song: Finishing the hat
Musical: Sunday in the park with George

16. ” It’s the little things you share together, swear together, wear together that make perfect relationships. It’s concerts you enjoy together, neighbours you annoy together, children you destroy together that keep marriage a joy”

Song: It’s the little things we do together
Musical: Company

17. “You’re sorry grateful, regretful happy. Why look for answers where none occur? You’ll always be what you always were, which has nothing to do with, all to do with her”

Song: Sorry-Grateful
Musical: Company

18. ” It’s a city of strangers- some come to work, some to play- a city of strangers”

Song; Another Hundred People
Musical: Company

19. “A wedding?” What’s a wedding? It’s a prehistoric ritual where everybody promises fidelity forever which is maybe the most horrifying word I ever heard! “

Song: Getting Married Today
Musical: Company

20. “So here’s to the girls on the go. Everybody tries. Look into their eyes and you’ll see what they know. Everybody dies”

Song: The Ladies who Lunch
Musical: Company

21. “Somebody need me too much. Somebody know me too well. Somebody pull me up short and put me through hell and give me support for being alive”

Song: Being Alive
Musical: Company

22. ” There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit and its filled with people who are filled with shit and the vermin of the world inhabit it.”

Song: No place like London
Musical: Sweeney Todd

23. “Don’t you know, silly man, half the fun is to plan the plan? All good things come to those who can wait”

Song: Wait
Musical: Sweeney Todd

24. “We all deserve to die, even you, Mrs.Lovett, even I. Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief. For the rest of us, death will be a relief. We all deserve to die”

Song: Epiphany
Musical: Sweeney Todd

25. “The history of the world my sweet is who gets eaten and who gets to eat. But fortunately it’s all clear that everybody goes down well with beer”

Song: Try a little priest
Musical: Sweeney Todd

26. ” How could I leave you? Sweetheart I have to confess. Could I leave you? Yes. But will I leave you? Will I leave you? Guess!”

Song: Could I leave you?
Musical: Follies

27. “Never judge a lady by her lover, it isn’t a reliable guide”

Song: Ah, but underneath
Musical: Follies

28. “Make the most of your music and who knows? You may even get to like what you compose”

Song: Make the most of your music
Musical: Follies

29. ” Too many people muddle sex with mere desire. And when emotion intervenes the nets descend. It should on no account perplex, or worse inspire. It’s a pleasurable means to a measurable end”

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Song: Liaisons
Musical: A Little Night Music

30. “Fidelity is more than mere display, it’s what a man expects from life. Fidelity like mine to Désirée and Charlotte, my devoted wife”

Song: In Praise of Women
Musical: A Little Night Music

31. ” Women very nearly indispensable creatures of grace. God knows the foolishness about them. But if we had to live without them, the world would surely be a poorer if purer place”

Song: In Praise of Women
Musical: A Little Night Music

32. “Perpetual anticipation is good for the soul but it’s bad for the heart”

Song: Perpetual Anticipation
Musical: A Little Night Music

33. “There are mouths to be kissed before mouths to be fed”

Song: The Miller’s Son
Musical: A Little Night Music

34. “Never wear mauve to a ball or pink”

Song: One Midnight Gone
Musical: Into the Woods

35. “You may know what you need, but to get what you want, better see that keep what you have”

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