Jacob worked hard his whole life, and has little to show for it. Now,
So you believe in God . . . you got something for it? You! You worked for all the capitalists. You harvested the fruit from your labor? You got God! But the past comforts you? The present smiles on you, yes? It promises you the future something? Did you found a piece of earth where you could live like a human being and die with the sun on your face? Tell me, yes, tell me. I would like to know myself. But on these questions, on this theme—the struggle for existence—you can’t make an answer. The answer I see in your face . . . the answer is your mouth can’t talk. In this dark corner you sit and you die. But abolish private property!
Odets, Clifford, “Awake and Sing!,” Waiting for Lefty and Other Plays, Grove Press, p. 73.
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