Beginning Quotes

  • Fortunately, I was supposed to look confused and disoriented because, God, I felt that way.
  • The records fell easily at first. Dozens of seconds peeled away with every running of a course, and I could hardly wait for the next chance to improve.
  • 'Culture' is a finite segment of the meaningless infinity of the world process, a segment on which human beings confer meaning and significance.
  • Even if I had nothing to do with the Canada Council, I'd be praying for it.
  • What a pity human beings can't exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow's.
  • I have a fun clause in my contract. If I'm not having fun, I can leave.
  • I think good entertainment makes you feel something... it can be a variety of different feelings.
  • Singing is a way of releasing an emotion that you sometimes can't portray when you're acting. And music moves your soul, so music is the source of the most intense emotions you can feel.
  • I know half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, but I can never find out which half.
  • Actually being funny is mostly telling the truth about things.
  • Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.
  • There's been an incredible censorship in America and throughout the world, but particularly in America where students aren't even allowed to critically think about evolution, the issue of origins; they are not allowed to hear other points of view; they are taught incorrectly about science and taught that evolution is fact.
  • Monopolies are bad because people get bad service for high prices. Competition is good because people get good service for competitive prices.
  • People don't just stop playing Facebook games. They divorce them.
  • At the same time that I love meeting people and stuff, I'm a very private person.
  • The key to humor is often self-loathing or sarcasm. In a sense, that's how self-loathing is made palatable.
  • A glimpse at my night stand gives the mostly true impression that I am a book hoarder.
  • It'll take a while for all those strange old books that I love to show up on digital: books that aren't current bestsellers but aren't public-domain freebies, either.
  • My dad's a journalist, and he travelled a lot when I was young. There is no way my mother could have done that.
  • Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist - leave that to the classical musicians.
  • I don't know any jokes, which is embarrassing. I wish I did.
  • I've always kind of had an interest in the drums but nothing else. The drums are the only thing I feel I would be good at, because I'm a very physical person. I've always played sports and stuff. Drums would give me something to do.
  • I am here to tell you, TV is not dead. Rather, it is constantly evolving as we are. My view is that we are in the next Golden Age of content. If AOL, Google, Netflix, Amazon, and Yahoo felt TV was dying, they would not be so eager to play in our sandbox. It is, after all, TV content that's driving their business.
  • Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
  • A novel can be set in motion by an incident, a character, a location, a mood - by anything at all. Sometimes the stimulus can be an idea, which will rapidly clothe itself in character and incident. 'Foreign Bodies' came about through the contemplation of the contrast between post-second world war America and Europe.
  • New Orleans. Born and raised. I lived there until I was 19.
  • Fantasy allows you bend the world and the situation to more clearly focus on the moral aspects of what's happening. In fantasy you can distill life down to the essence of your story.
  • If you do something that's going to get somebody a job, then they'll be able to pay for their kid's school, and then their kid is going to be a doctor, and then that doctor is going to probably help who knows how many other people, so it's very motivating. Much more fun than going to the beach.
  • I love to eat.
  • Animation did not become the dominant form of children's television until the '60s.
  • I don't get facials. The last time I got a facial was when I first started modeling when I was 15 or 16. It made my face completely break out.
  • Well, I guess the sexual abuse by Mel Phillips in a sense, he had a fetish for feet. He used to play with my feet and other kids' feet, and that was his thing.
  • I never talk about a job before the contract is signed and I've shot the first three days.
  • What inspires me most to write is the act of traveling.
  • If there's one thing I could wish for right now, it would be to have one of those horses from the merry-go-round - they were the most exciting thing to go on as a kid.
  • I condemn the national gay press for its emphasis on consumerism.
  • An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props - and actors love props - is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest - ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes.
  • I have an English family and I've lived in England for years.
  • My daughter and I have this thing we call a PMA: 'perfect moment alert.' I try to really notice when we're having a PMA.
  • My mum lives near Holkham Bay in Norfolk, and with my dad by the coast in Suffolk, I spend quite a bit of time by the sea.
  • I love the fame and the money and the power. You have to keep working to have that.
  • I'm lucky to be in a space where I've been accepted for who I am and celebrated for who I am.
  • It was so interesting to discover Nixon was a Californian. I always think Nixon should come from a cold place.
  • In the future, I think it's pretty plausible that collective intelligence tools and skills will be important in order to be a part of global dialog, global business, and global creativity. People who know how to negotiate collective intelligence networks are going to be in a good position to contribute to global society.
  • I could never be like Hitchcock and do only one kind of movie. Anything that's good is worthwhile.
  • In a strange way, you have to have a certain amount of distance from a thing in order to be able to write about it.
  • We've managed to keep a spirit of fun, I guess, of urban satire and finding new and odd interesting angles to the ways of life to put on the stage.
  • The decision came from the publisher. It certainly was cleared by Chicago. And then they come out with these fine sounding words about relation to readers and their obligation. It has nothing to do with that.