Fairly Quotes

  • I'm comfortably asocial - a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive.
  • Calculation has its advantages, but no one likes naked calculation.
  • Every role I've ever taken has never had anything do to with size. It's never been something I've wanted to be cheap about. Luckily, my agents and managers have always supported that.
  • To borrow from the writings of a spider named Charlotte: 'Silk is terrific!'
  • Studying whether there's life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That's something that is almost part of being human, and I'm certain that will continue.
  • We want to believe that we're invulnerable, and that people who get tricked deserve it. Well, they don't. And someday the arrogant types who mock the gullible are likely to get their turn to wear the dunce cap.
  • I was right for the role. It's as simple as that.
  • I wanted to write about what we were doing at the French Laundry, the recipes and the stories.
  • Our goal is to make Maine the healthiest state in the nation and reduce our overall health care costs.
  • When governments run on petro dollars or petro revenue instead of taxes, then they kind of sever the link between taxation and representation, and if you're not being taxed, then you're not being represented.
  • I have the most utmost respect for the men and women overseas, and I only played a soldier on television. Again, I can only imagine the sacrifices that they make every single day.
  • I worked for 22 years with Sol Berson.
  • I just want people to focus on the performance.
  • I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate.
  • I think I would have been so much in awe of the movie set, the people and what everybody's job was, that I don't know if I would be able to concentrate on the character.
  • Basically, the actor's job is to pay attention to the script.
  • I find buying a bicycle is a great way to stay in touch with people.
  • I really enjoy being outside in L.A. because it's so warm and sunny.
  • One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
  • I ended my journey with 'Balika'... on a good note, but I've been hearing that I threw tantrums on the set and had an attitude problem.
  • I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.
  • I fell in love with jazz when I was 12 years old from listening to Duke Ellington and hearing a lot of jazz in New York on the radio.
  • Better understanding of the natural world not only enhances all of us as human beings, but can also be harnessed for the better good, leading to improved health and quality of life.
  • I don't wear any make-up on normal days and at school. But, if I'm going somewhere, I always do something with my eyes - crazy colors, sparkles. I'm all for it. I love experimenting.
  • We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the 'social-worker'-judge; it is on them that the universal reign of the normative is based; and each individual, wherever he may find himself, subjects to it his body, his gestures, his behavior, his aptitudes, his achievements.
  • The first time I heard Johnny play at the Fillmore East, I wasn't really impressed. He had come on the scene with everybody telling me how great he was, and I didn't hear it.
  • I wish I could think of a suitable name for the kind of writing I do.
  • The bohemian life that reigned in Paris until the end of the '50s is gone. The artists had more time to think, to reflect; success didn't come so suddenly.
  • When I walked in to read with Edie Falco, it was nice, because I auditioned in New York, and it was very quick. You walk in, there's Edie, the producers, the director, and a camera. I read three scenes, and it was done.
  • I am a free man. I don't need to earn money. But I need to love what I do.
  • I like geography. I like to know where places are.
  • Everything that goes on at Area 51 is classified 'top secret' when it's going on.
  • My dad thought I'd end up in the poorhouse or in doughnut shops with a bag full of reviews.
  • Our ecological emergency demands proactive choices, not reactive sideswipes.
  • The Muslim world and its subset the countries of the Middle East have been left behind in the marathon of political, economic and human development. For that, there is a tendency to blame others as the primary cause.
  • From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.
  • I can see that 'Switched at Birth' is attracting audiences because of the diversity and the American Sign Language as well. American Sign Language is such a beautiful language, and people want more of that.
  • There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
  • If you look at history, and if you look at all these different things that have threatened the movie industry - from Betamax tape to DVDs to the Internet - in the end, it has always turned out right, because ultimately people want to see that stuff.
  • There's a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of 'soul force' - something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it's writing a check or digging a well.
  • Singing is a limitless form of expression, and I love to experiment with my work.
  • I am not an adolescent, nor a romantic. I analyze objectively.
  • Sometimes a 3-1 favorite loses. That's why they call it gambling, and that's why they keep flipping over the cards.
  • But when you hear the complete album, it gets dark, really straight-up rock, with some really intimate moments with just me and the piano. It's not completely me because there are parts of me that aren't on that song, that are on the album.
  • I try to be a truthful artist and I try to show a level of courage. I enjoy that. I'm a messenger.
  • It's no coincidence that I began writing the day my daughter started school. I knew everything I knew before I began to write, but I was raising two children and didn't have the time to get to the typewriter.
  • When I go there to Afghanistan or Pakistan, the question both asked - and if it's not asked, implied - is, 'Are you staying this time?' because we left last time, in 1989 in Afghanistan, and we sanctioned Pakistan from 1990 to 2002. So I think it's a fair question.
  • Shale is one answer to the U.K.'s energy problem, and it has obviously worked extraordinarily well in America.