Genes Quotes

  • From afar, I have cried watching my nation, sore with prejudice, slowly heal itself. I hurt along with America, my phantom pains only alleviated by work I do every day - art.
  • I, at high school, had a very select group of friends. I am still pretty tight with them now. I definitely have a lot more friends than I remember when I go back home!
  • Reducing every issue to an argument can become stale but it's often a very good way of clarifying issues.
  • I love doing demonstrations. I think to be a great chef you have to be a great teacher. I love doing classes with people who love food and enjoy food, bringing them all around one table so to speak.
  • I wish I had a nickel for every song that I've left in the bathroom, written down on a matchbox, or just totally forgotten about.
  • I'm a native New Yorker. Everything to do with New York feels like my family.
  • I've worked with some actors who can't act.
  • I was a crazy guy in Hollywood back in the day, and then when I switched into theater, I got into work mode.
  • I'd rather have a search engine or a compiler on a deserted island than a game.
  • They handled it very badly. It was disappointing and very humiliating. John York was very rude. He never consulted with me over what he said to the press.
  • The very definition of 'blackness' is as broad as that of 'whiteness,' yet we're seemingly always trying to find a specific, limited definition.
  • The strongest moments in my life are when I'm filming. It's an adventure. As an actor I try to seduce someone, try to share something. The rest of my time is spent exploring experiences with women.
  • I want to give back and show my gratitude to the indies. At the same time, cherish the mainstream projects I've been getting.
  • I've always tried to be an actor who... I just plod on and try to keep my mouth shut, mind my own business. I find the whole thing about people's lives... I can't understand it. I'm always astonished that people want to know anything about me.
  • If I'm going to do a big film, I'm very choosy about what I do, because I think I want to continue - in fact I'm sure I want to continue - to stay in the realm of independent films with directors and writers who are just emerging with new ideas and a different vision that hasn't really been expressed yet.
  • In fantasy, you have licence to pick whatever you like out of history and fantasy, and you don't have to be accurate.
  • The problem with the literary hothouse of New York City is that people spend so much time looking in the mirror. They go to parties with people who are just like them, and they write novels about people who are just like them. It's limiting.
  • Drama seems to kind of surround me.
  • Spending time at the Federal Reserve was a good learning opportunity for me. It helped me to understand economic philosophies and polices that I had not previously known about.
  • AC/DC is a prime example of taking that blues rock thing and just living in that world. They only really move the furniture around a little on each album, but it still works.
  • My job at Stanford is rather different from the ones I had held previously in that my own ambitions must take a back seat to the well-being of the students with whom I work.
  • No, we've been performing our old songs a little differently each performance.
  • The vocabulary I use has to reflect the people I'm trying to communicate with.
  • I have a few pieces that I got for my birthdays or that I bought for myself: I acquire things that speak to me and put them on my wall. When I see things I like, I just know.
  • Contrary to what most people think, there is a Rich Daley under Mayor Daley.
  • Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
  • The one thing I witnessed over and over were these pretty young people who would throw themselves into a cause larger than themselves and believe they could change the world.
  • There is no doubt that now, more than ever, we must work to end our dependence on foreign oil sources. But we cannot do so by ignoring the wishes of the coastal communities that oppose drilling.
  • Medical debts are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in America.
  • Procrastination gives you time to consider divergent ideas, to think in nonlinear ways, to make unexpected leaps.
  • My mother is brilliant; she's the best person in the world and keeps me grounded.
  • Politics is never about the people. It's about money. And wars. And how many heads you can step on and bodies you can step over. And I'm just not that kind of person.
  • We were promised a society of philosophers. But the Blogosphere is looking more and more like a nation of ankle-biters.
  • I wanted to play saxophone, but all I could get were a few squeaks.
  • I have a few toys. But I live very simply.
  • I wouldn't say the world is my parish, but my readers are my parish. And especially the readers that write to me. They're my parish. And it's a responsibility that I enjoy.
  • Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption.
  • If there is such a thing as freedom, then there is no fate.
  • If I were to try to describe the way in which I write, the only word I would use without qualification is 'slowly.'
  • A little humility never hurts.
  • I've been on the 'Tonight Show' a million times, and I'd be embarrassed to do the same thing more than once.
  • It was as a mother that I needed my mother back, and I needed to conjure her anew and think about what she would have counselled and what she would have given.
  • It's never the end game. Facebook is now a platform upon which all kinds of applications are being built it's definitely not it.
  • A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God's commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.
  • I have become a subscriber for 'Business Week.' It teaches me a lot about business, and I have really started to get into it. I'm interested in business and learning about how everything works.
  • As long as we have decided to coexist in peace, we must do so on a firm basis that will withstand time and for generations.
  • I love London. I would move here. I like British people; everybody is so down to earth.
  • After certain ups and downs, a person does change, and I have changed for good.