Values Quotes

  • Americans accept that gangsters are running the government.
  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.
  • There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
  • Independent cinema is more thoughtful, delicate. While Western blockbusters can have their own kind of delicateness, it's not delicate enough. You have to be ready to compromise to enter that field. I will do so only if it's worth it.
  • People's attitudes about sex aren't healthy anywhere, except maybe in those tribes where they go around naked.
  • One of the challenges for sub-Saharan Africa is that markets are of modest size. This makes regional integration important.
  • Being from Staten Island and Brooklyn, I'm used to eating pasta and meatballs every single day.
  • Aging is an inevitable process. I surely wouldn't want to grow younger. The older you become, the more you know; your bank account of knowledge is much richer.
  • 'The Wizard of Oz' is my favourite. It explains what life on this planet is about. Although Dorothy reaches Oz, she finds she had what she needed to go back to Kansas all along, but the Good Witch tells her that she had to learn it for herself. All of the answers to the meaning of life are there.
  • For me, writing is more a process of discovering the book than planning it.
  • Life is a grand party.
  • It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
  • I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to just put my hair under a wig cap and slap on a wig that's already done. It's dress up for your hair!
  • To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again.
  • For many people religion can be so easy they stumble right over it.
  • We have to humble ourselves and the way you do that is by serving other people.
  • To me, charity often is just about giving, because you're supposed to, or because it's what you've always done - or it's about giving until it hurts.
  • Cubism is still the most important art movement for the same reason that John D. is still the most important Rockefeller.
  • We have got to go out there and deliver, go on the streets and find athletes, improve facilities around the country and find coaches. We have got to go out there and search for a star.
  • At Rochester, I came with the same emotions as many of the entering freshman: everything was new, exciting and a bit overwhelming, but at least nobody had heard of my brothers and cousins.
  • In all my childhood, I never heard my grandparents say that anything shocked or surprised them. They knew what their country was capable of.
  • The grass isn't always greener on the other side!
  • It is not the question, what am I going to be when I grow up; you should ask the question, who am I going to be when I grow up.
  • Well, for someone who looks like me you wonder where Alfred Hitchcock is.
  • Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
  • The difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline.
  • Terror, married to technology and accommodated by progress in travel, has turned evil individuals into traveling ballistic missiles.
  • My own little rule was two for one. If one of my teammates got knocked down, then I knocked down two on the other team.
  • When I look back at my career as an author, I don't look at the first book that was ever published as to where my career began - I look to the first book that I ever wrote.
  • Glamour to me is about remaining graceful and understated.
  • Sometimes when you're with somebody, and all their stuff is at your house, it's so hard to break up with them. You don't know what they're going to wreck and destroy.
  • I'm just paid to do whatever I want to do. Some of the time it's development, and some of the time it's just goofing off.
  • I think people have the wrong idea of 'Moby Dick' as this somber, boring thing.
  • The Supreme Court and courts in general have been usurping the role of the legislative branch of government.
  • If I could jump right from one project, have 2 days to rest, and jump right into the next one, I would.
  • The Grateful Dead played for three hours on a given night, plus sound check.
  • It has been a wonderful life for me. It's just been a blessing. I can't say I would have done it any other way. I have no regrets. I like what I do.
  • When AIDS hit, lots of people banded together to take care of each other and do what the government wasn't doing. When you grow up Jewish, as I have, you learn that everybody hates you, no one's going to help you, and you have to take care of yourself. That's a great maxim to the gay community, and we took it to heart; we took care of our own.
  • The best pop music is the songs that a group of people can dance to, but you can also listen to in your bed and cry. That's something obviously that The Beatles started and... so having that darkness there opens another door.
  • I warm up with my mom and make sure I understand what the songs are about and make sure I'm using the right technique. To be honest with you, I really don't practice a lot... Usually, I say a prayer and ask the Lord to sing with me and help me and stand on the stage with me.
  • The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.
  • I'm going to beat this cancer or die trying.
  • I think it will be helpful to people because I know the expectations that are put on you as a sex symbol, and how Marilyn Monroe suffered and so on, and I was able to get free of that.
  • Making money is often more fun than spending it, though I personally have never regretted money I've spent on friends, new experiences, saving time, travel, and causes I believe in.
  • American voting districts are, across a lot of the country, deeply messed up by having been gerrymandered by right-wing politicians.
  • Going on to train with Lecoq in Paris meant I discovered European theatre at a formative moment growing up.
  • Amazing things happen when you pull individual pieces of information together into larger linked datasets: meaning emerges, as you produce facts from figures.
  • I think that, as with marriage, you just know when it's time to have kids.