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  1. If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.
  2. If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
  3. I’m not an expert on the arms race.
  4. I was willing to accept what I couldn’t change.
  5. I was in high school when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled India’s flag in New Delhi.
  6. I was a disadvantaged child from a non-educated family, yet I had the advantage of being in the company of great teachers.
  7. I love the sea.
  8. I have met 18 million youth, and each wants to be unique.
  9. I firmly believe that unless one has tasted the bitter pill of failure, one cannot aspire enough for success.
  10. How accurately can the law fix the crime? There has to be a mechanism for very fast action. The law is like this: catch them and punish them.
  11. Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion and compassion.
  12. Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.
  13. God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
  14. God is everywhere.
  15. For success of any mission, it is necessary to have creative leadership. Creative leadership is vital for government, non-governmental organisations as well as for industries.
  16. For me, there is no such thing as a negative experience.
  17. For me, there are two types of people: the young and the experienced.
  18. For 2,500 years, India has never invaded anybody.
  19. Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.
  20. Every nation has to follow a certain policy: Commercial, trade, various other types of policies.
  21. English is necessary as at present original works of science are in English. I believe that in two decades times original works of science will start coming out in our languages. Then we can move over like the Japanese.
  22. Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.
  23. Economy forced me to become a vegetarian, but I finally starting liking it.
  24. Do we not realize that self respect comes with self reliance?
  25. Developing nations want to become developed nations.
  26. Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.
  27. Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.
  28. Building capacity dissolves differences. It irons out inequalities.
  29. Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.
  30. As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me.
  31. An economically peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka is the dream of youth of the nation. My message for the youth is to collectively work for an inclusively developed Sri Lanka.
  32. Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.
  33. All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence.
  34. All the scientists and technologists should work in appropriate region, specifically the rural technologies, to transform Indian rural sector.
  35. A teacher should have a creative mind.
  36. We seek the right to play our part in advancing the cause of national defense and national unity. But certainly, there can be no true national unity where one-tenth of the population is denied their basic rights as American citizens.
  37. We must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to big dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions… Billions of dollars are appropriated at the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts.
  38. The Negro was a political football between his former slave master and Northern political adventurers. The economic basis of this contest was the power to tax, to float bonds, to award franchise: in short, to gain control over the financial resources of the newly organized States.
  39. Since almost all Negroes are workers, live on wages, and suffer from the high cost of food, clothing and shelter, it is obvious that the Republican and Democratic Parties are opposed to their interests.
  40. Salvation for a race, nation or class must come from within.
  41. Patriotism has no appeal to us; justice has. Party has no weight with us; principle has. Loyalty is meaningless; it depends on what one is loyal to.
  42. Negroes must be free in order to be equal, and they must be equal in order to be free… Men cannot win freedom unless they win equality. They cannot win equality unless they win freedom.
  43. Negroes are in no mood to shoulder guns for democracy abroad while they are denied democracy here at home.
  44. Lincoln was the spokesman of the rising capitalist class of the North, who viewed the emancipation of Negro slaves as indispensable to the development and triumph of the manufacturers and bankers of the industrial North, East and West over the slave-holder of the South.
  45. Lincoln merely nominally freed the bodies of Negroes. But Debs would free the bodies and minds of Negroes.
  46. Justice is never given; it is exacted.
  47. Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship.
  48. In every truth, the beneficiaries of a system cannot be expected to destroy it.
  49. If we have white persons in the March, we are certain to have trouble with the Communists, and it may not be viewed as a true expression of the Negro’s protest.
  50. If someone tried to deprive you of your rights, you’ve got to resist it. You’ve got to resent it. You’ve got to fight against it.
  51. I suggest that ten thousand Negroes march on Washington, D.C., the capital of the Nation, with the slogan, ‘We loyal Negro American citizens demand the right to work and fight for our country.’
  52. I personally pledge myself to openly counsel, aid, and abet youth, both black and white, to quarantine any Jim Crow conscription system.
  53. I have an inner satisfaction of having done what I thought was right at the time which I thought was propitious.
  54. I don’t ever remember a single day of hopelessness. I knew from the history of the labor movement, especially of the black people, that it was an undertaking of great trial. That, live or die, I had to stick with it, and we had to win.
  55. I am prepared to oppose a Jim Crow army till I rot in jail.
  56. Freedom is never granted; it is won.
  57. Freedom is never given; it is won.
  58. Debs is greater than Lincoln. Debs is the spokesman of the great struggling working class of all races, nationalities, creeds, sexes.
  59. A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.
  60. Your inner voice is the voice of divinity. To hear it, we need to be in solitude, even in crowded places.
  61. Wisdom comes from within. Knowledge is acquired and can sometimes put a screen on your wisdom.
  62. While my mother wanted me to be a musician, I wanted to become an electronic engineer.
  63. When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input reflects in the output.
  64. When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I’m more a father who wants to protect them. Sometimes, I am even aggressive about certain things and get surprised seeing myself like that: for instance, when people want to take pictures of them. I am fine if they want to take my pictures, but they are not public property.
  65. The more dollars the studio producers put in, the less freedom we have. If the budget hits $100m, they get scared – they’ll take the existing score of a successful movie and expect composers to copy it, like wallpaper. The biggest challenge for any composer in Hollywood is to be as creative as possible within those boundaries.
  66. The more I compose, the more I know that I don’t know it all. I think it’s a good way to start. If you think you know it all, the work becomes a repetition of what you’ve already done. I try to make sure that I don’t repeat my music.
  67. The institution of marriage works better when there’s a spiritual connection. If you’re marrying just for the sake of the woman, then you may lose interest in each other very soon. When we marry in the interest of the Holy Spirit with the intention of serving God and humanity, then it gives a much larger perspective.
  68. The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.
  69. The demand in India is to have a hit, which becomes a promotion for the movie and makes people come to the theater. You have five songs and different promotions based on those. But when I do Western films, the need for originality is greater. Then I become very conscious about the writing.
  70. Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.
  71. Sometimes, a remix is good because it reaches a whole new generation. But when it gets too much, it’s irritating. Also, the original composer needs to be credited properly.
  72. Some things are very low profile, but if they excite me creatively, I accept them. Sometimes there are high-profile projects, and you have to do it. We all have human limitations. It is a painful decision to turn things down. Even accepting ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was a decision that I had to sacrifice another project.
  73. So long as you do it truthfully, music is not to be judged.
  74. My music is mostly for the music. And it gives the liberty to do anything which I want. And nobody limits me to one genre of music. But I learn from life and I try to give back to life, in a way, whether it’s the thought of the song or whether it’s the approach to the arrangement or anything.
  75. My mother’s belief in spiritual healers grew stronger after our family went through a rough patch following my father’s death. Sufi saint Karimullah Shah Kadri changed our lives, and all of us converted to Sufism. But it wasn’t an instantaneous decision – it took us 10 years to convert. The change in religion was like washing away the past.
  76. My mother insisted that I pursue music. I rented out my father’s musical equipment and earned some money. As a child, I wasn’t sure about a career goal, but I was always fascinated by electronic gadgets, specially musical equipment.
  77. My kids miss me when I’m away, but I don’t mind living out of a suitcase. The U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Iraq… it’s such a thrill meeting people of different cultures, learning about and from them. It’s changed my perception about life, humanity and spirituality.
  78. Music is the only passion I shamelessly indulge in. However, for recreation I enjoy watching movies. ‘Wizard of Oz’ was the first film I ever saw, followed by the ‘Bond’ movies. I also watch a lot of World cinema through DVDs mostly brought by one of my best friends who’s now based in Toronto.
  79. It’s true that I love to connect with my fans on the social networking sites, but I try not to go overboard, ever. I just give people a peek into my mind space, but never bombard them with my tweets.
  80. It’s like driving your car. If you drive too fast on the highway, you will topple, so you better maintain your speed. Life is similar to that, and that’s the way you have to control your head.
  81. If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.
  82. If there is no criticism, you become lazy. But it should be constructive, and it should be the truth. If it’s biased and there’s no truth in it, then I don’t care about it. If it’s true, it helps me grow.
  83. I’m continuing to learn more about music – it’s an ocean, and you can never really say that you know everything. I’m grateful that I’m still living and making music among the greats.
  84. I’m a Sufi Muslim, I would say. I believe in using the medium to create a good vibration because art is so important to society. Some projects I don’t do because I feel that it’s going to create a bad vibe. I don’t do propaganda films that are anti another religion, anti-Muslim or anti-Hindu.
  85. I was famous from the age of 13, and after a while you become immune to it – in a good way. You look at positives and what you can do with it.
  86. I was a common man, and I will always remain a common man. No amount of stardom will ever consume my soul. Money comes, money goes. Fame comes, fame goes. I believe every human being is a celebrity in their own right.
  87. I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want to give them the skills that will enable them to create their own palette of sounds instead of having to write formulaic music. It doesn’t matter if they become sound engineers, producers, composers or performers – I want them to be as imaginative as they like.
  88. I usually work on a film soundtrack for two years, turning in a song every few months, and that keeps my creative energy high, because I’m constantly rotating projects. The trick is to make sure I don’t work too hard and get exhausted.
  89. I think music, in my opinion, is not about motivation in the way it’s – it’s not a running base. It’s art. And my whole philosophy of music is different. It’s almost like cooking and serving to people, seeing them smile and enjoying the food, really.
  90. I think I can get away, sometimes, with walking in the streets and not getting noticed. I like that. I want my work to get noticed, not me. And it’s slowly getting there, which is good.
  91. I love great lyrics, and I love the way it could shape a tune into a very unpredictable one, and I also like taking a great melody and putting lyrics into it.
  92. I like to see a film and then start scoring it in my mind while doing something unrelated. You just grasp a film and start working, and something unpredictable comes out from a third element. The mind, the more active it is, the more productive it is.
  93. I joined the Madras Christian College but dropped out after three months. Telugu music director Ramesh Naidu asked me to assist him, and I did so for over a year. I did think of rejoining college, but by then, I was discovering the musician in me. I worked with Illaya Raja and Raj Koti and soon shifted to commercials. This led to movie offers.
  94. I have too many responsibilities and principles. There’s no time for ‘guilty’ pleasures.
  95. I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I’m listening to more modern composers who I can’t even name. But since I’m constantly doing music, it’s difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.
  96. I follow a simple formula when I compose. I ask myself, ‘What would the audience want to hear?’ and ‘Why would they buy my CDs?’ And the process of answering these questions through music follows. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it backfires.
  97. I feel blessed and humbled that people have loved my music. Nothing would be possible without their acceptance.
  98. I don’t want to expose my personal life. It’s best that people know me for my work. My family doesn’t want to be surrounded by cameras. We want to live like any other family.
  99. I divide criticism into two categories – one coming from those who understand music, who are worthy of being critical because they are knowledgeable about what they are saying; and then there is another category of people who would criticise you anyway, whether your work is good or bad.
  100. I compose music for films, and by the grace of God, I’ve got a few awards. That’s it.
  101. I believe that whatever comes at a particular time is a blessing from God.
  102. I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it’s Indian or it’s Western.
  103. I am the kind of person who does not like to carry baggage. In fact, I don’t go back and listen to my own music. I believe in closing chapters and moving forward. That’s what gives me peace.
  104. I am a friend when I need to be a friend, a father when I need to be a father, a musician when music calls. I switch roles accordingly.
  105. For me, there is no day or night for music. I often work through the night – without phone calls disturbing me.
  106. Every time I sit for a song, I feel I am finished. It’s like a beggar sitting waiting for God to fill your bowl with the right thought. In every song, I ask help from Him. Everybody around is so good, so to create music that will connect with so many people is not humanly possible without inspiration.
  107. Each one of us has our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging. But certain things are common. And we do learn things from each other’s experience. On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.
  108. Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others write up to 60.
  109. Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar’s comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.
  110. Bollywood music is definitely a big part of Indian music and can be a great way to introduce people to the sound. But I hope to continue to incorporate other types of Indian music into my work.
  111. Beautiful film music can be made relevant to any period.
  112. After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians.
  113. A musician is a professional, whether he or she is successful or not. The profession itself must be regarded as a stable job.
  114. A good film demands its own score, and if you are a musician, your conscience will never allow you to do something mediocre for a good film.
  115. You have to love what you do to want to do it everyday.
  116. There are times in my life when I just want to be by myself.
  117. There are times I can’t even figure myself out.
  118. There are certain things I want to keep to me. I don’t discuss my private life.
  119. The Matrix is top secret. There isn’t much that can be said right now.
  120. Romeo Must Die came at the right time. It was the right vehicle for me.
  121. Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want.
  122. It’s really a sad story, and I liked that. The songs on this album talk about relationships in every aspect.
  123. It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I’m long gone.
  124. It was always part of the plan to move into acting.
  125. In film, you are a totally different person than in the video.
  126. If you want to go to the mall, you have to take security. But it’s always cool. The kids are amazing.
  127. If I don’t think about it, it won’t drive me crazy.
  128. I’m the interpreter. I’m the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that’s what I want to do.
  129. I’m involved in some action scenes, so they’ll train me for that. I’ll be working with my acting coach to prepare for my character.
  130. I’m a total performer.
  131. I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person.
  132. I think it’s important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. I want longevity. I don’t want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin.
  133. I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.
  134. I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and appealing.
  135. I know that people think I’m sexy and I am looked at as that. It is cool with me. It’s wonderful to have sexy appeal. If you embrace it, it can be a very beautiful thing.
  136. I have the time needed to support the album and tour.
  137. I don’t want to abandon one work for the other, and I don’t think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them.
  138. I don’t think about my previous success. I’m happy that the work I’ve done has been very successful.
  139. I don’t feel I made any sacrifices at all. I’m doing my best to juggle.
  140. I began to work the stage and get the audience into it. I also learned how to have fun out there. It is something I will never forget.
  141. Because I came out as a singer, I took the time to get an acting coach.
  142. All I can do is leave it in God’s hands and hope that my fans feel where I’m coming from.
  143. You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we’re presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated – not nearly as black and white as we’re led to believe.
  144. Writing never comes easy. The difference between Page 2 and Page Nothing is the difference between life and death.
  145. With ‘The Social Network,’ I got into it at first because frankly I thought there was a cool courtroom drama to be had with the intellectual properties. And then what further drew me in was that the most extraordinary social networking device ever created was created by the world’s most antisocial person. I liked that story.
  146. While I was doing ‘The Newsroom,’ I always had the news on on different networks on different TVs around my house and around my office.
  147. Whether it’s ‘The West Wing’ or anything else, my first thought is always, ‘What’s a good story?’
  148. When we were doing ‘The West Wing,’ the hardest thing about doing ‘The West Wing’ was being compared to yourself. You go out there and want every episode to be as good as your best episode. I wrote 88 episodes of ‘The West Wing,’ and when you do that, one of them is going to be your 88th best, so your 88th best better be pretty good.
  149. When a movie is being rolled out, the studio publicists and all our individual publicists get together and come up with bullet points and talking points – ‘Make sure you stay away from this,’ and ‘Don’t say that quite that way, because that quote can be taken out of context,’ and that kind of thing.
  150. When I wrote ‘The West Wing,’ the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?
  151. When I write something, I want the best director to direct it. And that’s not going to be me. So when David Fincher comes along and wants to direct ‘The Social Network,’ when Bennett Miller comes along and wants to direct ‘Moneyball,’ or when Danny Boyle wants to direct ‘Jobs’? Hallelujah. I want them directing it.
  152. When I was starting out, William Goldman took me under his wing, and he’s still the person I show pages to.
  153. When I create a TV show, it’s so that I can write it. I’m not an empire builder; my writing staff is usually a combination of two kinds of people – experts in the world the show is set in, and young writers who will not be unhappy if they’re not writing scripts.
  154. Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone. So I’m writing episode seven now and couldn’t tell you what happens in episode eight.
  155. We’re about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we’re going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.
  156. Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
  157. There’s a great tradition in storytelling that’s thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that’s really what I wanted to do.
  158. There really isn’t a story that you can’t tell inside of it. It’s very much a clearinghouse for anything that goes on in the world. So you’re not at all limited.
  159. There have been times – and not just on ‘The Newsroom,’ but on ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Sports Night,’ ‘Studio 60’… – where it was hard to look the cast and crew in the eye, when I put a script on the table that I knew just wasn’t good enough.
  160. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups… but they’re coming for ya. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
  161. The upside of web-based journalism is that everybody gets a chance. The downside is that everybody gets a chance.
  162. The rules of drama are very much separate from the properties of life. I think that’s especially true of Shakespeare.
  163. The rules are all in a sixty-four-page pamphlet by Aristotle called ‘Poetics.’ It was written almost three thousand years ago, but I promise you, if something is wrong with what you’re writing, you’ve probably broken one of Aristotle’s rules.
  164. The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don’t. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don’t speak in dialogue. Their lives don’t unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
  165. The first thing I wrote was a one-act play that got accepted at a one-act play festival, and I was in it along with Nathan Lane and a couple of other very good actors.
  166. The Internet, in general, I find troubling. The anonymity has made us all meaner and dumber. This thing that was supposed to bring us closer together, I see it doing the opposite.
  167. Television is a visual medium. You have to create some kind of visual interest. And it’s entertainment for your eyes.
  168. Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we’ve asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.
  169. Not all paintings are abstract; they’re not all Jackson Pollock. There’s value in a photograph of a man alone on a boat at sea, and there is value in painting of a man alone on a boat at sea. In the painting, the painting has more freedom to express an idea, more latitude in being able to elicit certain emotion.
  170. My way of getting the best from people on a set is to notice their work, to make every prop master, every seamstress, part of ‘The Newsroom’ or ‘The West Wing’ or ‘Steve Jobs.’
  171. My parents took me to see plays, starting from when I was very little. Oftentimes, I was too young to understand. I don’t know what my parents were thinking – ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ when I was eight years old, that kind of thing. So lots of times, I didn’t understand what was going on, but I just loved the sound of dialogue.
  172. It’s populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
  173. It’s nice that HBO is in business with the audience and not with the advertisers. There’s a difference.
  174. It’s important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. ‘The West Wing’ isn’t meant to be good for you.
  175. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
  176. It seems to me that more and more we’ve come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.
  177. If you lined up 10 writers and asked them to write a movie about Steve Jobs, you’d get 10 very different movies.
  178. If the characters on ‘The West Wing’ were watching a TV show wherein a character like Trump was leading in the polls, they wouldn’t find it believable.
  179. If I am writing a movie and I am stuck, I can call the studio and tell them it’s delayed. You can’t do that with television – you have air dates to meet.
  180. I’ve never written anything that I haven’t wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing ‘A Few Good Men’ again. I didn’t know what I was doing then, and I’m still trying to get it right. I would write ‘The Social Network’ again if they would let me, I’d write ‘Moneyball’ again. I would write ‘The West Wing’ again.
  181. I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent in television. And I’ve had much more failure, as traditionally measured, than success in television. I’ve done four shows, and only one of them was the ‘West Wing.’
  182. I’ve got plenty of quirks. I go to an office early in the morning. Early in the morning is really good writing time. I take anywhere between six to eight showers a day. I’m not exaggerating. I’m not a germaphobe: it’s all about a fresh start.
  183. I’ve always thought that there is a great female James Bond movie to be done. I’m not literally calling her Jane Bond, I mean, but a female secret agent.
  184. I’m very physical. When I’m writing, I’m playing all the parts; I’m saying the lines out loud, and if I get excited about something – which doesn’t happen very often when I’m writing, but it’s the greatest feeling when it does – I’ll be out of the chair and walking around, and if I’m at home, I’ll find myself two blocks from my house.
  185. I’m not sophisticated when it comes to politics, when it comes to journalism.
  186. I’m not on Facebook, and I don’t tweet, but I know plenty of people who love both.
  187. I’m neither a millennial nor a hipster.
  188. I’m more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But ‘Steve Jobs’ and ‘The Social Network’ have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they’re making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that.
  189. I’m crazy about ‘Breaking Bad,’ but I wouldn’t know how to write an episode of it.
  190. I’ll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it’s really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.
  191. I think socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.
  192. I think I would have done very well as a writer in the Forties. I think the last time America was a great country was then or not long after. It was before Vietnam, before Watergate.
  193. I spend most of my days pacing around, muttering that I have no ideas, feeling like I’m walking a plank.
  194. I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white, and it says, ‘You may have fooled some of the people some of the time, but those days are over, giftless. I’m not your agent, and I’m not your mommy; I’m a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?’ and I really, really don’t. I’ll go peaceable-like.
  195. I like writing idealistically, romantically and swashbucklingly.
  196. I have all of the Apple products. Everything I’ve ever written, I’ve written on a Mac. My first computer, my roommates and I chipped in, and we got that first Macintosh – 128K. It had as much memory as a greeting card that plays music.
  197. I have a lot of respect for people who are great at ad-libbing and for writers and directors who are able to create a scene in which that works. Judd Apatow is fantastic at it. But as an audience member, I like the sound of something that’s been written – I like it to sound written.
  198. I have a big problem with people who glamorize dumbness and demonize education and intellect. And I’m giving a pretty good description of Sarah Palin right now.
  199. I had a lot of survival jobs. One was for the Witty Ditty singing-telegram company. I was in the red-and-white stripes with the straw boater hat and kazoo. Balloons. Even when you’re sleeping on a friend’s couch, you have to pay some kind of rent.
  200. I grew up in the theatre. It’s where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.
  201. I get the ‘The New York Times’ and ‘Los Angeles Times’ thrown at my door every morning. I’ll read the front page of ‘The New York Times,’ then the op-eds, then scan the arts section and then the sports section. Then I do the same with the ‘L.A. Times.’
  202. I get nervous before openings or premieres or when someone’s reading a new script, and I get nervous when my daughter isn’t in my immediate field of vision.
  203. I find television, and particularly live television, very romantic: the idea that there is this small group of people, way up high, in a skyscraper in the middle of Manhattan, beaming this signal out into the night.
  204. I feel like the better version of myself is on paper… I’d rather have people know me on paper.
  205. I don’t have a great instrument. I don’t have the kind of ungodly control over my voice and body that great actors have. And I’ve worked with enough great actors to know that I’m not one.
  206. I do not speak through my characters; it’s not a ventriloquist act.
  207. I do not diminish the incredible symbolic importance of a black man getting elected president. But my euphoria was a smart guy getting elected president. Maybe for the first time in my lifetime we had elected one of the thousand smartest Americans president.
  208. I desperately need the love of complete strangers. That’s one reason I overtip. I love when skycaps, waiters, and valets are happy to see me.
  209. I consider plot a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write snappy dialogue.
  210. I can’t remember my dreams more than a couple of seconds after I wake up. It’s frustrating because sometimes I dream that I’m watching a really good movie.
  211. I am uncomfortable talking about the things that I write. It seems unseemly to me. I have no problem at all when I see anybody else talking about the same project, but I feel my work should speak for itself.
  212. I am truly at my happiest not when I am writing an aria for an actor or making a grand political or social point. I am at my happiest when I’ve figured out a fun way for somebody to slip on a banana peel.
  213. I am all for everyone having a voice; I just don’t think everyone has earned the microphone. And that’s what the Internet has done.
  214. Heroes in drama are people who try hard to reach a virtuous ideal. And whether they succeed or fail really doesn’t matter – it’s the trying that counts.
  215. Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
  216. First scenes are super-important to me. I’ll spend months and months pacing and climbing the walls trying to come up with the first scene. I drive for hours on the freeway.
  217. Everything can be going well, but if I’m not writing, I’m not happy. When I’m writing well, I’m like a different person.
  218. Don’t try to guess what it is people want and give it to them. Don’t ask for a show of hands. Try your best to write what you like, what you think your friends would like and what you think your father would like and then cross your fingers… The most valuable thing you have is your own voice.
  219. Don’t ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it’s the only thing that ever has.
  220. Decisions are made by those who show up.
  221. Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census and sampling versus a direct statistic. You just said the word ‘census,’ and people fall asleep.
  222. But HBO is less interested in how many people are watching than in how much the people who are watching are liking the show. They didn’t set up their business model to make writers happy. It’s just a nice unintended consequence.
  223. As long as you keep one foot in the real world while the other foot’s in a fairy tale, that fairy tale is going to seem kind of attainable.
  224. Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That’s what I look for.
  225. And my friends, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
  226. All my heroes wore coats and ties to work. What happened to men wearing hats? Maybe I should bring back hats.
  227. A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing – when words won’t do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern.
  228. A news organization has a much different responsibility. I might not be telling you the whole story. I might not be telling you a story in a manner that is properly sophisticated.
  229. ‘Steve Jobs’ is my seventh movie. I believe, if you added them up, I don’t think there is more than a total of 10 minutes that takes place in a person’s home. They’re all in offices, courtrooms, laboratories, things like that.
  230. ‘Molly’s Game’ was a true story about a remarkable young woman named Molly Bloom. She was this close to going to the Olympics; she was ranked third in North America in women’s moguls.
  231. Your heart can only take you so far – sometimes the physical body tells you otherwise.
  232. You know me, I’m not that kind of person that cares to unveil all of my personal things to the world because frankly, in terms of my soccer, it doesn’t matter.
  233. You can’t cry when things get a little bit hard. You’ve just got to push through and know that there’s a reason and end to the means.
  234. Winning, you can overlook so many things.
  235. Whenever you get to win, you feel the satisfaction of all of your hard work, all the sacrifices, all the blood, sweat and tears. It feels right and makes you realise that you are really doing the right thing.
  236. When you’re younger and traveling and visiting new countries and cities, that stuff is exciting; it’s flashy, it’s shiny, but I always had this separation between who I was as a person and who I was as a player.
  237. When you’re a pro athlete, life is very narcissistic – everything relates back to you and how you play. When you are getting out of pro sports, you suddenly have to get a little more mindful of what’s going on around you and how you affect the rest of the world.
  238. When you can score three goals without the most prolific scorer in the world, you know you have a lot of depth, and it gives you confidence.
  239. When I was really young, the women’s national team wasn’t on a grand media stage, so my role models were male basketball and male American football players.
  240. When I was in college, I learned to really take care of my body and figured out what works best for me and what doesn’t work for me when it comes to my nutrition. That helped so much on the field because soccer is such a fitness-oriented game.
  241. When I look in the mirror, I don’t see a person who’s made the kind of impact that Mia Hamm made on the game. She’s still my idol, the greatest player and the greatest teammate. She achieved so much in so many different ways. What she did for women’s soccer can’t be measured.
  242. We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, ‘What can I do and what do I want to be when I get older?’ She has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants.
  243. To win a championship, you have to have a little bit of luck on your side.
  244. This might sound masochistic or narcissistic, I don’t know, but when I’m not playing the game, the validations I feel about life are always through the hardships. I relate more to sadness, in a lot of ways, when I’m not playing.
  245. There are standards of the game that FIFA governs and promises to uphold.
  246. The truth is, I’ve been on a team my whole life. I’m the youngest of 7, so I’ve been training to be an athlete my whole life.
  247. The most important thing is to get better at your craft, and concussions and head impacts are a setback.
  248. The most important thing is that sometimes you have to go through hard times to get to the good stuff.
  249. The minute you step off that podium is the minute you start preparing for the next world championship. That’s kind of how I work. You celebrate for a brief moment, then you move on.
  250. The growth of women’s soccer and women’s sports all around the world has been slow.
  251. Sometimes when you fail, it allows you the opportunity to grow more motivation and get more intense about your training.
  252. Sometimes there has to be a goat on some level, and I’m totally fine with that being me.
  253. Sometimes if you have a coach or team-mates for too long, you get caught in certain routines. I think it’s good to shake up things a little bit.
  254. Soccer players generally burn through all of their carbohydrate stores by halftime, so how are you going to replace those? That’s what we do at halftime.
  255. People don’t understand that the feel of the surface is so important for a footballer. The ball travels on the surface; our feet move on the surface – all of that goes into how the game is actually played.
  256. People don’t think an athlete nowadays can have a team-first mentality and I do.
  257. One thing I love to do when I’m working out is take my watch off, take my heart strap off, and just run – not for time, not for exertion, but just to get the blood flowing.
  258. Nobody is offered a World Cup.
  259. My teammates have put me in all different kinds of positions to score goals, and I can’t say it enough, and I really through and through believe it in my heart that I’m only as good as my teammates allow me to be.
  260. My sole focus is to help bring a World Cup back to the U.S.
  261. My parents, they’re the kind of people that didn’t want me to get a big head, so they just kept challenging me and challenging me.
  262. My nephew has type 1 diabetes, and it’s my goal and hope that in his lifetime there will be a cure for diabetes. There’s no place better to give the money to than the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
  263. My go-to karaoke? ‘Alone’ by Celine Dion.
  264. My eldest sister Beth is a doctor who studied at Harvard and Columbia and played basketball for Harvard. She set the athletic and academic standard for the rest of us to follow.
  265. It’s always really challenging trying to go from player to player/coach. You have a kind of friendship basis of relationship with all of your teammates, and now you go to this power position where you have to make decisions that might hurt people’s feelings.
  266. It’s a heavy burden to look up at the mountain and want to start the climb.
  267. It feels a little bit odd to me that you have some guys that have never lived in the United States that play for the United States because they were able to secure a passport. To me, that just feels like they weren’t able to make it for their country and earn a living, so they’re coming here.
  268. International friendlies, they mean something, but what you want is to play on the biggest stage, play under the lights.
  269. If you break an individual record, it’s because of the greatness that comes before you.
  270. If I can help a kid feel more comfortable in their skin because they’re struggling with maybe the things I struggled with in high school, that’s great.
  271. I’ve always had a dream of owning a restaurant.
  272. I’ve always been motivated more by negative comments than by positive ones. I know what I do well. Tell me what I don’t do well.
  273. I’m pretty goofy. I laugh at my own jokes.
  274. I’m not sure if I’m going to get into coaching. I’m sure I’ll stay in soccer somehow.
  275. I’m not spending every second thinking about the World Cup, but it’s always in my mind when I make choices and decisions.
  276. I’m not in the business of politics.
  277. I’m honestly not the kind of person who wants to step up to a podium, test the microphone and be like, ‘Hey, I’m homosexual and this is who I am, hear me roar.’ That’s not who I am.
  278. I’m going to do anything I can do – whether that’s being part of FIFA or creating some sort of movement that can actually impart real equality across all lines – in every country, every city, every sector all over the world, that’s what I’m going to do.
  279. I’m fiercely patriotic, and the flag and the anthem is something that I really, really respect.
  280. I’m a pretty decent cook. I like to grill. I have a smoker that I love. I love me some steak. And I’ll make a huge salad with a ton of vegetables.
  281. I’ll be honest. After I got married, I definitely had a shift in emotional devotion.
  282. I would trade all the individual awards I’ve won for a World Cup.
  283. I would say Hope Solo is competitive.
  284. I would love to be a mum if I’m blessed to have children. My wife and I have those plans.
  285. I want to reduce my risks as much as possible and hopefully be able to go to the World Cup fit, ready and healthy.
  286. I want to do what I can to give the next generation of athletes added advantages in the game.
  287. I want my legacy to be about the soccer, and if I can help people be happier in life in any capacity, awesome.
  288. I think, as you grow older, you have figure out the best way to utilize not only your body but your skill.
  289. I think there’s so much emphasis on body image and results and outcome, but really what you should be after is to be healthy and to feel good about yourself.
  290. I think that in order to get better as an athlete and to see whatever kind of results you’re after, you have to make goals. Whether you write them down or tell someone about them, it’s important to set goals for yourself in order to achieve any kind of success.
  291. I think making the referee aware of a situation, there is nothing wrong with that.
  292. I think I take on a little more responsibility when push comes to shove. I’m not scared to fail.
  293. I really enjoy helping people out, and I enjoy time spent with kids.
  294. I know that I’ll end up being a role model for many, many people out there for all kinds of reasons.
  295. I know that I was put on this planet to be an athlete.
  296. I hope we can get to a point where women players are being paid properly all around the world so the only thing they have to worry about is playing football and playing football alone.
  297. I haven’t won a World Cup. There’s things that haven’t been finished, and I’m not afraid to fall flat on my face trying.
  298. I have never once dribbled the whole field and scored a goal by myself.
  299. I don’t know if I found soccer or if soccer found me. Especially because when I was younger, I was doing it, in a lot of ways, because I wanted the attention of my mom and dad.
  300. I don’t care how many championships you’ve won or how many records you’ve broken – if you’ve had a hand in pushing forward not only a game but women in sport’s movement, then I think that’s pretty darn good.
  301. I can’t speak for other people, but for me, I feel like gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet. I never felt like I was in a closet. I never did. I always felt comfortable with who I am and the decisions I made.
  302. I am not a politician by nature, but I will say I think there need to be more women in FIFA, and I would be open to having those conversations when the time is right.
  303. I am going to change the world, and I’m talking to everybody in the possible world that I can get to that can help me to do that.
  304. I always wanted to be more validated as a human being, as a person, than I was as a player. I think that was a really hard balance for me.
  305. I always think that struggle can bring out the best in people – or the worst.
  306. Having different people come together and be on a team and win a world championship is literally, I think, the definition of being American.
  307. From a pretty early age, my mother realized that I was a little bit more gifted and talented than my own age group. So, she moved me over to play with the boys’ travel soccer team when I was about 11 years old.
  308. Forever, it was just soccer – passion, life, love. Then I got married, and I had to transfer some of my energy. I want to be my best for my country, but I also made a really big promise and choice to be the best in my marriage. That has not always been the easiest thing to manage.
  309. For any athlete growing up, the Olympics is the one thing you watch with your family, and it’s the one thing you dream about. Seeing your country’s flag go up as you get a gold medal is the best thing you can achieve.
  310. During events like the World Cup and the Olympics, I tend to get really wrapped up in my own experience to stay focused, but it’s like a bubble. I don’t see much outside my own perspective.
  311. Considering retirement is like skirting with the reality of what’s to come, and I think that’s why so many athletes decide to do more introspection at that point.
  312. At the most elite level, your nutrition becomes a lifestyle: it’s not something you have to do when you’re preparing for Olympic games or World Cup games – you just do it. You’re more inclined to eat healthier because it’s better for your muscles.
  313. As soon as I started to realize that I could make a living playing professional soccer, I went to that place where I could torture myself because I knew it would make me better for the championship game.
  314. As professional soccer players, we take our bodies to the extreme. We’re the people at the gym that look like we’re breaking the machines. Pushing our bodies to the limits is what makes us so strong and capable and Olympians. It’s not an easy thing to consistently do over and over again to your body.
  315. As an athlete, you are literally programmed to endure a specific amount of pain.
  316. As a competitor, I want to continue to keep turning the chapters and keep challenging myself.
  317. Any little touch a defender can make on me when I’m in the air literally moves me. On the ground, I can use my muscle, but in the air, it’s harder to fight that off.
  318. Any good attacker will always beat a defender who’s face-marking you.
  319. A few goals is the way soccer is meant to be played.
  320. 2014 was physically a tough year because I injured my knee, and you know how that goes with your emotions and the mentality.
  321. I have a unique ability to predict the flight of the ball, and my teammates have a unique ability to find me.
  322. You’re always going to have terrorism.
  323. You’re always going to have extremists in every religion.
  324. Wikileaks didn’t help confidence with American administrations because of conversations made public so easily.
  325. Whenever you have a crisis, you’re always going to have the extremists taking advantage of the situation.
  326. When you get billions in aid and your weapons resupplied and your ammunition stock resupplied, you don’t learn the lesson that war is bad and nobody wins.
  327. When we try to push the envelope, there are certain sectors of society that say this is a Zionist plot to sort of destabilize our country, or this is an American agenda.
  328. When there’s a status quo, usually what shakes everybody up is some sort of military confrontation, at which point we all come running and screaming to pick up the pieces.
  329. When I talk to people in need, they tell me they want to hope; they are eager for opportunity; they are ready for better days. And I can tell you that every time their hopes are disappointed, all nations lose.
  330. What keeps me up at night is poverty and unemployment.
  331. We’re never going to be able to get rid of terrorism, because there is always going to be evil in the world.
  332. We want to be, I think, an example for the rest of the Arab world, because there are a lot of people who say that the only democracy you can have in the Middle East is the Muslim Brotherhood.
  333. We have to always hope in humanity that people will make the right choices.
  334. We have peace with Israel. We’re actually the last man standing. So there is going to be immense pressure and people asking, ‘Why are we having this relationship when it’s not benefiting anybody?’ Obviously, my answer is you always benefit from peace.
  335. Together, we can create a world in which peace is real; in which every human being can thrive; in which all share the promise of our century. I believe we can succeed.
  336. Today more than ever we need creative minds to address the issues of the age. And one of the most urgent is this: How can humanity know so much, achieve so much, and still fail so many people so badly?
  337. Through Hamas, Iran has been able to buy itself a seat on the table in talking about the Palestinian issue. And, as a result, through Hamas it does play a role in the issue of the Palestinians, as strange as that should sound.
  338. There is resistance to change. There’s a resistance to ideas.
  339. There is a tendency by a lot of officials to hide behind the king. And it’s about time that officials take their responsibility and are responsible in front of the people.
  340. There are so many different sub-societies inside of Syria.
  341. The security and the future of Jordan is hand-in-hand with the future of the Palestinians and the Israelis.
  342. The more I support with my economic plans the building of a middle class, the quicker they’re going to turn around and say, ‘Hey, we want a bigger say in things.’ So, I knew what I was getting into right at the beginning. It’s the right thing to do.
  343. The monarchy that I hand over to my son is not going to be the same one that I have inherited.
  344. The incentive that you give to your youth is going to be the make-or-break future of the country.
  345. The Middle East has the highest unemployment percentage of any region in the world we have the largest youth cohort of history coming into the market place that frustration does translate into the political sphere when people are hungry and without jobs.
  346. The Arab World is writing a new future; the pen is in our own hands.
  347. The Arab Spring I think we will look back whether it’s two years, five years, ten or fifteen. And say it’s a good thing.
  348. Ten years ago I said, you know, my goal is to be able to get food on the table. What I’m trying to say by that is trying to create a vibrant, capable and effective middle class. The quicker and stronger that we can be able to do this, the easier it is for political reform to move forward.
  349. Remember you don’t do anything in isolation.
  350. Prime Minister Sharon, Prime Minister Abbas, I urge you today to end the designs of those who seek destruction, annihilation and occupation, and I urge you to have the will and the courage to begin to realize our dreams of peace, prosperity and coexistence.
  351. Political development should start at the grassroots.
  352. Peace with Israel is a strategic imperative for Jordan.
  353. Over the past few years, the road to confrontation has shown its consequences: loss of innocent lives, destruction and fear. Most costly, however, was the loss of hope. The most precious gift that you can present to your peoples over the coming weeks is renewed hope born out of tangible progress on the ground.
  354. Our response has been, ‘Well, let’s then make an effort to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit around the table.’ That hasn’t happened. So we only have ourselves to blame for this crisis.
  355. Nobody scares me.
  356. No matter what’s happening in the Middle East – the Arab Spring, et cetera, the economic challenges, high rates of unemployment – the emotional, critical issue is always the Israeli-Palestinian one.
  357. My view is when you use violence on your people, that never ends well.
  358. Mr. President, prime ministers, let us have ambitions: ambitions to move beyond the violence and occupation, to the day when two states, Palestine and Israel, can live together side by side in peace and security.
  359. Many will view the compromises that will be made during your negotiations as painful concessions. But why not view them as peace offerings, ones that will provide in return the priceless gifts of hope, security and freedom for our children and our children’s?
  360. Many occasions I’ve sat down with Israelis to say, where do you see your country in 10 years time, and work me back, so we can figure out the synergies and the connections between Israel and the rest of the Arab world. No Israeli has ever been able to answer that question.
  361. Jordan has to show the Arab world that there’s another way of doing things. We’re a monarchy, yes, but if we can show democracy that leads to a two-, three-, four-party system – left, right and center – in a couple of years’ time, then the Muslim Brotherhood will no longer be something to contend with.
  362. Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off.
  363. It’s a tremendous responsibility to be direct descendants of the prophet Muhammad. This family has had the burden of leadership on its shoulders for 1,400 years. I’m not going to drop the ball on my shift.
  364. It is always dangerous to underestimate anybody.
  365. Is Israel going to continue to be ‘Fortress Israel’? Or, as we all hope, become accepted into the neighborhood, which I believe is the only way we can move forward in harmony.
  366. In our view, successful reform is not an event. It is a sustainable process that will build on its own successes – a virtuous cycle of change.
  367. If you look at military and intelligence positions from the 1950s, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been against American national interests.
  368. If you have a government that is elected, they need to do the hard work – because if they don’t, they won’t be around the next time the ballot box is open.
  369. If you believe that the killing of innocent people is right, then you are not part of my future.
  370. If everybody is happy, then something is wrong with the democratic process.
  371. I’ve benefited from the best of both societies and both cultures, East and West.
  372. I’m not the type of person that is forced.
  373. I’m just very wary that once you start military operations in any country, it’s very difficult to predict what the outcome is.
  374. I’m easily entertained.
  375. I think this is really a defining moment for the Arab world. The problem is, it is all going to be about blood, sweat and tears. In certain countries it may be just sweat, and in some countries sweat and tears, and in some countries, as you can see, a lot of blood. I think initial instability is something that we are all extremely nervous of.
  376. I think the success of democracy is not really police security; it’s the presence of a broad middle class. The stronger the middle class of a people is, the less you have to worry about one group coming in and exploiting the democratic process for its own ends.
  377. I think the debate in our society now is that people have to agree on zero-tolerance to terrorism.
  378. I think it’s almost impossible for any expert to predict for the rapid changes we see in the Middle East. They are rapid and they will continue for quite a while.
  379. I personally believe that any country that has a nuclear program should conform to international regulations and should have international regulatory bodies that check to make sure that any nuclear program moves in the right direction.
  380. I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions.
  381. I like to look at the glass half full.
  382. I hope that none of the countries in the Middle East are planning anything but the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy.
  383. I have the responsibility of over four million people, and I am in a position to do good, to be able to bring about a new life for my people, and I will continue to move in that direction. It’s a burden, but it needs to be done, and you have to have the courage and wisdom to see it through.
  384. I don’t think the Middle East could afford another war.
  385. I believe nuclear energy in Jordan will be done in such a way where it is a public-private partnership so everyone can see exactly what’s going on.
  386. Historic changes and challenges. Breakthroughs in human knowledge and opportunity. And yet, for vast numbers across the globe, the daily realities have not altered.
  387. For me, I am left leaning when it comes to health and education, on the right when it comes to defense. So I don’t know where I come on the political spectrum. And I think this the challenge that a lot of Jordanians have to deal with.
  388. Fifty-seven countries in the world, a third of the United Nations, do not recognize Israel. In a way, I think North Korea has better international relations than Israel.
  389. Earth’s dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation.
  390. Each country its cost analysis is going to be different. So what we are you seeing in Syria, for example, is different than what’s going on in Jordan. The maps are being rewritten.
  391. Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
  392. Chemical weapons are something that scares everybody.
  393. Blowing up buses will not induce the Israelis to move forward, and neither will the killing of Palestinians or the demolition of their homes and their future. All this needs to stop. And we pledge that Jordan will do its utmost to help achieve it.
  394. At the end of the day we want to bring stability and hope to Iraq. That’s the only way to defeat terrorism.
  395. And as an American colleague said to me several months ago, he said, ‘I think the challenge in Jordan – and, again, this is for the rest of the Middle East – we need to define what center is. And once we can define what center is to a Jordanian, then we can decide what’s left and what’s right of that.
  396. Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.
  397. Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since.
  398. We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
  399. Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
  400. If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.
  401. If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
  402. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
  403. I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.
  404. I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.
  405. I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, ‘Give, give.’
  406. Great necessities call out great virtues.
  407. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
  408. Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
  409. A little of what you call frippery is very necessary towards looking like the rest of the world.
  410. Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.
  411. Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
  412. When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
  413. The road to the sacred leads through the secular.
  414. The issue of prayer is not prayer; the issue of prayer is God.
  415. Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.
  416. Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
  417. Man’s sin is in his failure to live what he is. Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God.
  418. Man is a messenger who forgot the message.
  419. Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
  420. It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?
  421. He who is satisfied has never truly craved, and he who craves for the light of God neglects his ease for ardor.
  422. God is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.
  423. God is not a hypothesis derived from logical assumptions, but an immediate insight, self-evident as light. He is not something to be sought in the darkness with the light of reason. He is the light.
  424. A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
  425. A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
  426. You can see neurosis from below – as a sickness – as most psychiatrists see it. Or you can understand it as a compassionate man might: respecting the neurosis as a fumbling and inefficient effort toward good ends.
  427. Work is that which you dislike doing but perform for the sake of external rewards. At school, this takes the form of grades. In society, it means money, status, privilege.
  428. With my childhood, it’s a wonder I’m not psychotic. I was the little Jewish boy in the non-Jewish neighborhood. It was a little like being the first Negro enrolled in the all-white school. I grew up in libraries and among books, without friends.
  429. With a tree, all the growth takes place at the growing tips. Humanity is exactly the same. All the growth takes place in the growing tip: among that one percent of the population. It’s made up of pioneers, the beginners. That’s where the action is.
  430. What we need is a system of thought – you might even call it a religion – that can bind humans together. A system that would fit the Republic of Chad as well as the United States: a system that would supply our idealistic young people with something to believe in.
  431. What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
  432. What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
  433. We may define therapy as a search for value.
  434. We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
  435. The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
  436. The science of psychology has been far more successful on the negative than on the positive side… It has revealed to us much about man’s shortcomings, his illnesses, his sins, but little about his potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or his psychological health.
  437. The fact is that people are good, Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.
  438. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
  439. Rioting is a childish way of trying to be a man, but it takes time to rise out of the hell of hatred and frustration and accept that to be a man you don’t have to riot.
  440. One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.
  441. Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation.
  442. It is as necessary for man to live in beauty rather than ugliness as it is necessary for him to have food for an aching belly or rest for a weary body.
  443. If you think only of evil, then you become pessimistic and hopeless like Freud. But if you think there is no evil, then you’re just one more deluded Pollyanna.
  444. If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
  445. If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
  446. If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.
  447. If I were a Negro, I’d be fighting, as Martin Luther King fought, for human recognition and justice. I’d rather go down with my flag flying. If you’re weak or crippled, or you can’t speak out or fight back in some way, then people don’t hesitate to treat you badly.
  448. I’m someone who likes plowing new ground, then walking away from it. I get bored easily. For me, the big thrill comes with the discovering.
  449. I was awfully curious to find out why I didn’t go insane.
  450. Human nature is not nearly as bad as it has been thought to be.
  451. Good psychology should include all the methodological techniques, without having loyalty to one method, one idea, or one person.
  452. Education can become a self-fulfilling activity, liberating in and of itself.
  453. Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion, for the real and for the truth.
  454. Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values.
  455. But behavior in the human being is sometimes a defense, a way of concealing motives and thoughts, as language can be a way of hiding your thoughts and preventing communication.
  456. Being a full human being is difficult, frightening, and problematical.
  457. All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.
  458. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
  459. A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
  460. Youth is not restored by the dyeing of your hair.
  461. You should not quarrel with your neighbour, for he will remain where he is, but your high handedness will become the talk of the people.
  462. Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.
  463. When you seek advice, do not withhold any facts from the person whose advice you seek.
  464. When you advise any person you should be guided by the fear of God.
  465. When knowledge is limited – it leads to folly… When knowledge exceeds a certain limit, it leads to exploitation.
  466. Use the same measure for selling that you use for purchasing.
  467. To fight against the infidels is Jihad; but to fight against your evil self is greater Jihad.
  468. There is no harm in patience, and no profit in lamentation. Death is easier to bear (than) that which precedes it, and more severe than that which comes after it. Remember the death of the Apostle of God, and your sorrow will be lessened.
  469. There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.
  470. The true believer is rewarded in every thing, even in affliction.
  471. The people who abandon Jihad fall a victim to humility and degradation.
  472. The more knowledge you have, the greater will be your fear of Allah.
  473. The greatest truth is honesty, and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.
  474. Solitude is better than the society of evil persons.
  475. Run away from greatness and greatness will follow you.
  476. Pride in the case of a rich man is bad, but pride in the case of a poor man is worse.
  477. Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice.
  478. Our abode in this world is transitory, our life therein is but a loan, our breaths are numbered and our indolence is manifest.
  479. O man you are busy working for the world, and the world is busy trying to turn you out.
  480. Muslims should live like brothers.
  481. Maybe a thing that you do not like is really in your interest. It is possible that a thing that you may desire may be against your interest.
  482. Knowledge is the life of the mind.
  483. Jihad is obligatory for the Muslims.
  484. It is bad for a young man to sin; but it is worse for an old man to sin.
  485. It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you.
  486. Intentions count in your actions.
  487. In the matter of justice, all should be equal in your eyes.
  488. If you want to control other people, first control yourself.
  489. If you expect the blessings of God, be kind to His people.
  490. If anybody seeks your advice, offer right and sincere advice.
  491. If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world, that is bad. But if a learned person is thus attracted, it is worse.
  492. I have been given the authority over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth.
  493. He who prays five times a day is in the protection of God, and he who is protected by God cannot be harmed by anyone.
  494. He who is not impressed by sound advice, lacks faith.
  495. He who indulges in falsehood will find the paths of paradise shut to him.
  496. He who fears to weep, should learn to be kind to those who weep.
  497. He who builds a masjid in the way of Allah, God will build a house for him in the paradise.
  498. He who becomes a Muslim does so in his own interest.
  499. He who avoids complaint invites happiness.
  500. He who aspires to paradise should learn to deal with people with kindness.
  501. Have an earnestness for death and you will have life.
  502. Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity.
  503. God helps those who fear Him.
  504. God blesses him who helps his brother.
  505. Follow the way of life, which the Holy Prophet has shown you, for verily that is the right path.
  506. Every day, nay every moment, try to do some good deed.
  507. Do not look down upon any Muslim, for even the most inferior believer is great in the eyes of God.
  508. Do not get elated at any victory, for all such victory is subject to the will of God.
  509. Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust, greed and anger.
  510. Do not deceive or be faithless even with your enemy.
  511. Death is the easiest of all things after it, and the hardest of all things before it.
  512. Cursed is the man who dies, but the evil done by him survives.
  513. Be good to others, that will protect you against evil.
  514. Allah will help him who moves in the way of Allah.
  515. Whenever I start to really think about what I’m playing, I may play it better musically, but the feeling isn’t there.
  516. When you take a shower in space, you have to press the water onto your body to clean yourself, and then you gotta vacuum it off.
  517. We’re bigger now than we were in the late 70s when we were peaking.
  518. The guys in my band are good friends on and off the stage. The band members that I have now is probably the best band that I have ever had.
  519. The bottom line is the Kiss Army is growing by leaps and bounds.
  520. That’s what Kiss is all about – not just music, but entertainment, y’know? We’re there to take you away from your problems, and rock and roll all night and party every day for those two hours you’re at the concert.
  521. People, y’know, they either love us or they hate us; there’s no middle ground.
  522. One thing I love to do is produce. I’ve produced a couple of bands. I mean, nothing ever really happened with ’em, but I enjoy getting a young band into the studio and guiding them, and making them feel at ease.
  523. One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever gotten is my daughter.
  524. Once you come and see Kiss, you either love us or you hate us.
  525. My life has been a roller coaster ride, but somehow I’ve always been able to land on my feet and still play the guitar.
  526. It’s always great playing with other musicians. It’s also a great situation where I’m the older guy, I’ve influenced generations of guitar players.
  527. It’s always good to walk in a room and know everybody kind of looks up to you because I guess I’ve earned it.
  528. If I’m so popular, why did they replace me with Tommy Thayer?
  529. I’ve started working on a new album, I’m writing a new book… there are a lot of good things on the horizon.
  530. I’ve recorded 25 or 30 albums. I know that sometimes when you work with producers who are kinda dictators, it doesn’t help you make a better record.
  531. I’ve learned a lot of tricks from working with a lot of great producers over the years, and I think I should write a book about it!
  532. I’ve been around a long time, so I guess I’ve touched a lot of people’s lives – hopefully for the better.
  533. I’m the kinda person, you gotta fight for everything you get. You gotta believe in yourself.
  534. I’m still shocked when people say, ‘You haven’t done a studio record in 20 years.’ I try to make excuses for it, but the truth is I just wasn’t with it.
  535. I’m not here to perform. I’m here to sign autographs. You have to wait till I come back with my own hand.
  536. I’m just a kid from Bronx who got lucky.
  537. I’m just a down-to-earth guy.
  538. I’ll get up there and I’ll do my guitar solos in one of those space outfits.
  539. I went to my friend’s house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I’m in love.
  540. I think the fans really wanna hear the songs the way they sound on the record.
  541. I think most of the people, once you see a Kiss show, you kinda get spoiled because I don’t think there’s anybody out there that’s doing a bigger or a better show than us.
  542. I loved playing the guitar and I knew I was pretty good at it, so that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
  543. I knew I was destined to do a solo album, but when I did that first album in 1978, I had no idea it was going to be that well received.
  544. I knew I was destined to be a rock star. I just knew it, like I’ve always had the power of foresight. I feel right now exactly the way I felt after I finished mixing my first solo album ‘New York Groove’.
  545. I just didn’t expect an acoustic version of Rock’n’Roll All Nite.
  546. I have a lot of diehard fans. Ace Frehley fans and Kiss fans are the greatest fans in the world.
  547. I had a feeling it was gonna work out because not only did I enjoy the music and hit it off with the guys, but I was into theatrical rock and was willing to wear makeup and do anything to make it.
  548. I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet.
  549. I don’t see this planet being… they’re talking about how they’re turning around the environmental problems here, but I think it’s already too late.
  550. I don’t like to practice; I like spontaneity. When I don’t play guitar for a week and I pick it up again, I play better.
  551. I can’t even read notes. But I can teach someone how to make a guitar smoke.
  552. I believe that the only way that the human race is gonna survive is to start colonizing space and setting up colonies on the moon, and then space stations.
  553. I asked my daughter when she was 16, What’s the buzz on the street with the kids? She’s going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren’t into Kiss. But they’ve all been told that it’s the greatest show on Earth.
  554. For me it’s about the music, and it always has been. Maybe for some other people it’s more about money.
  555. Finding a good band is Iike finding a good wife. You got to keep trying till you find the right one.
  556. Every time Paul and Gene use my makeup, they have to pay me a royalty check. I think they changed the makeup so they didn’t have to pay me.
  557. By the time I’m 40, interplanetary travel will be common. Nobody will want to talk to me at that age, anyway.
  558. As long as I know what key the solo is in, I try to kind of empty my mind and not think about anything. I just play without thinking.
  559. America is huge.
  560. A lot of times, I played bass on songs. Gene plays guitar on some songs.
  561. You have to take control of your own life, your own destiny, and your own careers. You can’t leave everything up to someone else, ’cause then you can look at them and blame them.
  562. You have to be talented. You have to work hard; you have to get the right pieces flowin’ for you at the right time. And that’s just what happened to me. I can’t explain what happened.
  563. You don’t judge a book by a cover. I’m not your typical rap look.
  564. You can make a hit song in 15 minutes. I don’t know about someone else’s song, but songs that people like of mine, I’ve created in 15 minutes or less.
  565. Whenever I cook, I think of Spanish music, so I always have to listen to some sort of salsa. It gets your body going.
  566. When you start putting too much thought into it, the music starts getting too revealing. You don’t need to know all my inner thoughts.
  567. When I think of influential females in hip-hop, my mind goes to Foxy Brown, hands down.
  568. This is just rap. I’m not trying to make people think I’m some sort of scientific wizard or inspirational poet.
  569. The restaurant business is something that you have to treat like a baby. You have to constantly be there. You can’t trust it to anybody else, because no one’s going to love it like you do.
  570. The first rappers I ever got into were Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, and Nas. Those are the guys. Those are the dudes that flipped my wig.
  571. The best rappers I know are, like, air-conditioner men.
  572. Penmanship means a lot to me. I don’t have cursive penmanship, though. I’ve created my own penmanship. It’s very clear. Everyone can read it. I write things down all day long.
  573. No one raps about food like I do. I rap about fine dishes – like, all kinds of things that only real chefs and real foodies are going to know about.
  574. New York was at the forefront of rap, so because of all the great people who have gone before me, being a rapper from Queens, I have to live up to those standards. I’m basically just a regular guy who says what he feels and likes to joke. I like long walks on the beach… and I love rap.
  575. My mother pretty much raised me to be a free spirit. Anything my father would say, she would tell me, ‘No, it’s like this.’
  576. My main influence is Kool G Rap and Cam’ron, pretty much. If you were to mix those two people up, I wish that would be me… This is my voice. I sound like nobody; I sound like me.
  577. My childhood was great, honestly. I have all these incredible memories of my childhood. I was an only child. I always had all my cousins around. I had my grandparents around. I had my parents around. I had my uncles around – whatever.
  578. My 9-year-old daughter can recite every line from ‘Easy Rider,’ and that is not an easy song to do. She raps all of Nicki Minaj and everything; she’s dope. She has my musical ear for sure. She sings, and she’s beautiful. It’s very powerful.
  579. If I would make a song dedicated to any woman, it would have to be my mom because, you know, she’s been there since I came out of her. She would have to be the one… my mom or my daughter.
  580. I’ve started getting acclimated to writing on the road and on the spot. I just let whatever I feel at the time come out, instead of really sitting there and taking days to write just one song.
  581. I’m the Bjorn Boerg of table tennis.
  582. I’m still a huge Yankees fan. Growing up, Jeter was my guy, but Bernie Williams was my favorite player.
  583. I’m rap’s vigilante. I’m out for justice.
  584. I’m not the type of guy to go so deep with the concept songs, but there’s deep thought in everything. Maybe it’s not just a repetitive hook telling you what the song is about – you have to use your brain a little bit.
  585. I’m not just a normal guy. I’m a gymnast.
  586. I’m naturally a nice person. I’m not trying to have any problems with people. I’m done with the drama and trouble. I want a stress-free life.
  587. I’m into heavy duty, psychedelic, foreign music. That’s what I like listening to.
  588. I’m gonna be honest. I don’t care about much. I care about people liking my music. I made it very far without nothing being on radio.
  589. I’m an honorable human being. I know what to do and what not to do, and if I’m wrong, I always apologize. I’m a big enough man to do that.
  590. I’m a piece of work, man. I will do what I want, at all times, always. Nobody’s going to persuade me one way or another. I can’t be persuaded. I take criticism, I listen, I analyze, but at the end of the day, I make the decisions. Because that’s the way I started, and that’s the way I’m going to finish.
  591. I’m a man of different types of flavors and tastes. I like listening to things that inspire me. Older music, when instruments were being played, not just people hitting buttons. It’s manlier. You’re touching things to make sounds appear.
  592. I’m a championship handball player. I’m a championship softball and baseball player. I used to be an extremely talented center in high school in football. I also dabbled in lacrosse and soccer. I’m really good at billiards, darts, shuffleboard.
  593. I’m a born athlete. Weight-lifting is in my blood. I used to do the powerlifting thing. I gained a little weight, but I still got it; I’m mad built.
  594. I’ll always be into sports. Sports is part of my life forever. My TV stays on ESPN all day long, I’m one of those. I don’t even listen to music in the car; all I listen to is sports talk.
  595. I would say I started rapping because my friends were doin’ it.
  596. I worked on the line, I’ve been an executive chef, I’ve worked for the Mets, I’ve worked for various steakhouses, vegetarian restaurants, a lot of Middle Eastern stuff. I’ve worked my fair share of a lot of different things. I’ve worked at festivals and street fairs, you know? I’ve been through it all.
  597. I want to do an album with Steven Seagal.
  598. I still wake up every day and take my kids to school. It’s supposed to be this way.
  599. I pick and choose my battles, but I overthink everything because I have to think about everything.
  600. I love to cook a meal for the so-called holidays. You always need the turkey. I like making a good BBQ brisket as well.
  601. I live in the moment, and I reflect later.
  602. I like every girl. Every kind of girl that there is, I like.
  603. I just do whatever I do, and put it out there without tryin’ to cater to anybody. If you like it, you like it.
  604. I hope I have a long career, but I really don’t think about the future like that. I live, like, for right now, honestly. I take it however it comes.
  605. I have to be able to rap. I don’t have the look. I don’t have the typical slim-dude, fancy-clothes look. That’s not me. I have to be able to rap – there is no other choice, or else I get eaten alive.
  606. I guess I am a rapper. It’s weird to be called that, or tell someone that’s your profession.
  607. I grew up in the ’90s. My goal isn’t to be a ’90s rapper, but I have little hints of ’90s influence in my music. It’s a modern approach to classic rap.
  608. I grew up in such a melting pot. There’s more ethnicities in Queens than there is in any place on the planet. So you grow up knowing things about other cultures.
  609. I got a lot of influence from my father, honestly. He’d take me in his car. I’d hear Carlos Santana. I’d hear Queen. I’d hear all these Turkish people, like, bands that he grew up listening to. He was in a band as well.
  610. I get inspired in certain places. You have to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or New Zealand, when you’re standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean.
  611. I get angry real quick, but I also cool down just as fast. Albanians don’t want to deal with anything in the moment.
  612. I don’t wanna be preached to. Unless it’s in a beautiful voice, I don’t want that.
  613. I don’t really do playlists. I don’t know how to make a playlist, honestly.
  614. I don’t put people down. I build people up. That’s how I always wanna be looked at.
  615. I don’t ever have the pressure of making a hit, because I’ve never had a hit song, per se. The closest thing to a hit song was ‘Shiraz,’ and it’s not your prototypical hit song, with a catchy hook and all this other stuff.
  616. I don’t even remember the last time I bought an album, honestly.
  617. I could never change the overall feel of my music. That’s why people like me – I don’t follow trends, and I don’t follow crowds.
  618. I come from a musical family as well as a culinary family.
  619. Everything is creative. It’s all relative to me. No matter what, you’ve gotta use your imagination, use your senses.
  620. Everyone is trying to make these huge songs; I just make things that I want to listen to. Music that I will be comfortable listening to 10 years from now, that’s my only thing.
  621. Did I collect baseball cards? I’ve got 10 books full of plastic in my mother’s house. All the Upper Decks, the Fleers, the Fleer Ultras. My grandfather brought me to the trade shows. I collected Marvel cards, too.
  622. Billy Joel is an incredible musician. He just feels like one of the guys, you know. I grew up listening to his music.
  623. As far as rap, I was more of a Mobb Deep guy rather than a Tribe guy.
  624. Anything that catches my ear, I’m into. Things that are different, that change what you’re listening to.
  625. All I can do is put out the good stuff, and people will make the decision on whether they like it. My fans are very intelligent people. They’re not stupid. They know what’s good.
  626. Albanians, we tan well! I don’t burn; I bake.
  627. ‘Molto Mario’ was the show that sparked my entire interest in cooking.
  628. We may say most aptly that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.
  629. Those who incline to very strictly utilitarian views may perhaps feel that the peculiar powers of the Analytical Engine bear upon questions of abstract and speculative science rather than upon those involving everyday and ordinary human interests.
  630. Those who have learned to walk on the threshold of the unknown worlds, by means of what are commonly termed par excellence the exact sciences, may then, with the fair white wings of imagination, hope to soar further into the unexplored amidst which we live.
  631. The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself, and has its own abstract truth and value.
  632. The science of operations, as derived from mathematics more especially, is a science of itself and has its own abstract truth and value, just as logic has its own peculiar truth and value, independently of the subjects to which we may apply its reasonings and processes.
  633. The ideas which led to the Analytical Engine occurred in a manner wholly independent of any that were connected with the Difference Engine. These ideas are indeed, in their own intrinsic nature, independent of the latter engine and might equally have occurred had it never existed nor even been thought of at all.
  634. The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform… But it is likely to exert an indirect and reciprocal influence on science itself.
  635. The Analytical Engine does not occupy common ground with mere ‘calculating machines.’ It holds a position wholly its own, and the considerations it suggests are more interesting in their nature.
  636. That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal, as time will show.
  637. Owing to some peculiarity in my nervous system, I have perception of some things, which no one else has; or at least very few, if any… I can throw rays from every quarter of the universe into one vast focus.
  638. Mathematical science shows what is. It is the language of unseen relations between things. But to use and apply that language, we must be able fully to appreciate, to feel, to seize the unseen, the unconscious.
  639. In the case of the Analytical Engine, we have undoubtedly to lay out a certain capital of analytical labour in one particular line, but this is in order that the engine may bring us in a much larger return in another line.
  640. Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science.
  641. I wish to add my mite towards expounding & interpreting the Almighty, & his laws & works, for the most effective use of mankind; and certainly, I should feel it no small glory if I were enabled to be one of his most noted prophets (using this word in my own peculiar sense) in this world.
  642. I was rather foolish in saying that I did not like arithmetic and to learn figures when I did – I was not thinking quite what I was about. The sums can be done better, if I tried, than they are.
  643. I think I am more determined than ever in my future plans, and I have quite made up my mind that nothing must be suffered to interfere with them. I intend to make such arrangements in town as will secure me a couple of hours daily (with very few exceptions) for my studies.
  644. I shall, in due time, be a Poet.
  645. I have my hopes, & very distinct ones, too, of one day getting cerebral phenomena such that I can put them into mathematical equations: in short, a law or laws for the mutual actions of the molecules of the brain (equivalent to the law of gravitation for the planetary & sideral world).
  646. I have got a scheme to make a thing in the form of a horse with a steam engine in the inside so contrived as to move an immense pair of wings, fixed on the outside of the horse, in such a manner as to carry it up into the air while a person sits on its back.
  647. I find that nothing but very close and intense application to subjects of a scientific nature now seems at all to keep my imagination from running wild, or to stop up the void which seems to be left in my mind from a want of excitement.
  648. I believe myself to possess a most singular combination of qualities exactly fitted to make me pre-eminently a discoverer of the hidden realities of nature.
  649. I am never so happy as when I am really engaged in good earnest, & it makes me must wonderfully cheerful & merry at other times, which is curious & very satisfactory.
  650. I am much pleased to find how very well I stand work & how my powers of attention & continued effort increase.
  651. As soon as I have got flying to perfection, I have got a scheme about a steam engine.
  652. A new, a vast, and a powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths so that these may become of more speedy and accurate practical application for the purposes of mankind than the means hitherto in our possession have rendered possible.
  653. You are not indispensable to your church, but you are indispensable to your family.
  654. Why did the earthquake and tsunami occur in Japan? Was it the act of an angry God? No, it was the result of the movement and collision of the earth’s tectonic plates – a process driven by the earth’s need to regulate its own internal temperature. Without the process that creates earthquake, our planet could not sustain life.
  655. While some misuse their freedom to perpetrate evil, millions respond by feeling compelled to use their freedom to do good.
  656. When sermons start where people live – their questions, struggles, and concerns – and then offer a timely and helpful word from the Scriptures, people are more interested in hearing what else the Scriptures have to say.
  657. When people ask me if I’m liberal or conservative, I say, ‘Yeah.’ I’m both of them. To be a liberal means to be open-minded and generous and open to new ideas. And to be conservative means to hold onto things that are important, things that shouldn’t be cast aside.
  658. When my kids were growing up, I wanted their teachers to teach them science, reading, math and history. I also wanted them to care about my kids. But I did not want my children’s public school teachers teaching them religion. That was my job as a parent and the job of our church, Sunday school, and youth group.
  659. We live on a planet that is amazing, beautiful, and full of wonder but not protected from powerful destructive forces of nature. We are capable of doing wonderful and selfless things but also self-absorbed and harmful things. This is the world we live in.
  660. We live in bodies that are fearfully and wonderfully made, yet they are not immune to illness and pain. We have hearts that are capable of experiencing great love, but sometimes they get broken.
  661. We don’t need mandatory, non-sectarian prayers read over the loudspeaker to ‘put God back in schools.’ God never left the schools. God is still at work through the hundreds of thousands of gifted teachers and administrators, committed parents, and passionate volunteers who seek to help give our children ‘a future with hope.’
  662. Those who are believers in God find strength from their faith in the face of suffering. They are compelled to give sacrificially to help those in need. And they have the hope that comes from knowing that, with God by their side, the tragedy they are facing is never the final word.
  663. The story of Noah, like other stories in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, are archetypal. Noah’s story tells us that human beings have an inherent tendency towards violence both towards their fellow human beings and towards the creation itself. The story tells us that this violence grieves God.
  664. The senseless killing of 20 children and their teachers and principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School was not part of God’s grand plan. It was a thwarting of God’s plan. It was the misuse of human freedom.
  665. The earliest stories in Genesis were not written to tell primeval history. They were written to tell readers about themselves and about God.
  666. The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, and to do justice and love kindness, not to indiscriminately kill one another.
  667. Some Christians see the biblical teaching on homosexuality as reflecting the culture and times in which the Bible was written and not reflecting God’s eternal perspective on homosexual people. Others believe these scriptures represent God’s timeless will for how human beings practice intimacy.
  668. People are drawn to preaching that is passionate and offered with conviction. Passion comes when the preacher has spent significant time with the text, and when God has spoken through the text in a way that addresses the preacher’s life first.
  669. Our society is divided by the culture wars into the Left and Right, and the United Methodist Church has always stood historically in the center and has been willing to listen to and to bring together those things that often are found in opposite camps.
  670. One thing that helps to stretch me is to listen to other preacher’s sermons. Every year, I will listen to at least ten other preachers, both to hear God speak to me, and also to evaluate their preaching to see what I can learn and how I can improve my own preaching.
  671. My aim is that every sermon series I preach is prepared as though I were teaching a college-level course.
  672. Many Christians do not believe God sends tornadoes. But they do believe that God walks with His children through the storms, that He sends His people to help after the storms, and that with and through God, there is always hope.
  673. Learning to read the Bible in the light of the times in which it was written is critical. Reading it uncritically, without understanding the cultural and historical setting of the text, leaves us forced to accept scientific and sociological norms of the ancient Near East from 3,000 years ago.
  674. Learning to read the Bible in the light of the times in which it was written is critical.
  675. Jesus’ own witness of sacrificial love and forgiveness, and his work to heal the sick and care for those in need, represent God’s ways and vision for us.
  676. In America our public schools are intended to be religiously neutral. Our teachers and schools are neither to endorse nor to inhibit religion. I believe this is a very good thing.
  677. If God is not sending earthquakes, destroying economies and inflicting pain upon human beings, what is God doing? God works through people, calling them to help their neighbors in need. God comforts His people, walking with them even ‘through the valley of the shadow of death.’
  678. If ‘everything happens for a reason,’ then every act of evil is ultimately God’s doing.
  679. I’m convinced many of America’s heroes are public school teachers and administrators. Many of these people do what they do because of their faith.
  680. I think that what happens for many Christians is, they accept their particular faith, they accept it to be true, and they stop examining it. Consequently, because it’s already accepted to be true, they don’t examine other people’s faiths… That, I think, is not healthy for a person of any faith.
  681. I think anger is a normal response to something horrible that someone has done, another human being has done, and to rob people of life, and that’s actually healthy to have, to feel that. At some point you have to figure out, ‘How do I let that go?’
  682. I suspect that here theists and atheists would agree: Human beings have within them the ability to choose evil or good. We wake up each day facing the age-old struggle of good and evil. In some situations, mental illness clouds our judgment.
  683. I love the Bible. I read it every day. I spend 10 hours a week studying it. It has affected my life in profound ways. I am inspired when I read it.
  684. I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week. But the Bible is not a manufacturer’s handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
  685. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. The Bible is my primary way of knowing Him and what it means to follow Him. And I am a pastor, and I teach and preach the Bible to my congregation every week. But the Bible is not a manufacturer’s handbook. Neither is it a science textbook nor a guidebook for public policy.
  686. God’s role in superintending our world and our lives is neither absentee landlord nor micromanager.
  687. God seldom suspends the laws of nature, just as God does not remove free will to keep evil people from doing evil things.
  688. God seeks to influence humanity. This is at the heart of the Christmas story. It is the story of light coming into the darkness, of a Savior to show us the way, of light overcoming the darkness, of God’s work to save the world.
  689. Frequent prayer has great value. On its surface, this sounds simplistic. But if we’re to keep prayer at the forefront of our ministry, we and our people have to pray again and again.
  690. Everything doesn’t happen for a reason, if by this we mean evil is a part of God’s plan. But God does ensure that evil will not prevail and that light will always, ultimately, overcome the darkness. If we follow God’s lead, our work is to push back the darkness.
  691. Effective preaching starts with loving the people we’re preaching to.
  692. Christians believe that God is everywhere and is involved in our lives at every moment, whether we publicly acknowledge God or not.
  693. As a pastor, I have a deep desire to lead people to God and encourage people to pray, read the Bible, and carry their faith into every part of their lives.
  694. You know, if it weren’t for these fans, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did.
  695. You can’t plan everything – if I did a performance exactly how I rehearsed it, it would be so boring.
  696. Yeah, I think speculation keeps things really interesting.
  697. When you dance and move around it creates a different reaction from the audience – they love it.
  698. When I was kid, I remember playing ‘Vogue’ by Madonna over and over and over again. And ah, you know, something about the beat was really cool, and Madonna, visually, was on TV all the time and I thought she was just so beautiful.
  699. When I was in high school I was 250 pounds.
  700. Wait a minute, I’m a fan of yours; you can’t be a fan of mine!
  701. Those shows I did with Queen were pretty surreal. I was really excited and super-flattered, but intimidated at the same time.
  702. There’s not a blueprint for me to follow.
  703. There’s no regrets for me.
  704. There’s a certain level of pageantry with ‘Idol,’ and in order to work the show, you kind of have to feed into it.
  705. There was a lot of me trying to be a ‘fixer.’ I was that kind of guy. I’d meet someone who had ‘so much potential’ that needed ‘help.’ I think that was kind of my curse for a long time.
  706. There are female artists I can look at that I find more in common with than the male artists, because they’re blending the pop, dance and theatricality… but currently there aren’t a lot of guys who go there.
  707. The way I look at it is everybody should have the right to get married, if they so choose.
  708. The kids that are different and out there and expressive and are bold with those choices, those are the people that grow up to be people we all want to hang out with, that become celebrities or become really successful in what they do because they believe in who they are.
  709. The biggest risk I’ve ever taken is going on American Idol and trying to be myself. I wasn’t going to try too hard to conform, and I knew that it could possibly not work out.
  710. So pretty much, to sum it up, if you can freak someone out and bring that kind of emotion out of somebody with a song, you’re doing something right.
  711. Right now, I’m not really thinking about marriage.
  712. Pop is a little bit theatrical. That’s the whole vibe. That’s the point – is that it’s great music, great melodies, great hooks. But, on top of it, it’s a presentation. There’s a showmanship about it. And that’s why I wanted to be a pop star.
  713. People want to talk about whether I have rock cred, whether I’m selling out, the theatricality, the gay stuff… Chill out! And just enjoy yourself.
  714. Nowadays in pop, there’s not a lot of men that are singing big and loud and high – it’s not as common as it once was.
  715. My wish is for gay to become less of a label, and more of just one of many great colors in the collective box of humanity.
  716. My mother was always supportive.
  717. My first album was completed in three months.
  718. My dad is a Deadhead, my mom’s a Jewish-American princess from Jersey.
  719. My M.O. is just do what you do and don’t feel like you have to make apologies for it. I’m sure there will come a point when I have to apologize for something, but not yet.
  720. Los Angeles can be a really sad city.
  721. It’s been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I’ve experienced.
  722. In middle school, I really didn’t have music, but in high school, I remember taking a lot of choir and drama.
  723. I’ve sung other people’s music all my life.
  724. I’ve only dressed in drag three or four times.
  725. I’ve been known to make out with girls from time to time. Couple drinks involved, you know. It’s fun. And who knows? Maybe it’ll go further someday. I don’t know.
  726. I’ve been kind of toying around with the bi thing in my head. I wouldn’t ever give myself the label ‘bisexual’, but bi-curious? Yea.
  727. I’ve always been fond of the glam-rocker title.
  728. I’m very inspired by past music.
  729. I’m trying to convey to my audience that you really can’t judge a book by its cover, and there’s more to the universe than you can see with your eyes.
  730. I’m trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader.
  731. I’m so happy to be in a committed relationship.
  732. I’m proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It’s just another part of me.
  733. I’m proud of my sexuality.
  734. I’m not a babysitter.
  735. I’m inspired by history, different periods.
  736. I wouldn’t ever give myself the label bisexual, but bi-curious, yeah.
  737. I would love to do a live show with dancers and fashion and scenic elements – definitely bring my love of the theater to a concert-style performance.
  738. I worked at Starbucks when I was 16… It was all right.
  739. I wasn’t unhappy, but I was a little like: ‘Is this it? Really?’ I was thirsty.
  740. I was really beating myself up about performances and how I looked and this and that.
  741. I was afraid to express myself for a while.
  742. I was a big fan of Middle Eastern elements of music and experimental electronic and tribal sounds.
  743. I wanted the focus to be on my ability as a singer and as an entertainer – not on my private life.
  744. I want to upset people, I want to make people think, I want to keep people interested.
  745. I try to go throughout my daily life just as if nothing has changed, but you don’t have much anonymity anymore, which feels really good. People come up, and say hi and they enjoy your work.
  746. I try not to get trapped in any one musical or visual style at all.
  747. I think, for the majority of my twenties, I was always so concerned with what I didn’t have, or what I still wanted.
  748. I think you kind of have to put yourself out there.
  749. I think theatricality is just one way of performing. I don’t think it’s a better way or the way, but it’s my way.
  750. I think the difficult thing is the transition between TV competition series and going into the actual music industry. There still seems to be a slight disconnect there.
  751. I think the British audience might be more open-minded with some of my imagery and weird choices.
  752. I think sometimes we’re meant to do something but things aren’t lined up correctly.
  753. I think it’s up to the parents to discern what their child is watching on television.
  754. I think Lady Gaga is great and is changing pop music and bringing back a certain rock ‘n’ roll spirit, swagger to the game.
  755. I started to realize I wasn’t like every other boy.
  756. I started rejecting the proper way to sing and I started singing.
  757. I nitpick details.
  758. I never wore full-on eyeliner in high school, but I wanted to.
  759. I need to be able to explain myself in context.
  760. I love myself and I am a good person.
  761. I listen to crazy, robust rock music where they sing their faces off, and soul music, which can be similar.
  762. I like to get real pretty.
  763. I like ‘Rocky Horror.’
  764. I knew that it was my only shot to be taken seriously in the recording industry, because it’s fast and broad.
  765. I just talk a lot, that’s the problem.
  766. I haven’t had many relationships.
  767. I have nothing to hide.
  768. I have crushes on women all the time. I don’t have intimate relationships with them, but I find women beautiful.
  769. I have crushes on women all the time.
  770. I had self-esteem issues into my early 20s.
  771. I had a lot of fun with my costume designer.
  772. I get why certain actors want to stay in the closet.
  773. I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay.
  774. I don’t like to look typical.
  775. I don’t feel closeted.
  776. I didn’t feel attractive in high school.
  777. I definitely have my opinions that I’m very vocal about and I’m not afraid to put them out there.
  778. I breeze through Twitter – I look at the mentions, the pictures, the videos.
  779. I am who I am.
  780. I am gay, and I’m very comfortable with it.
  781. For me, one of the important things about keeping vocally healthy is warming up and making sure I’m aware where my voice is at, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep, and just taking care of myself with exercise and eating healthy.
  782. Female performers have been doing this for years – pushing the envelope about sexuality – and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out.
  783. Fame is a very strange animal.
  784. Conforming is not cool.
  785. Coming up with something new and original is so exciting.
  786. Carving out an identity for yourself is important so I’m trying to do that as well.
  787. Bowie’s been a huge influence on me.
  788. At least I can say that I’m honest.
  789. All these songs honestly explore the ups and downs of my reality.
  790. After my tour I had time to stay at home, be with my boyfriend and hang out with friends and that brought me down to earth and helped me write music from a more relaxed place.
  791. A lot of my male vocal influences are British – people like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.
  792. ‘Come out’ is so funny to me because I’ve never been in.
  793. You know when you’re 14 and terrified to talk to a girl? I didn’t suffer much from that. It seemed very natural to me to talk to girls.
  794. Yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel.
  795. Yoga carves you into a different person – and that is satisfying physically.
  796. There are many things that keep me from getting married. But there will be a time when marriage makes sense to me.
  797. The only reason I became the singer in the band is because I sang the best. It wasn’t out of some desire to be a star or be a famous singer. It’s not like I love interviews.
  798. The best thing about Mick Jagger is how uncalculating he is. He does what he wants to do and it feels right. He’s not a dancer – neither am I.
  799. Stevie Wonder is just one of those guys that completely delivers everything that you want to be true about Stevie Wonder. He’s an amazing human being, and the fairytale exists with that man.
  800. So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good.
  801. Seriously, ‘Honey Boo Boo’ is the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good.
  802. Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed.
  803. People see you on TV every day, they start knowing your name. You know, I was always just the guy from Maroon 5 until I became myself.
  804. Peer pressure plays a huge role in people’s desire to get married.
  805. Nothing wrong with making money.
  806. Not every song has to be about love and tenderness, sometimes you have those strictly physical feelings for somebody and it’s okay to have those feelings.
  807. Nobody has it all, but for me to even come close is amazing.
  808. My job means I work late.
  809. Music was a way of rebelling against the whole rah-rah high school thing.
  810. Men need to live and breathe women.
  811. Let’s face it, I only practice yoga because the classes are always packed with beautiful women.
  812. It’s sweet that I don’t have to do my laundry.
  813. In real life, I am emotionally confused, which enables me to write songs. I’m a Pisces, and they say that Pisces are very sensitive. If men were just honest with themselves, they would see that they all have that side.
  814. I’ve always felt a little misrepresented in the world.
  815. I’m intelligent enough to survive happily and be compassionate. If I were too smart, I would realize all the ills of the world.
  816. I’m fiercely independent, but I’m also terrified of being alone.
  817. I’m extremely fascinated by marriage. I want to study marriage. I want to learn about it. I want to know it. I want to figure out whether or not I want to do it. I’m not just going to leap into it, because that’s not good for anybody.
  818. I was a huge Beatles fan. The Stones, Dylan. Later on, I got into Stevie Wonder, and Bill Withers – he’s one of my heroes. Al Green, too.
  819. I play in a band, I write songs, I sing, you know, perform on stage.
  820. I never got down with conveying a larger-than-life vibe.
  821. I love music videos, I really do. I think it’s kind of sad that it’s a dying art form.
  822. I have a very all-over-the-place lifestyle. The people I know who are married – 90 percent of them have houses and live in the same place and sleep in the same bed every night.
  823. I have a high self-opinion – I don’t need to hide that. I don’t need to be self-deprecating.
  824. I hate flying. Know why? Because no one really understands how planes actually work.
  825. I felt like people only knew me as a singer who dated pretty girls.
  826. I don’t want to be an actor, but why not take these opportunities when they come to you? I’m not killing myself auditioning, chasing that dream.
  827. I don’t think any relationship responds well to pressure.
  828. I don’t know if it’s possible to live the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and still be romantic.
  829. I don’t date my girlfriend because she’s a model. I date her because I love her.
  830. I do believe that I deserve what I have. I don’t think I’m entitled to it. That’s a big difference.
  831. I absolutely loathe the idea of doing a fragrance simply as a moneymaker. Personal brand to make money? Vomit.
  832. Furnishing a home is no different than going into the studio and making music. You want to make sure you’ve pared down all the extra details so that in the end, every stitch has a context uniquely yours.
  833. Before I go on stage I pretend that everyone loves me.
  834. At any Maroon 5 concert, you’ll see a room backstage marked ‘yoga.’
  835. As a pop star, you don’t have to be that smart for people to think you’re intelligent.
  836. And I think I have a distinct voice.
  837. A lot of my emotional issues come from dealing with the opposite sex. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll be retired before I can finally enter into a healthy relationship.
  838. ‘The Voice’ was the first real job I’ve ever had that wasn’t just messing around with music.
  839. ‘The Voice’ is built on positivity. Once we started filming, I knew that America was really going to love it.
  840. You’re not a slave to those test audiences.
  841. You think of movies like ‘Midnight Run’ and ’48 Hours’, those are great movies, especially ‘Midnight Run.’
  842. You need the audience to go on the ride with you. You can’t just isolate them.
  843. You know how in every heist movie they get past the security cameras that show the hallway leading to the diamonds by jamming the screens with a fake signal of everything looking safe and quiet? Usually a guard coughs so they don’t notice the blip from switching to the bogus feed.
  844. You have to be able to fail with the improv. You have to not care.
  845. You have a guy like Bernie Madoff literally steal $80 billion, you know, AIG steal hundreds of billions, Goldman Sachs. Crime has changed so much, and to really do a movie with, like, drug dealers or drug smugglers is kind of almost quaint at this point.
  846. You can’t really do a big character in an action film; you’re already suspending your disbelief in the action, then to suspend your disbelief in the character is too much.
  847. Word of mouth and the Internet are the only press we have left.
  848. With the derivatives market larger than ever, we need way more regulation of Wall Street, not less.
  849. White-collar crime has been marketed – billions of dollars have been put in to have us be bored by it.
  850. When you do comedy, you get impervious to good and bad reviews.
  851. When the movie starts playing on TV and DVD, that’s when you really see what the movie is.
  852. When I was at ‘SNL,’ I would constantly get in arguments, ‘Why aren’t we more political? We’re not going after Bush.’ Then look what happened – that Sarah Palin season, they were on fire. It was about something.
  853. We, Will Ferrell and I, were approached by Sequoia, which is a big financing firm up in Palo Alto; they do a lot of Internet stuff, and they came to us and said they had an idea for a comedy site, and Will and I were sorta like, ‘Yeah, we don’t know. It’s the Internet, we’ve seen it come and go.’
  854. We lost our minds in the ’80s and ’90s; we really as a society just felt that everyone could only care about themselves. There was no responsibility to discuss what’s going on in your town, your state, your nation. And it was a blast, it was really fun, but it doesn’t work.
  855. Wal-Mart is the biggest distributor of DVDs out there, but personally, I think their manufacturing policies have destroyed our economy, and they don’t pay their employees enough. I have massive problems with them.
  856. Voting for Romney after the train wreck of that was the eight years of W. Bush is like losing your pay check playing a rigged game of three-card monte and then playing the same game again a week later ’cause the cards are a different color.
  857. Ultimately, the only people who are in any way edified by hanging with famous people are you at the age of 11 and your mom.
  858. Tom Brokaw was never young.
  859. Things I used to get in trouble for writing at ‘SNL,’ suddenly other people like it.
  860. There’s nothing the people love more than a Federal Reserve joke.
  861. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world.
  862. There’s nothing more fun than mean-spirited characters.
  863. There’s nothing more fun than making fun of what’s sacred.
  864. There’s nothing more American than movies.
  865. There are many aspects to directing that have a romantic place in people’s minds.
  866. The way you really stop Al-Qaeda is by stopping their funding. It’s not by carpet-bombing or land invasions or anything.
  867. The truth is, there’s an information blockade in America, and it must be broken. In order to find crucial facts, numbers and outside perspectives, a person must spend an hour searching and cross-searching on the computer.
  868. The thing is, I’ve gotten massages to Enya. I like Enya. If you ate fantastic steaks to Celine Dion, you’d like Celine Dion.
  869. The stuff that’s going on is just so over-the-top, with the banking crisis and destroying the Gulf of Mexico, and the outrage hasn’t quite caught up with the people yet. But when it does, I think you’re going to see really virulent anti-authoritarian kind of comedy coming out.
  870. The living nightmare for a red state NASCAR driver would be a gay French driver.
  871. The key is a good story. If you have a good story, you have enough emotional beats that you can hit.
  872. The idea of 24-hour news, if you really step back, is pretty insane. Just even saying ’24-hour news’ almost has satire laced in it.
  873. The hardest thing in the world to do is to have someone in a seat in a theater laughing so hard that they’re making weird sounds.
  874. The easiest time to be funny is during a fairly serious situation. That way, you can break the ice. It’s crazy, but even at funerals, people will get huge laughs.
  875. The crush of lobbyists on Washington and purchase of the media by corporations has created a big business-run government and a worthless press leaving Americans screwed and ill-informed.
  876. The corporate right fires up the religious right against gay marriage and abortion and uses their votes to push their deregulation and tax cuts for the rich. It’s an old trick. The House of Saud has the same arrangement with the Mullahs in Saudi Arabia.
  877. The ‘Police Academy’ stuff was all hyper-slapsticky.
  878. That’s always the trick with the sequels, is how much do you repeat from the first one. Because we all get bummed out when you go see a sequel and it’s beat for beat.
  879. Sony is the coolest studio. They are really amazing. I think part of it comes from they’re not an American corporation. They don’t work by quite the same rules. And their studio heads have a lot of autonomy.
  880. Sometimes I know a joke I’m going to yell out ahead of time, but most of the time it’s stream of conscious. You never really know it until you’ve got everyone dressed up, the set is built, all the extras are here.
  881. Since FDR’s New Deal, corporations and wealthy families have been non-stop finding new ways to get tax breaks, deregulation and entitlements from the government.
  882. Sequels are desperate.
  883. Pete Wilson deregulated energy as a pay out to Enron, and we blamed Gray Davis.
  884. Other than Green Day, we haven’t had a lot of protest music over the past few decades.
  885. Obamacare is a private mandate that will drive billions to the insurance industry, much like the auto insurance mandate. Hardly socialism. In fact, it was a Republican plan to begin with.
  886. Obama is the new kid with the weird name who people just sense is a little classier than his surroundings. He moved from a private school where he was class president and is now at the giant public high school with the metal detectors and the smoking lounge.
  887. Nowadays, the truth is, I think a lot of the newer generation of action stars usually are pretty self-deprecating and cool. I mean, Dwayne Johnson is a great example.
  888. Nothing is more enjoyable for me than when I’m watching a movie or a TV show and there’s that sense that anything can happen. It is the most fun feeling in the world.
  889. Nothing is funnier than confidently doing the wrong thing.
  890. Nothing heightens chaos more than a berserk wild animal right in the middle.
  891. My wife is pretty geeky and will occasionally quote ‘Anchorman’ at me.
  892. My theme song is ‘One Tin Soldier’ by Coven.
  893. My first joke was about a company called Five Star Parking that was all over Philadelphia: ‘Who’s reviewing parking lots?’
  894. Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page-turners.
  895. McCain is the kid who was really cool in middle school but never got high school game and people are sick of him acting like he’s still popular.
  896. Matt Braunger really makes me laugh; I like that guy a lot.
  897. It’s time Hawaii answer doubters and produce documents proving that it is a state. What are they hiding? And why haven’t we seen these documents?
  898. It’s one thing to break stuff and damage people’s possessions, but when you start aiming at the ideology of America, that’s dangerous comedy.
  899. It’s just funny that Americans have to contend with 2000 channels, and 60 different specific news sources, and the confusion that it creates, and the junk that we get to see is hilarious.
  900. It’s Will Ferrell, he does Will Ferrell movies. But if you really look at it, he tries to do something different with each one, whether it’s an action cop movie like ‘The Other Guys’ or doing ‘Talladega Nights’ going into red state America or ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ or ‘Stranger Than Fiction,’ which is more of a drama.
  901. It should be a law for one whole year that all laugh tracks are Seth Rogen. The world would get ever so slightly better.
  902. In the past, in the ’60s and ’70s, genres were much more segmented. You had action guys who were deadly serious about it, and I think you had comics that were comics.
  903. If you’re making comedies, they have to have a fun and a rhythm to them.
  904. If you’re calling yourself a maverick and you’re not Dirk Nowitzki, then you are probably not one. In fact, this rule applies to anyone declaring themselves a ‘God-fearing Christian’ or a ‘Man of the people.’
  905. If you make action movies, the critics will savage you, and then your movies are outdated the following week with the new wave of special effects.
  906. If you look at ‘Avatar,’ could you imagine if you did ‘Avatar’ for 50 million dollars? It would be ridiculous! You would almost be getting laughs from the audience, unless you got a real indie director to do something incredibly stylised.
  907. If you go back and watch ‘The French Connection,’ it’s been cannibalized so many times. There are certain movies like that, where you see the original and think, ‘This isn’t so great.’ And the reason it isn’t so great is because everyone has copied it.
  908. If you do a Western that’s funny, there’s no way people don’t call it a spoof or a parody, even though it may not be.
  909. If you aim for parody right off the bat and it misses, no offense to the filmmakers, but it is Meet the Spartans.
  910. If someone busted into your house and robbed you, would you then forgive them if you found out they were a veteran? Of course not. So why are we forgiving McCain for selling out his country by supporting the Bush agenda?
  911. I’m sure when they partied when Rome was burning, that was a really great party.
  912. I’m a huge hip hop fan going way back, like, back to ’83. I had my Gemini mixer listening to Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow.
  913. I’ll tell you one thing… no doubt about it, my favorite kind of comedy is talking head comedy. I mean, if it were up to me, I’d do a whole entire movie that was just around a dinner table.
  914. I would never do ‘Stardust Memories’ because I don’t particularly like that kind of movie – that would be why I wouldn’t do that.
  915. I was shocked when ‘The Hobbit’ ended where it ended. I wasn’t paying attention to what they were doing; I didn’t know they had another movie, and I couldn’t believe it was when the dragon came out.
  916. I was completely with the reality TV boom for a while. I really liked a lot of the reality TV, and the one that lost me was the ballroom dancing one they do, ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ That was the one where I watched it and I was perplexed. I thought it was really boring.
  917. I was born in Colorado and grew up in Pennsylvania with family in Texas and Oklahoma.
  918. I was a huge fan of comedy in high school.
  919. I want to see Brian Williams with no irony wearing a mustache.
  920. I think when a lot of actors hear improv, they think of throwing a line in or doing a slightly different take.
  921. I think there’s a tendency to think geeks and nerds are just sweet guys that were picked on, but that hasn’t been my experience. I’m certainly not like that, in a lot of ways.
  922. I think everyone knows the news has become ridiculous. It’s entertainment driven.
  923. I think I’m better than Mamet, I would say.
  924. I love action movies.
  925. I love Paul Rudd.
  926. I love ‘The Wire;’ that’s my favorite show, so I’ll watch that.
  927. I like to remind myself how hard acting is. I do parts in friends’ stuff.
  928. I hired a personal trainer to help me lose 25 pounds and get from obese to fat. My next step will be to get from fat to chubby.
  929. I hired Tina Fey for ‘SNL,’ which was certainly a good match. She took off right away there.
  930. I have no tax breaks or corporate interests to be supported by Barack Obama.
  931. I have no political ax to grind; I just find it absurd that huge billion-dollar corporations can take over elections. I just find it insane that, for instance, we give tax breaks to people like myself making millions of dollars, while there’re no tax breaks for working people. That, to me, is not a political issue, that’s a life issue.
  932. I guess HBO did a giant ‘War in the Pacific’ mini-series that cost, like, a fortune, and there was a little moment where they literally had no money. And even though the show had become kind of a cult hit, there was an issue of whether they could actually afford to do it.
  933. I gotta say – if I clicked on a movie interview, and the first part was all about Walt Whitman, I’d love that article.
  934. I got the sense that Alabama is a place where people don’t want handouts and don’t much care for people talking out of the side of their mouth.
  935. I don’t want to speak for my movies; you could say my movies are just completely silly and dumb, but in the case of ‘Idiocracy’ and ‘Borat,’ without a doubt there is a really subversive and sophisticated assault on American culture.
  936. I don’t think arrested-adolescent humor will fade. Maybe the form will change, but I guarantee its replacement will still be based in immature behavior from mature figures.
  937. I do have to give it up for Sarah Palin on one account. She is brave.
  938. I can’t exactly say why there’s not much protest music to speak off. And I know there are acts out there still putting a message in their music.
  939. I am actually talking about possibly adapting ‘The Boys,’ by Garth Ennis, which would not be a comedy, but an action movie with comedy elements to it.
  940. I always thought George Bush was more oblivious than mean, but oblivious can quickly go to mean.
  941. I always say the classier cousin of ‘Anchorman’ is ‘Mad Men,’ because when you really look at it, why do people really love Don Draper in ‘Mad Men?’ He’s just a terrible guy. But we know why he’s terrible, and I think that’s really key to why you can be sympathetic to a character.
  942. I actually opened for Chris Rock at the Funny Bone one time.
  943. Having two kids, I don’t get out to see stand up much anymore.
  944. Having a guy on a microphone yelling lines at you is counter to a lot of acting techniques.
  945. Governor Palin leans far closer to ‘spokesperson’ than representative of the people
  946. George W. Bush was a silver spoon dolt with no record to speak of other than bankruptcy and selling tropical plants, and we let him sail into the White House, but Barack talks about religious fundamentalism and guns being prevalent in poor areas, and we roast him for weeks?
  947. Friends give me a hard time about the pants I’m wearing, which are made in China. Well, how do you find the right clothes? Or the right movie studio? The right people giving you checks? Good luck doing the right thing all the time.
  948. For some reason, people with comedy, any time they can detect a pattern, it kind of freaks them out. ‘Those guys are always together!’ Yeah, they’re a comedy team. Anything they can recognize as a pattern they think is a hole.
  949. For my money, I don’t think there’s been a better comedy than ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ in a lot of years. That movie just knocked me over.
  950. For ‘Breaking Bad,’ people were with Walter White for 99% of that show, even though that guy is a monster.
  951. First off, no one award-wise ever rewards comedy, which is… whatever. I don’t care about that.
  952. First and foremost when you’re doing comedy, you gotta be relevant and applicable to the times that you’re living in. When you try and just do comedy about who is dating who and lifestyle jokes, it gets tiring after a while. It’s hard to be funny in that realm.
  953. Everything in America is so stratified by class now. We have the 93rd level of income inequality in the world. You’re already seeing highway lanes that are for pay and ones that aren’t.
  954. Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.
  955. Every time a congressman or pundit says its ‘class warfare’ to increase taxes on the wealthy, it’s a massive lie.
  956. Dick Cheney and Bush’s rise to power were built on tons of money from corporations and a dulled press.
  957. Depending on what state you live in, you may only have right-wing talk radio and FOX or CBN with MSNBC three hundred channels down the dial.
  958. David O. Russell is probably my favorite filmmaker. He’s not only a great director, but he’s also a great writer.
  959. Dave Herman as Michael Bolton is one of my favorite performances ever.
  960. Creative freedom is a huge carrot.
  961. Celebrities and ‘famous’ people are just regular folks. I know, it’s a shocking and potentially dangerous statement.
  962. Can anything good come of a backward way of thinking like judging someone based on skin color? No way.
  963. Bush already gave obscene tax breaks to people like me and Warren Buffet, and we are saying it’s not fair.
  964. Billions have been spent for one purpose and one purpose only: to obscure and distract from the fact that Mitt Romney is backing the identical agenda George W. Bush did.
  965. Benito Mussolini created the word ‘fascism.’ He defined it as ‘the merging of the state and the corporation.’ He also said a more accurate word would be ‘corporatism.’ This was the definition in Webster’s up until 1987 when a corporation bought Webster’s and changed it to exclude any mention of corporations.
  966. Basically, we used to have a rule at ‘Saturday Night Live’ that you’re not allowed to bring up ‘The Simpsons’ at the rewrite table, because ‘The Simpsons’ has done every joke there is. Every week there would be guys going, ‘The Simpsons did that.’ I go, ‘C’mon.’ And ‘South Park,’ too.
  967. As far as what makes a viral video, then it’s gotta be something that you’ve either never seen before, a fresh piece of comedy, or something that relates to something topical.
  968. As far as how much you listen to the audience, you listen to them when they really hate something.
  969. Arnold Schwarzenegger cut teacher’s salaries and parks and libraries rather than raise taxes for the many California millionaires and billionaires.
  970. Anyone in the comedy world knows that Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell are two of the funniest guys around.
  971. Any time Chris Nolan wants to call me for advice, he can.
  972. America is a country that prides itself on being able to identify a ‘straight shooter’ or ‘the genuine article’ when it comes to our leaders. As a nation, we can ‘feel it in our gut’ when someone is giving us a bum steer.
  973. All you can really do as director is sort of set a tone.
  974. All we have is our vote. But it’s powerful.
  975. After thousands of hours of news coverage, we have learned that Hillary is a liar and Barack is a terrorist or something.
  976. Actually, ‘Wayne’s World 2’ I kind of liked. I think ‘Wayne’s World 2’ does have some creative things in it, some ideas in it.
  977. A lot of shorts spend too much time setting up the idea; sometimes they meander.
  978. A dry stretch of commentary in the middle of an ‘Anchorman’ movie would have been a terrible thing.
  979. ‘The Real World’ is the most predictable arc ever. They get on the show, they’re all excited, we’re gonna be best friends, then people start drinking and get hammered, and say stupid stuff, and that’s pretty much it.
  980. ‘Step Brothers 2’ would have been fun, there’s no doubt about it. Maybe someday. Does that idea age? I don’t know. It all depends on how the movie ages.
  981. ‘Firewall’ seems both scary and protective at the same time. And how often does that happen within one word besides ‘military’ and ‘government?’
  982. ‘Blazing Saddles’ is one of the funniest movies ever made.
  983. You know, when you don’t go on TV and talk about how many women you sleep with, some people in Hollywood, that are supposedly ‘in the know,’ start whispering that you’re gay. If I were gay, I wouldn’t be ashamed to admit it, but I’m not.
  984. With the amount of money I have, it’s difficult raising children the way I was raised.
  985. When you’re around the kids, you feel like you act the most grown up just because you’re supposed to lead. I say things, like every other parent, that reminds you of your own parents. One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.
  986. When the kids are laughing in the audience, I tear up, I’m so happy I did a nice thing.
  987. When I’m up there, and I know the show’s coming to a close, in my head I’m saying to myself, Oh man, you gotta get off and be a normal person again. That’s what I don’t like so much.
  988. When I’m around the kids I feel like I act the most grown-up just because you’re supposed to. And I say things, like every other day, that remind me of my own parents.
  989. When I was younger and did a stand-up gig, it would take me two weeks to recover. Sometimes I’d get so panicked that I would stutter.
  990. When I take my kid to school, all the parents stop and stare.
  991. When I got into this, I never thought about reviews. I never thought about what people would say about me, I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor, and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do.
  992. When I do stand-up shows at colleges, girls will talk to me after the show, and that always feels good. I like talking to them.
  993. Well, we’re living in a material world, and I’m a material girl… or boy.
  994. Well I have a microphone and you don’t so you will listen to every damn word I have to say!
  995. We just bought this house. It’s too big. It’s like 400,000 square feet, or something. We got an indoor lake and ski slope in the house! It’s just too big.
  996. To be honest with you, when I got into this I never thought about reviews. I never thought about what people would say about me. I was just a young guy who was excited to become a comedian and an actor and I just wanted to get to do what I got to do.
  997. Through my films I’m eventually trying to one day tell the truth. I don’t know if I’m ever going to get there, but I’m slowly letting pieces of myself out there and then maybe by the time I’m 85, I’ll look back and say, ‘All right, that about sums it up.’
  998. This character feels so much like my brother. He has two children. He has a wife. He works with me. He chooses to stay in New Hampshire because he wants his kids to grow up in the school they started with. He doesn’t want them to lose friends. He is his family’s hero.
  999. The problem with me, as far as getting married and having a family, is that my comedy is so important to me. So I don’t know if I’ll ever be as good a dad as my dad.
  1000. The Canteen Boy, the reason you feel bad for him and you can laugh is because he, and I guess a lot of my characters, they don’t notice they’re getting made fun of. So they’ll say something back that’s not that great a quip, but in their mind they won the argument.
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