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politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that
"One of the things that is interesting about reading
conspiracy theory is that much of what folks think is conspiracy is really
many people acting in concert to make or protect their money."
progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to
civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own
"It's not that
life is too short, it's that we're dead for such a long time."
and the chemical properties of the Earth now and throughout its history seem
always to have been optimal for life. For this to have happened by chance is
as unlikely as to survive unscathed a drive blindfold through rush hour
going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
it. We're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps
people buy more crap -- and watch porn."
kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life."
nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has
our kind of divorce
statistics should pipe down about "character issues." Either that or just go
ahead and determine the presidency with three-legged races and pie eating
contests. It would make better TV."
government -- what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring
to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of
its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man,
for a single man can bend it to his will."
history a vulnerability of good and moral people has always been their
inability to grasp how truly evil people can be because they have had little
personal experience with their extreme depths of arrogance and all-consuming
lust for power that knows no moral restraint."
between generations is a product of schooling. There's no reason for
teenagers to be alienated."
care to housing, from schools to Homeland Security, there is not a single
major urban problem facing Los Angeles that does not have illegal
immigration as its root cause, or at the very least, as a contributing
factor. But unlike Las Vegas, what happens in LA doesn’t stay in LA. The
problems we have been enduring for decades have been exported to virtually
every corner of America.”
America”, he said with a newcomer’s pride. “In America you don’t have to
glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word that raises us
"The man who
dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was his to
administer during life, will pass away unwept, unhonored and unsung."
"If a free
society cannot help the many who are poor it cannot save the few who are
our charities; we are
always saving somebody away off, when the fellow next to us ain't eating."
planet...consists largely of lumps of fall-out from a star-sized hydrogen
our bodies, no less
than three million atoms rendered unstable in that event still erupt every
minute, releasing a tiny fraction of the energy
stored from that fierce fire of long ago.
"Love is a
"He who sees a
need and waits to be asked for help is an unkind as if he had refused it."
"The record of
a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of
our dead, and every
sweet unselfish act is now a perfumed flower."
our intellect, we'd
never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into
business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to
jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."
"If envy were
not such a tearing thing to feel, it would be the most comic of sins. It is
usually -- if not always -- based on a complete misunderstanding of another
opinion should not be confused with popular sentiment. Popular sentiment is
what people say to one another around their dinner tables. Popular opinion
is what they say to callers from polling organizations."
life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the
living, the dead and the unborn could do it no better. If it falls your lot
to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures,
like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets
so well that the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, 'Here
lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.' "
"When you love someone, you do not love him or her in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. And yet that is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return.
"We insist on
permanency, on continuity, when the only continuity possible is in growth,
in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they
pass but partners in the same pattern. The only real security in a
relationship lies neither in looking back in nostalgia, nor forward with
dread or anticipation, but living in the present and accepting the
relationship as it is now."
"One early spring day I met an old farmer. It had been a rainy spring and I commented about how good it must be for the crops to have so much rain early in the season. He replied, 'No, if the weather is too easy on the crops now, the plants may only grow roots on the surface. If that happens, then a storm could easily destroy the crops.
things are not so easy in the beginning, the plants will have to grow the
strong and deep roots they need to get at the water and nourishment down
below. If a storm or drought comes, they are more likely to survive.' Now
I look at rough times as an opportunity to put down some roots to help me
weather future storms as they may come my way."
God, the man is a fascist -- a fascist, I tell you."
"I don't think anyone could have handled it better. What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room? I knew it was something serious. The president bit his lip and clenched his jaw. I didn't know what happened, whether it was something with his wife or children or something with the nation.
"I remember praying that God would watch over
our school and
day I would have voted for him...I've heard people say, 'Why didn't you get
the children out of there?' Where were they supposed to go? Many of their
parents weren't home. Some didn't have rides. It would have created
chaos...There is nothing anyone can tell me to change my perspective,
because I was there."
"I tell you, the woman is a monster, a monster, a
monster...The lady is a goddamn liar."
leading contenders for the U.S. presidency (in 2004 were) both members of
Skull and Bones, one of the oldest secret societies in America. Why (was)
this not a major election-year issue?"
"When you're a
conspiracy theorist, you see a conspiracy around every corner, beneath every
"Who knows if
any of us will be around in 1972? Existence is so fickle, fate is so
"My record producer [David Kahne] said the major record
labels these days are like dinosaurs sitting around discussing the asteroid.
They know it's going to hit. They don't know when, they don't know where
it's coming from. But it's sort of hit already. With iTunes, and all of
"In the long run perhaps, Presley will do everyone a favor by
pointing up the need for earlier sex education, so that neither his
successors nor television can capitalize on the idea that this type of
routine is somehow highly tempting, yet forbidden fruit."
"A zebra does
not change its spots."
"I get to go
to lots of overseas places, like Canada."
the killings, [Washington, D.C.] has one of the lowest crime rates in the
"I know how
hard it is for you to put food on your family."
"I don't mind being controversial. Even Jesus wasn't loved
in his day."
"Jazz originally was the accompaniment of the voodoo dancer,
stimulating the half-crazed barbarian to the vilest deeds. The weird
chants, accompanied by the syncopated rhythm of the voodoo invokers, has
also been employed by other barbaric people to stimulate brutality and
sensuality. That it has a demoralizing effect on the human brain has been
demonstrated by many scientists."
"I don't want to do a TV series. It's no fun working from
dawn to sunset every day. An occasional movie would be fine, and then I'll
see what might develop on the political front."
"I think there's a big phalanx of careerists (producers,
network people) that come between the actors, writers and prop men on the
one hand and the audience on the other. I think there is a huge bureau of
agents who work for the corporate state. They make sure that the corporate
state's message is what gets through. Television is all about getting you in
a mood. Sort of reassuring you. That's all that network television does:
preaches to the choir, tells you things you already know. And sometimes it
makes you feel smart for being on the 'right side.'"
"Those eyes! I can't stand those eyes looking at me! He's
thinking of how he knew me when I was going to be a great writer. And he's
thinking, now look at what I am!"
"The media is in the business of finding exceptions to
everyday life. Bad things are still the exception. That's good, because
once bad things stop being news, we really are in trouble. If people forget
that bad is the exception, they think they live in a horrible world. There
is so much that works and is right and friendly and warm. But we take that
"There was a series in the Los Angeles Times on how every day
we get new information about something that is going to hurt us. Cellular
phones are going to kill us. Caffeine is bad for pregnant women.
Left-handed people have more heart attacks than right-handed people. The
American people are being scared to death, and they don't enjoy themselves
anymore. For years we were told that butter was bad but margarine was
great. Now margarine is even worse than butter! They are taking every joy,
every pleasure, every contentment away from people with this constant
research into stuff that nobody thinks about until the research has begun on
"My baby sitter was a Muslim and she taught me about the
honorable Elijah Mohammed. She'd explain to me why the white man is a
devil... When I was 16, I borrowed my mother's car and went through a white
area of Cleveland that black people weren't supposed to enter. They threw a
brick through my window; a guy jumped on the hood. My life was in danger.
I hated white people for a few years after that. (But) In college I had
three white roommates. At first I tried everything to get out of that room,
but finally these guys opened me up to dialogue. That year changed my
"In the past quarter century, we exposed biases against other races and called it racism, and we exposed biases against women and called it sexism. Biases against men we call humor."
—Warren Farrell, "Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say"
"Believe me, you don't walk away from the kind of money you
make with a daily television show. You might get awful tired of it
sometimes, but take a second look at the check and you get less tired right
"Advice is worth what you pay for it. So always charge for
"If I've done anything, I've brought passion to television."
"An intellectual carrot? The mind boggles!"
"Probably the best horror series ever to make it to TV was Thriller, which ran on NBC from September of 1960 until the summer of 1962. With Boris Karloff as host, Thriller, like all successful TV horror programs, had an anthology format... But during Thriller's brief run, viewers were guaranteed a literate story created for the sole purpose of frightening them into spasms.
"Nominally science fiction, in reality a horror program, The Outer Limits was, after Thriller, the best program of its type to run on network TV... For shear, hard-edged clarity of concept, (even the classic series) The Twilight Zone could not match The Outer Limits, which ran from September 1963 until January 1965.
"The (Outer Limits) executive producer was Leslie Stevens; it's line producer was Joseph Stefano, who wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock's "Psycho." Stefano's vision of what the program was about was an extraordinarily simple one. Each episode, he insisted, had to have a "bear" -- some sort of monstrous creature that would make an appearance before the station break at the half hour. In some cases the bear was not harmful in and of itself...
Limits bear literally came out of the woodwork (in an episode titled 'It
Crawled Out of the Woodwork') and was sucked into a charwoman's vacuum
cleaner, where it began to grow...and grow...and grow..."
"Nobody asked my wife."
"We have met the enemy and they are us."
"Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure
"Once made equal to men, woman becomes his superior."
"'I just want a nice guy,' women whine. Then they date the
first drunken leather-clad jerk who spills his drink on her dress...With bad
boys, we know what to expect. We'll try to change them, it won't work, and
we'll be left heartbroken. But, it will be entirely not
fault. Whereas if we date Mr. Nice Guy and it doesn't work out, we're
going to have to take some ownership of the failure. Some women are just
more comfortable playing the victim."
"I have said
again and again that even if Saddam Hussein is captured or killed in the
next instant, it won't change my view about how I can run a more effective
war on terror..."
"We have this
ritual in the morning, (my girls, 6 and 9 years old) come in my bed, and Dad
isn’t there — because he's too snore-y and stinky, they don’t want to ever
get into bed with him...but we cuddle up and we talk. We’ve talked about
everything from the boy that one daughter doesn’t particularly like in
school to what is a period..."
"Those who eat
their fill speak to the hungry of the wonderful times to come. Those who
lead the country to the abyss call ruling too difficult for ordinary men."
richly inspired by love, marriage is a high-wire act that is usually
attempted by two nervous wrecks who just go for it, reeling with bliss. The
rest is work, faith and destiny -- which carries with it, as does everything
from God, the possibility of plunging from great heights."
"One of the
important things about marriage is to be accepted. Love is the basis of
marriage, but there are many married people who have never felt accepted.
Marriage is not a reformatory, and spouses need to reach out to each other
without criticism or reservations. To live with a wife or husband who does
not accept you is a dark valley to walk through."
men, all of whom know one another, direct the economic destiny of Europe and
choose their successors from among themselves."
"What we have
now is democracy without citizens. No one is on the public's side. All the
buyers are on the corporations' side. And the bureaucrats in the
Administration don't think the government belongs to the people."
here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."
is far more intelligent than his image or the press suggest. And he is 100
per cent trustworthy. He is also a much stronger man than Bush
senior...President Bush has far more in common with (former British Prime
Minister Margaret) Thatcher than (he has with) his father. It is nonsense to
say Bush is in the pocket of the neo-conservatives. I know the so-called
neo-cons and it is all a myth. They can’t agree on anything, let alone
organize themselves for a predetermined program. He’s got the steel and
backbone of his mother, Barbara Bush, and not his weak and feeble father.”
have run America and that's a high figure."
human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest
accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of
self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment."
"They went to
school, they participated in the professions, they participated in the
government and business and, as long as they stayed out of [Saddam's] way,
they had considerable freedom of movement."
We have fewer troops in Afghanistan than we had law enforcement [officers]
at the Olympics in Salt Lake City."
"A society in
which women are taught anything but the management of a family, the care of
men and the creation of the future generation is a society on its way out."
Schott fought a duel. In the end, Knott was shot and Schott was not, making
it better to be Schott than Knott."
incidentally, is my thumbnail sketch of American marriage: A woman sees a
man; she likes him. Now she jumps on this thing and rides it to some kind
of standstill. Then she changes it and trains it, and to the exact degree
that she's able to do this, she disrespects him."
instead of writing a lot about capital, had made a lot of it...it would have
been much better."
"There are two
passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are...
love of power and love of money.... When united... they have the most
"If we make
peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable."
"It is only
the religious mind that is a truly revolutionary mind."
future, everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes."
"He who is
still laughing is he who hasn't heard the terrible news."
court-at-law Judge Jim Anderson says he's seen it all as a misdemeanor
judge, but he still is startled when ordinary people with famous names come
before him. He's tried Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson, John Glenn and Jerry
Lewis. He recalls the funniest name he's ever tried was Ace O'Spades. He
was charged with gambling."
whether what we're publishing now is worth cutting down the trees to make
paper for the stuff."
of toddlers: If I like it, it's mine. If it's in my hand, it's mine. If I
can take it away from you, it's mine. If I had it a little while ago, it's
mine. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way. If I'm
doing something or building something, all of those pieces are mine. If it
looks just like mine, it's mine. If I think it's mine, it's mine."
"I love God,
and when you get to know Him, you find He's a Livin' Doll."
incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers."
"The mass of
men lead lives of quiet desperation."
steers the gig."
"Power is the
end. What other delight is there but to enjoy the sheer sense of control?
Let me see any other motive in the people who command."
driving hard out on the limit and the true love of speed comes over you, you
don't want to slow up. You know that you ought to maybe. But you're locked
into something so big that you can't let go. It's always the same -- the
faster you go the less you care about being able to stop. Ever."
"You can't get
snot off a suede jacket."
at the centerfold and expands outward."
"In trying to
give, you see that you have nothing.
nothing new except what has been forgotten."
"May my hands
proclaim that my eyes have loved."
the most important thing in life. Comes to us at midnight very clean. It's
perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've
learned something from yesterday."
obligation is to amuse yourself."
"Take care of
the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves."
palindrome: Lewd did I live & evil did I dwel."
humor variety shows like it were killed off by talk shows. Back in the
'60s, everyone had a variety show then. Then, at first, it was
talk-variety, where you'd go on and sit and talk for a minute, then you'd
get up and do something. Now nobody gets up and does anything."
"This is not
to put down the filmed whodunnit automatically, but to acknowledge how
difficult it is to bring off successfully. It requires a plot that is
ingenious but not so ingenious that it becomes laborious, as well as a group
of characters who fit the events, but who can't appear to have been
manufactured as the moving parts of an otherwise stationary vehicle. There
must be a balance between the style of the performance and the work being
not itself to please
"If you want
peace of mind, you have to learn there's almost nothing in the world that
can't be ignored."
archeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the
more interested he is in her."
more like they are now than they have ever been before."
moments absolutely free of worry. These brief respites are called panic."
"I think every
Negro over fifty should get a medal for putting up with all that crap."
"No black man
wants a blue-eyed black child, and no white man wants a kinky-haired white
child. Nature didn't mean it to be that way."
"Do you know
what the country needs today? A seven-cent nickel...If it works out, next
year we could have an eight-cent nickel...You could go to the newsstand, buy
a three-cent newspaper and get the same nickel back again. One nickel
carefully used would last the family a lifetime."
"I never felt
so much at home as I do in New York. I must be a devil."
teacher says every time a bell rings, an angels gets his wings!"
complicated engines manufactured by men demand, if one really wants to use
them, much calm. Ever since our love for machines replaced the love we used
to have for our fellow man, catastrophes proceed to increase."
"Did you ever
feel like the whole world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?"
"Seinfeld wasn't just the future of American comedy, it was part of a proud tradition. The first producer to back the show was Castle Rock's Rob Reiner, who was the real-life inspiration for Richie, the first true brat to make it big in sitcoms (on dad Carl Reiner's The Dick Van Dyke Show, one of the best comedies of the 1960s).
Reiner then got famous playing Meathead on All In the Family, one of the best comedies of the 1970s. So who else should have produced the best comedy of the 1990s, with an all-brat cast? And Seinfeld's pedigree goes back even further. Roseanne was righter than she knew when she sniped, "They think they're doing Samuel Beckett instead of a sitcom.'
Beckett's play 'Waiting for Godot' was partly inspired by Laurel and Hardy,
and Laurel and Hardy partly inspired Abbott and Costello, and Abbott and
Costello largely inspired Seinfeld & company. So Seinfeld just
brought comedy back to its roots. For that -- and for countless water-cooler
conversations about puffy shirts and Elaine's 'full-body, drive-heave' dance
style -- we will be forever grateful."
"The turkey is
living proof than an animal can survive with no intelligence at all."
believers conclude that they know exactly what God has in mind and, vested
with high office, could provide Him with some much needed help. Unbelievers
conclude that they know what God would do if he existed, and that since
those things are not being done, He does not exist."
Krishner is really saying: 'Hurry Krishner, ram it, ram it; hurry Krishner,
travels faster than the pen: consequently, writing becomes a question of
learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as
it flashes by. A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in his blind for
something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare
"A few months ago I came across an American anthology of essays, poems, speeches and debates from the past. I was envious about the ability of so many Americans of those days gone by to write or talk with eloquence of thought and language, and with a talent for civil discourse.
"Anger is in this book, and passion and hate for what should be hated. But what is absent is what is now so often part of our printed and spoken dealings with one another -- meanness, vendetta, contempt, rumor, bile.
addressed one another with courtesy that they assumed was due to all human
beings - and wrote in language that embraces everybody."
saving grace of America lies in the fact that the overwhelming majority of
Americans are possessed of two great qualities -- a sense of humor and a
sense of proportion."