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All Quotes by author - Alan Alda
" Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are. "
" Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart. "
" Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been. "
" Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won't come in. "
" Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won't come in. "
" Here's my Golden Rule for a tarnished age: Be fair with others, but keep after them until they're fair with you. "
" If scientists could communicate more in their own voices - in a familiar tone, with a less specialized vocabulary - would a wide range of people understand them better? Would their work be better understood by the general public, policy-makers, funders, and, even in some cases, other scientists? "
" I have a strong preference for being alive. "
" I love oatmeal. To me, it's not boring. I agree that ordinary oatmeal is very boring, but not the steel-cut Irish kind - the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne. "
" I'm greedy for that satisfaction of doing something hard and knowing that, even though I was afraid I couldn't do it, that somehow I can deliver. "
" I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun. "
" I think most people are interested in our origins; once we understand, it might be easier to become the people we'd like to be. Or, better, become the people we think we already are. "
" It's a funny feeling to work with people who you consider your colleagues and to realize that they actually are young enough to be your children. "
" It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas. "
" I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don't agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All that does is change the shape of the head. "
" I've sat looking down into a volcano that could blow at any moment; I've helped catch a shark and several rattlesnakes; I let a tarantula walk across my hand, and I ate rat soup. "
" Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory. "
" Listening is being able to be changed by the other person. "
" Some of the greatest things, as I understand, they have come about by serendipity, the greatest discoveries. "
" There is a wonderful feeling of power when you're a director, but I don't think I need that, and I'm OK without it. "
" We're highly social animals - I'm told by scientists that what makes us different from other animals is an acute social awareness, which is what has made us so successful. "
" When people are laughing, they're generally not killing one another. "
" You can't be aware of everything. You'd fall down the stairs if you were aware of every intricate thing involved in going down stairs. "
" You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself. "
" You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don't see where they get the pigeons from, you don't really know how they're doing it. "
" You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. "
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