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" A liberal pretending to be a conservative? That's like a straight person pretending to be gay to get greater acceptance. "
" Conservatives believe in smaller government and in the power of the electorate. So I think that we're less likely to try to use a dramatic forum to warp people's political views. "
" The Founders recognized that Government is quite literally a necessary evil, that there must be opposition, between its various branches, and between political parties, for these are the only ways to temper the individual's greed for power and the electorates' desires for peace by submission to coercion or blandishment. "
" You know, young actors say all the time, 'Should I use my own life experience?' And my response is, 'What choice do you have?' "
" My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die. "
" Culture exists and evolves to relegate to habit categories of interactions the constant conscious reference to which would make human interaction impossible. "
" A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue. "
" It's upsetting to be a man in our society. "
" Our job, as writers is to do our jobs. "
" The government, for example, has determined that black people (somehow) have fewer abilities than white people, and, so, must be given certain preferences. Anyone acquainted with both black and white people knows this assessment is not only absurd but monstrous. And yet it is the law. "
" I hate the computer. I hate their spell-check. I won't ever do e-mail. "
" It's hard to write a good play because it's hard to structure a plot. If you can think of it off the top of your head, so can the audience. "
" I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word. "
" Each culture has its own form of staged combat, evolved from its particular method of street fighting and cleaned up for presentation as a spectacle, e.g. savate, Cornish wrestling, karate, kung-fu. "
" Movies were never an art form, they were entertainment. It just evolved into an art form from there, and it's still evolving in different ways. "
" It's only words... unless they're true. "
" The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle. "
" I'm not an ascetic. "
" I always thought the real violence in Hollywood isn't what's on the screen. It's what you have to do to raise the money. "
" I used to think I'd like to be a fireman - in fact, I still would - and the only drawback I could see was coming back to the firehouse, after a day of fighting fires, and still having to put in an eight-hour day writing. "
" American football seems to resemble soccer in that one scores by putting the ball through the opponent's goal; but football, truly is about land. The Settlers want to move the line of scrimmage Westward, the Native Americans want to move it East. "
" If, indeed, a firearm were more dangerous to its possessors than to potential aggressors, would it not make sense for the government to arm all criminals, and let them accidentally shoot themselves? Is this absurd? Yes, and yet the government, of course, is arming criminals. "
" If you're writing an opinion piece, it's your job to write your opinion. If, on the other hand, you wrote a novel, as Virginia Woolf tells us, it would be inappropriate if you let your novel be influenced by your political opinions. "
" My dad was an immigrant kid and a Democrat and a Jew, and we didn't know any Republicans in our group. So I grew up Democratic. My dad was a labor lawyer - a very hardworking guy, a one-horse labor lawyer - and then I went to hippie college and lived in the bubble. "
" In practice we, in the world, must do business with each other. "
" My tendency as an actor was to correct people, was to say, 'What if we tried it this way, what about if we tried that way?' That's terrible habit for an actor, but that's a good habit for director. So I became a director. "
" I don't think there's any information to be gotten from television. "
" Obama is a tyrant the same way FDR was a tyrant. He has a view of presidential power that states: the government is in control of the country, and the president is in charge of the government. He's taken an imperial view of the presidency. "
" I'm not the guy to ask about politics. I'm a gag writer. "
" The quality I most admire in a man is steadfastness. "
" I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind. "