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" Accents. I'm very good with accents. I'm exceedingly good. "
" You always draw on your experiences with live audiences to know how to do comedy on films. You're working for a laugh that may or may not come six months later, but you're working in a vacuum at the time you are doing it. "
" I am determined to give the Yiddish language a fighting chance to survive. "
" You cannot please all of the people all of the time, and that is truer in the arts than anywhere else. "
" Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route. "
" I refuse to do shows that are narrowly constructed, that appeal to only one sentiment. I do a lot of Jewish material in front of non-Jews and a lot of non-Jewish material in front of Jews on the simple theory that the non-Jews are entitled to a glimpse of a Jewish world and the Jews are entitled to a glimpse of the world. "
" I prefer to choose which traditions to keep and which to let go. "
" On the stage you're there, it's live. There's a beginning, a middle, an end. When something is funny you hear it right away. "
" Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission. "
" I glory in the fact that a human being has multiple talents and exercises them all with a degree of integrity and artistic proficiency. That's what I do. "
" It's a sad thing to contemplate, but I'm the last surviving cast member of 'The African Queen.' "
" I am a Zionist, an ardent supporter of Israel, its defender when I deem Israel to be right and its critic when I deem it to be wrong. "
" You learn more from the flops than from the hits. "
" But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist. "
" I remain convinced that I can be a true universalist only when I am a better Jew. "
" I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder. "
" By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul. "
" I prefer to make common cause with those whose weapons are guitars, banjos, fiddles and words. "
" No movement can afford to be caught in a time warp and exist in a state of suspended animation. "
" I'm exceedingly proud of being an actor, but I never recommend it to anyone. "
" There is no role I cannot play except a midget. "
" I created the role of Captain Von Trapp. "
" When something is moving you get that intake of breath and that stillness from the audience. "
" Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival? "
" I am not, and have never been, in favor of boycotting Israel. "
" But there is a difference here: When Jewish children are murdered, Arabs celebrate the deed. The death of an Arab child is no cause for celebration in Israel. "
" If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct. It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to. "
" I tried for a while to be an agricultural worker and was hopelessly bored. I would stand around in heaps of manure and sing about the beauty of the work I wasn't doing. "
" 'Retiring' - within that word is 'tiring,' and I'm not tired. I don't believe in retirement, really. "
" All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must always be accompanied by moral choice. "
" I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures or that the Jewish song is better than the song of my neighbor. "