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" As far as what I do love, I love birds; I love lavender. "
" I think as a filmmaker my first contribution would just be to make a good movie that people would love to see and leave the theatre charged, with a sense of excitement. "
" The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not 'insurgents' or 'terrorists' or 'The Enemy.' They are the revolution, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow - and they will win. "
" Yeah, I think of what I do as a work of journalism. It's more like the op-ed page, though. These are my opinions. My point of view. The opinions are mine and I let you make up your own mind. "
" Oprah's got good politics, she's got a good heart, and she'll have us all up Jazzercising at six in the morning. This cannot be a bad thing, and reading a book while we're Jazzercising. So America would be better off if Oprah were president. "
" The products built in the factories of G.M., Ford and Chrysler are some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming and the melting of our polar icecaps. "
" I'm used to my films having little effect on making the world a better place. "
" People like me who grew up in a working-class town, who don't have a college education, you don't usually hear from us. "
" My films don't have instant impact because they're dense with ideas that people have not thought about. It takes a while for the American public to wrap its head around some of the things I'm saying. "
" You think history is going to remember the United States as a great democracy? No, they're going to think of us as a nation that became addicted to war. They'll call us warlords. "
" If I were a capitalist I would not give my employees health insurance with no deductible, which I do, including dental, and paid pregnancy leave. That's not called capitalism, that's called being a Christian and someone who believes in democracy, so that everyone should get a fair slice of the pie. "
" Every fact in my films is true. And yet how often do I have to read over and over again about supposed falsehoods? "
" If you reduce the guns and the ammo, you'll reduce the murders. "
" Every night I watch the nightly news. It's funded by the pharmaceutical companies. Virtually every ad is a drug ad. They get their say every night on the nightly news through advertising. "
" Everybody gets sick; everybody has had a problem with insurance or the prescription drugs they're supposed to be taking or an elderly parent who needs care. "
" I'm tired of this discussion of capitalism and socialism; we live in the 21st century, we need an economic system that has democracy as its underpinnings and an ethical code. "
" My dad was an assembly line worker at AC Spark Plug, which was a division of General Motors, and his job was to build and then inspect the little spark plugs as they came off the line. "
" There's a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them. "
" There's nothing inherently or patently wrong with anybody who does well, works hard, earns a living, betters themselves. I'm not against any of these things. It's about how you make that money, and then what you do with it. "
" This book, 'Stupid White Men,' has sold now over four million copies worldwide. Probably about half of that may be in the U.S. and Canada, and the rest, overseas. "
" You need to have a relationship with what you put inside you. I don't want to get all spiritual about this, but I believe our bodies are a gift, and to deface it is disrespectful. "
" Four hundred obscenely wealthy individuals, 400 little Mubaraks - most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion-dollar taxpayer bailout of 2008 - now have more cash, stock and property than the assets of 155 million Americans combined. "
" No 22-year-old should have to enter the real world already in a virtual debtors' prison. "
" I mean if politics was my main motivation I would be doing politics. But I'm a filmmaker. "
" Bush's presidency is revisionism-proof. We're going to be recovering from it for the rest of our lives. "
" The media love to cover black people on the front page. After all, when you live in a society that will lock up about 30 percent of all black men at some time in their lives and send more of them to prison than to college, chances are a fair number of those black faces will end up in the newspaper. "
" Ask anyone on Social Security if their check comes on time every month. Like clockwork. And it comes through the so-called dilapidated U.S. mail. My dad's check literally will come on the same day every month. The government has been quite good and efficient at creating a number of systems. "
" It really is disgusting when a guy in a ball cap with a high school education is the one asking the tough questions. "
" Because I have an opinion, I have become public enemy number one to the Fox News Channel and the right wing. "
" 'Zero Dark Thirty' is a disturbing, fantastically-made movie. It will make you hate torture. "
" The majority of Americans, the ones who never elected George W. Bush, are not fooled by his weapons of mass distraction. "