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" Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event. If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. "
" The money to fund great things and innovations and programs is gone in our lifetime; it's all gone to debt. So we won't be able to solve global warming or have the transportation that we needed for the 21st century. We should be supporting people with great ideas, but it's gone, and now it's gotta be paid back with interest to banks in China. "
" The upper 1 percent, the people down on Wall Street, the corporate executives, they're the people that control this economy. "
" I've been encouraging documentary filmmakers to use more and more humor, and they're loath to do that because they think if it's a documentary it has to be deadly serious - it has to be like medicine that you're supposed to take. And I think it's what keeps the mass audience from going to documentaries. "
" 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. "
" I was a good little boy and a good student. I've never been arrested. "
" 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. "
" I'm very blessed and fortunate that people want to go see my movies. "
" I made 'Bowling for Columbine' in the hope the school shootings would stop and that we would address the issue of how easy it is to get a gun in the United States, and tragically, those school shootings continue. "
" My employees, there's no deductible in your health care. No deductible, absolutely not. You get paid sick days, as many as you need, personal days. "
" Comedy is a great slayer of rogues in power. "
" I did not like 'The Hurt Locker.' It's a lazy way to make a movie, frankly. I could put you on the edge of your seat quite easily, and have you feel the tension for 2 hours, if every other scene practically is, 'Should we cut the red wire or the green wire?' "
" Greed has been with human beings forever. We have a number of things in our species that you would call 'the dark side,' and greed is one of them. If you don't put certain structures in place or restrictions on those parts of our being that come from that dark place, then it gets out of control. "
" Capitalism would have never let me be a filmmaker, living in Flint, Michigan with a high school education. I was going to have to make that happen myself. "
" Army Specialist Bradley Manning deserves a medal, not prison. "
" 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. "
" I'm a millionaire, I'm a multi-millionaire. I'm filthy rich. You know why I'm a multi-millionaire? 'Cause multi-millions like what I do. "
" White people scare the crap out of me. "
" North Korea has taught a great lesson to all the countries in the world, especially the rogue countries of dictatorships or whatever: if you don't want to be invaded by America, get some nuclear weapons. "
" A common denominator among big guys like me who are trying to take care of our health is that we're not getting enough sleep. "
" All I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. "
" Most Americans are very responsible. "
" I and you and everyone else has to be a political activist. "
" Before there were unions, there was no middle class. "
" My dad was an autoworker, my mom was a clerk. Until I was thirty-five, I never made more than fifteen thousand dollars a year. "
" Our laws demand that a corporation have a fiduciary responsibility with shareholders to maximize profits. They are legally required to make as much money as possible, any way possible within 'the law.' "
" If we say, 'The government sucks,' we're kind of saying that we suck. "
" Back in the late '90s, I put together a humorous newsmagazine program called 'The Awful Truth' for Bravo. We helped one guy get an organ transplant whose insurance company had refused to pay. I thought, if we could save a guy's life in a 10-minute segment on cable, what could we do if we devoted a whole movie to a whole bunch of people? "
" My film about Bush didn't prevent his reelection. "
" Every parent wants to do what's best for their child. Whatever I can afford, I'm going to get my kid the best education I can get. "
" 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. "