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" It seems that entertainment is what most excites us and what we value above everything else. "
" The reviewer is a singularly detested enemy because he is, unlike the hapless artist, invulnerable. "
" It was a lack of system that made the '30s Depression as inevitable as all others previously suffered. "
" I hate pride, but if I were going to be proud of anything it would have to be something I'd done myself. Race pride is kind of stupid. "
" I'm lucky. Lord, I'm lucky. "
" I've run into some S.O.B. directors, but I gave them back as good as I got. "
" Nations have come under the control of haters and fools. "
" My Irish derivation has nothing to do with me. Why should it? "
" In a capitalist society, persons who create capital, like Michael Eisner, are given the staggering rewards. "
" Even a true artist does not always produce art. "
" Millions of people thought Archie was a happy hero. "
" I do talk less now because the sound of my voice saying over and over the things I said years ago embarrasses and depresses me. Why do I say the same things over and over? "
" Both my brothers became physicians and I, of course, wandered into a business where the undisciplined are welcome. "
" Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs. "
" Not all celebrities are dunces. "
" One irreducible residual of 38 years in the business is the number of lasting, loving friendships I have made. "
" Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both. "
" Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated to be the objects of satire. "
" Half the pictures directed by men of reputation fail. "
" Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women. "
" I have heard show business characterized as a refuge for childlike persons in flight from all things harsh and real. "
" Some people thought we were presenting Archie as a false character. President Nixon thought we were making a fool out of a good man. "
" All in the Family was intellectual; it was art. "
" I enjoyed in every way my 12 years of playing Archie, and I wasn't personally sad about finishing a long job. "
" The wages of pedantry is pain. "