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" You know you're old when you're asked, 'Do you have hobbies?' "
" I sometimes feel I have met everyone he ever met, but I never met him. I am afraid to say I have always been - the word I would have to use is - amused by Howard Hughes. "
" When I saw Arnold say that he didn't need a union, because people in his position don't need it, I thought, this is a very naive way to present yourself. It's also kinda dumb about making movies. It doesn't realize how the union movement even helps the star. "
" Movies are fun, but they're not a cure for cancer. "
" I have a day job. I can make movies when I want to. "
" Arnold has had his spokesman call me a crackpot. That was a mistake. "
" And then the conditions of safety - or lack of safety - for teachers in public schools, and the disparity between public schools and private schools is shameful. "
" Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging, narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation. "
" By attracting attention to yourself, you distract people from the movie. Ideally, you like a movie to speak for itself. You don't describe a song before you sing it or tell about a painting before you show it. You don't reveal the recipe before you serve the dish. You taste it. "
" If I had done some of the movies that I was offered as an actor - and very good movies, by the way, and some of them big moneymakers - I don't know that I ever would have taken what was the concentration or the time to do the movies that I produced. 'Reds' is a good example, but 'Shampoo' is also an example, and so was 'Heaven Can Wait.' "
" I actually knew Adlai Stevenson and Jack and Bobby Kennedy. "
" Government is not show business. "
" You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play. "
" I have been famous for a long time. "
" To denigrate the union movement in this way is to denigrate the right and the ability of people who are not rich to organize and to accomplish things together. "
" Organized labor, if they're doing a responsible job, is going to organize the pooling of small amounts of money to protect the interests of the people who are not rich. "
" Art is truth. "
" For years, Warner Bros. was trying to get me to make a movie about Howard Hughes. "
" I was studying with Stella Adler, who was a great, great teacher who encouraged me to be an actor. I had thought I would just write or direct or whatever. I wasn't thinking very much of Hollywood. I was thinking only of the legitimate theatre. But then I changed. "
" For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship. "
" To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California - mightily. "
" I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me, 'I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.' "
" When I came to Hollywood, I would take the opportunity to get to know George Stevens or Willy Wyler or Billy Wilder or Freddie Zinnemann. David Lean I got to know, of course, in London. And David Selznick and Darryl Zanuck, not to mention Jack Warner, and Sam Goldwyn was actually very, very nice to me. "
" It's hard to misquote someone who doesn't say anything. "
" The unconscious is much smarter than the conscious. "
" I'd rather ride down the street on a camel than give what is sometimes called an 'in-depth' interview. "
" There's almost nothing that hasn't been said about me. But there's an awful lot that I haven't said. I don't talk about private things. "
" I've never talked to anyone writing a book on me. I've had so much written about me that is made up, usually something that seems silly enough or weird enough to get remarked upon, and it's pretty much all fiction. "
" Although Ronald Reagan was somebody I disagreed with on most ideological things, he was a friend of mine, and he was a very, very likable man. Ronald Reagan, for instance, was maybe more able to get the very rich to do the right thing sometimes. "
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" And the success of the union movement, historically, has always been to benefit all working men and women - not just people who belong to the union. "
" Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. "