A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard-- by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.
The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you're dead.
Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?
I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.
Why not do what you really think, even if it's a mistake?
To play it safe is not to play.
I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe.
I know for me the subject of how to be in a relationship is precious and complicated and challenging. It wouldn't be right to make it look too easy. [On her approach to Mad About You]
Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.
Talent is the ability to say things well, but genius is the ability to, well, say things.
I drink a lot of Diet Coke and belch. I've been known to use the f word.
Helena Bonham Carter
You tolerate me, you really tolerate me. [Accepting his Independent Spirit Award]
It was the morning of April 20, 1999, and it was pretty much like any other morning in America. The Farmer did his chores. The milkman made his deliveries. The President bombed another country whose name we couldn't pronounce. Out in Fargo, North Dakota, Cary McWilliams went on his morning walk. Back in Michigan, Mrs Hughes welcomed her students for another day of school. And out in a little town in Colorado, two boys went bowling at 6 in the morning. Yes, it was a typical day in the United States of America.
In grade school, I was a complete geek. You know, there's always the kid who's too short, the kid who wears glasses, the kid who's not athletic. Well, I was all three.
My main hope for myself is to be where I am.
I will direct one day, but I have a feeling that it will be very limited.
It's your country, I don't make the rules. I just visit. Jesus.
I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person -- they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated.
Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.
The good psychic would pick up the phone before it rang. Of course it is possible there was no one on the other line. Once she said "God Bless you," I said, "I didn't sneeze" She looked deep into my eyes and said, "You will, eventually." And damn it if she wasn't right. Two days later I sneezed.
I would not have known at the time, for I was too young to realize that I was supposed to have a live-in father, just as I was too young to know that I needed a race. From an improbably short span it seems that my father fell under the same spell as my mother and her parents; and for the first six years of my life, even as that spell was broken and the worlds that they thought they'd left behind reclaimed each of them, I occupied the place where their dreams had been.
Barack Hussein Obama
It's a family that's loaded with grudges and passion. We come from a long line of robbers and highwaymen in Italy, you know. Killers, even.
Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.
I am working for a better United Nations. Nothing is perfect. You should never rely on only one source, but rather rely on those you believe in the most.
Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color straight to the mind and heart of all people.