When I used to watch comedians with my dad, he laid it all out for me. He wanted to be a comedian himself, and he was so funny. We'd watch stand-up on TV, and he'd tell me the subtext of what they were saying.
Nothing real or truthful makes its way to TV unless you are smart and know how to sneak it in, and I would tell you how I did it, but then I would have to kill you.
I'm either mentally ill or Jewish. I can't sometimes tell the difference.
I can tell you categorically that we at 60 Minutes did not pay Michael Jackson one cent.
No one I know is actually so rude as to tell me I've become duller since having children. But I'm sure they think it.
I think there's a far more general audience now because I've done more populist stuff on telly.
If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.
Among the letters my readers write me, there is a certain category which is continuously growing, and which I see as a symptom of the increasing intellectualization of the relationship between readers and literature.
As filmmakers, we're constantly always looking for something to bring the audience deeper into the reality of the story we're telling.
Why go to Antarctica, why do a film like 'Grizzly Man'? It's the sheer joy of storytelling - it's the urge.
I always tell students that you've got to be practical. You do not need a dream. You need a purpose, something you can wake up to in the morning when the dream is dissipated.
The problem lies with us: we've become addicted to experts. We've become addicted to their certainty, their assuredness, their definitiveness, and in the process, we have ceded our responsibility, substituting our intellect and our intelligence for their supposed words of wisdom.
When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.
Presidents do not go off on leave without telling the country.
Fashion is to please your eye. Shapes and proportions are for your intellect.
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