When I was in my teens,..

When I was in my teens, I was very, very keen on being the author of a book. What the book was was secondary. I wanted it to be in hardback. I didn't care how thick or thin it was, and I didn't actually care what it was about.

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I write plays about things that I can't resolve in my mind. I try to root things out.
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I Write
Mind
Out
Plays
Resolve
Root
Things
Try
Write
I gladly accepted the commission but was uncertain about what the end result would be. On the one hand, Cuban music was conquering the world; being heard everywhere, and our small island was already producing one of the popular musical genres of the 20th century.
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Accepted
Being
Century
Commission
Conquering
Cuban
End
End Result
Everywhere
Genres
Gladly
Hand
Heard
If you lined up 10 writers and asked them to write a movie about Steve Jobs, you'd get 10 very different movies.
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Asked
Different
Get
Jobs
Lined
Movie
Movies
Steve
Steve Jobs
Them
Up
Very
Write
There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.
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Great
Kings
Old
Palaces
Really
Stories
Storytelling
Telling
Thousands
Thousands Of Years
Tradition
Wanted
Years
I never thought of myself as a wealthy person. I've thought of myself as a person who has had a lot of luck. I don't have the same stress that other people have, but there are too many things I could have done differently if wealth was what I was after. If I was all about money, I would have lived in L.A.
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After
Could
Differently
Done
Had
Lived
Lot
Luck
Many
Money
Myself
Never
Other
All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.
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Football
Know
Morality
Most
Obligations
Owe
Surely
You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down... some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.
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Alive
Basic
Because
Being
Compose
Down
Feelings
Feels
Form
Live
Most
Now
Permanent
I am uncomfortable talking about the things that I write. It seems unseemly to me. I have no problem at all when I see anybody else talking about the same project, but I feel my work should speak for itself.
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Am
Anybody
Anybody Else
Else
Feel
I Am
I Feel
I See
I Write
Itself
Me
No Problem
Problem
If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
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Dead
Deeds
Disgraceful
Evil
Good
Ill
Man
Never
Only
Profit
Say
Shame
Suffers
Everything I do is about my kids and wife and how we can all be together.
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Everything
How
Kids
Together
Wife
In order to speak about all and to all, one has to speak of what all know and of the reality common to us all. The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death... these are things that unite us all.
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Against
Common
Death
Desire
Know
Necessity
Order
Rains
Reality
Sea
Speak
Struggle
Things
I'm crazy about 'Breaking Bad,' but I wouldn't know how to write an episode of it.
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Bad
Breaking
Breaking Bad
Crazy
Episode
How
Know
Write
Nobody cares about your autograph. There are cameras everywhere, and there are media outlets for them to 'file their story'.
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Autograph
Cameras
Cares
Everywhere
File
Media
Nobody
Nobody Cares
Outlets
Story
Them
Your
We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we're going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.
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Air
Air Force
Episode
Force
Going
House
Instance
Liberties
Our
Set
Shoot
Small
Take
If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong.
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Literary
Man
Music
Puts
Them
Together
Two
Will
Words
Wrong
Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for.
About
Any
Anything
Day
Disagree
Get
Look
People
Room
Scene
Time
Two
Two People
Who
I'm more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But 'Steve Jobs' and 'The Social Network' have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they're making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that.
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Allowed
Case
Character
Comfortable
Find
God
Heaven
Jobs
Like
Making
Me
More
Network
Full-blooded romantic love I wouldn't be able to write about.
Able
About
Love
Romantic
Romantic Love
Write
I hope people will learn more about agriculture in America. About locally grown farming and about water conservation. About how much pollution results from beef and pig farming.
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Agriculture
America
Beef
Conservation
Farming
Grown
Hope
How
How Much
Learn
Locally
More
Much
There's less critical thinking going on in this country on a Main Street level - forget about the media - than ever before. We've never needed people to think more critically than now, and they've taken a big nap.
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Before
Big
Country
Critical
Critical Thinking
Critically
Ever
Forget
Going
Less
Level
Main
Main Street
I'm very physical. When I'm writing, I'm playing all the parts; I'm saying the lines out loud, and if I get excited about something - which doesn't happen very often when I'm writing, but it's the greatest feeling when it does - I'll be out of the chair and walking around, and if I'm at home, I'll find myself two blocks from my house.
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Around
Blocks
Chair
Does
Excited
Feeling
Find
Get
Greatest
Greatest Feeling
Happen
Home
House
The wealthy don't have any sense of humor. It's not like the English, where the theater is perhaps the one place where they have a sense of humor about themselves.
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Any
English
Humor
Like
Perhaps
Place
Sense
Sense Of Humor
Theater
Themselves
Wealthy
Where
'Storm Warnings' is a poem about powerlessness - about a force so much greater than our human powers that while it can be measured and even predicted, it is beyond human control. All 'we' can do is create an interior space against the storm, an enclave of self-protection, though the winds of change till penetrate keyholes and 'unsealed apertures.'
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Against
Beyond
Change
Control
Create
Even
Force
Greater
Human
Human Powers
Interior
Measured
Much
When we were doing 'The West Wing,' the hardest thing about doing 'The West Wing' was being compared to yourself. You go out there and want every episode to be as good as your best episode. I wrote 88 episodes of 'The West Wing,' and when you do that, one of them is going to be your 88th best, so your 88th best better be pretty good.
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Being
Best
Better
Compared
Doing
Episode
Episodes
Every
Go
Going
Good
Hardest
Hardest Thing
When I wrote 'The West Wing,' the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?
About
Behind
Culture
Generally
Government
Group
How
Idiots
Juice
Leaders
Our
People
Popular
Popular Culture
I turned popular music on the radio, and I never listened to it again after that, in about 1985. That's when I switched over to classical music, and I pretty much stayed with that since then.
About
After
Again
Classical
Classical Music
Listened
Much
Music
Never
Over
Popular
Popular Music
Pretty
Radio
You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated - not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.
About
Believe
Black
Black And White
Complicated
Issues
Know
Least
Led
Like
Nearly
One Of The Things
Presenting
Terribly
Have I thought about having more kids? Oh sure, that would be great; that would be heaven. That would be fantastic.
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Fantastic
Great
Having
Heaven
Kids
More
Oh
Sure
Thought
Would
Would-Be
Everything I hated about L.A. I'm beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that.
About
Beginning
Behind
Car
Crave
Everything
Gate
Get
Hate
Hated
Interaction
Live
Minimal
Place
My films are about embarrassment.
About
Embarrassment
Films
I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.
About
Beyond
Dialogue
Drama
Got
Grew
Perfection
Start
Television
Theatre
Theatrical
Up
Where
Writing
'Molly's Game' was a true story about a remarkable young woman named Molly Bloom. She was this close to going to the Olympics; she was ranked third in North America in women's moguls.
About
America
Bloom
Close
Game
Going
Molly
Named
North
North America
Olympics
Remarkable
She
Story
If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven, he might better stick to the horse, and some day the horse may carry him into heaven.
About
Better
Carry
Day
Does
He
Heaven
Him
Horse
Knows
May
Might
More
Poet
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
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Any
Bad
Based
Before
Book
Books
Experience
Factual
Good
Good Book
He
Knew
Them
Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself.
About
Amusing
Anybody
He
Himself
How
Knows
Providing
Right
Talk
Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
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Least
Most
Strange
Talk
Things
Think
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
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Any
Anything
Bad
Bad Men
Conventional
Countenance
Day
Dishonesty
Face
Got
Honesty
Idea
Known
Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
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Condition
Death
Essential
Evil
Fuss
Imagination
Life
Try
Use
Visualize
Why
Without
World
We start out a million years ago in a small community on some grassy plain; we hunt animals, have children, and develop a rich social, sexual, and intellectual life, but we know almost nothing about our surroundings.
About
Almost
Almost Nothing
Animals
Children
Community
Develop
Hunt
Intellectual
Intellectual Life
Know
Life
Million
Million Years
Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
About
After
Chance
Continue
Death
Delighted
Discover
Gave
History
How
Learn
Life
Me
Others
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
About
Anyone
Anything
Dependent
Hardly
Knows
Live
Science
Science And Technology
Society
Technology
Which
About forty miles away from Paris, I began to see the old trench flares they were sending up at Le Bourget. I knew then I had made it, and as I approached the field with all its lights, it was a simple matter to circle once and then pick a spot sufficiently far away from the crowd to land O.K.
About
Away
Began
Circle
Crowd
Far
Far Away
Field
Forty
Had
Knew
Land
Lights
Made
We hunger to understand, so we invent myths about how we imagine the world is constructed - and they're, of course, based upon what we know, which is ourselves and other animals. So we make up stories about how the world was hatched from a cosmic egg or created after the mating of cosmic deities or by some fiat of a powerful being.
About
After
Animals
Based
Being
Constructed
Cosmic
Course
Created
Egg
Fiat
Hatched
How
Hunger
I have two children who died before reaching 30, so who am I to complain about being alive?
About
Alive
Am
Before
Being
Children
Complain
Died
Reaching
Two
Who
Who Am I
There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life.
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Art
Directly
Exclusive
Experience
Heart
Life
Living
Living Life
Nothing
Out
Substantial
Thinking
Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census and sampling versus a direct statistic. You just said the word 'census,' and people fall asleep.
About
Asleep
Census
Certainly
Did
Direct
Episode
Fall
Just
Last
Last Year
People
Said
Sampling
I think about how much I used to work and how much I used to make that the priority.
About
How
How Much
I Think
Make
Much
Priority
Think
Used
Work
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
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Advantage
Always
Deceive
Disadvantage
First
Love
Ourselves
People
Then
Twice
All actors have a significant amount of vanity about work, and necessarily so. Things they will do and won't do, and I've completely lost all of that. I don't care.
About
Actor
Amount
Care
Lost
Necessarily
Significant
Things
Vanity
Will
Work
I've got plenty of quirks. I go to an office early in the morning. Early in the morning is really good writing time. I take anywhere between six to eight showers a day. I'm not exaggerating. I'm not a germaphobe: it's all about a fresh start.
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Anywhere
Between
Day
Early
Eight
Fresh
Fresh Start
Go
Good
Good Writing
Got
Morning
Office