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The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don't. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don't speak in dialogue. Their lives don't unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
Alike
Almost
Almost Nothing
Arc
Because
Character
Dialogue
Each
Form
Know
Like
Lives
Look
Narrative
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.
About
Great
Kings
Old
Palaces
Really
Stories
Storytelling
Telling
Thousands
Thousands Of Years
Tradition
Wanted
Years
I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems.
Did
Get
Idea
Less
Older
President
Really
Seems
States
United
United States
Wanted
Look at the shows that are really successful on Broadway. They're musicals. They're things that a woman will pick out the tickets for, or a man will buy the tickets with a woman in mind. It's a date. It's boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife. That's what the theater in New York has become.
Become
Broadway
Buy
Date
Look
Man
Mind
Musicals
New
New York
Out
Pick
Really
Shows
Heroes in drama are people who try hard to reach a virtuous ideal. And whether they succeed or fail really doesn't matter - it's the trying that counts.
Counts
Drama
Fail
Hard
Heroes
Ideal
Matter
People
Reach
Really
Succeed
Try
Trying
Virtuous
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
Always
Exhausted
Experience
Love
Really
Reverence
You
You read some columnists in the newspapers; you have to wonder who they are really working for. You can see they have an agenda.
Agenda
Newspapers
Read
Really
See
Some
Who
Wonder
Working
You
People don't understand this: if you want to have a really good shot at succeeding, there are doors you have to slam in people's faces and say, 'This is my priority, and you can't depend on me to help you.' I was never good at that.
Depend
Doors
Faces
Good
Help
Me
Never
People
Priority
Really
Say
Shot
Slam
Succeeding
To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
Abandon
Contrary
Die
Impossible
Love
Oneself
Principles
Really
Which
I think I do want to go into politics. I really, really do. And I don't know if I will.
Go
I Think
Know
Politics
Really
Think
Want
Will
I don't think acting is addictive. If I stopped acting tomorrow, I really wouldn't care. If you told me that I would have to sell real estate in New York City to look after my family, that would be fine with me.
Acting
Addictive
After
Care
City
Estate
Family
Fine
Look
Me
New
New York
New York City
Real
The only really committed artist is he who, without refusing to take part in the combat, at least refuses to join the regular armies and remains a freelance.
Armies
Artist
Combat
Committed
Freelance
He
Join
Least
Only
Part
Really
Refuses
Refusing
Regular
Soaps are the best. They really are. If you can do a soap, well, you can do anything. You have to learn pages of dialogue very quickly.
Anything
Best
Dialogue
Learn
Pages
Quickly
Really
Soap
Soaps
Very
Well
You
I don't think I really have a talent for movie acting.
Acting
Movie
Really
Talent
Think
Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
Ask
Believe
Friends
Good
Good Opinion
Honest
Maintained
Opinion
Really
Them
Themselves
To Be Honest
Want
You
Closing a public library is child abuse, really, because it hinders child development.
Abuse
Because
Child
Child Abuse
Closing
Development
Hinders
Library
Public
Public Library
Really
I'll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it's really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.
Behind
Better
Camera
Cast
Doing
Everyone
Fun
Get
Have Fun
Jerk
Myself
Occasionally
Really
Sort
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Better
Delusion
Far
Grasp
However
Me
Persist
Really
Reassuring
Satisfying
Than
Universe
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Better
Delusion
Far
Grasp
However
Persist
Really
Reassuring
Satisfying
Than
Universe
We were all miners in our family. My father was a miner. My mother is a miner. These are miner's hands, but we were all artists, I suppose, really. But I was the first one who had the urge to express myself on paper rather than at the coalface.
Artists
Express
Family
Father
First
First One
Had
Hands
Miner
Miners
Mother
Myself
Our
Paper
I consider plot a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write snappy dialogue.
Consider
Dialogue
Necessary
Plot
Really
Snappy
Want
Which
Write
There really isn't a story that you can't tell inside of it. It's very much a clearinghouse for anything that goes on in the world. So you're not at all limited.
Anything
Goes
Inside
Limited
Much
Really
Story
Tell
Very
World
You
I can't remember my dreams more than a couple of seconds after I wake up. It's frustrating because sometimes I dream that I'm watching a really good movie.
After
Because
Couple
Dream
Dreams
Frustrating
Good
Good Movie
I Dream
More
Movie
Really
Remember
Seconds
I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white, and it says, 'You may have fooled some of the people some of the time, but those days are over, giftless. I'm not your agent, and I'm not your mommy; I'm a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?' and I really, really don't. I'll go peaceable-like.
Agent
Dance
Days
Fooled
Go
Hate
I Love
Love
May
Me
Mommy
Over
Page
Paper
I just love Rome. It really does cast a spell on you.
Cast
Does
Just
Love
Really
Rome
Spell
You
I've been very lucky in everything, really - in my career and in finding someone to share my life with, and in not dying.
Been
Career
Dying
Everything
Finding
Life
Lucky
My Life
Really
Share
Someone
Very
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.
About
Anywhere
Between
Day
Early
Eight
Fresh
Fresh Start
Go
Good
Good Writing
Got
Morning
Office
Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.
Could
Cruelty
Delicious
Find
Hurt
Only
Really
Some
Sort
Would
Would-Be
I don't really write for an audience. I just write what the subject seems to me to require.
Audience
Just
Me
Really
Require
Seems
Subject
Write
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Between
Difference
Fool
Generally
Greatest
Happiest
Happiest Man
Happiness
He
Himself
Man
Really
Thinks
Wisdom
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
Courage
Friend
Holding
Image
Keep
Mirror
Noble
Only
Really
Render
See
Service
Up
Which
A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
Anything
Big
Just
Man
No Time
Really
Sit
Time
The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
Any
Energy
Enough
Ethical
Hardly
Honor
Inflexible
More
Point
Really
Than
Truth
Truth Is
Us
I'm more socialist certainly than New Labour - I'm very old Labour, really.
Certainly
Labour
More
New
Old
Really
Socialist
Than
Very
I was in college in Washington, D.C. I did three years full-time. I did all my requirements, and my senior year was really a gut year. And I said, 'Law school will always be there.' I was in no hurry to get right into that.
Always
College
Did
Full-Time
Get
Gut
Hurry
Law
Law School
Really
Requirements
Right
Said
School
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
Believe
Die
Dying
Except
Freedom
Men
Never
Really
Sake
Therefore
Willing
Life is hard, and a lot of people come home tired from work. If they're gonna spend half an hour reading, they want some entertainment and a sense of achievement. So that's what I give them. That's all I'm trying to do. Is that really so wrong?
Achievement
Come
Entertainment
Give
Gonna
Half
Hard
Home
Hour
Life
Life Is Hard
Lot
People
Reading
I'm really Wallace Beery in 'The Champ.'
Champ
Really
Wallace
Brittany Murphy... who knows if she's going to be around. Kirsten Dunst, I think she's really boring. Reese Witherspoon? She can open a movie.
Around
Boring
Going
I Think
Knows
Movie
Murphy
Open
Really
Reese Witherspoon
She
Think
Who
In the books I have written, I have created in my mind a universe. My kids say I have a village in my head and I live in that village, and it's true. When I start writing a book, characters from previous books reappear. All my emotions, my mind, my heart, my dreams, everything becomes connected with a new book, and nothing else really matters.
Becomes
Book
Books
Characters
Connected
Created
Dreams
Else
Emotions
Everything
Head
Heart
Kids
Live
Generally I find that kids ask better questions than you get with adults. Something that kids will do a lot is, they're so nervous, and they're not really paying attention, so they'll ask the same question someone just asked. And you're trying to be nice and not embarrass them any more than they are already.
Adult
Any
Ask
Asked
Attention
Be Nice
Better
Embarrass
Find
Generally
Get
Just
Kids
Lot
Schools and parents can team up to find books that kids will really get excited about - that will make them say, 'That was a great experience. Now I know why people get excited about reading.'
About
Books
Excited
Experience
Find
Get
Great
Great Experience
Kids
Know
Make
Now
Parents
People
One of the nice things about books as opposed to television and movies to some extent is it's not a passive entertainment. People really do get involved, and they do create, and they do have their own visions of what different characters look like and what should happen. It's great - it means their brains are working.
About
Books
Brains
Characters
Create
Different
Different Characters
Entertainment
Extent
Get
Great
Happen
Involved
Like
I sometimes wish I had been educated a Catholic, in order to unite the poetry of religion with its higher principles. Are they necessarily inseparable? Is man really so much of a philosopher, that he can conceive of truth in its abstract purity, and divest life and the affections of all the aids of the imagination?
Abstract
Affections
AIDS
Been
Catholic
Conceive
Educated
Had
He
Higher
Imagination
Inseparable
Life
Man
I was just on the edge of getting married, and I was frenzied at the prospect of this great step in my life after having been a bachelor for so long. And I really wanted to take my mind off of the agony, and so I decided to sit down and write a book.
After
Agony
Bachelor
Been
Book
Decided
Down
Edge
Getting
Getting Married
Great
Having
Just
Life
The husbands, who sometimes have another family who's grown, are going, Now I can spend time with my baby. Oh yeah, I bet your other family is really thrilled.
Another
Baby
Bet
Family
Going
Grown
Husbands
I Can
Now
Oh
Oh Yeah
Other
Really
Sometimes
You know, I remember watching Morgan Freeman when he did the two Alex Cross movies, and he's so confident that he's going to knock the scene dead. And I'm really confident that I can tell a good story now, so I just don't worry about things.
About
Alex
Confident
Cross
Dead
Did
Free Man
Going
Good
Good Story
He
I Can
I Remember
Just
I don't really go out at all.
Go
Out
Really
I really fall in love with my characters, even the bad ones. I love getting together with them. They tell me what to do; they take me on a wild and wonderful trip.
Bad
Bad Ones
Characters
Even
Fall
Getting
I Love
Love
Me
Really
Take
Tell
Them
Together
A lot of times you get people writing wonderful sentences and paragraphs, and they fall in love with their prose style, but the stories really aren't that terrific.
Fall
Get
Lot
Love
Paragraphs
People
Prose
Really
Sentences
Stories
Style
Terrific
Times
Wonderful