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Anything awful makes me laugh. I misbehaved once at a funeral.

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When I write something, I want the best director to direct it. And that's not going to be me. So when David Fincher comes along and wants to direct 'The Social Network,' when Bennett Miller comes along and wants to direct 'Moneyball,' or when Danny Boyle wants to direct 'Jobs'? Hallelujah. I want them directing it.
Along
Best
Danny
David
Direct
Directing
Director
Going
I Write
Jobs
Me
Miller
Network
Social
I'm not interested in offending anyone. If homosexuality was an issue for me, I would have moved out of New York years ago. I find that laughable.
Anyone
Find
Homosexuality
Interested
Issue
Laughable
Me
Moved
New
New York
Not Interested
Offending
Out
Would
I desperately need the love of complete strangers. That's one reason I overtip. I love when skycaps, waiters, and valets are happy to see me.
Complete
Desperately
Happy
I Love
Love
Me
Need
Reason
See
Strangers
I don't want to be throwing the football on the front yard when I'm 75. I mean, I'm not opposed to men doing that. But I don't think it's gonna work for me.
Doing
Football
Front
Gonna
Me
Mean
Men
Opposed
Think
Throwing
Want
Work
Yard
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Depth
Finally
Invincible
Learned
Me
Summer
Winter
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.
About
Am
Anybody
Anybody Else
Else
Feel
I Am
I Feel
I See
I Write
Itself
Me
No Problem
Problem
I'd somehow always thought of the classics of literature as something apart from me, something to do with academic life and not something you enjoyed.
Academic
Always
Apart
Classics
Enjoyed
Life
Literature
Me
Somehow
Something
Thought
You
My parents took me to see plays, starting from when I was very little. Oftentimes, I was too young to understand. I don't know what my parents were thinking - 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' when I was eight years old, that kind of thing. So lots of times, I didn't understand what was going on, but I just loved the sound of dialogue.
Afraid
Dialogue
Eight
Going
Just
Kind
Know
Little
Lots
Loved
Me
Oftentimes
Old
Parents
There is in me an anarchy and frightful disorder. Creating makes me die a thousand deaths, because it means making order, and my entire being rebels against order. But without it I would die, scattered to the winds.
Against
Anarchy
Because
Being
Creating
Deaths
Die
Disorder
Entire
Frightful
Makes
Making
Me
Means
There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
Be Kind
Kind
Lie
Me
Must
Sickness
Than
Words
Worse
I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable.
Found
Gray
Grew
Lost
Luxuries
Me
Poverty
Sea
Then
Unbearable
Up
I remember during my lifetime I would meet women, and it was almost like God would say to me, 'Now, this woman here is not the one you are going to end up with, but she is going to be a lot like this woman; look at this woman, study this woman.' And when my wife showed up, He was like, 'You recognize her now?'
Almost
End
God
Going
He
Her
Here
I Remember
Lifetime
Like
Look
Lot
Me
Meet
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.
About
Allowed
Case
Character
Comfortable
Find
God
Heaven
Jobs
Like
Making
Me
More
Network
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
When I was starting out, William Goldman took me under his wing, and he's still the person I show pages to.
He
His
Me
Out
Pages
Person
Show
Starting
Still
Took
William
Wing
First scenes are super-important to me. I'll spend months and months pacing and climbing the walls trying to come up with the first scene. I drive for hours on the freeway.
Climbing
Come
Drive
First
Hours
Me
Months
Pacing
Scene
Scenes
Spend
Trying
Up
Walls
My children are the only thing in my life that makes me happy.
Children
Happy
Life
Makes
Me
My Life
Only
The Only Thing
Thing
I've had a relatively charmed life. I loved to be out in the city. New York was my town. I've had people come up to me and say, 'You're a great New Yorker. You've given your time and money to so many New York charities. You're a great supporter of the arts. I like some of your movies - and some of your movies suck, actually.'
Actually
Arts
Charities
Charmed
City
Come
Given
Great
Had
Life
Like
Loved
Many
Me
We all have that moment when we think, 'Hand me that Oscar now - you don't even have to have the ceremony'.
Ceremony
Even
Hand
Me
Moment
Now
Oscar
Think
You
I've never written anything that I haven't wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing 'A Few Good Men' again. I didn't know what I was doing then, and I'm still trying to get it right. I would write 'The Social Network' again if they would let me, I'd write 'Moneyball' again. I would write 'The West Wing' again.
Again
Am
Anything
Doing
Few
Get
Good
Good Men
Know
Me
Men
Network
Never
Right
Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself.
Always
Been
Conditions
Contrary
Except
Frugality
Life
Me
Much
Myself
Nature
Solitude
Those
Violence
Sometimes, particularly in summers in New York, I have tried to write in shorts or with no shirt on and found myself unable to do so, the reason being, I take it, that writing, even of the most impersonal sort, is for me a divestment, a striptease, even, so that if I start off undressed, I have nowhere to go.
Being
Even
Found
Go
Impersonal
Me
Most
Myself
New
New York
Nowhere
Off
Particularly
Reason
With 'The Social Network,' I got into it at first because frankly I thought there was a cool courtroom drama to be had with the intellectual properties. And then what further drew me in was that the most extraordinary social networking device ever created was created by the world's most antisocial person. I liked that story.
Antisocial
Because
Cool
Courtroom
Created
Device
Drama
Drew
Ever
Extraordinary
First
Frankly
Further
Got
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
To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
Believing
Between
Correct
Everything
History
Indifference
Kept
Me
Misery
Natural
Placed
Sun
Taught
Well
I feel like the better version of myself is on paper... I'd rather have people know me on paper.
Better
Feel
I Feel
I Feel Like
Know
Like
Me
Myself
Paper
People
Rather
Version
As my friend said to me, when you have children, typically in a second marriage, when you're older and you get married again to a woman who would have children, you must always remember that you make sure the children attend a college where the commencement ceremonies are held in a facility with a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Accessible
Again
Always
Attend
Ceremonies
Children
College
Commencement
Facility
Friend
Get
Get Married
Held
Make
Every time somebody speaks of my honesty, there is someone who quivers inside me.
Every
Every Time
Honesty
Inside
Me
Somebody
Someone
Speaks
Time
Who
It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.
Change
Come
Each
Expect
I Think
Less
Me
More
More And More
Other
Seems
Should
Think
We were put to Dickens as children but it never quite took. That unremitting humanity soon had me cheesed off.
Children
Dickens
Had
Humanity
Me
Never
Off
Put
Quite
Soon
Took
Were
I am a literary animal. For me, everything ends in literature.
Am
Animal
Ends
Everything
I Am
Literary
Literature
Me
Don't classify me, read me.
Classify
Me
Read
The real bombs are my books, not me.
Bombs
Books
Me
Real
You ask what my conclusions are, rereading my journals and looking back on World War II from the vantage point of quarter century in time? We won the war in a military sense; but in a broader sense, it seems to me we lost it, for our Western civilization is less respected and secure than it was before.
Ask
Back
Before
Broader
Century
Civilization
Conclusions
Journals
Less
Looking
Looking Back
Lost
Me
Military
The poem, for me, is simply the first sound realized in the modality of being.
Being
First
Me
Poem
Realized
Simply
Sound
Everything for me becomes allegory.
Allegory
Becomes
Everything
Me
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
Because
Consider
Exists
Fancy
Me
Monsters
Nature
Nothing
Positively
Prefer
Represent
Satisfies
Tedious
Trivial
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
I know I do not exaggerate, unconsciously and unintentionally, the scantiness of my resources and the difficulty of my life... I know that, but for the mercy of God, I might easily have been, for any care that was taken of me, a little robber or a vagabond.
Any
Been
Care
Difficulty
Easily
Exaggerate
God
Know
Life
Little
Me
Mercy
Might
My Life
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
Why shouldn't I fly from New York to Paris? I have more than four years of aviation behind me. I've barnstormed over half of the 48 states. I've flown my mail through the worst of nights.
Aviation
Behind
Flown
Fly
Four
Half
Mail
Me
More
New
New York
Nights
Over
Paris
I believe in books that do not go to a ready-made public. I'm looking for readers I would like to make. To win them, to create readers rather than to give something that readers are expecting. That would bore me to death.
Believe
Books
Bore
Create
Death
Expecting
Give
Go
I Believe
I Believe In
Like
Looking
Make
Me
I had four sandwiches when I left New York. I only ate one and a half during the whole trip and drank a little water. I don't suppose I had time to eat any more because, you know, it surprised me how short a distance it is to Europe.
Any
Ate
Because
Distance
Drank
Eat
Europe
Four
Had
Half
How
Know
Left
Little
Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
Give
Give Me
Hand
Me
Rather
Ready
Than
Tongue
Forgive me if I sleep until I wake up.
Forgive
Forgive Me
Me
Sleep
Until
Up
Wake
Wake Up
I always felt a little worm inside me: 'Now you need to write a novel with a woman protagonist.'
Always
Felt
Inside
Little
Me
Need
Novel
Now
Protagonist
Woman
Worm
Write
You
It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton.
Beauty
Conclude
Difficult
Masculine
Me
Milton
Most
Perfect
Portrayed
Satan
Type
Would
Would-Be
Ultraconservatism is, to me, so illogical. Everywhere you go, conservatives want to cut, cut, cut, cut - cut money for powerless people. So, that's the biggest problem I have with them.
Biggest
Biggest Problem
Conservatives
Cut
Everywhere
Go
Illogical
Me
Money
People
Powerless
Problem
Them
Want
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Behind
Beside
Follow
Friend
Front
I May Not
Just
Lead
May
Me
My Friend
Walk
So Colleen Atwood introduced me to Armani for the fabric and the dyes - what made Armani, Armani, beyond his motion-picture credentials. It was Cerruti after that. And then Zegna.
After
Beyond
Credentials
Fabric
His
Introduced
Made
Me
Then