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Alan Alda Quotes


An American actor, director and screenwriter.
(1936 - )

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After a while I started to think of that as an image of something that went a lot deeper than the dead dog, which is you can't bring back anything to life.
 

Almost everybody that's well-known gets tagged with a nickname.
 

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.
[Intelligence]
 

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: yourself.
[Peace]
 

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.
 

Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you.
 

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.
[Begin]
 

Here's my Golden Rule for a tarnished age: Be fair with others, but keep after them until they're fair with you.
 

I found I wasn't asking good enough questions because I assumed I knew something. I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question, and they didn't know how to get out of it. Now, I let them take me through it step by step, and I listen.
 

I wouldn't live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.
 

I'm an angry person, angrier than most people would imagine, I get flashes of anger. What works for me is working out when it's useful to use that anger.
 

I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun.
 

I'm most at home on the stage. I was carried onstage for the first time when I was six months old.
 

I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?
 

I've never tried to manipulate my image.
 

If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.
 

It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
 

It makes it fun. When an actor plays a character, you want what that character wants. Otherwise it doesn't look authentic. So I really want to defeat Jimmy - I mean Jimmy as the character.
 

It's not an epitaph. I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it. It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out. I'm not trying to create some impression about myself. That doesn't interest me.
 

It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.
 


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