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In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.
 

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought.
 

Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all.
 

My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into. Middle-aged men ask me when we're going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons.
 

My last days at MGM were like the fall of the Roman Empire in fast motion.
 

My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned.
 

Not once in six years did I make it to the office by 9 on the dot.
 

One of the most attractive things about writing your autobiography is that you're not dead.
 

Parents look at me like I'm somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we're enjoying them all over again with our children.
 

Publicity gets more than a little tiring. You want it, you need it, you crave it, and you're scared as hell when it stops.
 

Ted Turner sailed into the meeting, and I mean sailed. He holds himself as if he were at the helm of his sailboat, in the process of winning the race.
 

That's what keeps me going: dreaming, inventing, then hoping and dreaming some more in order to keep dreaming.
 

There is no law that says a man who earned a hundred million dollars in his first half-dozen years on the job has to be a decent human being, but Mike Eisner is that and more.
 

What about Mickey Mouse? Disney tried very hard to make him a star. But Mickey Mouse is more of a symbol than a real character.
 

What the real world of 1941 needed most was the release and relief provided by laughter.
 

When animators weren't sleeping, they were drinking.
 

While I have never been a regular churchgoer, I'm anything but immune to the power and the majesty of the religious experience.
 

You keep pitching. Most of the pitches run wild. A few are caught.
 


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