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I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.
 

I'd learned a lot in the Army. I knew that above all things in the world I had to become so big, so strong that people and their hatred could never touch me.
 

If you want to get known as a singer you hire five sexy chicks and let them fight over you onstage and for the cameras. That's publicity, man.
 

Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item. We were friends. Nothing more. Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived.
 

May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
 

Most orgies that you go to, I have found, most of it is sad. All that wildness, all those laughs were like the shining silver and gold paper on packages, but there was nothing inside.
 

My home has always been show business.
 

Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens.
 

Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
 

Reality is never as bad as a nightmare, as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves.
 

Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been able to avoid hearing before.
 

Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt.
 

The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody.
 

The manic pursuit of success cost me everything I could love: my wife, my three children, some friends I would have liked to grow old with.
 

The one thing you don't want is that stale sound when you've done a line so much you can't find a fresh approach to it. Drop it.
 

The success of the Rat Pack or the Clan was due to the camaraderie, the three guys who work together and kid each other and love each other.
 

The ultimate mystery is one's own self.
 

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.
 

There are lines that I know are going to get a belly laugh, but after a few shows I get sick of hearing myself say them so I drop them.
 

There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity.
 


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