A psychologist said to me, there are only two important questions you have to ask yourself. What do you really feel? And, what do you really want? If you can answer those two, you probably can leave your neuroses behind you.
Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it.
Comedy and tragedy co-exist. You can't have one without the other. I'm of the school that anything can be funny, if seen from a comedic point of view.
Everyone has experienced laughing at a funeral, and not even inappropriately. It could be a response to a moment of absurdity or some fond memory. We're human beings so we understand that laughter and crying aren't always disparate emotions.
Find the most talented person in the room and if it's not you, go stand next to him. Hang out with him. try to be helpful.
How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.
I have no trouble selling out- I'm a benevolent hack, in a certain way- but I want to pander for something I believe in.
I learned over the years that it's easy to appear smart referencing things that people don't know.
I never work just to work. It's some combination of laziness and self-respect.
I think satire is a luxury of literate middle-class people. People who are well fed and relatively secure in their beds can laugh at their troubles. They can enjoy sitcoms. For those who aren't quite so lucky, well, the irony might be lost on them.
I used to be married to a woman who pursued every spiritual trend with tremendous passion and dragged me along. I don't believe in anything.
Just expressing contempt for your leaders doesn't really accomplish anything.
Life doesn't care about your vision. You just gotta roll with it.
Most people live somewhere on the spectrum of anxiety and depression.
Never hit anyone in anger, unless you're absolutely sure you can get away with it.
No one will laugh at how great things are for somebody.
Parents tell us things to protect us, or they educate us from their own misinformation or misconceptions.
We are all several different people. There are different aspects of our nature that are competing.
We tell our kids that policemen are good and God protects us and our country is noble, and at a certain point- and for some it comes quite early, five or six years old- we start to realize that it's all a facade.
Whatever bliss we think we're going to find, we may find it in brief flashes, fleeting moments that come and go. There's an impossibility to nailing down any good feeling.
When you're young and you first see the extent and depth of the world's hypocrisy, it's fun to go after it. But by the time you're sixty, it's so commonplace. What's the point in ridiculing people anymore? Their existence itself is a sort of sick joke.
You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago.
You can perceive life as tragic, or you can laugh at the tragedy of it and that turns it into comedy. It doesn't change the circumstances.
You can't love somebody into a state of mental health.
You can't not have feelings about country clubs, whichever side you're on.
You don't have to know much, just a little bit more than everybody else.
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