The only way to grow is to risk failure. Be unique! Not a copy! I'd rather be copied.
A person has got to have the right to be wrong, to make mistakes. You must stick your neck out and try. There is no need to apologize if you try and fail. On the contrary, you can look anyone right in the eye.
So, I work on instinct and start probing with remarks and I have an indication of what the person is like before they even open their mouth.
I'll say one thing for television. It has taken children and educated them far beyond anything I was ever involved with as a child.
I believe that people who do not vote in this country have no right to complain about the government that we are now living under. By the same token, if you don't really vote in television, you're never going to have your way. Write a letter to the president of the network.
Situation comedies are old-fashioned - they stick to formulas. I resent their music which is old fashioned. I resent the use of a laugh track.
I'm a loner as a person, but then I always was, even as a child.
Money doesn't mean anything because the value of it can be reduced instantly and it's gone. Possessions don't mean anything because they can be stolen. But time--there's nothing else of such value that I can see and there's never enough of it.
The idea of having pride, the idea of manners, I think is very, very important. There's just too little of it in the world and I think there are certain dignities in life to which we should all aspire.
[Work] allowed me to put my energies some place and focus them some place and relieve myself for awhile of confronting the traumatic circumstances that were occurring in my life. So work has always been a friend to me.
TV is a major force in our lives - a FORCE. It must be handled very carefully, both its censure and its artistic honesty.
The male image has been so pulled down by situation comedy in the last 15 years, it is frightening. I don't like what has happened to the American male.