Once I come up with the concept, the rest of the song just comes.
It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases, when everything goes right, or when all the information required is available in proper format.
I guess I'd like to have my cake and eat it, too. I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions.
We're not ever interested in repeating ourselves or doing what people expect us to do, it's such a turn off.
The only thing that I'm not willing to do is really stupid, horribly written sitcoms. It can be tempting during pilot season time, but I realized this a while ago when I almost signed my life away to a stupid pilot.
When you make a courageous statement, people start to follow you, and that's nice.
I began writing in the 4th grade. As a matter of fact, I produced a play for the entire school. It was about Leif Ericson and the discovery of America.
I'm a Red-baiter; I'm a witch-hunter if the witches are Communists.
People think of these eureka moments and my feeling is that they tend to be little things, a little realisation and then a little realisation built on that.
From 1967 to '70, Nigeria fought a war - the Nigeria-Biafra war. And in the middle of that war, I was 14 years old. We spent much of our time with my mother cooking. For the army - my father joined the army as a brigadier - the Biafran army. We were on the Biafran side.
Anytime you're going to take your Marines into harm's way, they are looking for leadership that is calm, assertive, sure of themselves. And quite honestly, I don't think that some of these young Marines care if it's a male or a female. They just want to be properly led.
The techniques I developed for studying turbulence, like weather, also apply to the stock market.
Whether I sound like Sammy or not is purely coincidence. You have got to hand it to him, he sings his ass off. There is no moss on that stone.
In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.
I care what my reader thinks. There is no fancy recommendation you can give me that would matter to me as much as Mary Jane from Youngstown writing me a letter. There is not one. Don't need it, don't want it, don't require it, does not fill up my soul. It's about her, not about the rest of it.
He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head.
I wish that people could understand that people need to laugh. They need to sing. They need to create their own joie de vivre.
Anyone who can walk to the welfare office can walk to work.
The time to save for the future is now. Thanks to compounding interest, the earlier you start putting money away for the future, the more you will save.
People go 'You look a lot like Minnie Driver.' Once I said, 'Thanks, Minnie is a great actress.' But, it blew up in my face. This person said, 'Nah, didn't like the last movie she did.'
Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness - all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had - outside of us.
I think 'Lost' is like losing a friend or a relative or someone. You can't replace it with another one.
If you feel uncomfortable about something, just because you're in the public eye, it doesn't mean it doesn't hurt when people say things.
This would only come if you have a revolutionary change in technology like the jet brought about.
It's unfortunate that you don't see the loyalty from management to players and players to management like we used to see in the old days.
Paul Haggis, who's now a big movie guy, cast me as a lawyer in 'Family Law.' When that series ended, I thought that I would be going on more auditions and booking more jobs, but everything just came to a screeching halt.
As I don't know what life would be like without my Chaplin connections, I work with them. I'm just really happy it's a family I can be proud of; it's not as if I'm related to some Z-list celebrity.
We got more out of this as a family than we were able to give to the people.
I don't want to play stinking, beer-ridden clubs. It depresses me even thinking about that. I really hate it when you're finished with a show and you're in your dressing room with that stink of beer and sweaty girls. It brings back an ugly picture for me. I'd hate to have to do that again.