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The fact is that violence gives you a rush. ...
by Penn Jillette

The fact is that violence gives you a rush.
- Penn Jillette

Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing -
actually more real,
no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than
we did Renaissance Festivals.
- Penn Jillette

One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with,
one of the reasons that we're in magic,
is the difference between fantasy and reality.
- Penn Jillette

I've never had a drink of alcohol or any drug in my life.
- Penn Jillette

 

In my private life, I'm not around any drugs or alcohol.
- Penn Jillette

I'm a hardcore libertarian - I want everything legal -
but I also believe that you have the right to free association.
- Penn Jillette

We knew that we were kind of odd and creeps,
and we wanted to do odd, creepy stuff for people who wanted to see that.
- Penn Jillette

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I'm a big fan of huge populations of people,
so you'd think with 300 million people in the country,
you don't even have to please 1% to be phenomenally successful.
- Penn Jillette

We aren't people who believe that just because we're
performers our opinions on everything need to be known.
- Penn Jillette

If I go out to dinner with you and you order wine,
I leave.
I won't be around drugs and alcohol at all.
- Penn Jillette

The medium is not the message - the message is the message.
- Penn Jillette

The First Amendment says nothing about your getting
paid for saying anything.
It just says you can say it.
I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the
money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired,
you're being censored.
- Penn Jillette

When you're watching Psycho, there' s that moment when
you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed.
And then you have the intellectual revelation that you're not,
and that's where the celebration comes in.
- Penn Jillette

The skills that we have are the actual magic skills -
not the performing skills.
We have to separate those.
But the actual skills that make the tricks work,
we don't get to use again.
- Penn Jillette

The only place we were really told to tone it down -
where other people would use the word censorship,
but I wouldn't - was when we did MTV right after the
Beavis and Butt-head thing.
- Penn Jillette

Whereas you have someone like Houdini,
who works really, really hard to get really,
really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas
that he puts into the culture that stay there.
- Penn Jillette

Janet Reno, during her confirmation hearings,
said she would come down harder on porno,
and lately she's talked about how violence on television
has an effect on violence in the real world.
- Penn Jillette

It wasn't success, because Teller and I,
by the time Asparagus Valley got together -
within a year,
we had achieved all our goals.
I mean, our goal was to earn our living doing exactly what we wanted.
Which is many people's goal.
- Penn Jillette

But it's much more exciting to make Die Hard.
One of the reasons that I think that movie is so successful
is it deals with those very important blue-collar relationship themes.
But it's more visually beautiful to show things blowing up.
It just gives you more on the screen.
- Penn Jillette

Before you can read, you know the difference between a story and reality.
And, of course, by the time you're old enough to do
any real damage with an Uzi,
you've learned that difference.
- Penn Jillette

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around.
If you're looking for violent rape imagery,
the Bible's right there in your hotel room.
If you just want to look up ways to screw people up,
there it is, and you're justified because God told you to.
- Penn Jillette

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

It did not come naturally; in fact, it would be difficult
to conceive of any more dogmatic and less tolerant
people than the first settlers on New England shores.
- Paul Harris

There is no such condition as 'schizophrenia,'
but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.
- R. D. Laing

I mean, look, I love movies, not just the ones I make...
In fact, I don't like the movies I make very much.
- Alexander Payne

In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident
about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder's Letter:
probably because of its cohesive nature.
- George Murray

In fact, I have never met anyone who didn't like Gargoyles.
- Keith David

Your art kind of changes as you get older,
by nature of the fact that you're hopefully gaining
wisdom and you're starting to watch things with a better overview.
- Sheryl Crow

Dreams have only the pigmentation of fact.
- Djuna Barnes

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
- Octavio Paz

Our liquidity is fine.
As a matter of fact, it's better than fine.
It's strong.
- Kenneth Lay

A girl who is interested in becoming a model must first
accept the fact that she is the product.
She must be ready to deal with a lot of rejection.
- Karolina Kurkova

The wireless segment is approximately 50 percent of our business...
we believe this is an industry-wide phenomenon and that we are,
in fact, maintaining if not gaining market share.
- Antonio Perez


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