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The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career.
by Ben Stiller

The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career.
I had to start writing and acting again.
- Ben Stiller

I'm always willing to endure humiliation on behalf of my characters.
- Ben Stiller

I have a lot of nervous energy.
Work is my best way of channelling that into something
productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.
- Ben Stiller

There's an old saying in Hollywood: It's not the length of your film,
it's how you use it.
- Ben Stiller

 

Even when I'm not directing, that doesn't stop Owen
from having ideas for what I should be doing.
- Ben Stiller

I enjoy the work I do in comedies.
It's a valid test of your creative abilities.
- Ben Stiller

You're freaked out that you're going to be having a child,
and once you're looking after your daughter,
it's the most beautiful thing in the world.
- Ben Stiller

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It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents.
It was tough to go to auditions and be bad,
since I couldn't be anonymous.
- Ben Stiller

Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents
were in the business and that I grew up around actors,
comedians and directors.
- Ben Stiller

Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming
the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.
- Ben Stiller

I'm not an expert on the Malaysian sense of humor.
- Ben Stiller

I think people will be curious to see what I can do as a dramatic actor.
- Ben Stiller

I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role
that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.
- Ben Stiller

If you look at my eyes when I'm dancing,
you'll see that glazed look.
- Ben Stiller

Fashion is so over the top.
- Ben Stiller

Zoolander was more of my own sensibility.
- Ben Stiller

The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky
and Hutch plot you can find.
- Ben Stiller

I don't think the public is dying to see me necessarily be funny all the time.
- Ben Stiller

I don't think know if anything's going to translate anywhere.
You're making a movie, you hope it's going to be funny,
you can't think about how it's going to go over.
- Ben Stiller

I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face.
- Ben Stiller

I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way
I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.
- Ben Stiller

Paul is Starsky, and I met him before shooting.
He was very kind and encouraged us to go with what we wanted to do.
It was very sweet to see them back with the car after 25 years.
- Ben Stiller

I love New York.
I was sad, depressed and incredibly moved by our fellow
countrymen and what they've done.
I wanted to give people a chance to see something funny,
have a distraction.
- Ben Stiller

My parents used to throw great New Year's Eve parties.
They invited such an eclectic mix of showbiz people.
All those cool people were always hanging out at our apartment.
- Ben Stiller

I've had a very good career and I'm grateful that the
public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.
- Ben Stiller

My own parents were touchy-feely.
- Ben Stiller

I don't have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor.
I don't have a master plan in that way.
- Ben Stiller

Very quickly after meeting Dustin, the whole image
I had of him was shattered.
- Ben Stiller

Maybe forced retirement isn't necessary after all.
- Ben Stiller

There's always an element of fear that you need to
work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or
finally figure out that you're a fraud after all!
- Ben Stiller

I don't devalue comedy as compared to drama.
Not one bit.
- Ben Stiller

Sometimes I wondered whether I hadn't let my career
get confined to one direction,
but lately I've decided to accept the fact that I have
this opportunity to be successful doing comedies.
- Ben Stiller

I just watched Paul Michael Glaser.
He was the reason I wanted to do the movie because
as a kid I was such a big fan of his.
I watched all the episodes and tried to get a feeling for what he was doing.
- Ben Stiller

Success is failure recycled.
Life is death reborn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
(also quoted as: "Courage is going from failure to failure
without losing enthusiasm."

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A little more persistence,
a little more effort, and
what seemed hopeless failure
may turn to glorious success.
- Elbert Hubbard

The majority of men meet with failure
because of their lack of persistence
in creating new plans to take
the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
- John Wooden

Know that your true self,
a spiritual being,
is always perfect.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success often grows best in the fertile soil of failure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The season of failure is the best time
for sowing the seeds of success.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

It's not necessary to fear the prospect of failure
but to be determined not to fail.
- Jimmy Carter

Failure is only the opportunity to
begin again more intelligently.
- Henry Ford

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

Success is not final, failure is not fatal.
It is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

Success depends upon previous preparation,
and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

Failure is success if we learn from it.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

It's fine to celebrate success
but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No man is a failure who enjoys life.
- William Feather

You are my friend when you can guard my failure,
challenge my thought and celebrate my success.
- Anonymous

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how
a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed
in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something
you love than to be a success at something you hate.
- George Burns

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
- Michael Malone

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means
you haven't succeeded yet.
- Robert H. Schuller


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