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For about the first ten years of my career,
by Ron Silver

For about the first ten years of my career,
I wasn't terribly motivated.
- Ron Silver

If I don't see my kids for six days,
I start to get withdrawal pains.
- Ron Silver

I was immature the way I handled the business.
I saw myself as a tribune of the people.
- Ron Silver

It's not like I'm the most famous person in the world.
- Ron Silver

 

I do believe all actors are smart.
- Ron Silver

Two, I actually learned a lot of things that served
me very well when it came to repeating performances on stage,
because it is a craft and you do need a technique for it.
- Ron Silver

I had no desire from an early age to be on the stage.
- Ron Silver

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I just don't get invited to the same dinner parties I used to like to go to.
- Ron Silver

Artists speak the truth to the public without fear
of retribution or damage to their careers.
- Ron Silver

But some actors I have met possess an intelligence
that I can only dream of.
It's about character, it's about behavior.
They understand things about people that I simply don't see.
- Ron Silver

Acting is not about knowing all this stuff;
it's about character.
- Ron Silver

It made me think about a whole area of human activity
that was not really a concern to me before that,
because I was involved in reading Chinese history,
or languages, or whatever.
- Ron Silver

But why should I run for office and lose what little influence I have?
- Ron Silver

Involvement in public affairs is a legitimate use of celebrity.
- Ron Silver

I'm a 9/11 Republican.
- Ron Silver

I still think I'm going to do something else when I grow up.
- Ron Silver

I think it's good to meet smart people and talk.
- Ron Silver

Then I realized that to be really good at this requires
a lot of energy and concentration and skill.
- Ron Silver

The twentieth century has exhibited a barbarism and
lack of respect for human life on a massive scale just about unknown before.
- Ron Silver

Nobody has a franchise on what is good.
- Ron Silver

I kind of have a dilettantish spirit about me.
- Ron Silver

I think you have an obligation to be an optimist.
Because if you're not, nothing will change.
- Ron Silver

Anyone who devotes time and attention to what makes people tick,
to me, is a smart person.
- Ron Silver

I kind of dwindled into acting.
- Ron Silver

I saw and I met a lot of people who were in the field.
It also provided a context in which I came to respect what the actor did,
because I saw how difficult it actually was to do.
- Ron Silver

Nothing gets a bigger laugh than when you refer to
things like ethics or human rights.
- Ron Silver

In Europe, people in the arts are considered part of the intelligentsia;
they are considered part of the elite.
- Ron Silver

I don't even like to use the word relationship.
I don't know what it means.
- Ron Silver

I started getting jobs, and I thought it was going to be real easy.
- Ron Silver

I can't talk about foreign policy like anyone who's
spent their life reading and learning foreign policy.
But as a citizen in a democracy, it's very important
that I participate in that.
- Ron Silver

Too often in the past, U.S.
leaders have forced Israel to pay the price for American
strategic interests in the Middle East -
through concessions in the peace process as well as
passivity in the face of Iraqi attacks.
- Ron Silver

You have to think an awful lot about your motivations
or people's behavioral intentions or what their body
language can indicate or what's really going on or
what makes people sometimes do,
sometimes, the irrational things they do.
- Ron Silver

If you don't think you want to go on a train and read
the paper every day and work from nine to six at night,
there was something about the uncertainty when I was
younger which was very attractive.
- Ron Silver

I've seen people with a tremendous amount of educational
background in the field not turn out to be terribly good actors,
and I've seen people with no education in the field
turn out to be people that I admire quite a bit.
- Ron Silver

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt


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