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At great, great remove sit the head of General Electric,
by Norman Lear

At great, great remove sit the head of General Electric,
the head of News Corp, the head of Viacom,
or the head of this giant international corporation
that wants these ratings.
- Norman Lear

Even when they don't know who Nixon was,
these shows will continue to play.
- Norman Lear

I wanted to just do a one-act play for 26 minutes,
with commercials at the beginning and end.
For years, I couldn't get my way.
They wanted to interrupt three times.
- Norman Lear

The trafficking of sex and violence is comes after the demand for ratings.
- Norman Lear

 

Maybe they continued to agree with Archie Bunker -
as I said earlier,
you can't change people's minds, but you can get them to think.
- Norman Lear

That's the heart of it: My shows were not that controversial
with the American people.
They were controversial with the people who think for the American people.
- Norman Lear

The American people may not be the best-educated,
but they're very wise at heart.
- Norman Lear

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We are a country of excess.
So it's not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition.
- Norman Lear

Originally, with all the shows, we went looking for belly laughs.
- Norman Lear

You're in the business - when you're a writer,
producer, director - to get ratings.
- Norman Lear

Life is about having a good time, and it was a good time.
We did some things well and some things poorly,
but that was always the case.
- Norman Lear

Nobody doubts my partisanship, but a lot of the activity is nonpartisan.
- Norman Lear

When we went on the air, I didn't want to be interrupted for an act-one curtain.
- Norman Lear

There was no real controversy with All In The Family.
That came from the people on the business end.
- Norman Lear

So we gravitated to shows and issues and causes that made people care.
- Norman Lear

I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality,
is where leadership begins.
- Norman Lear

Life goes on pretty much the same way.
I've been working on a couple of films on the side.
You may see some more.
You may even see another television show.
- Norman Lear

In this nation, leadership is dollars.
- Norman Lear

Granted, the writers, directors, producers,
and that community make a great deal of money.
But they might be choosing to do a whole lot of other
things for the living they make.
- Norman Lear

TV that people will never see, that giant international
corporations will never touch,
will never pay your salary.
- Norman Lear

I stop and look at traffic accidents.
I won't hang around, but when I hear something is terrible,
as bad as it is, I've gotta look at it.
- Norman Lear

Life is made up of small pleasures.
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes.
The big ones come too infrequently.
And if you don't collect all these tiny successes,
the big ones don't really mean anything.
- Norman Lear

I guess because the shows were activist in their own way -
the marriage of my public activism and my career activism,
you know - people understand me very well.
They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this.
- Norman Lear

But it also became the experience, or was the experience,
of the writers who were attracted to this kind of humor.
They're all men or women who come from the same kind
of experience in their own lives.
- Norman Lear

We got ratings.
It isn't that they won't quarrel with you,
or say you're always right.
But as long as you stay strong and the ratings are
good and you're reasonable -
I don't think we fought unreasonably.
We basically won that right.
- Norman Lear

It crossed our minds early on that the more an audience cared -
we were working before,
on average, 240, live people.
If you could get them caring - the more they cared,
the harder they laughed.
- Norman Lear

But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met.
When I screamed back at him that he was putting down
a race of people to call me lazy,
his answer was that's not what he was doing,
and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met.
- Norman Lear

In the area we're discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue,
on the desks and in the offices of people who spend
hundreds of millions of dollars buying what will get them ratings.
- Norman Lear

We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a
newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension
in black males being higher than whites,
and increasing.
So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times,
had hypertension.
- Norman Lear

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is an act of great Courage to forsake all Blame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

To be great is to be misunderstood.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces
that incessantly draw great events.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

Know that the essence of life is not
in the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Great minds have purposes others have wishes.
- Washington Irving

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

Thinking is necessary, but not sufficient, for living a great life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Dare to dream of your great success.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

I am a great believer in luck
and I find that the harder
I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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