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

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

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

 

I kind of have a dilettantish spirit about me.
- 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I do believe all actors are smart.
- Ron Silver

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm a 9/11 Republican.
- 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

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

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

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans


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