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I'd like to go away for six months and learn to kiteboard and windsurf.
by Christopher Meloni

I'd like to go away for six months and learn to kiteboard and windsurf.
I love pinochle, I love chess and I love windsurfing.
- Christopher Meloni

The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush.
Now I want to share it with the world.
- Christopher Meloni

Whoever envisions not one but two series in New York?
- Christopher Meloni

How that works is our first season was the year we
had a threatened writers' strike,
so what we did was that instead of doing 22 episodes,
we did 30.
We put 10 in the bank.
- Christopher Meloni


I'm so busy these days.
I forget everything but my lines.
- Christopher Meloni

I've written a couple screenplays and half-finished plays.
- Christopher Meloni

This is a dream come true.
To wake up in a place that I own and go to work in
New York City as an actor -
I feel like Mary Tyler Moore throwing her friggin' hat in the air.
- Christopher Meloni

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I think Chris Rock at the Oscars was a great example.
I thought that was intellectually hilarious.
The Gap starts a war with Banana Republic...
That to me was funny.
- Christopher Meloni

But I came from a conservative Republican background.
- Christopher Meloni

It's always been kind of weird to me because when you
give someone an autograph,
you're looking down at a piece of paper and once you
sign it the person moves on.
- Christopher Meloni

You can watch any episode you want and have a compelling story being told.
- Christopher Meloni

I rarely see one of the 'summer blockbuster' movies.
I'd like to see a stronger focus on smaller,
smarter movies.
- Christopher Meloni

We're real fortunate to have such a unique cast.
- Christopher Meloni

I love my children beyond all reason.
They're my joy, even when they're wild with kid energy.
- Christopher Meloni

I still have a dream of one day - I would love to hire
a semi-retired contractor and just build a house -
him and I building a house for me.
I would truly love to do that.
- Christopher Meloni

My mother raised three children on her own and my dad
was a doctor working 16 hours a day.
- Christopher Meloni

I love feeling the crispness of fall and the sensuality of spring.
- Christopher Meloni

You can be childlike without being childish.
A child always wants to have fun.
Ask yourself, "Am I having fun?"
- Christopher Meloni

I never find sincerity offensive...
so, be sincere.
- Christopher Meloni

I don't get called very often to play innocents.
- Christopher Meloni

You can be childlike without being childish.
- Christopher Meloni

If I could only get people to rub my belly for good
lucky and then throw money in my fountain,
it'd be a perfect world.
- Christopher Meloni

I'm always learning from experiences because each one
is different and there are different players involved
in the project at the time with their own way of doing things.
- Christopher Meloni

If you take life at face value, it loses its luster pretty quickly.
If you go after it, you get more out of it.
- Christopher Meloni

My wife has brought great beauty into my life.
And my daughter has brought me nothing but joy.
Those qualities were greatly lacking.
- Christopher Meloni

I'd have to say Bali's my favorite place that I've visited.
- Christopher Meloni

I like intellectual journeys.
- Christopher Meloni

I love to act.
I need to act.
It's the big itch I need to scratch.
- Christopher Meloni

I think to be a successful comic, you have to be exceptionally
smart and exceptionally perceptive.
- Christopher Meloni

I'm a nudist at heart.
- Christopher Meloni

Hate is a draining bottomless pit from whence nothing
good or of any value can come.
Try to eat a balanced diet.
Guys only want one thing.
- Christopher Meloni

If you try hard enough, you can bend the spoon;
you can shift reality.
- Christopher Meloni

In my own defense, I wrote a one-man show,
and that to me was more where I fit.
- Christopher Meloni

The reason why I hate working in theatre is the tedium of memorisation.
But once that is done, then you feast on this never-ending meal.
If you play it correctly, every night is fraught with
very high stakes that are very difficult to find in everyday life.
- Christopher Meloni

I take this art very seriously and passionately.
I love what I do.
You can't help but grow.
That's not to say you don't make mistakes or make bad choices,
but that's part of the art.
Painters paint bad paintings.
- Christopher Meloni

Crime is one of the leads of the show.
If there's ever anything that deals with a character's personal life,
you don't have to worry about it getting too crazy.
People don't have to worry about character arcs.
Each episode is a self-contained unit.
- Christopher Meloni

I have worried about getting pigeon-holed,
but now I think I've done enough weird,
offbeat stuff not to be.
And I also know that I do things for the right reasons:
I've made my money,
so I don't have to say yes to anything.
- Christopher Meloni

My first thought when I came here was that I understood
why there are so many great Irish writers -
because there is something mystical in the air.
There's always this cloudy, moody sky and it's challenging.
- Christopher Meloni

I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip
to the whole theatre thing,
and they are.
I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot.
It's been a learning experience for me too.
- Christopher Meloni

I had no expectations about fatherhood,
really, but it's definitely a journey I'm glad to be taking.
Number one, it's a great learning experience.
When my mother told me it's a 24/7 job,
she wasn't kidding.
- Christopher Meloni

Look, I hate to sound like Pollyanna,
but I literally can't wait to get to work in the morning.
I've got steady jobs, I've got my health,
and I'm here in the greatest city in the world.
I'd be a pig not to be grateful.
- Christopher Meloni

We went online to surrogacy agencies.
We interviewed lots of people - and I have to say,
with all due respect, some of them were freaks.
I was very leery of the process the whole way through.
- Christopher Meloni

But when you're a working actor - and that's what you
keep saying in your head,
how blessed you are to have a job - and you are working with heavyweights,
working with the best guys in TV, it's pretty cool.
Exhausting, but cool.
- Christopher Meloni

There was a friend of ours who worked with a girl who
had said she would consider being a surrogate.
We met her and right away she was awesome.
We were looking for someone who could take care of
themselves and it was pretty clear she could.
- Christopher Meloni

I think we present extreme aspects of human behavior
and hopefully get at times,
messages across or bring issues to the table or as we so often say,
shed light into the dark crevices of human nature.
- Christopher Meloni

I love my lifestyle now, but at the end of nine months,
you're toast.
You are toast.
It's like running a marathon.
You can't think while you're doing it.
Especially when different directors come in who are not part of the posse,
the circle.
- Christopher Meloni

De Niro was a hero of mine.
And Sean Penn.
But I've realized I can't operate at that level of intensity.
That's okay for movies.
On TV, when you live with horror day in and day out,
you have to protect yourself.
- Christopher Meloni

It is a weird feeling to have people go,
"Hey Chris" like they know me.
But, number one, 99 percent of my experiences have been really cool.
People couldn't be nicer and more positive.
- Christopher Meloni

I took acting classes in college, and once I graduated,
I decided to give acting a shot when I couldn't really
think of anything else to do.
It took me a couple of years to get an agent,
and my first big break was The Fanelli Boys,
which was a sitcom on NBC.
Then I did a few television movies.
- Christopher Meloni

I didn't get into acting to be a public service announcer or an advocate and yet,
by virtue of this show and how we handle the subject
matter that we've been given,
that's kind of how it's evolved in certain ways.
- Christopher Meloni

It's just nice to work hard and be rewarded,
which is having lots of people watch.
And the icing on the cake is for me is to be able to walk around with pride,
feeling that the product you put out is worthy of being watched.
But honestly, it's not a big deal.
I don't put too much stock in fame or celebrity anyway.
I don't put it in the 'important' box.
- Christopher Meloni

It ain't easy to break out of a mold,
but if you do your work, people will ultimately see what you're capable of.
Too often, people find it easier to make assumptions
and stick with what they believe.
They put you in a place and it makes their job easier.
The good people constantly search for something different.
- Christopher Meloni

It's great to be recognized when I'm looking for a
table at a crowded restaurant,
but I still don't put it to best use.
I'm such a lump.
I won't cut the line.
It's my Catholic guilt.
I gotta get used to it.
- Christopher Meloni

I really love to act; I love everything about it.
I've never had this addiction to being known.
I mean, sure, if you go into acting,
there's part of you that is saying,
'I want attention' but I was brought up to work to deserve attention,
and it is the work, not the trappings that are important.
- Christopher Meloni

I'm just an actor, but if the extra part of it is that
I'm helping people or people are being helped by the
virtue of what we're doing,
then that's just a really nice added extra.
- Christopher Meloni

You couldn't pay me enough to be a law enforcement officer.
Their job is a tough job.
You have to solve people's problems,
you have to baby-sit people,
you have to always be doing this cat-and-mouse game with the bad guys.
My respect for them is immense.
- Christopher Meloni

TV's hard work.
I don't know how the hell Angela Lansbury survived doing 'Murder,
She Wrote' all those years.
And sure, everyone wants to be Bruce Willis or George Clooney -
they want to be in film for the range of characters you get to play.
- Christopher Meloni

When I portray Stabler, I have to shave every day and cut my hair every week!
And then, I really like to change my looks for films
like 'Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle' where I
have the pleasure of playing the ugliest man in the world.
- Christopher Meloni

I've got the best of all worlds.
It's every actor's dream to wake up in New York City
and go to an acting job rather than to a restaurant to wash dirty dishes.
And I live so close to the studios that I ride my bike to work.
- Christopher Meloni

People don't know where to place me.
Terry Gilliam used me as a quirky cop in 'Twelve Monkeys',
and then he hired me again to be an effeminate hotel
clerk in 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'.
Another time, I was shooting this indie film 'The Souler
Opposite' and six days a week,
I'm playing this big puppy dog, then I come to the
'NYPD Blue' set and become this scumbag.
- Christopher Meloni

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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