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I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst,
by Al Alvarez

I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst,
but you don't get any patients.
- Al Alvarez

I think one of the interesting things about poker is
that once you let your ego in,
you're done for.
- Al Alvarez

I'm good at reading people.
- Al Alvarez

Yes, I think poker really isn't gambling.
- Al Alvarez

 

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play
better than ordinary players at all.
- Al Alvarez

But in a tournament, you can be said in for all your
money at any point so you can't make any mistakes so you have to,
it's all about where you're sitting at the table.
- Al Alvarez

Now, if, as I think, writing should be,
it's a kind of risky trade.
- Al Alvarez

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When you make a bet, you're saying something.
- Al Alvarez

I absolutely don't believe in anything.
Full stop.
Including luck.
- Al Alvarez

I mean to say, this is the book and I really loathe
it and I can't imagine what a nice Jewish boy like me ever,
how I ever got into this dreadful trade.
- Al Alvarez

I hate writing.
- Al Alvarez

I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table.
- Al Alvarez

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

An "always been" does not mean I must choose "what must be."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning and the end -
no apologies, no regrets.
- Henry Kissinger

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

Letting go doesn't mean giving up...
it means moving on.
- Anonymous

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

Life is a game - a game you can never win.
You already know the final score: Life 1, You 0.
Doesn't mean you can't have fun playing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing,
but it means that you do the things that
need to be done according to priority.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends.
The mean and cowardly can never know what true friendship means.
- Charles Kingsley

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road
doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
- Helen Keller

"Uncertainty" is NOT "I don't know."
It is "I can't know."
"I am uncertain" does not mean "I could be certain."
- Wener Karl Heisenberg

Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything.
It's the time we spent together that matters,
not how we left it.
- Trey Parker

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
- Albert Einstein

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

Just because something doesn't do what you planned
it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
- Thomas A. Edison

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.
- Irene Peter

Just because I don't care,
doesn't mean I don't understand.
- Matt Groening's TV series The Simpsons.

Life's like Vegas. You're up, you're down,
but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that
we are immune to their operations.
- David Gerrold

Sucking the marrow out of life
doesn't mean choking on the bone.
- Robin Williams as John Keating
in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society

Father or stepfather - those are just titles to me.
They don't mean anything.
- Oliver Hudson

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance;
and a people who mean to be their own governors must
arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
- James Madison

What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?
- George Carlin

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

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world
doesn't mean you are wiser
than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- Edward R. Murrow

Be clear with yourself about what you mean
in conversations with others, and especially with yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,'
they really mean,
'not really.'
- Dave Parnas

I tried not to make God this big deal in Joan's life.
She treats God like a friend: she's nice to him some days,
and other days mean, and then cries when she needs help.
- Amber Tamblyn

The ideal, it seems to me, is to show things happening
and allow the reader to decide what they mean.
- John M. Ford

Oh, it's essential.
I mean, you have to - if I'm writing about the Middle East,
I have to go there, and if possible,
stay long enough to get a real feeling for what's going on.
- Joe Sacco

I want people to take pride in Spanish Harlem.
These are people that everyone in the community could relate to...
people who mean something special to us.
- James De La Vega

I mean, look, I love movies, not just the ones I make...
In fact, I don't like the movies I make very much.
- Alexander Payne

If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind,
he had better turn to hand work it is an indication
on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.
- Thomas Huxley

Just because it's in print doesn't mean it's the gospel.
- Michael Jackson

I mean, whatever kills you kills you,
and your death is authentic no matter how you die.
- Jerry Garcia

If we want to talk about freedom, we must mean freedom
for others as well as ourselves,
and we must mean freedom for everyone inside our frontiers as well as outside.
- Wendell Willkie

And I mean, I'm established.
So I'm not worried about having a hit at this point in my career.
- Donna Summer

Well, I mean, the real attack on truth is tabloid journalism in the United States.
- Julian Assange

His name, even, is part of the marketing scheme,
I mean, Thelonious Sphere Monk - how can you think
of a better name to fit his style of playing?
- Matthew Shipp

I mean, the death in the late eighties and early nineties
really shook out a lot of hacks.
The pond just sort of dried up for a lot of really bad comedians.
- Patton Oswalt

The complexity of things - the things within things -
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
- Alice Munro

I don't much enjoy Back and Forth.
I mean, I think it has its own particular qualities,
but I think it's inferior to any of the half-hour ones we did.
- Rowan Atkinson

I was just a lot smarter about not getting caught.
I mean, I never stuck anything in my arm,
but I certainly enjoyed my youth.
- Jason Bateman

And I don't know where I'm heading.
I mean, I've got a pretty good idea of what I want in life.
- Jim Coleman

Doing love scenes is always awkward.
I mean, it's just not a normal thing to go to work
and lay in bed with your co-worker.
- Denise Richards

I just loved playing the mean girl.
When you're not like a character, it's kind of fun to play.
- Ashley Tisdale

Jack Lambert is mean and relentless wherever he goes,
on and off the field!
I do remember many times he would chase me in practice
but no way would I let him catch me.
- Franco Harris

Hard work - I mean, does anybody use that term anymore? Laziness doesn't fly.
It's all in the practice.
It does take work and it ain't easy -
but man,
the rewards!
- Susan Powter

Our career is a dream.
I mean, we get to act, travel around the world,
and meet cool people.
What's not to love!
- Mary-Kate Olsen

If you've got a guitar and a lot of soul,
just bang something out and mean it.
You're the superstar.
- Krist Novoselic

Frankly, I mean, sometimes the interpretations I've
seen on some of the songs that I've written are a lot
more interesting than the input that I put in.
- David Bowie


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