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What motivated me? My mother.
by Al Lewis

What motivated me? My mother.
My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman,
struggled all her life, worked in the garment center.
- Al Lewis

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But find something that you absolutely love doing.
And then get to love the way you do it.
That's the uniqueness of all of us.
That's it.
- Al Lewis

Understood what the struggle was about.
My mother.
Couldn't read or write, but she had more sense than
many a graduate from Harvard.
- Al Lewis

As long as you gave it your best shot,
even if in the opinion of others "you failed,"
you didn't fail.
- Al Lewis

 

I was an organizer in the Food, Agricultural and Tobacco
Workers Union down in North Carolina.
- Al Lewis

I probably worked every single entertainment medium,
including some that don't exist.
I worked the circus, carnival, I had my own medicine show,
I worked 18 years of radio.
- Al Lewis

I went to all the Love-Ins.
I took my kids.
I enjoyed myself.
- Al Lewis

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I'm more important to me than any body you can mention.
Do you know that?
- Al Lewis

I think people need housing.
And there's empty buildings, I think people should live in there.
If you want to call them squatters, trespassers,
hey, I call Wall Street thieves!
- Al Lewis

My secret for success? I don't know what the hell success means.
- Al Lewis

I've been in the struggle over seventy years -
it doesn't bother me I may not win.
- Al Lewis

America gets the politicians they deserve.
That's it.
And you keep struggling.
- Al Lewis

I prefer that for my own satisfaction over radio,
there's no audience.
TV, there's no audience.
I need the response of the audience,
even if it's a silent response.
- Al Lewis

I have an old brain but a terrific memory.
- Al Lewis

I know who I am.
I don't have to brag.
I know what I contributed.
I know what I did.
You think you can do it better? Hey,
go right ahead.
The stage is yours.
- Al Lewis

Oscar Wilde said the rich and the poor are equal -
they can both sleep under the bridge.
Right? Do they have a right? You're damn right they have a right!
- Al Lewis

The struggle goes on.
The victory is in the struggle, for me.
And I accepted that a long time ago.
- Al Lewis

There's more to anybody.
Just because you haven't noticed it,
that's your problem,
that's not mine.
- Al Lewis

I'm for everyone having the opportunity to accept a $150,000 bribe.
- Al Lewis

Every Friday I used to have about fifty,
sixty kids who would wait for me on Sunset Boulevard
and I'd take them all to dinner.
All runaways.
- Al Lewis

The ruling class is smarter than you,
and they're more creative.
And if you forget that lesson, you go down the drain.
Because if they weren't, they wouldn't be around as
long as they have been and as strong as they have been.
- Al Lewis

The United States, per capita, at a certain period in its history,
had the most junkies of any country ever in the world -
right after the Civil War.
The most brutal war, the greatest amount of casualties that America's ever had.
- Al Lewis

I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.
- Donna Brazile

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve,
not by the desire to beat others.
- Ayn Rand

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

All good music resembles something.
Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the
objects and feelings which motivated it.
- Jean Cocteau

The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.
- Irving Langmuir

Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges.
Cats have the courage to live by them.
- Jim Davis

The bad news motivated the drill instructors that much more.
- R. Lee Ermey

One of the things that has always motivated me to write
is the desire to get it out and look at it in an objective way,
so that it doesn't cause me any serious pain by staying inside.
- Carly Simon

I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming
the hurdles and obstacles that face me.
There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.
- Andre Agassi

I have to be motivated, and I'm sure time will avail itself.
- Bobby Sherman

I'm not politically motivated.
I used to be - passionately.
I used to be very Left wing.
Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle.
- Guy Ritchie

Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed.
Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
- John Gray

The films that have influenced me and the films that
have motivated me and inspired me were films that resonated,
films that made me think after I saw them.
- Eriq La Salle

To passively get up and play a bunch of old songs wouldn't
have really motivated us.
So we are bringing the new material into the set and
it goes down really well.
- Andy Taylor

We were really motivated to do something with this record overseas,
even though I hate touring.
- Daniel Johns

The private sector is motivated by profit and efficiency
and the US government often is not.
- Eric Anderson

I was inspired to do anything I could to get out of what I was doing...
today, I'm motivated to pay the bills.
- Terry Zwigoff

My exile was not only a physical one,
motivated exclusively by political reasons;
it was also a moral,
social, ideological and sexual exile.
- Juan Goytisolo

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning,
by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing,
then we truly live.
- Greg Anderson

When you lose, you're more motivated.
When you win, you fail to see your mistakes and probably
no one can tell you anything.
- Venus Williams

The most extreme individuals and factions in Islamic
countries are now more motivated than ever to kill Americans,
and the number of potential terrorists has greatly expanded.
- John Olver

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated,
set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.
- Les Brown

I felt devalued and disrespected.
The energy behind it felt disingenuous and motivated by corporate profit.
- Lisa Bonet

I feel more comfortable with gorillas than people.
I can anticipate what a gorilla's going to do,
and they're purely motivated.
- Dian Fossey

I sat down with my trainers to check my past seasons
and to see what could be done to keep me motivated and in good shape.
I had to find a new motivation, a new momentum.
- Hermann Maier

It wasn't like I was self-motivated.
My dad started me.
It was his dream before it was mine.
- Venus Williams

Y'know, the real reason why I was such a failure in
the sense of being unable to make any sort of a living
was because I was really not motivated.
I had no motivation.
- Paul Twitchell

I'm so motivated to collaborate with people and help
them realize the kind of collective vision.
- Rachel Griffiths

I don't need to be motivated by anybody.
Never have.
- Dan Marino

But we should also not forget the difference between
what first motivated me and the work that is the result.
- Anselm Kiefer

I was motivated by just thinking that if you had all
this external success that everyone would love you
and everything would be peaceful and wonderful.
- Alanis Morissette

The military destabilised my government on politically motivated charges.
- Benazir Bhutto

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers,
motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.
- Bob Beauprez

Well, the wonderful thing about making movies,
oddly enough, is that they're sort of highly motivated
graduate studies in one or another field.
- Sydney Pollack

The highly motivated young people who comprise the
backbone of our military force truly are taking their
place as one of America's greatest generations.
- Trent Lott

My work has also motivated me to put a lot of time
into seeking out good food and to spend more money on it.
- Michael Pollan

Motivation is simple.
You eliminate those who are not motivated.
- Lou Holtz

Before the commercial ventures, Linux tended to be rather hard to set up,
because most of the developers were motivated mainly by their own interests.
- Linus Torvalds

The music business is motivated by money.
Music is motivated by energy and feelings.
- Erykah Badu

People must realize that a crime motivated by racial
or ethnic prejudice against one group is a crime against all of us.
- Jose Serrano

I like villains because there's something so attractive
about a committed person -
they have a plan,
an ideology, no matter how twisted.
They're motivated.
- Russell Crowe

We are familiar with terrorism.
But indiscriminate, cross-border, religiously motivated terrorism is new.
- Gijs de Vries

I'm always more motivated by the pain of a funny character
than by what makes him funny.
- Jason Alexander

People don't want to talk about death,
just like they don't want to talk about computer security.
Maybe I should have named my workstation Fear.
People are so motivated by fear.
- Dan Farmer

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

We are motivated by a keen desire for praise,
and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory.
The very philosophers themselves, even in those books
which they write in contempt of glory,
inscribe their names.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

An international race in the relevant technologies
is getting under way at this point,
not necessarily with an understanding of where that
race leads in the long run,
but strongly motivated by the short-term payoffs.
- K. Eric Drexler

We have a way of dealing with information that has sort of personal -
personally identifying information in it.
But there are legitimate secrets - you know,
your records with your doctor; that's a legitimate secret.
But we deal with whistleblowers that are coming forward
that are really sort of well motivated.
- Julian Assange

Another inspiration that has helped me get through
has been Lance Armstrong's story.
My cancer is not nearly as bad as his,
but I believe in staying motivated and keeping as fit as you can.
- Grete Waitz


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