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Occasionally I do things against my inner voice,
by Alan Bates

Occasionally I do things against my inner voice,
but you really should go for the thing that touches
you most-even if you don't quite know why it does.
- Alan Bates

I think actors are privileged.
Acting feeds you.
- Alan Bates

You've got to have steel in you somewhere.
- Alan Bates

No film should try to follow a trend,
and do what film people think the public wants.
There's no such thing as knowing what the public wants.
- Alan Bates

 

You can time a part perfectly and play it badly.
And some people have very individual offbeat timing,
which is their own.
It works simply because they are who they are.
- Alan Bates

An emotional performance is usually more instinctive to an actor.
- Alan Bates

You can't always go by the book, even in comedy.
- Alan Bates

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I do believe in living out your own time,
unless it's absolutely impossible, which it is for some people.
- Alan Bates

People ask, how do you cope, and all I can say is that you do.
- Alan Bates

I think that can happen, that two people can love each
other and not be able to get on at all.
- Alan Bates

I have always tried to work according to what affects me,
to a script that I like because it touches me in some way,
without deliberately pursuing a commercial career or a particular image.
- Alan Bates

I've never believed much in that holding hands kind of love.
I've always thought that love is about two different
personalities trying to confront life,
trying to make sense of their responsibilities,
to themselves, to each other, and to the wider society.
- Alan Bates

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

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

However beautiful the strategy,
you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

I know why families were created with all their imperfections.
They humanize you.
They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally,
so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
- Anais Nin

Most unhappiness comes from resisting life.
Occasionally, you have such a strong commitment
to changing the world order that it is worth
struggling against the flow of life.
But don't live your life as if each minor happening
were a matter of life and death.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness
that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
- Winston Churchill

I know many writers who first dictate passages,
then polish what they have dictated.
I speak, then I polish - occasionally I do windows.
- Edward Koch

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots.
I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris,
I used to go out and riot occasionally.
- John Foster Dulles

Think occasionally of the suffering
of which you spare yourself the sight.
- Albert Schweitzer

Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow
on top of a mountain in late May or June.
There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Occasionally if you do something extraordinary,
the crew responds with spontaneous applause,
but that's very rare.
- Claudia Christian

I have been away a great deal in the daytime,
occasionally at night.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

I occasionally got called the Rush Limbaugh of Indiana,
but most people knew that my style was different.
- Mike Pence

We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally
at our convenience and which ones may never be if we
are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.
- Amy Vanderbilt

The column's worked out great for me.
I've gotten a ton of ego satisfaction,
had a lot of fun, won a batch of prizes and occasionally done some public good.
- Allan Sloan

I had therefore, no hesitation in giving all the information I had,
even though occasionally I tried to concentrate mainly
on giving information about the results of my own work.
- Klaus Fuchs

A diplomat these days in nothing, but a head waiter
who is allowed to sit down occasionally.
- Peter Ustinov

Savvy observers occasionally note television's resemblance to the weather:
Everybody loves to complain about it,
but nobody can do anything to fix it.
- Michael Medved

Others too would occasionally entertain and privately express such doubts;
though we all had been most solemnly warned by the
cruel murder of Saint Francis.
- Maria Monk

People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader -
occasionally in the right direction.
- Alexander Chase

Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
- George Henry Lewes

I have to make rock records occasionally.
- Evan Dando

Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing,
as when you find a trout in the milk,
to quote Thoreau's example.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

I didn't realize House would be the central character,
more the bitter comic relief appearing occasionally.
I relish his wounded nature - the lameness,
the scarred Byronic hero.
- Hugh Laurie

The underdog often starts the fight,
and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Occasionally a student writer comes up with something
really beautiful and moving,
and you won't know for years if it was an accident
or the first burst of something wonderful.
- Howard Nemerov

In Hollywood, the women are all peaches.
It makes one long for an apple occasionally.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The idea that maybe you don't have to own a car if
you only need one occasionally may catch on,
just like time-sharing caught on in real estate.
- Steve Case

I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally,
trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has
been a very big thing for me.
- Lou Reed

The few bad poems which occasionally are created during
abstinence are of no great interest.
- Wilhelm Reich

I have to take time occasionally to get away from the
pressures of this business.
If I don't, I think I would get stale,
and that would show in my music.
- Andy Gibb

My view is that while you do occasionally have differences
you ought to have a process where you can sit down and talk about things.
How else do you solve problems?
- Dan Miller

I do not read newspapers.
I do not watch television.
I am not interested in current events,
although I will occasionally discuss them if other
people want to discuss them.
- Diane Wakoski

I do as much debugging as possible on the Mac,
but I occasionally must debug problems in the PC world,
which is significantly slower.
- Robert Patterson

A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing
occasionally to stand alone.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The conscience of an artist worthy of the name is like
an incurable disease which causes him endless torment
but occasionally fills him with silent joy.
- Georges Rouault

To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.
- Alexander Smith

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world,
whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always,
she had to admit, interesting.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
- B. C. Forbes

As interesting as that music can occasionally be,
I don't think it really replaces the other.
- George Crumb

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately,
you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
- Ulysses S. Grant

Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges.
Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I have maintained a passionate interest in education,
which leads me occasionally to make foolish and ill-considered
remarks alleging that not everything is well in our schools.
- Philip Pullman

I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately
work in a public context.
Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work.
- Andy Goldsworthy

Unfortunately or fortunately, in order to become acquainted
with the idiom of country or rock music,
it is necessary to occasionally play in a bar.
Bars are a rehearsal place.
- Garth Hudson

Television, although It's in steep decline,
still occasionally gives voices to people who don't have voices.
- Christopher Eccleston

We may have limped onto Broadway as the underdogs,
but underdogs bite back occasionally.
- Bernie Taupin

Although war is evil, it is occasionally the lesser of two evils.
- McGeorge Bundy

Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed.
Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.
- Dean Kamen

I love to have battles of the wits with people that
can dish fast and dirty -
and it leads to problems occasionally,
'cause I can sound mean without attempting to be mean.
- Alton Brown

Previously, on Lock, Stock, I went to bed at two in
the morning and woke up at five in the morning,
and on this one I was known to nod off on the set occasionally.
- Guy Ritchie

I'm basically a movie actor now, and my big roles are mostly horror movies -
unless I'm doing a guest star or something -
and occasionally I try to get back into television.
- Robert Englund

I like to think of myself at home in the armchair,
writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.
- Stephen Fry

According to the Gorean way of looking at things a
taste of the slave ring is thought to be occasionally beneficial to all women,
even the exalted free woman.
- John Norman

What this country needs what every country needs occasionally
is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism
on which its existence as a nation depends.
- Ambrose Bierce

Oh, I was working occasionally in and out of New York.
- Otis Rush


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