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The thing that interests me least about the radio ...
by Al Franken

The thing that interests me least about the radio business is the radio business.
But I've had to learn a little bit about it.
It's not rocket science: You get ratings,
that's good.
- Al Franken

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

When you encounter seemingly good advice that contradicts
other seemingly good advice,
ignore them both.
- Al Franken

 

The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal.
They're about getting ratings, about making money,
about doing stories that are easy to cover.
- Al Franken

When the president during the campaign said he was against nation building,
I didn't realize he meant our nation.
- Al Franken

It's the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature,
and then you.
- Al Franken

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Well, I think that there's a value to comedy in and of itself.
- Al Franken

We need to be pro-science; we have to go back to science.
- Al Franken

I do personal attacks only on people who specialize in personal attacks.
- Al Franken

The right wing has had a radio apparatus for years and years,
so they've had minor leagues - they've had local rightwing
guys who've become national rightwing guys,
and who build slowly, and that's how it goes.
We haven't had that.
It isn't like we have a farm team.
- Al Franken

If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces,
that is eventually going to have an effect on soldiers
and troops who are actually going to believe that and it's wrong.
It's just wrong.
- Al Franken

Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people,
and obviously comedy has something to do with that.
I've been a producer and led people.
Also, being a comedian, you're under pressure.
- Al Franken

I once asked the most fabulous couple I know,
Madonna and Guy Ritchie, how they kept things fresh
despite having been married for almost seven months.
'It's a job, Al,' Guy told me.
'We work at it every day.'
- Al Franken

I also focus on Bush and his administration -
who do a lot of lying -
and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get
away with a lot of stuff that,
in a different media environment, they probably wouldn't
be able to get away with.
- Al Franken

The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota
and getting involved in politics.
I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008,
but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together
the progressive network in the upper Midwest.
- Al Franken

But in the right-wing media, they do have a right-wing bias.
And they also have an agenda.
So their agenda is: we're an adjunct of the Republican Party,
and we're going push that agenda every day,
and, as you say, brand these stories that help further the right-wing cause.
- Al Franken

The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right.
And I think that Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious
issue that speaks to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

Yeah, but you need an experienced radio veteran who is a liberal advocate.
And there just hadn't been any radio that did that.
And so they weren't trained - they had developed all
these bad habits of being objective and balanced and stuff like that.
- Al Franken

And I think that being able to make people laugh and
write a book that's funny makes the information go
down a lot easier and it makes it a lot more fun to read,
easier to understand, and often stronger.
So there's all kinds of advantages to it.
- Al Franken

Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gate.
The guy who ran it at first misled pretty much everybody
about how much capital we had.
He said we had enough to go three years without making money,
and we had enough to go three weeks.
- Al Franken

To make the argument that the media has a left-
or right-wing,
or a liberal or a conservative bias,
is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they
use too much oil in their hummus.
- Al Franken

Mistakes are a part of being human.
Appreciate your mistakes for what they are:
precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.
Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least,
others can learn from.
- Al Franken

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

To have a right to do a thing
is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.
- Vince Lombardi

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

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
Celebrate it every day.
- Anonymous

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair


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