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Norman Lear Quotes and Sayings

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I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality,
is where leadership begins.
- Norman Lear

Life is about having a good time, and it was a good time.
We did some things well and some things poorly,
but that was always the case.
- Norman Lear

Nobody doubts my partisanship, but a lot of the activity is nonpartisan.
- Norman Lear

TV that people will never see, that giant international
corporations will never touch,
will never pay your salary.
- Norman Lear

 

I wanted to just do a one-act play for 26 minutes,
with commercials at the beginning and end.
For years, I couldn't get my way.
They wanted to interrupt three times.
- Norman Lear

So we gravitated to shows and issues and causes that made people care.
- Norman Lear

Originally, with all the shows, we went looking for belly laughs.
- Norman Lear

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Maybe they continued to agree with Archie Bunker -
as I said earlier,
you can't change people's minds, but you can get them to think.
- Norman Lear

The American people may not be the best-educated,
but they're very wise at heart.
- Norman Lear

When we went on the air, I didn't want to be interrupted for an act-one curtain.
- Norman Lear

There was no real controversy with All In The Family.
That came from the people on the business end.
- Norman Lear

The trafficking of sex and violence is comes after the demand for ratings.
- Norman Lear

Even when they don't know who Nixon was,
these shows will continue to play.
- Norman Lear

At great, great remove sit the head of General Electric,
the head of News Corp, the head of Viacom,
or the head of this giant international corporation
that wants these ratings.
- Norman Lear

We are a country of excess.
So it's not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition.
- Norman Lear

Life goes on pretty much the same way.
I've been working on a couple of films on the side.
You may see some more.
You may even see another television show.
- Norman Lear

Granted, the writers, directors, producers,
and that community make a great deal of money.
But they might be choosing to do a whole lot of other
things for the living they make.
- Norman Lear

That's the heart of it: My shows were not that controversial
with the American people.
They were controversial with the people who think for the American people.
- Norman Lear

You're in the business - when you're a writer,
producer, director - to get ratings.
- Norman Lear

In this nation, leadership is dollars.
- Norman Lear

I stop and look at traffic accidents.
I won't hang around, but when I hear something is terrible,
as bad as it is, I've gotta look at it.
- Norman Lear

But it also became the experience, or was the experience,
of the writers who were attracted to this kind of humor.
They're all men or women who come from the same kind
of experience in their own lives.
- Norman Lear

In the area we're discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue,
on the desks and in the offices of people who spend
hundreds of millions of dollars buying what will get them ratings.
- Norman Lear

I guess because the shows were activist in their own way -
the marriage of my public activism and my career activism,
you know - people understand me very well.
They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this.
- Norman Lear

Life is made up of small pleasures.
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes.
The big ones come too infrequently.
And if you don't collect all these tiny successes,
the big ones don't really mean anything.
- Norman Lear

But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met.
When I screamed back at him that he was putting down
a race of people to call me lazy,
his answer was that's not what he was doing,
and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met.
- Norman Lear

It crossed our minds early on that the more an audience cared -
we were working before,
on average, 240, live people.
If you could get them caring - the more they cared,
the harder they laughed.
- Norman Lear

We got ratings.
It isn't that they won't quarrel with you,
or say you're always right.
But as long as you stay strong and the ratings are
good and you're reasonable -
I don't think we fought unreasonably.
We basically won that right.
- Norman Lear

We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a
newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension
in black males being higher than whites,
and increasing.
So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times,
had hypertension.
- Norman Lear

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

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

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)


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