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Penn Jillette Quotes and Sayings

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Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing -
actually more real,
no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than
we did Renaissance Festivals.
- Penn Jillette

In my private life, I'm not around any drugs or alcohol.
- Penn Jillette

If I go out to dinner with you and you order wine,
I leave.
I won't be around drugs and alcohol at all.
- Penn Jillette

I've never had a drink of alcohol or any drug in my life.
- Penn Jillette

 

The fact is that violence gives you a rush.
- Penn Jillette

We knew that we were kind of odd and creeps,
and we wanted to do odd, creepy stuff for people who wanted to see that.
- Penn Jillette

I'm a big fan of huge populations of people,
so you'd think with 300 million people in the country,
you don't even have to please 1% to be phenomenally successful.
- Penn Jillette

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One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with,
one of the reasons that we're in magic,
is the difference between fantasy and reality.
- Penn Jillette

The medium is not the message - the message is the message.
- Penn Jillette

I'm a hardcore libertarian - I want everything legal -
but I also believe that you have the right to free association.
- Penn Jillette

We aren't people who believe that just because we're
performers our opinions on everything need to be known.
- Penn Jillette

When you're watching Psycho, there' s that moment when
you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed.
And then you have the intellectual revelation that you're not,
and that's where the celebration comes in.
- Penn Jillette

Whereas you have someone like Houdini,
who works really, really hard to get really,
really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas
that he puts into the culture that stay there.
- Penn Jillette

Before you can read, you know the difference between a story and reality.
And, of course, by the time you're old enough to do
any real damage with an Uzi,
you've learned that difference.
- Penn Jillette

The skills that we have are the actual magic skills -
not the performing skills.
We have to separate those.
But the actual skills that make the tricks work,
we don't get to use again.
- Penn Jillette

But it's much more exciting to make Die Hard.
One of the reasons that I think that movie is so successful
is it deals with those very important blue-collar relationship themes.
But it's more visually beautiful to show things blowing up.
It just gives you more on the screen.
- Penn Jillette

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around.
If you're looking for violent rape imagery,
the Bible's right there in your hotel room.
If you just want to look up ways to screw people up,
there it is, and you're justified because God told you to.
- Penn Jillette

Janet Reno, during her confirmation hearings,
said she would come down harder on porno,
and lately she's talked about how violence on television
has an effect on violence in the real world.
- Penn Jillette

The First Amendment says nothing about your getting
paid for saying anything.
It just says you can say it.
I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the
money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired,
you're being censored.
- Penn Jillette

It wasn't success, because Teller and I,
by the time Asparagus Valley got together -
within a year,
we had achieved all our goals.
I mean, our goal was to earn our living doing exactly what we wanted.
Which is many people's goal.
- Penn Jillette

The only place we were really told to tone it down -
where other people would use the word censorship,
but I wouldn't - was when we did MTV right after the
Beavis and Butt-head thing.
- Penn Jillette

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell.
He has borrowed his authority from death.
- Walter Benjamin

Madame, all stories, if continued far enough,
end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
- Ernest Hemingway

The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him.
We are content with less than absolute truth.
- Charles Lamb

Trust the tale, not the teller.
- David Knopfler

A good writer is basically a story teller,
not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
- Edward Teller

Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast,
and only catastrophe is clearly visible.
- Edward Teller

The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things,
everything is becoming simpler.
- Edward Teller

Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction.
- Edward Teller

Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb,
there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian.
I have no regrets.
- Edward Teller

Physics is, hopefully, simple.
Physicists are not.
- Edward Teller

No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect;
if it is right,
it will be simple in retrospect.
- Edward Teller

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes.
It is innocent, unless found guilty.
A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe.
It is guilty, until found effective.
- Edward Teller

It is better, however, for his own reputation that
the story-teller should risk a few actions for libel
on account of these unfortunate coincidences than that
he should adopt the melancholy device of using blanks or asterisks.
- James Payn

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
- Edward Teller

My experience has been in a short 77 years that in
the end when you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight,
you usually win.
- Edward Teller

I tried to contribute to the defeat of the Soviets.
If I contributed 1%, it is 1% of something enormous.
- Edward Teller

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

As the evening beckons with the promise of tomorrow...
may your gratitude rise up and with strength answer, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Life expands to fill your dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is a choice - but it isn't an easy choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Attitude is everything.
- Charles Swindoll

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People


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