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Aaron Sorkin Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Aaron Sorkin.

Good writers borrow from other writers.
Great writers steal from them outright.
- Aaron Sorkin

It's populated by people who, by and large,
have terrific communication skills.
Every day is an extraordinary day.
For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
- Aaron Sorkin

There really isn't a story that you can't tell inside of it.
It's very much a clearinghouse for anything that goes on in the world.
So you're not at all limited.
- Aaron Sorkin

Our responsibility is to captivate you for however
long we've asked for your attention.
That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great,
what you would say, heavy issues.
- Aaron Sorkin

 

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old,
telling stories about kings and their palaces,
and that's really what I wanted to do.
- Aaron Sorkin

We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One,
for instance, and we're going to take liberties,
small liberties, with Air Force One,
as we take small liberties with our White House set.
- Aaron Sorkin

I grew up in the theatre.
It's where I got my start.
Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue
about the theatre is beyond perfection.
- Aaron Sorkin

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Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census
and sampling versus a direct statistic.
You just said the word "census," and people fall asleep.
- Aaron Sorkin

A news organization has a much different responsibility.
I might not be telling you the whole story.
I might not be telling you a story in a manner that
is properly sophisticated.
- Aaron Sorkin

Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything,
the time of day, there is a scene to be written.
That's what I look for.
- Aaron Sorkin

You know, one of the things I like about this world,
or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world,
is these issues are terribly complicated -
not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.
- Aaron Sorkin

It's important to remember that, first and foremost,
if not only, this is entertainment.
"The West Wing" isn't meant to be good for you.
- Aaron Sorkin

Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone.
So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell
you what happens in episode eight.
- Aaron Sorkin

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

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

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

If the problem can be solved,
there is no use worrying about it.
If it can't be solved,
worrying will do no good.
- Tibetan proverb

It all comes to this:
the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
- Helen Keller

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

It is good to have an end to journey towards;
but it is the journey that matters in the end.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa

Why live?
Adding one to my count of days, or postponing
a feared death by another day do not inspire me.
I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new, meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

There is a power for good in the universe
greater than you are and you can use it.
- Ernest Holmes

Necessity never made a good bargain.
- Benjamin Franklin

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

I do not concern myself with gods and spirits
either good or evil, nor do I serve any.
- Lao Tzu

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

It is always a good day to be grateful for all of life -
grateful for large blessings and small.
Especially to be grateful for the symbolic blessings -
the rainbows and butterflies that come into our lives
when we least expect and most need them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Merely to avoid harming others is not enough.
Earn your place in this world by doing good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate:
he who loves finds the door open.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If you have a particular faith or religion,
that is good. But you can survive without it.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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