Friday, February 01, 2008

10 Quotes That Keep Me Going

"A critic is someone who comes down off the mountain after the battle and shoots the wounded."
~Sander Vanocur

"If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid." ~Michael Jordan

"I would rather be a failure at something I liked than be a success at something I hated."
~George Burns

"Mark Twain's brilliant The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn went through seventeen hundred revisions, and the most recent draft was unearthed in a Hollywood attic some years ago."
~Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack

"The more you feel in charge of your own life, the less need you have to control others."
~Mildred Newman, Psychologist

"To me, to write small classics and starve to death is a defeat. You get a tremendous feeling of resentment. I got terrific reviews on The Fortunate Pilgrim but I couldn't make any money. I was so outraged I went around saying "Fuck everybody; I'm going to write a bestseller." And everybody said "You're full of shit" so I went out and wrote it."
~ Mario Puzo, on the writing of The Godfather.

"One reason some males have problems accepting women as comediennes is because humor is kind of a power game. A comic asserts himself or herself over the audience and must have control and power. This is threatening to some men."
~ Dr. Joyce Brothers

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would be doing it. Hard is what makes it great."
~Tom Hanks in A League of their Own

"It's not fatigue that makes me want to quit after every show; it's the fear."
~ Giorgio Armani

"Whoopi Goldberg (to Jerry Lewis): I'm known in the business for being difficult.
Jerry Lewis (to Whoopi Goldberg): Really? I didn't know you were difficult.
Goldberg: Oh yeah, they all say I'm very difficult.
Lewis: I'm glad you're in the club. You know who else is difficult?
Goldberg: Who?
Lewis: Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, me.
Goldberg: Really?
Lewis: You know who isn't difficult?
Goldberg: Who?
Lewis: Troy Donahue."
~From The Whoopi Goldberg Show, 1992

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  1. ::snort::

    Troy Donahue. How fabulous is that.

  2. Sander Vanocur's critic quote is one of my favorites, too! I KNEW we were sisters! (Of course, the quote only applies to critical critics; critics who praise you are not like that.)

  3. Candy, the Troy Donahue is one of my all time fav quotes.

    Jami, as to critics who praise you I will quote anon. who said this: If you believe all your good reviews, then you have to believe all your bad ones.

  4. "No matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai

  5. tommy james12:05 PM

    "What's funny about life is that you get the tests first and the lessons afterwards" --unknown

    "I hate KlownHuntr" --Steve Seagren

  6. d2, that was written expressly for you if I'm to believe your blog.

    Tommy, dude, you must be on strike if you're commenting on my blog. (Tommy's an LA writer and comic and new daddy to Peyton)

  7. tommy james1:14 PM

    Actually no, had a HUGE interview on Friday. Might actually get a producer job on one of the biggest syndicated shows out there. Fingers crossed.

  8. Tommy, ET? Access? Who are you going to bend over for?

    Seriously, I hope you get it, whatever it is.

  9. I love all these quotes, I am going to print this page out and fold it up into tiny squares and carry it every where I go.

  10. Surcie6:55 PM

    All of these are new to me! Great quotes, Suz.

  11. I've been enlightened.

  12. I answered you in my blog and as to your post today, there will be NO upset. It's like in the NBA when all those great teams had to go up against Jordan and the Bull's record. Ditto with the Yankees run. Sports is a mental game, it's all in the head. No one could beat the Bulls or the Yankees and no one will be able to beat the Pats.

    -Suzy Soro