Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)
Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.
Don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself.
For humans, flying isn't magic, it's physics.
I wouldn't live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.
I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun.
If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.
If you know what you're looking for, that's all you'll get- what's previously known. But when you're open to what's possible, you get something new- that's creativity.
It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.
It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.
Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.
Loneliness is everything it's cracked up to be.
My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six.
The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values.
The most striking thing about the scientists I met was their complete dedication to evidence. It reminded me of the wonderfully plainspoken words of Richard Feynman who felt it was better not to know than to know something that was wrong.
When people are laughing, they're generally not killing one another.
You can lend them your talents, but don't give them your soul.
You can tell a lot about people by the way they treat the help.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.