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Quotes of the day: Aaron Sorkin

Published Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 7:43 AM EDT
Jun 09 2013

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an Academy and Emmy-award winning American screenwriter, producer, and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball, and The Newsroom. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)


There's a story about a man and a woman who have been married for 40 years. One evening at dinner the woman turns to her husband and says, "You know, 40 years ago on our wedding day you told me that you loved me and you haven't said those words since." They sit in silence for a long moment before the husband says "If I change my mind, I'll let you know."


An artist’s job is to captivate... if we stumble into truth, we got lucky.

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.

Bumper-sticker patriotism is no way to honor our veterans.

Decisions are made by those who show up. Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world.

Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.

Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

I am all for everyone having a voice, I just don't think everyone has earned the microphone. And that's what the Internet has done.

I became a writer, because I wanted to be Donald Hollinger, because he got a girl like Ann Marie.

I'm a registered Republican, I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.
(dialogue from "The Newsroom")

I'm writing the same way as the guys who wrote "I Love Lucy," and I’m hoping for the best.

If you feel that strongly about something, you have an obligation to try and change my mind.

In her defense, I'm sure the moose had it coming. (On "Sarah Palin's Alaska")

In terms of protagonists, I'm less interested in the difference between good and bad than I am in the difference between good and great. What can a good person do if they realize their potential?

It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

It's the rules that make it cool. Without rules in any kind of art, it's just finger painting.

Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense.
(Dialogue from "The West Wing".)

Smart girls have more fun.

Socializing on the internet is to socializing, what reality TV is to reality.

Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.

The appearance of reality is more important than reality.

The Internet's not written in pencil... it's written in ink. (dialogue from "The Social Network")

To get one good idea, your mind has to flip through a rolodex of 50,000 bad ideas to get there.

You know how I got addicted to cocaine? I tried it. The problem with drugs is that they work- right up until the moment they decimate your life.

You want to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing?
(From "The West Wing.")

You'll meet a lot of people who, to put it simply, don't know what they're talking about.

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