Quotes with m
It was the only good thing I did in my life, but I’m not a good guy.
Regarding the "boat of no smiles" photos he took of Vietnamese refugees who were denied access to Thailand. Over 200,000 refugees were later granted asylum in the United States.
When I saw the picture, I was not impressed, and I’m still not impressed. It was just a news picture. I still don’t understand why it was so important.
As part of the documentary An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story (2008). Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon.
Knowing the members composing this committee as well as I do, I’m sure it was just an oversight that we didn’t have ‘sex’ or ‘marital status’ included. I’ve taken care of that, and I trust it meets with the committee’s approval.
About Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974.
I’m not retired because I’m not tired. I’m still getting hired, and I’m still inspired. As long as I can walk up on that stage, I want to make people happy. I want to make people dance.
Basically, I’m just a guitar player that figured out I wasn’t ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing. So I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.
I don’t like that world very much. I feel I should apologize because it sounds so prissy and so ungrateful. Of course I have got so much out of it and I’m glad my life has gone the way it has. But I can’t help it: it leaves a slightly bad taste in my mouth.
Talking about 1970s film industry in an interview with New York Times, published April 18, 2007.
It would be an exaggeration to say I’m not afraid of death, but I’m not afraid of what comes after, because I’m not a believer.
My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.
During his Emmy acceptance speech (September 22, 2013)
If passion doesn’t overweigh the rest, the end is extremely near. And for me, there’s no question about that -- my passion is sky high. That’s why I’m still doing it. I love what I’m doing.
Contemplating retirement in 2013.
I’m in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.
I’m a lover of my own liberty, and so I would do nothing to restrict yours. I simply want to please my own conscience, which is God.
For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did, and I get the sweats, I go in and start working, I’m not sure where I’m going -- if I knew where I was going, I wouldn’t do it.
When I first started under LSD, I found myself turning and turning on the couch. I said to the doctor, ‘Why am I turning around on this sofa?’ and he said ‘Don’t you know why?’ and I said I didn't have the vaguest idea, but I wondered when it was going to stop. ‘When you stop it,’ he answered. Well, it was like a revelation to me, taking complete responsibility for one’s own actions. I thought ‘I’m unscrewing myself.’ That’s why people use the phrase, ‘all screwed up.’
Speaking to a reporter about his experience taking LSD.
I try to focus on running the very best that I can, literally moment by moment. If I’m in pain or tired, I don’t have to fight it. I can be in myself, in the environment. It’s amazing what you can do running moment to moment.
I’m a big believer that the best way to learn or improve is in a relationship.
I hope the whole mechanical myth will go down the drain. I’m tired of it.
Talking about critics who suggested that good sex was simply a matter of technique interview with The Time Magazine (May. 25, 1970)
I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
During his re-election victory in Chicago on 11/7/2012.
I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can’t just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience.
Interview published on Breibart.com, 1/26/2013
The kind who would just nod their heads, pack their bags, and be early if I told 'em we had a game in some shopping-center parking lot, for no money, at 6 A.M. some Wednesday morning.
Explaining 'shopping lot' player
If Dr. King was here, I’m quite sure he would say, ‘Congratulations on all the progress that's been made, but let's keep going. The dream is not fully achieved yet.’
August 25, 2013
I’ve never gone to acting school and I never will, so I’m learning about the business from the people who are in the business. It doesn’t seem like I work at all. And the unknown is always exciting.
I write fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography, I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn’t.
I don’t advocate senseless violence of any human being. I’m the one who’s been beat down. But I will not be a victim again.
I heard a rumor I died, Murdered in cold blood dramatized, Pictures of me in my final state, You know mama cried, But that was fiction, Some coward got the story twisted, Like I no longer existed, Mysteriously missin’, I’m known worldwide, baby, I ain’t hard to find.
They claim that I’m violent just cuz I refuse to be silent.
I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself.
Speech to the Savage Club, June 9, 1899
I’m ignoring you because you make me sad.
House, Living the Dream. By Dr. Gregory House.