Norman Lear Quotes


37 Norman Lear quotes:



"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything."
"I'm hearing all the time from young people who are watching The Jeffersons or Good Times or All In The Family. So those shows are working for them."
"Maybe they continued to agree with Archie Bunker - as I said earlier, you can't change people's minds, but you can get them to think."
"My family argued at the top of their lungs and on the edge of their nerves, forever. That's what they did, so that was my experience."
"At great, great remove sit the head of General Electric, the head of News Corp, the head of Viacom, or the head of this giant international corporation that wants these ratings."
"But it also became the experience, or was the experience, of the writers who were attracted to this kind of humor. They're all men or women who come from the same kind of experience in their own lives."
"But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met. When I screamed back at him that he was putting down a race of people to call me lazy, his answer was that's not what he was doing, and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met."
"Even when they don't know who Nixon was, these shows will continue to play."
"Granted, the writers, directors, producers, and that community make a great deal of money. But they might be choosing to do a whole lot of other things for the living they make."
"I elected to do All In The Family instead, because of my feelings for the characters, as a result of growing up with my own dad."
"I guess because the shows were activist in their own way - the marriage of my public activism and my career activism, you know - people understand me very well. They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this."
"I stop and look at traffic accidents. I won't hang around, but when I hear something is terrible, as bad as it is, I've gotta look at it."
"I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins."
"I wanted to just do a one-act play for 26 minutes, with commercials at the beginning and end. For years, I couldn't get my way. They wanted to interrupt three times."
"In the area we're discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue, on the desks and in the offices of people who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying what will get them ratings."
"In this nation, leadership is dollars."
"It crossed our minds early on that the more an audience cared - we were working before, on average, 240, live people. If you could get them caring - the more they cared, the harder they laughed."
"Life goes on pretty much the same way. I've been working on a couple of films on the side. You may see some more. You may even see another television show."
"Life is about having a good time, and it was a good time. We did some things well and some things poorly, but that was always the case."
"Nobody doubts my partisanship, but a lot of the activity is nonpartisan."



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