Norman Lear Quotes

37 Norman Lear quotes:

"We intend to travel it across the country because it is the living document that set this nation up, ... And it lives today, and those words are for everybody. We want to remind everybody of them."
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"We just had a wonderful time. It was a very different time in our culture, generally."
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"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."
"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 think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins."
"Nobody doubts my partisanship, but a lot of the activity is nonpartisan."
"The American people may not be the best-educated, but they're very wise at heart."
"We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension in black males being higher than whites, and increasing. So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times, had hypertension."
"That's the heart of it: My shows were not that controversial with the American people. They were controversial with the people who think for the American people."
"Well, they're all family shows - they're all about families, and they're all about America. That's how I grew up. Those are my people, all of them."
"When we went on the air, I didn't want to be interrupted for an act-one curtain."
"I know a lot of white people who have a lot more money than I do."
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"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."
"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."
"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."
"We got ratings. It isn't that they won't quarrel with you, or say you're always right. But as long as you stay strong and the ratings are good and you're reasonable - I don't think we fought unreasonably. We basically won that right."
"You're in the business - when you're a writer, producer, director - to get 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."
"Even when they don't know who Nixon was, these shows will continue to play."

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