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Norman Lear Quotes


37 Norman Lear quotes:



"All in the Family,"
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"Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker was a genius at work, God's gift to the world. He is etched permanently in our memories."
Author: Lear Quotes Category: Genius Quotes
"I know a lot of white people who have a lot more money than I do."
Author: Lear Quotes Category: Money 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Originally, with all the shows, we went looking for belly laughs."
"So we gravitated to shows and issues and causes that made people care."
"There was no real controversy with All In The Family. That came from the people on the business end."
"TV that people will never see, that giant international corporations will never touch, will never pay your salary."
"We are a country of excess. So it's not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition."
"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."



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