Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has.

Aaron Sorkin on change
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Decisions are made by those who show up.

Aaron Sorkin on decisions
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Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

Aaron Sorkin on borrow
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It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.

Aaron Sorkin on change
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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.

Aaron Sorkin on disagree
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Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.

Aaron Sorkin on audience
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It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

Aaron Sorkin on combination
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Toby Zeigler: There's literally no one in the world I don't hate right now.

Aaron Sorkin on life
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And my friends, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Aaron Sorkin on friends
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I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.

Aaron Sorkin on dialogue
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It's nice that HBO is in business with the audience and not with the advertisers. There's a difference.

Aaron Sorkin on audience
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Toby: All right. It couldn't have gone far, right? Sam: No. Toby: Somewhere in this building...is our talent.

Aaron Sorkin on writing
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About Aaron Sorkin

Name Aaron Sorkin
Quotes 28 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Producer
Birthday October 16
About Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night and The Farnsworth Invention.After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre in 1983, Sorkin spent much of the 1980s in New York as a struggling, largely unemployed actor.
Top topics people, writing, world, life, episode

It's important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. "The West Wing" isn't meant to be good for you.

Aaron Sorkin on entertainment
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It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills.

Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.

Aaron Sorkin on area
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You know, one of the things I like about this world, or at least I like about the way we're presenting this world, is these issues are terribly complicated - not nearly as black and white as we're led to believe.

Aaron Sorkin on black
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More than any time in recent history, America's destiny is not of our own choosing. We did not seek nor did we provoke an assault on our freedom and our way of life. We did not expect nor did we invite a confrontation with evil. Yet the true measure of a people's strength is how they rise to master that moment when it does arive...The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we're reminded that that capacity may well be limitless. This is a time for American heroes. We will do what is hard. We will achieve what is great. This is a time for American heroes and we reach for the stars...

Aaron Sorkin on heroesheroism
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Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census and sampling versus a direct statistic. You just said the word "census," and people fall asleep.

Aaron Sorkin on asleep
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Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning? The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he's in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you? Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham. What age would that be, Toby? Late twenties? Atta boy.

Aaron Sorkin on writing
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Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.

Aaron Sorkin on asked
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There are some screw-ups headed your way.

I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

Aaron Sorkin on avoiding
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Margaret: Can I - can I just say something for the future? Leo: Yeah.

Margaret: I can sign the President's name. I have his signature down pretty good. Leo: You can sign the President's name? Margaret: Yeah. Leo: On a document removing him from power and handing it to someone else? Margaret: Yeah! Or... do you think the White House Counsel would say that was a bad idea? Leo: I think the White House Counsel would say it was a coup d'etat! Margaret: Well. I'd probably end up doing some time for that. Leo: I would think. And what the hell were you doing practicing the President's signature? Margaret: It was just for fun.

Aaron Sorkin on writing
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Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone.

So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell you what happens in episode eight.

Aaron Sorkin on bone
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There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.

Aaron Sorkin on kings
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There really isn't a story that you can't tell inside of it.

It's very much a clearinghouse for anything that goes on in the world. So you're not at all limited.

Aaron Sorkin on inside
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A news organization has a much different responsibility.

I might not be telling you the whole story. I might not be telling you a story in a manner that is properly sophisticated.

Aaron Sorkin on manner
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President Bartlet: There's a delegation of cardiologists having their pictures taken in the Blue Room. You wouldn't think you could find a group of people more arrogant than the fifteen of us, but there they are, right upstairs in the Blue Room.

Aaron Sorkin on writing
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But HBO is less interested in how many people are watching than in how much the people who are watching are liking the show. They didn't set up their business model to make writers happy. It's just a nice unintended consequence.

Aaron Sorkin on business
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We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we're going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.

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