Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character.— Aaron Sorkin
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It's nice that HBO is in business with the audience and not with the advertisers. There's a difference.
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.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
You're going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the numbers of times you get back up.
Stupid people surround themselves with smart people.
Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.
Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has.
I love writing. I'm not particularly comfortable in the actual world - I'm much more comfortable on the page. So if I could have a life where I could just slip the pages under the door and somebody would slip me a meal back, then that would be perfect for me.
Socializing on the internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.
There are no Asian movie stars
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.
Decisions are made by those who show up.
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.
Develop your own compass, and trust it.
Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.
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.
We live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.
Tell me what you think and then tell me what the really smart person in the room who disagrees with you thinks.
If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are doing it for a cause. The press is doing it for a nickel.
Toby Zeigler: There's literally no one in the world I don't hate right now.
My resting pulse as a writer is writing idealistically and romantically;
aspirationally. My taste lies in quixotic heroes.
Perhaps something like Facebook couldn't have been invented by somebody who goes out five nights a week and has a ton of friends and makes friends really easily.
You can only write, 'Somebody wants something, something else is in their way of getting it.'
When I feel that something I'm writing is going well, everything in my life is good and the things in my life that aren't good are completely manageable. If it's not going well, Miss America could be standing there in a swimsuit handing me a nobel price and I wouldn't be happy about it
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.
Music is what mathematics does on a Saturday night.
Toby: All right. It couldn't have gone far, right? Sam: No. Toby: Somewhere in this building...is our talent.
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.
Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award.
I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
When you're writing a movie or a play and writing isn't going well, which is for me the normal condition - it's an exceptional day when suddenly I've got something and it's going well - you can call the studio or the producer or whoever is waiting for it and say, "I know I said I was going to have it in by the end of the summer.
There are television critics, movie critics, and theater critics too who I like and who I follow and I get genuinely bummed when they don't like something that I've written because I usually agree with them.
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.
I consider plot a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write snappy dialogue. But when I'm writing, the way the words sound is as important to me as what they mean.
Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
It's certainly easy for me to make a fictional character mad about something.
I can get them angry about something that I'm relatively indifferent about, just because I'm not educated on it, if I go to someone who is educated about it and is passionate about it. I find a point of fiction and then give it to them.
This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up.
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
And my friends, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Josh: So, Toby, it’s election night.
What do you say about a country that goes out of its way to protect even those citizens that try to destroy it? Toby: God bless America.
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.
The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one - America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
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.
I don't have personal experience and knowledge about anything but theater.
I've been tutored very well on the subject, but ultimately I'm going back to the rules of drama. There are genres that I like as an audience member that I can't write as a writer. I can't write crime, and I like a good thriller as much as anybody.
I want to convey that I'm crazy about the Kardashians - but I'm not sure which is which.
The guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins best actress.
I got into dialogue because my parents began taking me to see plays from when I was very young. Too young, often, to understand the play I was watching: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf when I was nine years old; That Championship Season when I was ten years old. But I loved the sound of dialogue; it sounded like music to me and I wanted to imitate that sound.
Writers are opposite of athletes, they get better with age
With a television series, there's a hard deadline, and so you have to write even when you're not writing well.
Writing anything, it sorta starts the way you'd build a castle at the beach.
You're just taking your hands and you're mounting up sand.
I'll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it's really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.
An artist’s job is to captivate… if we stumble into truth, we got lucky.