A man cannot be comfortable [or cannot be made comfortable] without his own approval.

— Barbara Walters

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First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.

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Success can make you go one of two ways.

It can make you a prima donna - or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.

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Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.

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To excel is to reach your own highest dream.

But you must also help others, where and when you can, to reach theirs. Personal gain is empty if you do not feel you have positively touched another's life.

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The hardest thing you will ever do is trust yourself.

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Work harder than everybody. You're not going to get it by whining, and you're not going to get it by shouting, and you're not going to get it by quitting. You're going to get it by being there.

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This is what I tell, especially young women, fight the big fights.

Don't fight the little fight... Be the first one in, be the last one out. Do your homework, choose your battles. Don't whine, and don't be the one who complains about everything. Fight the big fight.

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Don't worry about finding your bliss right now.

Not even our President knew what his bliss was, nor did I. One of these days to your own surprise, your bliss will find you. But no matter what you do, participate, be there, full force, full heart, full steam ahead.

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Most of us have trouble juggling. The woman who says she doesn't is someone whom I admire but have never met.

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Children are God's way of punishing us for having sex.

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Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties.

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I found it interesting that as people become more technically oriented all over the world, at the same time people are becoming increasingly spiritual. The success of the Da Vinci code - even though it was a great yawn - also showed people's interest in religion.

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About Barbara Walters

Quotes 73 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Don't let the bastards get you down.

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I first interviewed Fidel Castro 39 years ago.

He was charming and fiercely guarded about his private life. He called our interviews 'fiery debates.' During our times together, he made clear to me that he was an absolute dictator and that he was a staunch opponent of democracy.

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A job is not a career. I think I started out with a job. It turned into a career and changed my life.

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Wait for those unguarded moments. Relax the mood and, like the child dropping off to sleep, the subject often reveals his truest self.

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Homogeneity is much to be admired - in milk, for instance - but not for parties.

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When you're interviewing someone, you're in control.

When you're being interviewed, you think you're in control, but you're not.

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Most old people ... are disheartened to be living in the ailing house of their bodies, to be limited physically and economically, to feel an encumbrance to others - guests who didn't have the good manners to leave when the party was over.

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Large cocktail parties are an infamous technique for ridding yourself of social obligations to people you usually don't know well or like much, which is such an unpromising beginning that I've rarely known one that recovered and turned into a great party.

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The news media in general are liberal.

If you want to be a reporter, you are going to see poverty and misery, and you have to be involved in the human condition.

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Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it.there.

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A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.

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Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt.

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If it's a woman it's caustic, if it's a man it's authority, If it's a woman it's too pushy, if it's a man it's aggressive in the best sense of the word.

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I happen to disagree with the well-entrenched theory that the art of conversation is merely the art of being a good listener. Such advice invites people to be cynical with one another and full of fake; when a conversation becomes a monologue, poked along with tiny cattle-prod questions, it isn't a conversation any more.

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I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.

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A woman can do anything. She can be traditionally feminine and that's all right; she can work, she can stay at home; she can be aggressive; she can be passive; she can be any way she wants with a man. But whenever there are the kinds of choices there are today, unless you have some solid base, life can be frightening.

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Being a parent is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy

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New York is a galaxy of adventure at once elegant, exciting and bizarre.

It's a city that moves so fast, it takes energy just to stand still.

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I also found that for myself, since I've had no religious education, it was so interesting to see the different versions of heaven and what life on earth means.

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Although I myself don't go to church or synagogue, I do, whether it's superstition or whatever, pray every time I get on a plane. I just automatically do it. I say the same thing every time.

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A Hot Fudge Sundae and a trashy novel is my idea of heaven.

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I find very often people like to confront rumors.

It depends on how much they trust you. And you have to have a line between what is tasteful and what isn't.

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The word 'charismatic' was made for Fidel Castro.

You would have liked him, I would have liked him. Then you had to stop and say, 'Just a minute. This is a man who does not believe in freedom of the press...does not believe in democracy as we know democracy, had political prisoners.'

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People sinking into self-pity and depression are dreary, but they can't get out of it by themselves. So every now and then, just sit there and listen, and listen, and listen. You're paying your membership dues in the human race.

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It's a fact that it is much more comfortable to be in the position of the person who has been offended than to be the unfortunate cause of it.

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To not sing with an orchestra, to not be able to communicate through my voice, which I've done all my life, and not to be able to phrase lyrics and give people that kind of joy, I think I would be totally devastated.

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Après ski is my favorite sport.

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I don't know about you, but I can never get enough David Letterman.

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I was the kind nobody thought could make it.

I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.

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Small children do not belong at an adult party, and especially should not be used like trained midgets to help serve martinis.

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[On being indecisive and changeable:] On my gravestone I want inscribed: 'On the other hand, maybe I should have lived.

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politics ... is the hottest, most dangerous subject in the land. It's not only a conversation-wrecker, it's a friendship-wrecker, a family-wrecker, a job-wrecker, a future-wrecker.

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Show me someone who never gossips, and I will show you someone who is not interested in people.

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If you were a tree, what kind would you be?

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The way you dress is the billboard that tells perceptive people how you feel about yourself.

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Mr. President, Mrs. Obama. There is a photograph of you [hugging] that went viral, became the most shared photograph in the history of Twitter. How do you keep the fire going?

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For Castro, freedom starts with education.

And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth.

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