I dont like the idea of being eaten by a shark. I like to swim in the ocean, and I think much more about sharks than anyone should. I really resent the fact that my oceangoing experiences are ruined by Jaws.— David Duchovny
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The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are.
Instead, we trust people to be who we want them to be - and when they're not, we cry.
I love dogs. They live in the moment and don't care about anything except affection and food. They're loyal and happy. Humans are just too damn complicated.
Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within.
My entire life has been an attempt to get back to the kind of feelings you have on a field. The sense of brotherhood, the esprit de corps, the focus - there being no past or future, just the ball. As trite as it sounds, I was happiest playing ball.
I lost my virginity when I was 14. And I haven't been able to find it.
Sometimes when I'm swimming, I think that maybe someday I'll put my red Speedo up for auction. Or maybe I'll donate it to the Smithsonian. They can stuff it with two plums and a gherkin and put it on display.
Fame does lead to money, which I don't have a close relationship with.
I'm the kind of guy who never sees the money - it all goes somewhere else. I don't understand it, I don't like to deal with it. I have a fear of not having it, because I grew up without it.
Privacy is something I have come to respect.
I think when I was younger I wanted to tell everybody everything, because I thought I was so damn interesting. Then I heard the snoring.
The real truth about a lot of life's mysteries can be explained by science but people don't want to get in bed with science because it's cold. They prefer religion, myth, drama.
It's almost obscene when you see people who haven't matured, who haven't changed, who don't have the weight of years on them. So that's interesting to me - to think about playing him into the future, anew.
I poop in the backyard... I wear disposable diapers.
If somebody says what they want or what they need it gives the person the chance to say yes or no, instead of suffering in silence or depravation or whatever it is.
Women's fashion is a subtle form of bondage.
It's men's way of binding them. We put them in these tight, high-heeled shoes, we make them wear these tight clothes and we say they look sexy. But they're actually tied up.
Our country was founded on a distrust of government.
Our founding fathers gave power to the people to keep an eye on government. So when politicians say, 'Trust me,' they're actually being very un-American.
I've got huge tubs full of X-Files memorobilia that I can sell on eBay.
I'm not a comic book character. I'm not Indiana Jones or Bond, I'm a flesh and blood guy who is ageing and changing. I don't have to do what I did in '93. I couldn't do it and thank God.
Feelings come and go, unless you don't feel them.
Then they stay, and hurt, and grow pear-shaped and weird.
I love Doctor Who and I remember the first one, which was wonderful in its low-tech quality. I also loved the theme song, which sounded like The Cure to me. Which character would I like to play in Doctor Who? Who's the bad guy? The Dalek? OK, I'll play him.
I really like gratuitous nudity. I hate when people go, 'I'll only do it if it makes sense for the movie'. It never makes sense. So I like it - the more gratuitous the better.
I always dreamt of being a basketball player. A dream that only I believed in.
People are really much more respectful than they're made out to be and much more discerning about the fact that I'm not the character I play.
Sex is great until you die, but it's never as great as it was when you were a kid, when it was a mystery.
I feel I have to work hard to nurture whatever talent I have as an actor.
I feel like it's not natural to me. So I don't take it for granted... What I think is my natural ability - which is writing - I think I totally take that for granted.
If you're smart, you'll always be humble.
You can learn all you want, but there'll always be somebody who's never read a book who'll know twice what you know.
I don't know if [Samuel] Beckett is something you ever bring to the beach - get out of the water, towel off, and start reading some of "The Unnamable." Although, because it's the kind of book you can open to any page and start reading, it is beach reading in that way.
I got married a bit late, I agree. In any other period of history I'd have been dead at that age and they'd have assumed I was gay. Like Michelangelo, or Leonardo da Vinci. But I was a late developer. I didn't go through puberty until I was 35.
I like my computer. But I don't know how to use it as well as the 10-year-old daughter.
I'm not going to give up. I can't give up. Not as long as the truth is out there.
There are people who are really great musicians.
I've met a lot of them. And I'm not a great musician. I'm adequate enough to be able to throw some chords together and write songs, but I can only feel that because I'm expressing something honestly, or in a heartfelt way, or in some way that's not bullshit, that in some way the songs have merit.
There is never a personal-life connection between my characters and myself.
I'm a professional and I can access what I need to access, so there's no bleed-over. I didn't need to believe in aliens to play Mulder. As for my personal life, everything is fantastic right now.
I'm half Jewish, half Scottish. It's hard for me to buy anything.
When I was a kid I ate sports books up, like "Winners Never Quit" by Phil Pepe.
That was like my bible.
I don't like watching people work if they're making art.
At Princeton I wrote my junior paper on Virginia Woolf, and for my senior thesis I wrote on Samuel Beckett. I wrote some about "Between the Acts" and "Mrs. Dalloway'' but mostly about "To the Lighthouse." With Beckett I focused, perversely, on his novels, "Molloy," "Malone Dies," and "The Unnamable." That's when I decided I should never write again.
In the general sense, there's a journey to be had.
You either start at the top or the bottom for a journey to happen. Our movie has to start at the top and work it's way down. Or start at the bottom and work it's way up.
One of the scary things is that, when you're a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you're an adult, you realize your father had fear, and that you have it, too.
Our human nature is exactly the same as it was 500 years ago, let alone five years ago.
I'm not reading currently because I'm getting revisions of a novel.
If I read while I'm writing I will unconsciously plagiarize and go to jail.
I look back the old old ones [X-Files series], from the beginning, and I'm kind of mortified by my acting! But I'm kind of impressed by my enthusiasm. I'm just thankful that I got to become better at what I did, and that we didn't get cancelled in the first year.
Willie Mays was the best ever. When I was in college I once made a catch like the one Mays made over his head. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed at night I think about it. It still makes me warm.
People think celebrities don't have to worry about human things like sickness and death and rent. It's like you've traveled to this Land of Celebrity, this other country. They want you to tell about what you saw.
I will read biographies or autobiographies while I'm writing, but mostly I put books in a to-read queue, like Rachel Cusk's new novel, "Outline."
Obviously people's feelings are going to get hurt when you use certain words, but you can't outlaw words. They're really the history of our culture. They tell you what's going on. When you make words politically incorrect you're taking all the poetry out of the language. I'm pro anybody living their lives the way they want to live, sexually and otherwise; and I'm anti any kind of language repression.
If you have Darwin, Christ and Nietzsche, they're all going to talk at once.
You need somebody who listens.
I'm the one usually wearing the dress, which is what I would've preferred, but they wouldn't let me. It's been 15 years since I did that and my ass isn't as good as it used to be.
I would say recently I've gotten back to perusing [Samuel] Beckett's novels.
Listening to the way Donald Trump speaks without saying anything has made me think about language.
TV directors just aren't sexy for some reason, Although, you know, Rob and Kim [Manners] are very sexy in my eyes.
You're raising a kid and you give it food and shelter and, most importantly, you give it the feeling that it's special. I think people react to celebrities like that - I mean, they treat celebrities like children.
I also watch a lot of really bad television when I'm writing, "Like Dancing With the Stars," with my daughter.