Alan Alda Quotes

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'Never Have Your Dog Stuffed' is really advice to myself, a reminder to myself not to avoid change or uncertainty, but to go with it, to surf into change.
— Alan Alda

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A really great actor, in a lucky performance, can transform himself or herself. I've seen actors do that. But often it's a mechanical transformation, which isn't as interesting, and you've got to be careful how you go about something like that, I think.

Alan Alda

Achingly funny as it was, Larry Gelbart's writing gave off sparks that turned a hard light on the way we are.

Alan Alda

After a while I started to think of that as an image of something that went a lot deeper than the dead dog, which is you can't bring back anything to life.

Alan Alda

All I've ever tried to do is play real people.

Alan Alda

Almost everybody that's well-known gets tagged with a nickname.

Alan Alda

And I think belief is one of those things that comes to people in their own way. And just because I believe in something doesn't mean I think that you should.

Alan Alda

Any play is hard to write, and plays are getting harder and harder to get on the stage.

Alan Alda

Anyone I know who's almost died has come out of it, at least for a while, looking at things differently.

Alan Alda

As an artist, as an actor, as a writer, you have to use what's personal to you. You have to be personal about your work; otherwise, it doesn't ring true.

Alan Alda

Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.

Alan Alda

Awards shows mainly publicize the people giving the awards.

Alan Alda

Backstage life is terrific training for an actor, seeing shows from the wings.

Alan Alda

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.

Alan Alda

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

Alan Alda

Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you.

Alan Alda

Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won't come in.

Alan Alda

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.

Alan Alda

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won't come in.

Alan Alda

Blind dates are treacherous. You don't know who this person is. You wonder, 'Should I call my grandma during coffee to get out of this?'

Alan Alda

For me, I find that even though I've accomplished a few things in my life, looking back on accomplishments doesn't give me a sense of satisfaction.

Alan Alda

Here's my Golden Rule for a tarnished age: Be fair with others, but keep after them until they're fair with you.

Alan Alda

I always loved Sid Caesar and all the people on his program.

Alan Alda

I come armed with a really good ignorance. I don't strive toward ignorance. I come by it naturally.

Alan Alda

I don't miss directing at all, and I don't miss screenwriting either because somebody's always telling you to do something different.

Alan Alda

I don't really worry about the size of the part much any more. It's nice to have more time to work on the character, and to have big scenes to play. But if there's something playable there, and if it's interesting to do, then that's nice.

Alan Alda

I don't watch that much TV, so I can't compare one show to another. When I watch television, I watch people talking to one another usually or a science show where they show me microbes, you know. Microbes actually communicate quite a bit, and so there's a lot of talking going on.

Alan Alda

I feel like every time a door is opened by science, suddenly there are a hundred doors that need to get opened. That's what makes it an everlasting, interesting experience to go through.

Alan Alda

I find myself going to places where I really have no business, speaking to these people in a whole other field that I have no extensive knowledge of. But I do it very often because it scares me.

Alan Alda

I fix my grandchildren's computers.

Alan Alda

I found I wasn't asking good enough questions because I assumed I knew something. I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question, and they didn't know how to get out of it. Now, I let them take me through it step by step, and I listen.

Alan Alda

I had never really wanted to be famous. Everyone is supposed to want to be rich and famous, but as a boy I never knew what rich was, and the first view I had of famous made me leery.

Alan Alda

I hated high school. It was a prison.

Alan Alda

I have a strong preference for being alive.

Alan Alda

I know there's a creative side to artists to - pardon me - there's a creative side to scientists already, but there may be an artistic side, too, waiting to break free.

Alan Alda

I love oatmeal. To me, it's not boring. I agree that ordinary oatmeal is very boring, but not the steel-cut Irish kind - the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne.

Alan Alda

I love technology.

Alan Alda

I love to watch how scientists' minds work.

Alan Alda

I made my first stage appearance when I was 6 months old.

Alan Alda

I must have interviewed 600 or 700 scientists all around the world.

Alan Alda

I never thought about my image. It interests me that there are people who do, that they seem to be methodical about it. Maybe things would have gone differently for me in some ways if I had.

Alan Alda

I read science, because to me, that's extremely exciting. It's like a great detective story, and it's happening right in front of us.

Alan Alda

I really don't like plays or movies that service propaganda.

Alan Alda

I sat next to a young woman on a plane once who bombarded me for five hours with how she had decided to be born again and so should I. I told her I was glad for her, but I hadn't used up being born the first time.

Alan Alda

I think I look better in a suit than a loincloth. So that may define some of the parts I play.

Alan Alda

I think it's important for scientists to speak in their own voices and not just be mediated by journalists or others speaking for them.

Alan Alda

I think most people are interested in our origins; once we understand, it might be easier to become the people we'd like to be. Or, better, become the people we think we already are.

Alan Alda

I think when you're acting, you usually don't have to know too much beyond how to pronounce the words you're saying.

Alan Alda

I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don't agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All that does is change the shape of the head.

Alan Alda

I used to be an amateur inventor when I was a kid; I'm always inventing something.

Alan Alda

'Never Have Your Dog Stuffed' is really advice to myself, a reminder to myself not to avoid change or uncertainty, but to go with it, to surf into change.

Alan Alda