Quotes by Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin

American screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright

Alive from: 1961-

Category: Movie | Writers (Contemporary)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has.
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    Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
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    If you lined up 10 writers and asked them to write a movie about Steve Jobs, you'd get 10 very different movies.
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    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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    We live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You?... You can't handle it. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about, you want me on that wall. You need me there. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as a backbone to a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the
    Source: A Few Good Men (1989) Act 2
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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.
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