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Norman Lear Quotes

You had me at hello - Love Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future - Friend Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
Don't look back you're not going that way - Inspirational Quotes
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour - Funny Quotes
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you - Love Quotes
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want - Funny Quotes
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I never met who I really wanted to meet, and that was Charlie Chaplin  (Norman Lear Quotes) Life is about having a good time  (Norman Lear Quotes) I wanted to meet Bob Hope, and I got to know him pretty well  (Norman Lear Quotes) In this nation, leadership is dollars  (Norman Lear Quotes) Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.  (Norman Lear Quotes) I wanted to just do a one-act play for 26 minutes, with commercials at the beginning and end. For years, I couldn’t get my way. They wanted to interrupt three times.  (Norman Lear Quotes) The establishment uses that rationale all the time, and that’s why we do what we do. But leadership requires some understanding that you can say no. People have base instincts, but the transcendent also appeal to them.  (Norman Lear Quotes) Culturally, I think ‘All in the Family’ was universal enough to have good timing at any time.  (Norman Lear Quotes) We had two African American writers [Eric Monte and Michael Evans] on the show [‘Good Times’] that knew Cabrini Green inside and out, and that’s why we set it there.  (Norman Lear Quotes) We got ratings. It isn’t that they won’t quarrel with you, or say you’re always right. But as long as you stay strong and the ratings are good and you’re reasonable - I don’t think we fought unreasonably. We basically won that right  (Norman Lear Quotes) Maybe they continued to agree with Archie Bunker - as I said earlier, you can’t change people’s minds, but you can get them to think.  (Norman Lear Quotes) I think America, unfortunately, collectively thinks of itself as the ‘chosen people.’ To my knowledge, there are no chosen people, we are all human beings.  (Norman Lear Quotes) Life goes on pretty much the same way. I’ve been working on a couple of films on the side. You may see some more. You may even see another television show.  (Norman Lear Quotes) The movies had a slogan at the time, to distinguish themselves from TV, that said ‘movies are better than ever.’  (Norman Lear Quotes) I think if you’re feeling great about where you are, everything that led up to it had to be terrific.  (Norman Lear Quotes) The complete control of one party over everything - I would, I think, feel the same way if it were [the Democrats in charge]. It’s not the American way.  (Norman Lear Quotes) As a matter of fact, when people ask where my ‘point of view’ comes from, it was there in one of the first sketches we wrote for [Dean] Martin and [Jerry] Lewis.  (Norman Lear Quotes) Next up [new TV stars] was [Dean] Martin and [Jerry] Lewis on ‘The Colgate Comedy Hour.’  (Norman Lear Quotes) We all [Ed Simmons,Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis] started together, so there were no rules - anything we wrote became television.  (Norman Lear Quotes) We had a Judeo-Christian ethic hanging around a couple thousand years that didn’t help erase racism at all. So the notion of the little half-hour comedy changing things is something I think is silly.  (Norman Lear Quotes) We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension in black males being higher than whites, and increasing. So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times, had hypertension  (Norman Lear Quotes) There was no real controversy with All In The Family. That came from the people on the business end  (Norman Lear Quotes) That’s the heart of it: My shows were not that controversial with the American people. They were controversial with the people who think for the American people  (Norman Lear Quotes) I don’t know how you can look back with regret if you’re at a moment when everything seems fine.  (Norman Lear Quotes) In the area we’re discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue, on the desks and in the offices of people who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying what will get them ratings  (Norman Lear Quotes) But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met. When I screamed back at him that he was putting down a race of people to call me lazy, his answer was that’s not what he was doing, and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met  (Norman Lear Quotes) It crossed our minds early on that the more an audience cared - we were working before, on average, 240, live people. If you could get them caring - the more they cared, the harder they laughed  (Norman Lear Quotes) I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins  (Norman Lear Quotes) Nobody doubts my partisanship, but a lot of the activity is nonpartisan  (Norman Lear Quotes) Originally, with all the shows, we went looking for belly laughs  (Norman Lear Quotes)
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