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    And my friends, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: friends 
     
    Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: bad 
     
    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.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we're going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: liberty 
     
    I'm not sophisticated when it comes to politics, when it comes to journalism.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: politics 
     
    I have a big problem with people who glamorize dumbness and demonize education and intellect. And I'm giving a pretty good description of Sarah Palin right now.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    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.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: world  stories 
     
    I have all of the Apple products. Everything I've ever written, I've written on a Mac. My first computer, my roommates and I chipped in, and we got that first Macintosh - 128K. It had as much memory as a greeting card that plays music.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: memory  music  computer 
     
    I think socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: reality  internet 
     
    The properties of people and the properties of character have almost nothing to do with each other. They really don't. I know it seems like they do because we look alike, but people don't speak in dialogue. Their lives don't unfold in a series of scenes that form a narrative arc.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    Heroes in drama are people who try hard to reach a virtuous ideal. And whether they succeed or fail really doesn't matter - it's the trying that counts.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: people  drama  hero  fail 
     
    Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: people  world 
     
    The first thing I wrote was a one-act play that got accepted at a one-act play festival, and I was in it along with Nathan Lane and a couple of other very good actors.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    While I was doing 'The Newsroom,' I always had the news on on different networks on different TVs around my house and around my office.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    With 'The Social Network,' I got into it at first because frankly I thought there was a cool courtroom drama to be had with the intellectual properties. And then what further drew me in was that the most extraordinary social networking device ever created was created by the world's most antisocial person. I liked that story.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    Not all paintings are abstract; they're not all Jackson Pollock. There's value in a photograph of a man alone on a boat at sea, and there is value in painting of a man alone on a boat at sea. In the painting, the painting has more freedom to express an idea, more latitude in being able to elicit certain emotion.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    When we were doing 'The West Wing,' the hardest thing about doing 'The West Wing' was being compared to yourself. You go out there and want every episode to be as good as your best episode. I wrote 88 episodes of 'The West Wing,' and when you do that, one of them is going to be your 88th best, so your 88th best better be pretty good.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: wings 
     
    I've got plenty of quirks. I go to an office early in the morning. Early in the morning is really good writing time. I take anywhere between six to eight showers a day. I'm not exaggerating. I'm not a germaphobe: it's all about a fresh start.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: time  writing 
     
    The rules of drama are very much separate from the properties of life. I think that's especially true of Shakespeare.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: true  drama  rules  property 
     
    I'm more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But 'Steve Jobs' and 'The Social Network' have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they're making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: character  job  god  writing  write  heaven 
     
    If the characters on 'The West Wing' were watching a TV show wherein a character like Trump was leading in the polls, they wouldn't find it believable.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: character  wings 
     
    I spend most of my days pacing around, muttering that I have no ideas, feeling like I'm walking a plank.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: ideas 
     
    If I am writing a movie and I am stuck, I can call the studio and tell them it's delayed. You can't do that with television - you have air dates to meet.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: movie  writing 
     
    There have been times - and not just on 'The Newsroom,' but on 'The West Wing,' 'Sports Night,' 'Studio 60'... - where it was hard to look the cast and crew in the eye, when I put a script on the table that I knew just wasn't good enough.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: time  night  eyes  wings 
     
    When a movie is being rolled out, the studio publicists and all our individual publicists get together and come up with bullet points and talking points - 'Make sure you stay away from this,' and 'Don't say that quite that way, because that quote can be taken out of context,' and that kind of thing.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: quotes  movie 
     
    I've never written anything that I haven't wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing 'A Few Good Men' again. I didn't know what I was doing then, and I'm still trying to get it right. I would write 'The Social Network' again if they would let me, I'd write 'Moneyball' again. I would write 'The West Wing' again.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: men  right  writing  write  wings 
     
    I've loved every minute I've spent in television. And I've had much more failure, as traditionally measured, than success in television. I've done four shows, and only one of them was the 'West Wing.'
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: failure  success  wings 
     
    I'm very physical. When I'm writing, I'm playing all the parts; I'm saying the lines out loud, and if I get excited about something - which doesn't happen very often when I'm writing, but it's the greatest feeling when it does - I'll be out of the chair and walking around, and if I'm at home, I'll find myself two blocks from my house.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: saying  writing 
     
    My parents took me to see plays, starting from when I was very little. Oftentimes, I was too young to understand. I don't know what my parents were thinking - 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' when I was eight years old, that kind of thing. So lots of times, I didn't understand what was going on, but I just loved the sound of dialogue.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: time  young  thinking  parent  afraid  year 
     
    I don't have a great instrument. I don't have the kind of ungodly control over my voice and body that great actors have. And I've worked with enough great actors to know that I'm not one.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: control  body 
     
    'Molly's Game' was a true story about a remarkable young woman named Molly Bloom. She was this close to going to the Olympics; she was ranked third in North America in women's moguls.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: women  young  true  america  stories  games 
     
    I am truly at my happiest not when I am writing an aria for an actor or making a grand political or social point. I am at my happiest when I've figured out a fun way for somebody to slip on a banana peel.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: fun  political  writing 
     
    I am all for everyone having a voice; I just don't think everyone has earned the microphone. And that's what the Internet has done.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: internet 
     
    I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white, and it says, 'You may have fooled some of the people some of the time, but those days are over, giftless. I'm not your agent, and I'm not your mommy; I'm a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?' and I really, really don't. I'll go peaceable-like.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: time  people  hate  writing  dance 
     
    I feel like the better version of myself is on paper... I'd rather have people know me on paper.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: people 
     
    When I create a TV show, it's so that I can write it. I'm not an empire builder; my writing staff is usually a combination of two kinds of people - experts in the world the show is set in, and young writers who will not be unhappy if they're not writing scripts.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: people  world  young  writing  write 
     
    Everything can be going well, but if I'm not writing, I'm not happy. When I'm writing well, I'm like a different person.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: people  writing 
     
    All my heroes wore coats and ties to work. What happened to men wearing hats? Maybe I should bring back hats.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: men  work  hero 
     
    First scenes are super-important to me. I'll spend months and months pacing and climbing the walls trying to come up with the first scene. I drive for hours on the freeway.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    'Steve Jobs' is my seventh movie. I believe, if you added them up, I don't think there is more than a total of 10 minutes that takes place in a person's home. They're all in offices, courtrooms, laboratories, things like that.
    — Aaron Sorkin
    tags: believe  job  movie 
     
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