'Rent' was wonderful in that I was able to adapt something that was beloved to fans, something that was very iconic, but something I had nothing to do with the creation of, so I was very removed. 'Perks' is different because it was my book.
Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.
I'm going to be who I really am. I'm going to figure out what this is.
Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.
Writing screenplays is incredibly hard. I can't call it joy. Writing Novels? Joy. Directing? Joy. Writing Screenplays? That's where you pay all your dues.
The perfect song on the perfect drive to make you feel infinite.
The most beautiful surprise is that you have these moments where you connect with people on a deep level without saying a word. It's one of those wonderful things that you get what you give, and I'm grateful for it.
I walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn't.
I just want you to know that you're very special" and the only reason I'm telling you is that I don't know if anyone else ever has.
He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.
I've never understood the need people have to dictate morality to other people. I really don't know what it is. I don't know if it's fear or the belief that they know the only right way. Or maybe they see a lot of social ills and social decline, and they really think they have the elixir for it.
And I guess I realized at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn't matter.
It's strange to describe reading a book as a really great experience, but that's kind of how it felt.
Most of the people I know who were raised to be accommodating or were raised to just be nice and put everybody's needs ahead of theirs, there comes a moment when the pressure builds and they can't do it anymore. They have needs and they feel neglected and they usually explode.
Part of the reason I wrote the book was I wanted to understand for myself why such good people let themselves get treated so badly.
This moment will just be another story someday.
To tell you the truth I love Sam. It's not a movie kind of love either. I just look at her sometimes and I think she is the prettiest and nicest person in the whole world.
You get the right collection of people together and you get the atmosphere together that it is very free where there is no judgment. If you create an atmosphere that is very open you steer the ship.
If you are in a movie theater, you can look two people down and they are laughing while you are laughing or you can look three people down and they love that song that you love. It is living proof that you are not alone.
There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.
Incidentally, I only have one cavity, and as much as my dentist asks me to, I just can't bring myself to floss.
I just listened to the music, and breathed in the day, and remembered things. Things like walking around the neighborhood and looking at the houses and the lawns and the colorful trees and having that be enough.
And she says she wants to expose me to all these great things. And to tell you the truth, I don't really want to be exposed to all these great things if it means that I'll have to hear Mary Elizabeth talk about all the great things she exposed me to all the time. I don't understand that. I would give someone a record so they could love the record, not so they would always know that I gave it to them.
I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for thousands of years. Or just not exist..
It's strange how things can change back as suddenly as they changed originally. When one thing happens and suddenly, things are back to normal.
I think they were afraid that some of us would try to kill ourselves or something because they looked very tense and one of them kept touching his beard.
It's strange the times people choose to be generous.
The gift from my Secret Santa wasn't anything special. That makes me sad. I bet you anything that Mary Elizabeth is my Secret Santa because only she would give me socks.
I remembered this one time that I never told anybody about. The time we were walking. Just the three of us. I was in the middle. I don't remember where we were walking to or where we were walking from. I just remember the season. I just remember walking between them and feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere
Writing a novel is a lot like directing a movie because you are creating a world and a tone, you are creating a large canvas and all the details.
I just think it's bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees her is better than she actually is. And I think it's bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera.
If it meant that I would never get to think of you that way, as long as you were happy, it was okay.
Old pictures look very rugged and young, and the people in the photographs always seem a lot happier than you are.
That was always my hope that that is exactly what I would do. It was always part of the dream of this story - to write the novel and then direct the movie.
Girls are weird, and I don't mean that offensively. I just can't put it any other way.
And things were back to normal except we were just friends.
I wonder what it will be like when I leave this place.
If the advice is simply to respect yourself and follow the path that you want to follow, that would be the best advice I could ever pass on.
I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. Maybe that is what makes people "participate.
Even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.