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    I guess chemistry is just another word for love.
    — Scott Thompson
    I first got into fruit when I was a teenager, when my life was changing in every way. The first time I had a mango, at like 18, I was like, 'Where has this been my whole life?
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: time  teenager 
     
    My cancer continues to make for all kind of hilarity.
    — Scott Thompson
    Canadian comedians are generally more well-rounded... They have to do a lot more. In order to have a career in this country, you have to do everything. And in the States you can narrow-cast, you can be just a sitcom performer or a stand-up comedian or a sketch performer.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: career 
     
    Comedy is actually very macho driven.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: comedy 
     
    Art is about the edges and the sharp corners and those places are not conducive to activism, which is about putting on a gloss.
    — Scott Thompson
    A lot of gay men are in delusion if they think they're super macho.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: men  gay 
     
    Activism isn't about holding your faults up to the light. That's what comedy is about, it's about saying, 'Look at this person who is so flawed and frail and damaged. And we're all this frail and damaged so let's laugh at it.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: people  comedy  saying 
     
    I've pretty much given up on the orange. I really have. I just don't even bother. It's just either sour, or woody, or the skin's too thick. It's very nice when you come across the perfect orange, because it's really a beautiful experience. But the stakes are too high.
    — Scott Thompson
    When I found out I had cancer, I just said one thing: 'I want to hold on to life' and that changed everything for me.
    — Scott Thompson
    This world is filled with five billion people with five billion different ways of looking at things.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: people  world 
     
    My theory is that comedy comes from little people.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: people  comedy 
     
    The gay male is always going to be at the bottom.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: gay 
     
    I'm a total nerd. I love fantasy.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: fantasy 
     
    If comedy duos don't like each other, it just won't work.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: work  comedy 
     
    I'm not really cool, or dashing, or any of those things.
    — Scott Thompson
    I think Canadian humor is a little less broad than American humor.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: humor  american 
     
    I think the Canadian sense of humor is dryer than America's and juicier than Britain's. I think it's a cross between the two of them, really.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: humor  america 
     
    In Canadian comedy, you'll almost never see guns. If you bring a gun into a scene, it's like, 'Whoa! Wow, how are we going to deal with that!' Guns in an American comedy are a given. Violence in America is used in a much more cavalier way.
    — Scott Thompson
    Well I think comedy everywhere has lost a bit of its bite. In Canada, I can't argue with the quality, but it feels like it's gotten a little safe.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: comedy  lost  quality 
     
    Why is being outed such a big deal? When I find out that someone's gay, my respect for them increases tenfold.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: respect  gay 
     
    Americans know as much about Canada as straight people do about gays. Americans arrive at the border with skis in July, and straight people think that being gay is just a phase. A very long phase.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: people  gay  american 
     
    In France, everyone speaks French 'cause they think it's cool. Gives 'em, gives 'em an excuse to smoke.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: smoke 
     
    When I was younger I wanted to be a big movie star who'd get to be funny on talk shows and then I wanted to retire and write science fiction.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: funny  star  movie  write  fiction 
     
    I'm not a wilting flower. I'm honest, so I pick a lot of fights. I've burned a lot of bridges.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: fight  flowers 
     
    I think a case could be made that there's sort of a crisis of masculinity in the West. Particularly with white males.
    — Scott Thompson
    I resented that my career wasn't going the way that it was supposed to. And I was angry that I wasn't getting the parts that I wanted.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: career 
     
    Fathers should start teaching the boys how to punch.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: boys  teaching  father 
     
    People don't listen when you lecture. No one wants to be talked down to or scolded.
    — Scott Thompson
    tags: people 
     
    I believe the things that happened to me as a child scarred me terribly, and I wish somebody would have helped me with some of the things that happened.
    — Scott Thompson
    What's the coolest thing in the world is when you have fans that know the lyrics to your songs. That's amazing! Such a great feeling! When I go out there and am playing "Grinnin' In Your Face" and people are singing the lyrics to it, that's amazing to me. I'm actually taking a song where people wouldn't know it, and I'm bringing it back. It's a really cool feeling.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: people  world  song  lyrics 
     
    Touring has been a new part of my life in a lot of ways. We've just been touring massively since the record came out and before. Learning how to write while all that is going on is a new thing.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: learning  write 
     
    You don't need the frills and thrills to make something amazing. I think that's what inspires me with the blues.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: inspire 
     
    I used to ride the school bus to school and just listen to music with my headphones. I'd stick my head out the window and just think about how much I wanted to be a singer. I always wanted to do it, but I think I was always in the wrong place. I didn't really have any opportunities. So I left LA four years ago and I really just left my old life behind. I threw everything into pursuing music.
    — ZZ Ward
    Don't be afraid to get stupid and feel it. Remember everyone's looking at me and not you.
    — ZZ Ward
    tags: afraid 
     
    The big issue was cutting. I finally cut as much as I could, about a fourth of the story, and actually liked it.
    — ZZ Packer
    tags: stories 
     
    Well, as a short-story writer, I don't think there are any weaknesses to the genre itself. I guess I would say that the difficulty of the form is that one must create an entire world in five to 30 pages, as opposed to 300. There is very little room for fat - you must be economical. And you must begin as close to the end as you possibly can.
    — ZZ Packer
    tags: world  weakness 
     
    I think when we engage in language we are engaging in something that is specifically and primally human.
    — ZZ Packer
    tags: language  human 
     
    The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom  lost  service  help 
     
    Madness is no madness when shared.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: madness 
     
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