Best Quotes by Alan Alda

By | March 4, 2017

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

Alan Alda

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.

Alan Alda

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.

Alan Alda

Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.

Alan Alda

Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won’t come in.

Alan Alda

It’s a funny feeling to work with people who you consider your colleagues and to realize that they actually are young enough to be your children.

Alan Alda

Some of the greatest things, as I understand, they have come about by serendipity, the greatest discoveries.

Alan Alda

Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

Alan Alda

Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.

Alan Alda

It’s really clear to me that you can’t hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.

Alan Alda

It’s really clear to me that you can’t hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.

Alan Alda

You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

Alan Alda

If scientists could communicate more in their own voices – in a familiar tone, with a less specialized vocabulary – would a wide range of people understand them better? Would their work be better understood by the general public, policy-makers, funders, and, even in some cases, other scientists?

Alan Alda

I was a child, and my mother was psychotic. She loved me, but I didn’t really feel I had a mother. And when you live with somebody who is paranoid and thinks you’re trying to kill them all the time, you tend to feel a little betrayed.

Alan Alda

What I can’t completely understand is most other people’s fascination with what the famous among us do with their lips and the rest of their bodies. Why do ordinary people become the target of this curiosity simply by virtue of the fact that other people recognise their names and faces but know almost nothing else about them?

Alan Alda

Backstage life is terrific training for an actor, seeing shows from the wings.

Alan Alda

You can’t be aware of everything. You’d fall down the stairs if you were aware of every intricate thing involved in going down stairs.

Alan Alda

Here’s my Golden Rule for a tarnished age: Be fair with others, but keep after them until they’re fair with you.

Alan Alda

I’ve sat looking down into a volcano that could blow at any moment; I’ve helped catch a shark and several rattlesnakes; I let a tarantula walk across my hand, and I ate rat soup.

Alan Alda

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won’t come in.

Alan Alda

There is a wonderful feeling of power when you’re a director, but I don’t think I need that, and I’m OK without it.

Alan Alda

We’re highly social animals – I’m told by scientists that what makes us different from other animals is an acute social awareness, which is what has made us so successful.

Alan Alda

I’m greedy for that satisfaction of doing something hard and knowing that, even though I was afraid I couldn’t do it, that somehow I can deliver.

Alan Alda

I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don’t agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All that does is change the shape of the head.

Alan Alda

You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don’t see where they get the pigeons from, you don’t really know how they’re doing it.

Alan Alda

I’m in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It’s fun.

Alan Alda

I think most people are interested in our origins; once we understand, it might be easier to become the people we’d like to be. Or, better, become the people we think we already are.

Alan Alda

I love oatmeal. To me, it’s not boring. I agree that ordinary oatmeal is very boring, but not the steel-cut Irish kind – the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne.

Alan Alda

Almost everybody that’s well-known gets tagged with a nickname.

Alan Alda

Marie Curie is my hero. Few people have accomplished something so rare – changing science. And as hard as that is, she had to do it against the tide of the culture at the time – the prejudice against her as a foreigner, because she was born in Poland and worked in France. And the prejudice against her as a woman.

Alan Alda

I have a strong preference for being alive.

Alan Alda

I’ve been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I’m nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don’t win, I’ll just wait until I’m nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?

Alan Alda

If I can’t get the girl, at least give me more money.

Alan Alda

What I always wanted to get seen as was as a good actor, when it was the acting I was doing. When I’m writing, I want to try to be seen as a good writer. Not as somebody with a particular idea to sell, or something like that.

Alan Alda

When I got recognized as a writer, when I got the Emmy, I was more excited than the Emmys I had gotten as an actor.

Alan Alda

I used to not want to die in any way but in my sleep when I was a young man. I’d like to die awake now, if possible, with people around me who love me.

Alan Alda

When I was about ten years old, I gave my teacher an April Fool’s sandwich, which had a dead goldfish in it.

Alan Alda

When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing one another.

Alan Alda

It isn’t necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It’s only necessary to be rich.

Alan Alda

It’s too bad I’m not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.

Alan Alda

Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they’re fair with you.

Alan Alda

You wouldn’t want to be called a sell-out by selling a product. Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major in it at business school.

Alan Alda

The President never intends to get into any kind of war situation. He gets carried away by events.

Alan Alda

M*A*S*H’ was a collection of people, in front of and behind the cameras, that really clicked.

Alan Alda

Why would you give money to somebody whose work you don’t understand?

Alan Alda

I’m condemned by some inner compulsion to think about the daily rituals of my life. I have a low grade fever for improving myself in many ways, including everyday tasks.

Alan Alda

I don’t miss directing at all, and I don’t miss screenwriting either because somebody’s always telling you to do something different.

Alan Alda

I wouldn’t live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.

Alan Alda

After a while I started to think of that as an image of something that went a lot deeper than the dead dog, which is you can’t bring back anything to life.

Alan Alda

I found I wasn’t asking good enough questions because I assumed I knew something. I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question, and they didn’t know how to get out of it. Now, I let them take me through it step by step, and I listen.

Alan Alda

I’m an angry person, angrier than most people would imagine, I get flashes of anger. What works for me is working out when it’s useful to use that anger.

Alan Alda

I’m most at home on the stage. I was carried onstage for the first time when I was six months old.

Alan Alda

I’ve never tried to manipulate my image.

Alan Alda

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