Best Quotes by Alan Ball

By | March 8, 2017

We live in a time where there’s an alienation factor. There’s a certain disconnection. We don’t have any real sense of community anymore.

Alan Ball

I guess in America we’re so sold on this ideal of the perfect, well-adjusted family that is able to confront any conflict and, with true love and understanding, work things through. I’m sure they do exist, but I never knew any of them.

Alan Ball

I’m a Buddhist, so one of my biggest beliefs is, ‘Everything changes, don’t take it personally.’

Alan Ball

I certainly believe that what we perceive as humans is just the tip of the iceberg. I don’t necessarily believe in vampires or werewolves or that kind of thing, but I believe there is definitely a realm we don’t necessarily have access to.

Alan Ball

I think vampires are a timeless powerful archetype that can tap into people’s psyches.

Alan Ball

I was conveniently bisexual for a long time, and then I went, ‘Come on, who am I kidding?’ And I have to say, it was the single biggest step I took toward emotional well-being, to stop feeling like I had to hide who I am.

Alan Ball

Beauty is in the strangest places. A piece of garbage floating in the wind. And that beauty exists in America. It exists everywhere. You have to develop an eye for it and be able to see it.

Alan Ball

Ultimately, physical resemblance isn’t as important as whether this person can bring this character to life in a way that’s compelling and makes me care about what happens to them.

Alan Ball

I think it’s very difficult, and it requires a tremendous amount of spiritual integrity and discipline, to not be a narcissist in a culture that encourages it every step of the way.

Alan Ball

I try to tell the best story, and the story that has some heart and some genuine terror and some social commentary and some comedy and some romance and some sex and some violence.

Alan Ball

I think there’s a lot of interesting stuff on TV. I feel much more optimistic about TV than I do about movies. There will always be good movies but I think, for the most part, it’s always going to be a huge fight to get those movies made. TV is the best place to be as a writer, I think.

Alan Ball

I definitely see the good in people. Certainly in my own life I strive to be somebody who is functional and well adjusted and can face conflict in a non-emotional and non-destructive way, and those are the people I try to surround myself with in my life. But as characters, they bore me.

Alan Ball

I will say that the environment I grew up in was not the most progressive.

Alan Ball

Television viewing has become for me a completely different experience, because I don’t watch shows on a weekly basis. I wait until the DVD or I TiVo everything and wait until the end of a season and watch it all over a weekend. For me that’s a really satisfying experience, like reading a book.

Alan Ball

I think all writers are armchair psychologists to some degree or another, and I think a character’s sexuality is fascinating. It’s a great way to really get at the root of their identity, because it’s such a personal thing.

Alan Ball

Vampires are total sexual metaphors; there’s just no way around that.

Alan Ball

I’m not like J.K. Rowling, where I know there’s going to be this number of seasons, and I know exactly what’s going to happen. I would be so bored if that was the case. There would be no journey. There would be nothing to discover.

Alan Ball

I’m from the South, so while I personally find it impossible to live there, I still have a fondness for it as a geographical region.

Alan Ball

The ego is kind of a big, unwieldy thing. It’s not so easily tamed or subdued.

Alan Ball

I really feel like my goal, and I don’t always achieve it, is to do the best work I can do, and stay out of the results. Because ultimately, the result is not what the work is about. There are other people whose jobs are to focus on those results and maximize them, and that’s great. Let them do their job.

Alan Ball

Happy relationships are boring. We all want them in our own life. But I don’t want to watch them on TV.

Alan Ball

Somebody asked me, ‘Why do people like vampires so much?’ This was right after Obama had been elected and I said, ‘Because we just spent eight years being sucked dry by one.’

Alan Ball

My own belief is that people can come back from anything. It doesn’t mean that it won’t come at a huge cost.

Alan Ball

Well, here’s the thing with relationships on ‘True Blood’: Once they happen then you have to throw a monkey-wrench into them, because to have people be happy is not that exciting.

Alan Ball

As a writer, it’s fun to create. And once you get into a long-running show with very established characters and a very established tone and format, after a while it’s a really great job, but that’s what it is – a job.

Alan Ball

I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to work as hard. Actually, I’ve had to take a good hard look at workaholism and it’s effect on one’s mental health.

Alan Ball

Death showed up in my life very early on, so I’m aware of it. If you look at most of the things I write there’s a sort of contemplation of mortality – although ‘True Blood’ doesn’t fall into that. Even though there’s such a ridiculously high body count!

Alan Ball

Six Feet Under’ was about repressing our deepest, most primal impulses, and ‘True Blood’ is about giving full sway to them all the time. In a way they are like yin and yang.

Alan Ball

I’d seen ‘Interview with A Vampire’ and saw Dracula movies growing up, but I never thought, ‘I love vampires; I have to do a show about vampires.’

Alan Ball

It’s easy to look at the vampires as a metaphor for any feared or misunderstood group. It’s also easy to look at them as a metaphor for a shadow organization that says one thing and has a completely different agenda on their mind, and anybody who gets in their way, they just get rid of them. Does that sound familiar?

Alan Ball

I think the world is a place for oddballs and freaks. I’m only interested in oddballs and freaks as characters.

Alan Ball

We live in a patriarchal culture. It’s okay for women to be objectified but not for men.

Alan Ball

There is a fetishization of victimization in our culture. And I just am not interested in victimhood.

Alan Ball

Racism is ridiculous no matter where it’s coming from.

Alan Ball

You cannot hold a child accountable to the same standards that you hold an adult accountable to.

Alan Ball

I’m used to American actors who have a movie career thinking television acting is beneath them.

Alan Ball

I think sexuality is a window into someone’s soul.

Alan Ball

I am so spoiled. I cannot watch a show where it gets interrupted for ads. I have to TiVo it and skip through the ads, because the culture of advertising is so false and phony that I just… ugh, you know?

Alan Ball

It’s a lot harder to find fault with the mundane details of daily existence when you really, really know on a cellular level that you’re going to go, and that this moment, right now, is life. Life isn’t what happens to you in 20 years. This moment, right now, is your life.

Alan Ball

I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It’s an incredibly nourishing process; it’s probably the closest I come to having a religion.

Alan Ball

Life is infinitely complex, and I feel like we live in a culture that really seems to want to simplify it into sound bites and bromides, and that does not work.

Alan Ball

And as I stumbled onto Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, it was the first time I had ever read any sort of philosophy that really made a tremendous amount of sense. What I liked that was missing from my experience of Christianity growing up was a sort of acceptance, a sort of being OK with being imperfect and not focusing on the sin.

Alan Ball

Death is a companion for all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we’re aware of it or not, and it’s not necessarily a terrible thing.

Alan Ball

I certainly feel fortunate in my career to have been able to continue to work in different mediums. I don’t ever want to be the guy who gets really good at one thing and just does that over and over and over again.

Alan Ball

Life is too mysterious to try to map it out. I’ve certainly lived long enough to know it will take you places you never thought it would take you – and some of those places are kind of wonderful.

Alan Ball

Obviously death is a theme I’m fascinated by.

Alan Ball

I am a little suspicious of industry paradigms. I feel like so many movies and TV shows feel so familiar because of over-reliance on these paradigms.

Alan Ball

If a scene is longer than three pages, it better be for a good reason.

Alan Ball

True Blood’ differs from ‘Six Feet Under’ in that there are way more characters and plot-lines, but fundamentally it’s still about the characters and their emotions.

Alan Ball

I would say try to tell stories that you care about as opposed to stories that you think will sell.

Alan Ball

A lot of times, the choice of the right song will save a scene. Or there will be a scene that’s a little flat and you put in the right song and somehow it just comes alive.

Alan Ball

I love to direct! I get really jazzed by directing, but directing is not the same kind of personal expression, the same kind of personal intimate expression that writing is. Because when you’re directing, you’re basically managing, basically getting out of people doing their job, except when you see them going astray.

Alan Ball

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