Adam Sorkin 2

I consider plot a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write snappy dialogue.
Aaron Sorkin

I have a lot of respect for people who are great at ad-libbing and for writers and directors who are able to create a scene in which that works. Judd Apatow is fantastic at it. But as an audience member, I like the sound of something that’s been written – I like it to sound written.
Aaron Sorkin

Television is a visual medium. You have to create some kind of visual interest. And it’s entertainment for your eyes.
Aaron Sorkin

When I wrote ‘The West Wing,’ the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?
Aaron Sorkin

I like writing idealistically, romantically and swashbucklingly.
Aaron Sorkin

I find television, and particularly live television, very romantic: the idea that there is this small group of people, way up high, in a skyscraper in the middle of Manhattan, beaming this signal out into the night.
Aaron Sorkin

I’m neither a millennial nor a hipster.
Aaron Sorkin
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As long as you keep one foot in the real world while the other foot’s in a fairy tale, that fairy tale is going to seem kind of attainable.
Aaron Sorkin

Whether it’s ‘The West Wing’ or anything else, my first thought is always, ‘What’s a good story?’
Aaron Sorkin

I do not speak through my characters; it’s not a ventriloquist act.
Aaron Sorkin

I am uncomfortable talking about the things that I write. It seems unseemly to me. I have no problem at all when I see anybody else talking about the same project, but I feel my work should speak for itself.
Aaron Sorkin

My way of getting the best from people on a set is to notice their work, to make every prop master, every seamstress, part of ‘The Newsroom’ or ‘The West Wing’ or ‘Steve Jobs.’
Aaron Sorkin

I think I would have done very well as a writer in the Forties. I think the last time America was a great country was then or not long after. It was before Vietnam, before Watergate.
Aaron Sorkin

The Internet, in general, I find troubling. The anonymity has made us all meaner and dumber. This thing that was supposed to bring us closer together, I see it doing the opposite.
Aaron Sorkin

When I was starting out, William Goldman took me under his wing, and he’s still the person I show pages to.
Aaron Sorkin

If you lined up 10 writers and asked them to write a movie about Steve Jobs, you’d get 10 very different movies.
Aaron Sorkin

The rules are all in a sixty-four-page pamphlet by Aristotle called ‘Poetics.’ It was written almost three thousand years ago, but I promise you, if something is wrong with what you’re writing, you’ve probably broken one of Aristotle’s rules.
Aaron Sorkin

I had a lot of survival jobs. One was for the Witty Ditty singing-telegram company. I was in the red-and-white stripes with the straw boater hat and kazoo. Balloons. Even when you’re sleeping on a friend’s couch, you have to pay some kind of rent.
Aaron Sorkin

I desperately need the love of complete strangers. That’s one reason I overtip. I love when skycaps, waiters, and valets are happy to see me.
Aaron Sorkin

I do not diminish the incredible symbolic importance of a black man getting elected president. But my euphoria was a smart guy getting elected president. Maybe for the first time in my lifetime we had elected one of the thousand smartest Americans president.
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

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

All my heroes wore coats and ties to work. What happened to men wearing hats? Maybe I should bring back hats.
Aaron Sorkin

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

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

I feel like the better version of myself is on paper… I’d rather have people know me on paper.
Aaron Sorkin

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