Alan Alda 3

What heartens me is to see ’30 Rock’ on the air. It makes me laugh from my gut, which I really like to do.
Alan Alda

I always loved Sid Caesar and all the people on his program.
Alan Alda

My father sang well, and he was a handsome man. When he walked down the street, people sometimes mistook him for Cary Grant and asked for his autograph.
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

I had never really wanted to be famous. Everyone is supposed to want to be rich and famous, but as a boy I never knew what rich was, and the first view I had of famous made me leery.
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 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

When I was in high school, I fell under the spell of that crazy idea that if you’re interested in the arts, you can’t be interested in science.
Alan Alda

What is beauty, anyway? It’s more than something pleasant looking. If it doesn’t stop us in our tracks and make us unable to move for a moment, unable to put into words what’s closing off the breath in our throats, then maybe it’s pretty, but it probably isn’t beauty.
Alan Alda

Achingly funny as it was, Larry Gelbart’s writing gave off sparks that turned a hard light on the way we are.
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 know there’s a creative side to artists to – pardon me – there’s a creative side to scientists already, but there may be an artistic side, too, waiting to break free.
Alan Alda

For me, I find that even though I’ve accomplished a few things in my life, looking back on accomplishments doesn’t give me a sense of satisfaction.
Alan Alda

Any play is hard to write, and plays are getting harder and harder to get on the stage.
Alan Alda

I really don’t like plays or movies that service propaganda.
Alan Alda

I love to watch how scientists’ minds work.
Alan Alda

The whole question of fiduciary responsibility is a very old concept. You could make a movie about someone making that rule at any point in history, and within a few months, it will turn out to be timely.
Alan Alda

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

I don’t watch that much TV, so I can’t compare one show to another. When I watch television, I watch people talking to one another usually or a science show where they show me microbes, you know. Microbes actually communicate quite a bit, and so there’s a lot of talking going on.
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

To do a musical takes a tremendous amount of energy because you have to act and sing at the same time. And everything has to be precise. Because you can’t forget the lyrics because the band keeps playing, you know, and you’re under a certain amount of pressure.
Alan Alda

Musicals are hard for me because I got thrown out of the glee club in high school, because I couldn’t sing in tune at the time. I can sing in tune now, but I have to work really hard on it to make sure that I don’t exercise one of my great talents, which is the ability to sing in three keys at the same time.
Alan Alda

I used to read science fiction a lot, and I still like science fiction when it is a model of how we really are and to see ourselves from another perspective.
Alan Alda

I feel like every time a door is opened by science, suddenly there are a hundred doors that need to get opened. That’s what makes it an everlasting, interesting experience to go through.
Alan Alda

I’m most at home on the stage.
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

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