Alan Alda

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

I read science, because to me, that’s extremely exciting. It’s like a great detective story, and it’s happening right in front of us.
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

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

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

The meaning of life is life.
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

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

I would like to know that when I read the paper in the morning, it’s telling me something that actually happened, and I think the vast majority of journalists want the same thing.
Alan Alda

I’ve been lucky enough to live through all the things that are supposed to give meaning to our lives, like parenting, grandparenting, art, celebrity. All these things you expect meaning to come from, and sometimes it comes when you’re not expecting it.
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

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

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

When I am at a dinner table, I love to ask everybody, ‘How long do you think our species might last?’ I’ve read that the average age of a species, of any species, is about two million years. Is it possible we can have an average life span as a species? And do you picture us two million years more or a million and a half years, or 5,000?
Alan Alda

When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing one another.
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 isn’t necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It’s only necessary to be rich.
Alan Alda

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

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
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

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

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

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

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