Alan Alda 4

My background is on the stage, so when I’d write movies, they’d be a lot like plays.
Alan Alda

On the stage, the characters express themselves more through words than images. So the arguments of the characters and the tension between characters – words have to be used to express that, and I love that about theater.
Alan Alda

I think I look better in a suit than a loincloth. So that may define some of the parts I play.
Alan Alda

I used to be an amateur inventor when I was a kid; I’m always inventing something.
Alan Alda

It’s very important for us to see that science is done by people, not just brains but whole human beings, and sometimes at great cost.
Alan Alda

I was brought up as a Catholic, and I’m no longer a Catholic. I don’t talk about my beliefs too much in public probably because I feel very strongly that it’s something personal – more than personal, it’s private.
Alan Alda

In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it’s a way of experiencing the person that you’ve lost again.
Alan Alda

I’ve had many uncanny experiences. I think it’s hard to be alive and not have them. But I don’t know if I can decide what that means or what they are.
Alan Alda

We need to be more conversant with it because science is in our lives. It’s in everything. It’s in the food we eat. It’s in the air we breathe. It’s everywhere.
Alan Alda

If two scientists are giving their papers at a symposium, and one of them is just naturally better at talking to the public or talking to a group of people, that scientist is liable to get more attention – in fact, I’m told that they do get more attention – than the one who’s a little more stiff about it. Well, that’s not good for science.
Alan Alda

I fix my grandchildren’s computers.
Alan Alda

A really great actor, in a lucky performance, can transform himself or herself. I’ve seen actors do that. But often it’s a mechanical transformation, which isn’t as interesting, and you’ve got to be careful how you go about something like that, I think.
Alan Alda

I never thought about my image. It interests me that there are people who do, that they seem to be methodical about it. Maybe things would have gone differently for me in some ways if I had.
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

The idea that the brain is not fully formed until you are almost 30 years old has already been introduced, and the Supreme Court already has based two rulings on it.
Alan Alda

I come armed with a really good ignorance. I don’t strive toward ignorance. I come by it naturally.
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

The thing is when you’re… well-enough known, you get asked to speak places, and they don’t really think about whether or not you’re qualified. They just want somebody that will be a drawing card for the audience. So it’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s foolish to get up and speak to these people.
Alan Alda

I sat next to a young woman on a plane once who bombarded me for five hours with how she had decided to be born again and so should I. I told her I was glad for her, but I hadn’t used up being born the first time.
Alan Alda

I must have interviewed 600 or 700 scientists all around the world.
Alan Alda

I think when you’re acting, you usually don’t have to know too much beyond how to pronounce the words you’re saying.
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

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