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By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Boy, those French: they have a different word for everything!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Acting is collaborative because you are working with another actor, and it's almost like a two-man juggling team. You have to really be in sync.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I'm for the Wall Street Occupiers. But will they accept me when they find out I sell packaged mortgage default instruments to children?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Love is a promise delivered already broken.

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Steve Martin

I cringe at backstory. Because it never quite explains or gets into some psychological thing that is never quite right and never quite the truth and who knows why someone is someway.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I like all kinds of music. I listen to Abigail Washburn, the Punch Brothers, and Marc Johnson, the great clawhammer player. I also listen a lot to Sirius Radio, there's a lot of bluegrass there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Some nights, alone, he thinks of her, and some nights, alone, she thinks of him. Some night these thoughts, separated by miles and time zones, occur at the same objective moment, and Ray and Mirabelle are connected without ever knowing it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I happened to take a photo, and there was my wife, my dog and my banjo, all in the same shot - and I thought, "Oh, that's like a family portrait right there.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I'm sure that's some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there's a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

Why sip from a tea cup, when you can drink from the river.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I was raised with "Laurel and Hardy" and "I Love Lucy" and Jerry Lewis, and I just loved it. And I had a friend in high school and we would just laugh all day and put on skits. You know, it's the Andy Kaufman thing or the Marty Short thing where you're performing in your bedroom for yourself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

If you saw her in these moments, you might think she was collecting her thoughts in order to go forward. But I see it another way: Her mind is being overwhelmed by two processes that must simultaneously proceed at full steam. One is to deal with and live in the present world. The other is to re-experience and mourn something that happened long ago. It is as though her lightness pulls her toward heaven, but the extra gravity around her keeps her earthbound.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

When the person beside you is making you alert and keen and the idea of being with anyone else is not imaginable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

The banjo is truly an American instrument, and it captures something about our past.

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Steve Martin

I really enjoy the social aspects of music as much as anything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

The Matisse seemed to respond to the decreasing light by increasing its own wattage. Every object in the room was drained of color, but the Matisse stood firm in the de-escalating illumination, its beauty turning functionality inside out, making itself a more practical and useful presence than anything else in sight.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

No matter how many times people say it - 'Oh, I'm just writing this for myself' 'Oh, I'm just doing this for myself' - nobody's doing it for themselves! You're doing it for an audience. So whether I'm performing or writing a book or playing music, it's definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way, definitely.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

[her] mind blackens. The blackness is not a thought, but if it could be pressed into a thought, if a chemical from a dropper could be dripped onto it causing its color and essence to become visible, it would take the shape of this sentence: Why does no one want me?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I just don't identify myself with a place. I just don't get it. Like, why am I cheering for this town? Towns are good and bad but they don't have principles, constitutions. You wouldn't go to war for your town.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Performing music is a way to do comedy, but without the obligation to do a solid hour, hour and half of a standup. I could intersperse it with music, so it became a really good format for me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I was not naturally talented. I didn't sing, dance or act, though working around that minor detail made me inventive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I think probably the most difficult challenge was just the climb and rise in show business because I went through my entire twenties with some success as a comedy writer but not much as a performer. And you have to be kind of informed and naive at the same time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I couldn't see his face, because the light came in from behind him and he was in shadow, and he said, "I am Picasso." And I said, "Well, so what?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Acting has helped me understand people, not only because you are acting as a character, but also because you are watching other actors work. That really helps you identify in life when someone is acting, not being true.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Deeply funny musings and adventures elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.

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Steve Martin

My problem is that I don't get the same exhiliration from success as I get depression from failure.

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Steve Martin

A day with out sun shine is like..........night

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Steve Martin

An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.

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Steve Martin

He never complicates a desire by overthinking it, unlike Mirabelle, who spins a cocoon around an idea until it is immobile.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I really like the animated film process. It's kind of like doing a play, because you can experiment with it, rewrite it, screen it, go back, then work on it a little bit more. If the joke doesn't work, you can fix it. It's different from a live action movie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It's not what you know, it's what you think you know.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

When I die, now don't think that I'm a nut, don't want no fancy funeral, just one like old King Tut.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

Working at the magic shop really gave me a sense of comedy because it was all jokes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I hope people find my movies funny and will watch them years from now. And, in terms of writing, I hope that something remains that will not seem old-fashioned, that will still have a ­vibrancy to it 50 years from now.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It eventually appeared to be me, cinematically. When I was writing it I was actually an author, you know, writing a book. ... But there certainly is a difference in energy between a younger man and an older man.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Now let's repeat the non-conformists' oath: I promise to be different! I promise to be unique! I promise not to repeat things other people say! Good!

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Steve Martin

I was always very shy but as I get older I think, What am I being shy for? You just grow weary of your own hang-ups.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

We've taken what was just once a racetrack and made it a multifaceted gaming destination for the entire region.

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Steve Martin

No art comes from the conscious mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

For a while, Mirabelle believes there will be a moment when he will cave in and let himself love her, but eventually she lets the idea go. She hits bottom. She dwells in the muck for several months, not depressed exactly, but involved in a mourning that at first she thinks is for Ray but soon realizes is for the loss of her old self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I never touched a gun in my life. That and that alone forever doomed me to middle management.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

The self-prepared dinner is a great time killer for lonely people and as much time should be spent on it as possible.

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Steve Martin

The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I wish I could do a lot of things different. I'm not going to tell you what they are, but if I had a list of all my films right now, I'd go, 'Okay, I'll cross that one out and cross that one out and cross that one out and cross that one out.' Really. But I've made over 40 films. How can I not have some losers in there?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

In my banjo show with the Steep Canyon Rangers, I do do comedy during that show. It'd be absurd just to stand there mute and play 25 banjo songs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Any type of humor can be transferred to the screen, as long as there's clarity. The audience wants to know just what they're supposed to be feeling, when they're supposed to laugh.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I actually credit Twitter with fine-tuning some joke-writing skills. I still feel like I'm working at it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

You have to get comfortable [with your work], you really have to know what you're doing, and it has to be almost boring to you to be able to do it well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It's so hard to believe in anything anymore, you know what I mean? It's like, religion, you really can't take it seriously, 'cause it seems so mythological, and seems so arbitrary; and then on the other hand, science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes metaphysics. I guess I wouldn't believe in anything if it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I would get records by Earl Scruggs... I would tune my banjo down and I'd pick out the songs note by note. Learned how to play that way. I persevered. There was a book written by Pete Seeger, who showed you some basic strumming and some basic picking... And I kind of worked out my own style of playing.