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By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I was not self-destructive, though I almost destroyed myself. In the end, I turned away from stand-up with a tired swivel of my head...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It [live performance] is just very difficult. Doing an hour, hour and a half of live standup is an endurance test. You almost have to do it every day to stay up on 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 15 Sep

Steve Martin

The presence of excessive wealth puts an unnatural spin on the appreciation of art.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I knew I wanted to be in show business so I took the path of least resistance. I loved comedy. But you never know you are funny until people laugh. It's just what I was interested in. I could make people laugh, I guess, but doing it at school and doing it onstage are very different things.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Relationships end, but they don't end your life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

There's no better way to learn something than to learn it in front of an audience. Your terror drives you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

With comedy, you have no place to go but more comedy, so you're never off the hook.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I ignored my stand-up career for twenty-five years, but now, having finished this memoir, I view this time with surprising warmth. One can have, it turns out, an affection for the war years.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Art as an aesthetic principle was supported by thousands of years of discernment and psychic rewards, but art as a commodity was held up by air. The loss of confidence that affected banks and financial instruments was not affecting cherubs, cupids and flattened popes. The objects hadn't changed: what was there before was there after. But a vacancy was created with the clamoring crowds deserted and retrenched.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

Well, today the Grammys is much much better than the Oscars. I think the differences in the shows are that the Grammys are much wilder. The Oscars is much more people in the industry. And people dress wilder, I think, at the Grammys.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

So she viewed time spent in the land of the normal as an investigation into the world of marriage-worthy men, even if she was unsure about her own interest in marriage. There must be one solid citizen who also had a spark of life, a sense of humor and adventure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I've heard lots of people lie to themselves but they never fool anyone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It's not tipping I believe in. It's overtipping.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It's horrible for someone to listen to someone learning any instrument - when I was first learning the banjo, I used to have to go out and sit in the car, and even in the summertime I'd have to roll up the windows. Because you just couldn't practice a banjo or a fiddle with other people around. Unless they're being paid.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

My most persistent memory of stand - up is of my mouth being in the present and my mind being in the future: the mouth speaking the line, the body delivering the gesture, while the mind looks back, observing, analyzing, judging, worrying, and then deciding when and what to say next. Enjoyment while performing was rare - enjoyment would have been an indulgent loss of focus that comedy cannot afford.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

It's very hard sometimes when you can't crack something or can't solve something and you keep trying and trying and you know it's falling a little bit short. That's very hard, but then when you finally do it, it's very rewarding and the process is good too, I like working with people this way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Ah, yes. I remember my first beer.

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 13 Sep

Steve Martin

As a school board we felt it's an unfair expense to families. The lawsuit has a certain logic to it - if you have free public education, you can't put these things on top of it. It defeats the purpose.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I can juggle. I started juggling as a kid. And when I worked at Disneyland, I knew a juggler there named Christopher Faire, and he taught me how to juggle. I used it in my comedy act for a while.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

When I first started doing my stand-up act, I played the banjo, did comedy, magic tricks, juggled, read poetry. I stuck it all in. I didn't know you were supposed to just stand up and tell jokes. Essentially, that's what my act became: those five elements - except I dropped the poetry.

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Kids like my act because I'm wearing nose glasses. Adults like my act because there's a guy who thinks putting on nose glasses is funny.

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 13 Sep

Steve Martin

In talking to girls I could never remember the right sequence of things to say. I'd meet a girl and say, Hi, was it good for you too? If a girl spent the night, I'd wake up in the morning and then try to get her drunk.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I've run into people in my life who were so dramatic; people who are so extreme and so frustrating to be around that you end up thinking about them and talking about them for literally years after your experience with them is over.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

When people ask me, ‘how do you make it in show business,’ or whatever, what I always tell them — and nobody ever takes note of it ‘cuz it’s not the answer they wanted to hear…but I always say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

...the divided world of Aspen, where locals with a sense of entitlement were pitted against developers with a sense of condominiums.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

...it is not the big events that hurt the most but rather the smallest questionable shift in tone at the end of a spoken word that can plow most deeply into the heart.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I think I meant that, given the circumstances of my childhood, I had the illusion that it's easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person, because it was more romantic. You know, I was raised on the idea of the ramblin' man and the loner.

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 13 Sep

Steve Martin

I loved magic, and so I would practice my magic tricks in front of a mirror for hours and hours and hours because I was told that you must practice, you must practice and never present a trick before it's ready.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

I think films are about having a good time, so I don't know that there's a message. The message of a film is always what a critic writes, and the fun of a film or the emotion of a film is what the audience feels.

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 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

Love is a promise delivered already broken.

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

It's funny that some ideas start with a little "What if?" and then suddenly you're spending a million dollars to shoot the scene and hoping that it works.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

And after his unparsable response, including a passage where he said he was 'blurring the boundaries between a thing and thought,' she said, 'Thank you, I get lost sometimes,' while laying two fingers on his folded arm.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

There's a big difference between the National Book Awards and the Academy Awards. At the Academy Awards you can feel the greed and envy and ego. Whereas the National Book Awards are in New York.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

Dinosaurs did not walk with humans. The evolutionary record says different. They gambled.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

To me, torture would be, "I can't think what to write in the next sentence. I'm stuck." Torture would be if you didn't have the next idea.

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

I loved doing 'Pennies from Heaven.' Because you have to understand that I'd been doing comedy for 15 to 20 years, and suddenly along came the opportunity to do this beautiful film. It was so emotional to me. I loved it. I don't think it was a good career move, but I have no regrets about doing it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Stand-up life is really hard. At one point, I got so paralyzed I could write five screenplays before I could write three jokes for stand-up. Later, I've finally allowed myself to relax quite a bit, to think I can do it because I've done it in the past. The pressure to come up with the material is the same but the anxiety about whether I can do it is gone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Steve Martin

To have someone play off and be with a band is more pleasurable.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Steve Martin

Mirabelle is attractive; it's just that she is never the first or second girl chosen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Steve Martin

He gave her his phone number, in a peculiar reversal of dating procedure. She might have considered kissing him, even after the horrible first date, but he just didn’t seem to know what to do. However, Jeremy does have one outstanding quality. He likes her. And this quality in a person makes them infinitely interesting to the person who is being liked.