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So many people aren't ready for Hollywood -
by John Ratzenberger

So many people aren't ready for Hollywood -
professionally or practically.
- John Ratzenberger

I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the
media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents
try to instill in their sons and daughters.
- John Ratzenberger

A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally.
- John Ratzenberger

To them, the real United States is just flyover country.
- John Ratzenberger

 

Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs,
but they're uncomfortable laughs.
- John Ratzenberger

Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.
- John Ratzenberger

There are technologies you couldn't predict at all when I started.
- John Ratzenberger

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Before 1972, no actors got residuals.
They just got paid.
No residuals.
- John Ratzenberger

They need to be re-supplied with energy,
and that energy comes from asking not what your country can do for you,
but from what you can do for your country.
- John Ratzenberger

I have been raising money for the past 14 years for diabetes research.
- John Ratzenberger

I come from Bridgeport, Connecticut and have friends I grew up with there.
- John Ratzenberger

When I go to the garage to pick up my clubs,
I clean the spider webs off.
- John Ratzenberger

It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans
will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States.
Not the real United States.
- John Ratzenberger

You'll be tested every single day.
- John Ratzenberger

But from what I can see all around me today,
that America is fading fast, if it's not already gone.
- John Ratzenberger

In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors,
so many are really not professionals.
- John Ratzenberger

I'd never been to acting school, so I never thought I'd get this far.
- John Ratzenberger

Two days later I got a call that they wanted to try
out the character for seven episodes.
Eleven years and 22 Emmys later, Cliff was still sitting at that bar.
- John Ratzenberger

In fact, my son learned his first swear word from E.T.
at age five.
The way I look at it, E.T.
stole a bit of my son's childhood.
- John Ratzenberger

From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride
in their country anymore.
- John Ratzenberger

I started improvising the Cliff character,
based on someone I grew up with.
- John Ratzenberger

You've got to write for your audience.
- John Ratzenberger

On my visits back home, if they saw that I was getting a big head,
they'd let me know right away.
- John Ratzenberger

I always played a soldier, sailor, or policemen.
- John Ratzenberger

After all, at end of the day, when you're breathing your last,
it's not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside;
it's your children.
Keep that in mind.
- John Ratzenberger

Hollywood has lost touch with their audience a long time ago.
- John Ratzenberger

So many actors have sheer guts, will,
and determination; they just need some preparation.
- John Ratzenberger

Diabetes affects my family.
One of my kids is affected by it.
- John Ratzenberger

I've turned down projects based on raunchiness before.
- John Ratzenberger

The last thing on my mind was to be an actor,
but I had a crush on a cute girl in the drama department,
so the best thing for me to do was audition,
help out, do carpentry, whatever it took to get me on that project.
- John Ratzenberger

The pollution they produce, market, sell,
and show to billions around the world is at its core
contemptuous of the country that gave them better lives
than nearly 100 percent of everybody who's ever lived.
And they pass that contempt along for everyone to see.
- John Ratzenberger

There are times over different projects when I've asked
the writers why people are swearing for no good reason.
I tell them that it would be funnier if there weren't these swear words.
- John Ratzenberger

CALM IN CHAOS
In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is defined more by its contrasts than its samenesses;
Life is defined more by its risks than the many securities.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times,
always with the same person.
- Germaine Greer

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just because it's true, I say as often as I can
in as many ways as I can form, "I sure love you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I hear many people talk about their longing for a balanced life.
What I think they are really expressing
is a desire for a life with less pressure.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

Each man's life touches so many other lives.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

There are not many things in life
so beautiful as true friendship,
and not many things more uncommon.
- Anonymous

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

How many legs does a dog have
if you call the tail a leg? Four.
Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
- Abraham Lincoln

Too many people overvalue what they are not,
and undervalue what they are.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

In the midst of the flurry - clarity.
In the midst of the storm - calm.
In the midst of divided interests - certainty.
In the many roads - a certain choice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

I have spent many years of my life in opposition,
and I rather like the role.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

And as he spoke of understanding,
I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
- Black Elk

Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
- E. F. Schumacher

There are many answers you have received
but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass
through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach
the mountaintop of our desires.
- Nelson Mandela

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
- Lewis Carroll

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Common looking people are the best in the world:
that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
- Abraham Lincoln

The fox has many tricks.
The hedgehog has but one.
But that is the best of all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill


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