Aaron Sorkin Quotes

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  • The downside to series television is that the schedule is ferocious. It constantly feels like you have a midterm due that you haven't started yet.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • Never argue with a drunk or a fool.

  • I do enjoy the fact that we don't have a king or queen; we have a person with a very unusual temp job for a few years. My favorite moments on the show were always showing the intersection of the person and the job. Any time Bartlet from the West Wing could be something other than the president - a father, or a husband, or a son, or a friend.

    "The Definitive History Of The West Wing: Part 2. Inauguration". www.empireonline.com.
  • Humans know when it's not a good story. Unless you do this for a living, you may not know exactly why you don't like a story, but you can't fool an audience ever. They know when you have it and they know when you don't.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning? The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he's in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you? Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham. What age would that be, Toby? Late twenties? Atta boy.

  • If I get an idea for a series that I really like, I'm sure I won't be able to resist coming back and doing it.

    Source: www.esquire.com
  • It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.

  • Decisions are made by those who show up.

    Aaron Sorkin (2002). “The West Wing”
  • A news organization has a much different responsibility. I might not be telling you the whole story. I might not be telling you a story in a manner that is properly sophisticated.

  • As a dramatist, you're looking for points of friction.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.

    "Aaron Sorkin's Syracuse commencement speech repeated lots of lines he's used before" by Geoff Herbert, www.syracuse.com. May 17, 2012.
  • There are television critics, movie critics, and theater critics too who I like and who I follow and I get genuinely bummed when they don't like something that I've written because I usually agree with them.

    Source: www.esquire.com
  • It's certainly easy for me to make a fictional character mad about something. I can get them angry about something that I'm relatively indifferent about, just because I'm not educated on it, if I go to someone who is educated about it and is passionate about it. I find a point of fiction and then give it to them.

    Source: collider.com
  • Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.

  • Certainly, last year we did an episode about the census and sampling versus a direct statistic. You just said the word 'census', and people fall asleep.

    Interview with Terence Smith, www.pbs.org. September 27, 2000.
  • Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for.

  • Pretty much up until The West Wing, our leaders had always been portrayed in popular culture as either Machiavellian or dolts. But I thought, "What if we show a group of people who are highly competent, they're going to lose as much as they win, but we're going to understand that they wake up every morning wanting to do good?" That was really the spirit behind The West Wing.

    "The Definitive History Of The West Wing: Part 2. Inauguration". www.empireonline.com.
  • I think it's up to writers to write stuff that is compelling enough that people want to watch.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • Conflict, when used as a device, makes for good television and bad journalism.

  • What's interesting, is that I've found that the more accomplished a director is, the more secure they are in giving direction that sounds incredibly unsophisticated.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • The stuff that I write doesn't work very well as background music. You have to watch it from beginning to end and pay attention as if you were watching a play.

  • I'll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it's really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.

    Source: www.interviewmagazine.com
  • Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character.

    "20 famous college commencement speeches" by Mo Elinzano, www.deseretnews.com. May 6, 2015.
  • My resting pulse as a writer is writing idealistically and romantically; aspirationally. My taste lies in quixotic heroes.

  • Only criminals and adulterers should have to hide who they are.

    "Now That You Mention It, Rock Hudson Did Seem Gay" by Aaron Sorkin, www.huffingtonpost.com. May 12, 2010.
  • The guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins best actress.

    "Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones" by William Boot, www.thedailybeast.com. December 15, 2014.
  • Tell me what you think and then tell me what the really smart person in the room who disagrees with you thinks.

  • Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.

    Aaron Sorkin's Commencement Address at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, news.syr.edu. May 13, 2012.
  • Just to clarify the division of labor on the show, I write the show and Alan [Poul] does everything else.

    Source: collider.com
  • Decisions are made by those who show up. Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world.

    Aaron Sorkin's Commencement Address at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, news.syr.edu. May 13, 2012.
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