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  • You know, I'm gay and I grew up being aware of that at a very early age, in a fairly repressed family.

  • Racism is ridiculous no matter where it's coming from.

  • Happy relationships are boring. We all want them in our own life. But I don't want to watch them on TV.

  • Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually taking part fully with the reality we do have, and that creates suffering. For me, the thing that I love is that it's all about the present moment.

  • Vampires are total sexual metaphors; there's just no way around that.

  • You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure.

    Alan Ball, Sam Mendes (1999). “American Beauty: The Shooting Script”, Newmarket Press
  • I'm at the point in my life where I don't want to work as hard. Actually, I've had to take a good hard look at workaholism and it's effect on one's mental health.

  • I certainly believe that what we perceive as humans is just the tip of the iceberg. I don't necessarily believe in vampires or werewolves or that kind of thing, but I believe there is definitely a realm we don't necessarily have access to.

  • I think it's very difficult, and it requires a tremendous amount of spiritual integrity and discipline, to not be a narcissist in a culture that encourages it every step of the way.

  • I really love storytelling, and I love the stories as they reveal themselves. It's an incredibly nourishing process; it's probably the closest I come to having a religion.

  • It’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life...

    "Fictional character: Lester Burnham". "American Beauty", September 8, 1999.
  • Most of us live in artificial environments and then we go to work in artificial environments and the world becomes something that you see through a window.

    "American Ball: 'Beauty' screenwriter mining his past". Interview with Jamie Allen, October 8, 1999.
  • That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is going to cave in.

    "Fictional character: Ricky Fitts". "American Beauty", September 8, 1999.
  • I'm a Buddhist, so one of my biggest beliefs is, 'Everything changes, don't take it personally.'

  • I definitely see the good in people. Certainly in my own life I strive to be somebody who is functional and well adjusted and can face conflict in a non-emotional and non-destructive way, and those are the people I try to surround myself with in my life. But as characters, they bore me.

    "Biography / Personal Quotes".
  • Directing is physically exciting because there's a ticking clock, you're working with people, it's very social, it's very enjoyable.

    "Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball talks about the end of the HBO series". Interview with Brian B., April 25, 2005.
  • Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be the same.

    "There is something special about Everton" by Luke O'Farrell, October 23, 2013.
  • The important thing is that he shook hands with us over the phone.

  • Life is too mysterious to try to map it out. I've certainly lived long enough to know it will take you places you never thought it would take you - and some of those places are kind of wonderful.

  • I think vampires are a timeless powerful archetype that can tap into people's psyches.

  • Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst.

    Alan Ball, Sam Mendes (1999). “American Beauty: The Shooting Script”, Newmarket Press
  • I would say try to tell stories that you care about as opposed to stories that you think will sell.

  • There is a fetishization of victimization in our culture. And I just am not interested in victimhood.

  • The ego is kind of a big, unwieldy thing. It's not so easily tamed or subdued.

    Interview with Scott Tobias, September 7, 2008.
  • I'm not like J.K. Rowling, where I know there's going to be this number of seasons, and I know exactly what's going to happen. I would be so bored if that was the case. There would be no journey. There would be nothing to discover.

    Interview with Scott Tobias, September 7, 2008.
  • I'm from the South, so while I personally find it impossible to live there, I still have a fondness for it as a geographical region.

    Interview with Scott Tobias, September 7, 2008.
  • I think sexuality is a window into someone's soul.

  • I felt pride, wonderful pride, when I was captain. It was an honour to take over from Labby. Anybody who has ever captained a big club, which Everton are, will tell you it's a great honour.

  • I know a lot of shows are like, 'Here's the pages,' right before they start filming. I'd have a heart attack. The anxiety would be way too much for me. I don't have as strong a backbone as those other show writers.

    Strong   Heart   Anxiety  
  • I'm aware of 'Twilight,' but I've never seen the movies or read any of the books. Frankly, the story leaves me cold - why do a vampire story about abstinence?

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