Aaron Sorkin Quotes


Roxy Sorkin your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.

Never argue with a drunk or a fool.

I don't believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of 'fairness' is what's troubling to me.

As an audience member I like the sound of something that's been written - I like it to sound written. And then of course you can't do it without the musicians who can play it.

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.

Film doesn't have to worry. Movies are awesome. There's no war going on theaters aren't going to lose.

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.

There are no Asian movie stars

If you feel that strongly about something you have an obligation to try and change my mind.

Writers are opposite of athletes they get better with age

It's nice that HBO is in business with the audience and not with the advertisers. There's a difference.

The guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins best actress.

I have a lot of respect for people who are great at ad-libbing and for writers and directors who are able to create a scene in which that works.

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

Just to clarify the division of labor on the show I write the show and Alan [Poul] does everything else.

We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One for instance and we're going to take liberties small liberties with Air Force One as we take small liberties with our White House set.

Josh: So Toby itâ??s election night. What do you say about a country that goes out of its way to protect even those citizens that try to destroy it? Toby: God bless America.

Well I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone. So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell you what happens in episode eight.

When I write something I want the best director to direct it. And that's not going to be me.

Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

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.

Writing anything it sorta starts the way you'd build a castle at the beach. You're just taking your hands and you're mounting up sand.

This is a time for serious people Bob and your fifteen minutes are up.

Conflict when used as a device makes for good television and bad journalism.

I'm a playwright. All I care about is the play being good.

People who don't know anything tend to make up fake rules the real rules being considerably more difficult to learn.

It's a combination of life being unpredictable and you being super dumb.

Elite is not a bad word it's an aspirational one

Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.

I'm a registered Republican I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.

There's that process of writing it - then you come out of your room into the sunlight and you now have to complete the circuit and make the connection finally with the audience.

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

I would love for people to think that I am as quick clever smart and heroic as the characters that I write but those characters are characters.

Don't ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world it's the only thing that ever has.

Government should be a place where people can come together and no one gets left behind. No oneâ?¦gets left behind. An instrument of good.

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.

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.

I think it's up to writers to write stuff that is compelling enough that people want to watch.

I've never met anyone who has said "My goal is to make America mediocre." That's a kind of hard-right conservative fallacy.

I want to convey that I'm crazy about the Kardashians - but I'm not sure which is which.

If you can socialize from the privacy of your desk at night in a dark room you can be a smoother cooler funnier sexy more everything person than you actually are in real life.

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

She's a person; the doctor pronounces her dead not the news.

You're going to fall down but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down as long as it's one fewer than the numbers of times you get back up.

Tell me what you think and then tell me what the really smart person in the room who disagrees with you thinks.

The real problem with all drugs is that they work. Fantastically. They're great right up until the moment they kill you.

With a television series there's a hard deadline and so you have to write even when you're not writing well.

Toby Zeigler: There's literally no one in the world I don't hate right now.

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.

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

Decisions are made by those who show up.

A hero would die for his country but he'd much rather live for it.

I'm not interested in the difference between good and bad I'm interested in the differences between good and great.

Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.

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.

I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.

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.

It's important to remember that first and foremost if not only this is entertainment. 'The West Wing' isn't meant to be good for you.

Perhaps something like Facebook couldn't have been invented by somebody who goes out five nights a week and has a ton of friends and makes friends really easily.

Toby: All right. It couldn't have gone far right? Sam: No. Toby: Somewhere in this building...is our talent.

The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one - America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Iâ??m sick of girls who donâ??t know how to high-five

We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.

Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren't that many tour-de-force roles out there for women

Socializing on the internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality.

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.

That's a very real feeling - that I don't have a story to tell. I'm not a pure storyteller. I have a tough time with story.

A friend is somebody who says the same things to your face that they would say if you're not in the room.

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old telling stories about kings and their palaces and that's really what I wanted to do.

And a wheat thin the size of Lake Tahoe.

Music is what mathematics does on a Saturday night.

It wouldn't kill you to watch a film or pick up a newspaper once in a while.

My resting pulse as a writer is writing idealistically and romantically; aspirationally. My taste lies in quixotic heroes.

An artistâ??s job is to captivateâ?¦ if we stumble into truth we got lucky.

Rule of storytelling: When a character is shoved against a wall shove them against a wall harder.

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.

The thing I know how to do most is write a play. I came up loving plays and learning about plays and writing plays. I actually feel like an outsider when I'm writing movies and television.