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Is it any wonder that for millions of men the only intimacy is physical, silent, and predictable?

The Tube is a vehicle for selling things, not for exploring ideas.

To a journalist, good news is often not news at all.

Miss Child is never bashful with butter.

In 1953 there were two ways for an Irish Catholic boy to impress his parents: become a priest or attend Notre Dame.

I think the idea of creating a television news source that is not beholden to corporate interests is nirvana.

Praising the Lord and passing the ammunition are mutually exclusive ideas.

Everybody is under pressure to shut up and sing.

Spanking and verbal criticism have become, to many parents, more important tools of child rearing than approval.

Presenting statues of honor to reporters for covering an earthquake is like presenting a first prize to a doctor for performing surgery.

Airlines are interesting. They not only favor celebrities, they court them.

At first, I thoroughly enjoyed being famous.

I believe celebrity spoils people - some worse than others.

We should not use crippled children to sell hamburgers. Ever.

A large psychic void is left by a loss of faith. So many Catholics have tried so many things to replace it.

When I was a kid, people who got divorced were people who had no gumption.

Some people are uncomfortable with the idea that humans belong to the same class of animals as cats and cows and raccoons. They`re like the people who become successful and then don`t want to be reminded of the old neighborhood.

Oprah is more than an institution. Oprah is a very special star in the firmament. I can`t imagine a greater success than she`s enjoyed.

The system of volunteerism is divisive. It pits one charity against the others for the charity dollar.

I find celebrity status difficult to bear when I am in the company of my mother.

December 25th has become guilt and obligation.

I have moved from certainty to doubt, from devotion to rebellion.

I tip like crazy. They`ll remember me. Celebrity can be expensive.

Marlo taught me things I thought I knew.

They were terrified that we were going to become an anti-war kind of platform.

I have had time to analyze my feelings. I am certain that they are totally neurotic, sexist, silly, and a big waste of time.

I could never understand how we could put 120,000 Japanese behind a fence in World War II. I remember being bewildered about that.

When we had been married five years, we had six children. What, in God`s name, was wrong with me?

Recognition should come to the reporter who uncovers public cheating or proves a convicted man innocent.

I was proud of the waves I had made, but wondered how many boats I was supposed to rock.

In reality, the most important things happen when you don`t look for them.

Television is not the exclusive target of promoters. Is Superman really worthy of a Newsweek cover?

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Saddam was a bastard, but he was our bastard.

In a network situation, a vice president, while he`s shaving, can decide your history.

While being interviewed on "Today" (1952) by Katie Couric in July 2002: "Don`t be afraid of liberals. Some of them are my best friends. You can call us names, you can picket us but you cannot take our flag. We are as proud of America as anyone else".


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