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But if a person doesn't want to do anything, wants to dress and act a certain way, I think they have an absolute right to do it.
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Craftsmanship is something that's really going out now. The young people have no patience with craftsmanship any more.
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For instance, a man who works well with words might work as a writer and as a poet and as a lyricist. But if he tried to work in sculpture, he might get absolutely nowhere.
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Having the ability to paint is something more than merely seeing the colors, seeking the form. It's in execution, in skill.
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He has the obligation to society that any human being has. I don't think a satirist has any greater obligation to society than a bricklayer or anybody else.
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Humor will follow the way of thinking of the times.
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I believe that a man who is a sensitive painter is sensitive to life, and therefore would be sensitive as a writer or as a storyteller, but having the ability to write is something more than merely seeing.
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I believe that if you don't want to do anything, then sit there and don't do it, but don't expect people to hand you a corn beef sandwich and wash your socks for you and unzip your fly for you.
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I do believe that a person who is truly observant in one of the arts will be truly observant and sensitive in the others as well, but it's his ability to express these things that would limit him.
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I don't know of any English comics.
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I have a thing coming up where I've written a lot of dirty limericks where I haven't used any dirty words. I've invented my own dirty words. They're not a substitute for the other words, but can be used any way you want them.
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I hope that everything I do has social significance, but it didn't start out to prove a messages.
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I know a way to stay friends forever, There's really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.
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I myself do not believe in explaining anything.
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I say things through poetry, I say them through song, I say them through drawing.
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I think much better limericks are being written today than were being written by Lear, because Lear's last line was always the same as his second line.
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I think that if you're truly creative, you can work in certain related fields of creativity, but then there are others that are beyond you.
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I think that the parents are the only ones who would be qualified, by law, to judge what their child could or could not read.
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I think you're born with a certain sensitivity and awareness and perception, and I think you have to develop the manual skill.
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I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.
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I'd do a joke about a blind man if I thought it was really funny. Blind people joke about being blind.
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I'd like to do more of my serious songs.
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I'd like to make another record of my own songs. Just one more record.
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I'll have five more books coming out this year, and I'll be doing more and more writing.
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I'm not in favor of stopping anybody from buying any kind of literature at all.
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I'm sorry I went to college in the first place. I should have been out working at what I was doing. I should have been out living life.
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I'm sure Hefner gets more tail per square inch than other guys do.
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I've known people with tremendous technical ability that haven't gone very far. I've also known people with tremendous insight that never bothered to learn their craft.
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If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain't enough!
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If you want to find out what a writer or a cartoonist really feels, look at his work. That's enough.
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If you're behind the times, they won't notice you. If you're right in tune with them, you're no better than they are, so they won't care much for you. Be just a little ahead of them.
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Imagine - four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt.
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It started out to be a good book for a kid. I imagine it reflects my ideas, but it is for children.
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It's always a nice feeling, having people think that you feel things much deeper than you're allowed to say, but this isn't true.
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Just to be a deep cartoonist I don't think is enough. The humor hast to be there. And you can make a living just being humorous, but I doubt that people would have too much use for you.
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Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.
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No, you should never explain the philosophy behind anything either. The philosophy behind it isn't important.
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Some things you can say through drawings, and some things you need the extensiveness of writing.
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Stand-up comics reflect less of a visual humor and more of a commentary.
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Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind, Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute, Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.
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The cartoon form will probably reach more people, but probably won't make as lasting an impression. The people that thumb through a magazine will notice and digest a cartoon much quicker than they'll notice and digest a short story.
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The dirty limericks, of course, are the greatest of all, but we don't see much of them.
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The question is, if your work is weak and lacking so that it needs explanation, it isn't enough, it isn't clear enough.
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The workings of the human mind and psychoanalysis itself - people's head problems - are becoming more the subject of cartoons. We're going a little farther out now as far as imagination goes, than we were a few years back when the only thing was situation comedy.
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There are people I know who claim to be pretty independent people. In other words,, they don't go to work. They don't earn any money, they don't contribute anything, but they don't really want to. Nobody tells them what to do and they consider themselves free.
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Thinking is not enough. Sensitivity is not enough. People want to be accepted for sensitivity, for tender thoughts, for high ideals. That's not enough.
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To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.
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You'd better get your laugh while you're making your point, or you won't be doing it very long.
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