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Studio executives are intelligent, brutally overworked men and women who share one thing in common with baseball managers they wake up every morning of the world with the knowledge that sooner or later they're going to get fired.


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Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
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Writing is finally about one thing going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.
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There is one crucial rule that must be followed in all creative meetings. Never speak first. At least at the start, your job is to shut up.
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Whoever invented the meeting must have had Hollywood in mind. I think they should consider giving Oscars for meetings Best Meeting of the Year, Best Supporting Meeting, Best Meeting Based on Material from Another Meeting.
William Goldman

Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world -- except for a nice MLT -- mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe.
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