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Born: 1944-11-25
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

Tags: Getting, Life, Step

Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac.

Tags: Everyone, Shot, Soul

Sleep more at night. If it's allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel.

Tags: Home, Sleep, Work

After all the black man has been through in this world, he can still often reach levels of spirituality the most pampered white man cannot touch. Maybe what he's been through is the reason why.

Tags: After, Black, Why

Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing.

Tags: Against, Greed, Nature

I am scared of running out of money.

Tags: Money, Running, Scared

If there are finer beings than German short hairs, I don't know what they are. In their eyes is peace.

Tags: Eyes, Peace, Short

So many fail because they don't get started - they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.

Tags: Fail, Overcome, Started

Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.

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You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot.

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A corporation's responsibility is to the shareholders, not its retirees and employees. Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans and they will succeed.

Tags: Plans, Rid, Succeed

As Beverly Hills becomes more Iranian-Jewish, it is becoming politically conservative.

Tags: Becoming, Beverly, Hills

I am scared of getting old. I am scared of being ill.

Tags: Getting, Old, Scared

I am so in love with just lying in bed listening to Mozart.

Tags: Bed, Listening, Love

I am so used to having a comfortable life. What will it be like when I am no longer able to just buy anything I want?

Tags: Able, Life, Used

I don't like the sound of all the lists he's making.

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I love sleeping in a moving car more than sleeping in bed.

Tags: Car, Love, Moving

If there is no God, then man sometimes thinks he is god, and sometimes tries to live like a god.

Tags: God, Sometimes, Thinks

If there is no God, why bother to tell the truth? Why not steal?

Tags: God, Truth, Why

If you can't stand the heat, don't go to Cancun in the summer.

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Israel being condemned by the EU, which 66 years ago watched with glee as its Jews were being mass murdered. That is pretty rich.

Tags: Israel, Pretty, Rich

It means zero to be against greed.

Tags: Against, Greed, Means

Men and women succeed because they find a field of endeavor that matches their interests and abilities.

Tags: Men, Succeed, Women

Now, although my life is still pleasant, the days of easy money are over.

Tags: Easy, Life, Money

The America that we knew as the smartest place on the planet is gone with the wind.

Tags: America, Place, Wind

The banks are not lending, at least from what I see. They were so wild and reckless back in the good times that they got burned terribly.

Tags: Good, Times, Wild
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This is my life. I love it.

Tags: Life, Love

We in the media are just people with all of people's faults.

Tags: Faults, Media

Yes, Americans can still get credit for cars and trucks and refrigerators, and those businesses are doing well. But just try to get a home loan now.

Tags: Cars, Home, Try

The ordinary American - as far as I can tell - knows so much less than he did fifty years ago and has such poor work habits compared with fifty years ago that the average multiplicand of knowledge/capabilities is a much smaller number than it was in 1961.

Tags: Knowledge, Poor, Work

Usually I am not a conspiracy theorist. I don't believe in the Bilderbergers as a conspiracy or the Trilateralists. But I am certain that the Communists killed JFK. There is a super great book called 'Legend' by Edward Jay Epstein that makes it all perfectly clear.

Tags: Book, Great, Makes

Americans are terrified because so many of them have been laid off in recent years and months and they fear that they may be next. Even if they have not been laid off or have not known anyone laid off, they definitely know someone who has lost his home.

Tags: Fear, Home, Someone

I agree that there are some bad apples on Wall Street. I spent about ten years exposing corporate and financial fraud for 'Barron's' magazine and I found a lot to write about.

Tags: Bad, Found, Write

I do all of the grocery shopping in my little family. I buy cheese, of many different kinds, sliced packaged meats and poultry, bagels, immense quantities of eggs, pre-made fried chicken. Milk. Bacon. It is insane how much dairy, deli and bakery stuff I buy.

Tags: Family, Insane, Stuff

My 'thing' is that I just lie in my immense bed and look out the window at the skyline over Virginia and the sky and the airplanes coming into Reagan. I really love doing that.

Tags: Lie, Love, Sky

Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful - just plain happier, or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people, and that by itself would be a major achievement.

Tags: Great, Nation, Sleep

So, who in the media is without sin among us? I am in the media and I am a major league sinner. I don't know anyone except my wife who isn't a big time sinner.

Tags: Big, Time, Wife

The people who did the collateralized mortgage obligations, sold them to pension funds, then sold them short, then bought credit default swap insurance on them, are just amazing. They are a law unto themselves.

Tags: Amazing, Law, Short

Wow, bad news. Mr. Obama now hates Israel because the Israelis want to build 1,600 apartments in their own capital city, Jerusalem. Russia hates Israel, too. So do the Europeans. So does Ban Ki-moon, a Korean who is secretary-general of the UN.

Tags: Bad, City, News

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

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Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.

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Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny.

Tags: Experience, Funny, Good

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.

Tags: Human, Life, Spirit

I don't believe the most successful people are the ones who got the best grades, got into the best schools, or made the most money.

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You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.

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I have to tell you I never in my life anticipated getting this old, this fast. It seems as if I were 25 just a few days ago.

Tags: Life, Old, Tell

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.

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Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.

Tags: Life, Real, Success

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

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If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators.

Tags: Everyone, Society, Try

It's really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn't even more fraud. After all, with no God, there's no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it.

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The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

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We are not supposed to be all equal. Let's just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough.

Tags: Done, Forget, Law

If you want to fight the evil you see in finance and industry, get to work reading the corporate filings, see if there has been fraud, and where you find it, report it to the SEC or write about it or blog about it.

Tags: Fight, Finance, Work

When I seemed to be irritable or sad, my father would quote the learned Dr. Knight, and then say, 'Just go to sleep.' Like all smart aleck kids, I thought the advice was silly. But as I've grown older, I've realized just how smart Knight was.

Tags: Sad, Sleep, Smart

Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.

Tags: Face, Fall, Stars

The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.

Tags: Deal, Life, Successful

You cannot win if you're not at the table. You have to be where the action is.

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I am about to vote. I am about to do something that human beings are rarely allowed to do. I am doing something that did not exist until America.

Tags: America, Human, Vote

When are American Jews going to realize that the Republican Party is far better for Israel than the Democrats?

Tags: American, Far, Realize

I thought that all of the sacrifices and blessings of the whole history of mankind have devolved upon me. Thank you, God.

Tags: Blessings, God, History

Nothing happens by itself... it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.

Tags: Happens, Once, Understand

It is so great to sleep in safe, glorious, beautiful America. I just cannot get over it.

Tags: Beautiful, Great, Sleep

If we are just specks of dust hit by lightning, if we have no spark of God in us, why not just take whatever we can and devil take the hindmost? I mean, we are fools not to do that if there is no right or wrong.

Tags: God, Mean, Why
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