Billy Crystal's Quotes
Biography of Billy Crystal
To be good, you need to believe in what you're doing.Tags: Good
At 60, I could do the same things I could do at 30, if I could only remember what those things are.Tags: Remember
Even when I was in school shows, in elementary school doing plays, I'd always go off book and start improvising.Tags: Book, School, Start
From the first time I saw Sid Caesar be funny I knew that's what I had to do.Tags: Funny, Knew, Time
I'd like to think there is a Heaven, and it starts from the happiest day in your life.Tags: Happiest, Heaven, Life
My grandparents invented joylessness. They were not fun. I've already had more fun with my grandchildren than my grandparents ever had with me.Tags: Fun, Invented
Well, the way things are going, aside from wheat and auto parts, America's biggest export is now the Oscar.Tags: America, Aside, Biggest
What's so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you're constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.Tags: Life, Love, Time
You really have to have some muscle to be on the stage in front of the world.Tags: Front, Muscle, Stage
A laugh is a weird sound, and when you get a couple thousand people making it at once, it's really strange. But when I can feel proud of myself for causing it, it's great.Tags: Great, Laugh, Strange
Dad had a music store, and he'd often bring home comedy albums that I would listen to. I started listening to Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby, and developing taste. They really influenced my style of comedy.Tags: Dad, Home, Music
Humans love sex, we need sex, it's how we connect, it reminds us we're alive, it's the third most basic human need, after food and good movie popcorn.Tags: Food, Good, Love
I was a film-directing major at NYU. I'm still not sure why I became a directing major, when I was really an actor and a comedian, but there was something that drew me to doing that.Tags: Actor, Sure, Why
Kids need a happy household. They need to be loved and supported in their dreams. And I don't think you can make your kids' dreams your own. They need you to support them in their dreams.Tags: Dreams, Happy, Kids
You have to really respect what your kids are doing with their kids and how they're raising them. You can't push your way into areas where you shouldn't be saying anything. You have to always remember they're not your own kids. Play with them, love them, spoil them to death - then hand them back.Tags: Death, Love, Respect
At the same time we overlap, because, I do linguistics, and Ben did a first degree in Linguistics at Lancaster University, so he knows some of my subject.Tags: Knows, Subject, Time
A feature of English that makes it different compared with all other languages is its global spread.Tags: English, Global, Makes
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Academics don't normally manage to alter people's way of thinking through their strength of argument.Tags: Argument, Strength, Thinking
Although many texters enjoy breaking linguistic rules, they also know they need to be understood.Tags: Enjoy, Rules, Understood
Anyone interested in language ends up writing about the sociological issues around it.Tags: Anyone, Language, Writing
As I get older and I get a few more years experience I become more like Dad, you know, King Lear.Tags: Become, Dad, Experience
At any one time language is a kaleidoscope of styles, genres and dialects.Tags: Language, Styles, Time
It hasn't been a problem with Ben, I think we worked together very well, we don't have rows.Tags: Problem, Together, Worked
Sending a message on a mobile phone is not the most natural of ways to communicate. The keypad isn't linguistically sensible.Tags: Natural, Sensible, Ways
Spellings are made by people. Dictionaries - eventually - reflect popular choices.Tags: Choices, Eventually, Popular
Texting has added a new dimension to language use, but its long-term impact is negligible. It is not a disaster.Tags: Disaster, Impact, Language
You don't talk to a linguist without having what you say taken down and used in evidence against you at some point in time.Tags: Against, Talk, Time
English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.Tags: English, History, Language
Ever since the arrival of printing - thought to be the invention of the devil because it would put false opinions into people's minds - people have been arguing that new technology would have disastrous consequences for language.Tags: Put, Technology, Thought
It took three years to put Shakespeare's words together, there were a lot of words to be studied and a lot of words to be sorted out, and it proved to be a major project.Tags: Put, Together, Words
Language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it. It is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end of understanding who you are and what society is like.Tags: End, Means, Society
Likewise, there is no evidence that texting teaches people to spell badly: rather, research shows that those kids who text frequently are more likely to be the most literate and the best spellers, because you have to know how to manipulate language.Tags: Best, Kids, Rather
Text messaging is just the most recent focus of people's anxiety; what people are really worried about is a new generation gaining control of what they see as their language.Tags: Control, Focus, Language
The story of English spelling is the story of thousands of people - some well-known, most totally unknown - who left a permanent linguistic fingerprint on our orthography.Tags: English, Left, Story