I believe in God, family, truth between people, the power of love.
I believe that there is God in all of us.
I'm the strange product of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. My mother was anti-Semitic and my father wasn't really that thrilled with Catholics. So my belief in God is a very, very personal one.
Dreams and Expectations
Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating.
I don't have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments.
Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.
I think all of us create our own miracles.
Iím convinced that everyone has some kind of hidden talent. God sees to it Ė itís that simple.
I like writing about love and its various forms because itís the best of life....Love between a man and a woman or a parent and a child or even between friends represents the very best we have to offer as human beings. I think it should be exalted at every opportunity.
Love is what lets you live on. Itís the most powerful thing in the universe. Donít ever take it for granted.
There's no substitute for love. It's what brings happiness.
My personal family life is my personal happiness. The happiness I get from work Ė and thereís a lot - doesnít even come close.
It's a lot harder to be happy. You can sit around and be miserable Ė it takes no effort at all.
My family was not the kind a kid would like to grow up in. But on the other hand, God compensates. You receive gifts from pain. Good comes out of bad. Moxie is one of my gifts. My open emotionalism is one of my gifts. I probably wouldnít have had those things if I had come from a very comfortable, everythingís-OK family.
My childhood was really strange. My parents just flat out didn't like each other and never did during their married life. My father gradually went down the tubes and my mother was always sticking her head in the oven pretending she was going to commit suicide. In a case like this you either end up spending the rest of your life in analysis or you get a helluva lot of guts. In my case it worked out great.
I was grown before I realized that other mothers didn't put their heads in the oven.
You donít learn to be a good parent Ė you just love your kids and do your best. And you donít always do it right. Even if you do, you canít be sure how your kids will turn out....I believe kids should be what they want to be. They should look the way they want to look, as long as itís not in violation of the law. Everyone has got to have a shot at being a person.
If a kid wants to achieve anything in life, whether heís going to be an athlete or a doctor, he has to learn self-discipline.
If there's one thing in the world I want for my kids, it's incentive. I want to be especially careful about my sons in this area. They will know all along that they have to work for money, because I'm not just going to give it to them. Sometimes they'll resent that, but I think they'll recover because eventually they'll understand it has to do with love.
I donít believe in a buddy-buddy relationship between parents and children. The parent is the parent and the child is the child. My kids may not always agree with certain rules I lay down and I will discuss the rules with them, but the ultimate choice of whether the rules are carried out or not is mine. As long as those rules are constant, I donít think theyíre resented at all.
I get five checks every week no matter what happens. There are no feathers in the peacock's tail between me and Johnny.
Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you . . . and just before you realize what's wrong with it.
(Quote from 1983 about how NBC could increase its viewership) Different call letters.
(Quote from 1969 about what work he'll do after Bonanza) I want to do something contemporary. I want to see if I can walk without this gun. You see I kind of lean funny.
(Quote from 1977 about an advantage of directing a show in which he's also starring) The big advantage of course is that I cooperate completely with myself. When the director says move, I move, wherever he wants me to go, I go there.
(Quote from 1982 about doing another series) I donít know. But if I do, it will definitely be in a contemporary situation. Iíve had 22 years of saying ĎWhoa!í Ė and I have to tell you, I drive much better than I ride.
(About having cancer) I want my agent to know that this shoots to hell any chance of my doing a health-food commercial.
I've been on this show for 14 years and no one ever told me about taking off for the Jewish holidays.
(In response to a question about who was his most loyal and devoted fan) My agent keeps telling me he is!
People still say I'm arrogant, they just don't say I'm insecure anymore.
I walked into NBC and said I wanted to be an angel. Then I slowly floated down and (Tartikoff) bought it.
(About casting the TV movie Where Pigeons Go To Die) Iíll be in it because the writer-director loves me.
I have the best crew in Hollywood. If I asked them to walk across Lake Tahoe, on the bottom, they'd fight to see who was first into the water.
I want people to laugh and cry, not just sit and stare at the TV. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think viewers are hungry for shows in which people say something meaningful.
(Quote from 1974 about what kind of Little House scripts he wanted) The kind that brings tears to your eyes.
Every script I've written and every series I've produced have expressed the things I most deeply believe.
Iím not interested in acting in, writing, or even seeing a show if I canít admire or identify with anyone in it.
(About acting) I realized that it was a great release for me. I could cry while I was someone else. I could get a lot of things out of my system that I couldn't get out on my own.
The only thing Iíve learned over the years is not to act. Itís hard to catch me acting.
(Quote about his first directing his first show) It had a great deal to do with some types of lighting that had not been done before. And a lot of people said don't do it. But it was my one shot, as far as I was concerned. I wanted them to either like it or not like it the way that I wanted it to be. It really turned out quite well, so I was able to continue on. But I realized that you really canít listen to a whole bunch of people Ė because a whole bunch of people are no more right than one person who knows what he wants.
My dad had been a publicity man and knew all the ropes. He told me: Never take no from a man who doesn't have the authority to say yes.
If Michael Landon bombs, I don't want anyone else to have to take the blame but Michael Landon.
(Quote from 1984 about Highway to Heaven) The show is not for everybody. But if we all looked to everything with the same eyes, it would be a dull world.
There are an awful lot of people out there who are trying to make people laugh; there are very few shows that can, on a regular basis, give an audience a good cry. I know I can do that Ė and if I do it well, they (the audience) will be back.
I am a guy who is merely trying to do a job as well as he can.
I never thought being a star would make my life different, and it hasn't. The house is a little bigger, the rooms are a little bigger. But the feelings Ė they're still the same.
A Bonanza is something that happens to an actor once in a lifetime ó if he's fantastically lucky ó and I'd be a stupid fool not to enjoy it.
Iím so shocked that I ever got this successfulÖ.I was always happy wherever I was as long as I could make a living for my family. For me, making a living in this business was the ultimate because I love doing it. I love the business itself. And the only difference was how big your yard wasÖ.If youíre making x amount of bucks, youíve got a bigger yard, but that doesnít mean that youíre gonna have more fun in that yard than you had in any sandlot you ever played on Ė as long as everybody was doing it together. There are a lot of big empty lots around.
If drugs were legalized tomorrow, my kids wouldn't take drugs. People who take drugs take drugs. So to spend billions a year trying to find out where somebody's growing a marijuana plant I think is ridiculous.
We have to raise the poverty level of people all over the world....if you live in Ethiopia, it doesn't cost you anything to have twelve kids as opposed to four kids. I mean, you're used to dying anyway. What you're hoping is that when you're old maybe some of these twelve will be alive so they can bring you a cup of water, because you can't get it yourself. You're gonna be too sick. So they just keep having kids. It's been the history of civilization that, the more that you get rid of that poverty, people then begin thinking about how many children they're going to have....And we have to stop believing that it's some religious thing....I mean, God didn't say that contraception is bad. Man did.
(About government attempts at censorship) We all have responsibilities. Itís up to you to take care of your child. Itís not up to the federal government to decide.
Pollution is a lot worse than people make it out to be. Because we have no energy policy. If we did, we would be moving away from the use of oil. You know why we donít pursue solar energy? Because you donít make the money. Itís renewable, itís free Ė they donít want that.
Life and Death
Iím not the kind of person who gives up without a fight. If Iím gonna die, Deathís gonna have to do a lot of fighting to get me. Iím not just gonna lie down and let it happen.
Life has been good to me. It's not like I missed an awful lot. I had a pretty good lick here. Every moment gets a little more important.
I'm going to beat this cancer or die trying.
(Quote about whether he needed more than children for his legacy) I think thatís the only legacy people need: the knowledge that when youíre ready to leave this place youíve left behind a bunch of young people who are actually going to be good for this planet. Theyíre gonna do good things. The worldís gonna be better because theyíre around. That makes you feel goodÖ.[and] you hope that way, way, way down the line, if you have the kind of family where everybody talks, the oldest person can then continue to hand down the knowledge of the family and the caring and so forth. Thatís good stuff.
I think itĎs very presumptuous for anyone to think that they should be remembered by anybody else except their family. I mean in this little short space of time that weíre here, over the great thousands of years that are gonna pass, whoís really gonna be remembered? And for what reason?
The one thing I need to leave behind is good memories.
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