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Ed Asner quotes

I was a newspaper editor in high school, and I truly thought of journalism as a career. I loved it.

I'm not sought after. I never get enough work. It's the history of my career. There just isn't anything to turn down, let me put it that way.

They say making laws is like making sausages. You shouldn't watch. It's the same for acting, especially for the actor who works unconsciously.

My first job was with an auto plant, Kansas City - they treated you like slaves. From there I went back to Chicago, worked in steel mills, drove a cab, stuff like that.

Never stand still. Only stand still enough to learn, and once you stop learning in that stance, move off. Always keep yourself engaged, in theater, in whatever job you can get. If you can't get an acting job, then go backstage. Or take tickets. But be around actors because that is where you will primarily learn.

I can do lovers. I can do Sir Galahad types. I'm not going to limit myself in voice-overs to irascible old men.

I don't know who made the Earth. I woke up one morning, and it's here. I make the best of it.

I got some news for you. One, there is no Jesus. Two, there is no God. Three, mind your own business and everything works out.

I went into acting as psychotherapy, and it's still a work in progress.

I've never stopped loving cartoons. I loved cartoons as a kid. I can still look at them and enjoy them.

Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.

There's never been a time in history, no matter what the public thinks, when actors have been paid more than they should be.

Where the work goes, I go. Wherever adulation occurs, that's where you'll find me.

You don't work with Cloris Leachman, you experience her.

I don't believe in God, though I'm not prepared to call myself an atheist either. You know the old phrase: 'There are no atheists in foxholes.' I've never been in a foxhole, and if I ever find myself in a foxhole, I'll let you know if I believe in God or not.

I pray that this council, which will probably be too late to save Iraq, will do what it can, which will be immeasurably strong in what it does in trying to save our democracy.

I regard myself as a beautiful musical instrument, and my role is to contribute that instrument to scripts worthy of it. And hopefully the music we play will be about decent human beings fighting against disease, fighting against corruption, fighting for the truth... and fighting for a day when all our jails are empty, and all our schools are full.

It's like an athlete. He has a string of hot years, and then he fades into nothingness. The actor doesn't necessarily fade into nothingness. After his hot years, he fades into a different category.

Never thought acting was something you could make a living at. It wasn't until I was in college, and got a lead in a play, that I began to realize I might just be able to blunder into this profession.

Some of my earliest political feelings were based on the anti-Japanese bubblegum cards I got. There were also Spanish Civil War bubblegum cards. Awful.