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Cynicism is kind of like folding your arms and stepping back and commenting on things, like the old guys in 'The Muppets,' just throwing out comments all the time, whereas there are other people on the ground really trying to affect things and improve their lives and the lives of other people. I think it's noble and I think it's cool.

I haven't left the house without a packet of Kleenex in my back pocket for as long as I can remember. Whenever I start thinking I'm incredibly cool, the packet of Kleenex in my back pocket brings me right back down to earth.

I learned a lesson which I didn't heed: Don't put yourself in your movies. It's too much.

It's not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even - or rather, especially - when we'd prefer not to be.

It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn't matter. Because I think it's pretty much the only thing that matters.

Kindness is not about instant gratification. More often, it's akin to a low-risk investment that appreciates steadily over time.

One man's uplift is another man's sentimental hooey.

An obsessive attention to the news, I've realized, only serves to paint a picture of the world as a throbbing blob of dysfunction, most news falling somewhere on a scale from disappointing to calamitous.

Acting on stage is still my favorite thing to do. And everyone who's been in musicals knows that there is nothing more fun.

Film allows me to ask some really big questions with the time to explore them deeply. I love the form.

I went through this very serious Woody Allen phase in college and a little bit after college. I still see his movies.

It never made sense to me that someone would achieve any kind of success in show business, only to become a jerk.

My trick is the trick that everyone knows: Work really hard and prepare.

Time off from the news is always something I welcome.

We are so vocal about what we hate.

We don't have a lot of space in our imaginations to allow people to expand what they do.

There's something melancholy about professors because they're chronically abandoned. They form these lovely relationships with students and then the students leave and the professors stay the same. It's like they're chronically abandoned.

A movie can and should have some real dissonance throughout - rage, heartache, tears, conflict, catharsis and all the other elements Aristotle demanded of a good story - but the chord has to be resolved.

I find myself going out less and less. When you're 22 and see older people start to do that, it's depressing, but once you hit 30, you think, 'Wow, I've been working all week - it might be really nice to stay in!'

I think that the mark of a great book is that it will meet you wherever you're at and you'll feel and experience something new and different each time you read it.