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Carroll O'Connor

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  • All in the Family was intellectual; it was art.

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  • Nations have come under the control of haters and fools.

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  • I have heard show business characterized as a refuge for childlike persons in flight from all things harsh and real.

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  • Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated to be the objects of satire.

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  • Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs.

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  • Even a true artist does not always produce art.

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  • In a capitalist society, persons who create capital, like Michael Eisner, are given the staggering rewards.

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  • Half the pictures directed by men of reputation fail.

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  • It was a lack of system that made the '30s Depression as inevitable as all others previously suffered.

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  • The wages of pedantry is pain.

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  • My Irish derivation has nothing to do with me. Why should it?

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  • Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women.

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  • I've run into some S.O.B. directors, but I gave them back as good as I got.

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  • Millions of people thought Archie was a happy hero.

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  • It seems that entertainment is what most excites us and what we value above everything else.

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  • Not all celebrities are dunces.

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  • The reviewer is a singularly detested enemy because he is, unlike the hapless artist, invulnerable.

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  • Some people thought we were presenting Archie as a false character. President Nixon thought we were making a fool out of a good man.

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  • My professional life in Hollywood has been filled with joy and laughter.

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  • Those offers come in now and again. They're not knocking down my door. I'm only an old character actor, and I'm not needed.

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  • Both my brothers became physicians and I, of course, wandered into a business where the undisciplined are welcome.

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  • Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both.

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  • We don't really need reviewers, just first-night reporters who will tell us faithfully whether or not the audience liked the show.

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  • I hate pride, but if I were going to be proud of anything it would have to be something I'd done myself. Race pride is kind of stupid.

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  • One irreducible residual of 38 years in the business is the number of lasting, loving friendships I have made.

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  • I enjoyed in every way my 12 years of playing Archie, and I wasn't personally sad about finishing a long job.

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  • In the final phase of cocaine intoxication, when suicide is likely, the victim cannot save himself by an effort of will. He has lost the power.

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  • I do talk less now because the sound of my voice saying over and over the things I said years ago embarrasses and depresses me. Why do I say the same things over and over?

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