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And then I went to 'Dawson's Creek ' which is a show that was for better or for worse all about the language. It was a word-perfect show which I'd never had any experience with. And it was really shocking for me. I felt really hemmed in. At the time it wasn't my favorite working experience.

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It seemed romantic but also tragic - people would be winning but then lose it all or crash but fight on break bones but get back on their bikes and try to finish. Just getting to the end was seen as an achievement in itself.

I will never say never but I will say never to doing the more typical romantic comedies. You know unless I'm getting audited and I'm on the street and I desperately need some dough and that's the only thing that I'm getting.

I have enormous respect for Tom Daschle. The NRA has not yet taken a formal position on which I'm aware of on this matter and I think Tom may be just getting a little ahead of things.

I even believe if you're killing a team you shouldn't stop. You should respect your opponents enough to play 100 percent the whole time. And by the same token if you're getting killed by the other team you should never quit.

I'm getting my respect as a video director. The fashion industry respects me and knows who I am.

I find it hard to take rock groups very seriously or treat them with respect. There is something absurd about these gloomy young men getting together and banging away.

I was not afraid of the press or the militants. It was uncomfortable but I was not afraid. With respect to the press I knew I knew more than they knew about city matters. With respect to the militants I understood it. I mean everybody believed in those days that they were being screwed you know that somebody was getting ahead of them.

When I'm getting to know someone I look for someone who has passions that I respect like his career. Someone who loves what he does is really attractive.

A Bush Administration will I believe enjoy a better relationship with the new Congress although President-elect Bush will be faced with real challenges in getting along with the Congress.

Though I still have no semblance of a life outside of Nine Inch Nails at the moment I realize my goals have gone from getting a record deal or selling another record to being a better person more well-rounded having friends having a relationship with somebody.

I want you to know that despite what you might read at times in the newspapers or see on the television news we have actually been getting a lot of things done the last several months the U.S.-Canada relationship.

I think actors are getting so much more power these days but I'm not. I stay very much away from the decisions the way in which things are orchestrated what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character.

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

Bill Clinton sitting on Air Force One getting his hair cut while people around the country cooled their heels and waited for him became a metaphor for a populist president who had gotten drunk with the perks of his own power and was sort of you know not sensitive to what people wanted.

A great power has to have the discipline not only to go when necessary but to know when not to go. Getting involved in ethnic religious civil wars is a recipe for disaster.

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.

Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.

I look to longevity. I just consider myself an actress and getting good roles. If being a 'superstar' gets me good roles then that's a positive thing. But my goal isn't just to be a superstar. It's to act for a long time.

There's been a slow death in a way. On the positive side there are films getting into the Academy Awards that wouldn't have but on the negative side financiers are now dominant and making all the decisions. I can't count the ways a director's vision is compromised.

I'm getting positive feedback for my acting so we'll see if any other interesting parts come up.

Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can't do. I am more successful than I have ever been. I feel very positive where I never did before and I think that's all a direct result of getting sober.

I'm not really one of those people who believes that if you're a musician you can just leave that behind and start getting into politics.

The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008 but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest.