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I think that in today's world by nature we are all self-centered. And that often leads to selfishness.

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I've always kind of had an interest in the drums but nothing else. The drums are the only thing I feel I would be good at because I'm a very physical person. I've always played sports and stuff. Drums would give me something to do.

In all of our society but especially in Hollywood there is an obsession with perfection that can lead to self-loathing and neurosis and all that kind of stuff.

The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff.

I push every day against forces that say you have to go faster be more effective be more productive you have to constantly outdo yourself you have to constantly outdo your neighbor - all of the stuff that creates an incredibly productive society but also a very neurotic one.

Human rights commissions as they are evolving are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society... It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.

I just sing the stuff that makes me smile makes me feel like I didn't sell myself out.

Whenever you deal with science fiction you are setting up a world of rules. I think you work hard to establish the rules. And you also have to work even harder to maintain those rules and within that find excitement and unpredictability and all that stuff.

Music is not math. It's science. You keep mixing the stuff up until it blows up on you or it becomes this incredible potion.

I've got a full plate yes I do. That iPod that's nice. A phone recorder? Nicely done. All right I'm a bit of a tech geek. I have a subscription to Popular Science and I keep up on all this stuff.

I started out writing much more science fictiony stuff and writing about science fiction.

I did although I didn't read from page 1 to page 187 but I read chunks of it. I did a little bit of science when I was in the university so I was able to understand the graphs and pie charts and stuff like that. It was extremely dry.

It cannot be said often enough that science fiction as a genre is incredibly educational - and I'm speaking the written science fiction not 'Star Trek.' Science fiction writers tend to fill their books if they're clever with little bits of interesting stuff and real stuff.

I've been getting into Nick Drake lately the folk singer. Sad gorgeous stuff.

I would be sad if it ended now. It's been the best job I've had by a long shot especially creatively because the writing is so good. Every week I get the script and I laugh out loud and get excited for the different stuff we get to do.

I've grown as a person. The dynamics on this set are very demanding because we work a lot of hours it's very sad material so there's always someone upset because it's really heavy stuff.

You've got a beautiful country with so many beautiful people and so many beautiful things happening and stuff like that lets it down. I feel sad for them.

Was there ever such stuff as great as part of Shakespeare? Only one must not say so! But what think you? - What? - Is there not sad stuff? What? - What?

There's all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now it's a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society similar to a London society a highbrow literature celebrity society.

So many schools are getting rid of music programs and it's really sad because I know that when I started singing and stuff it was something that I always wanted to do and I never believed in myself to be able to do it.

I was raised in an atmosphere of 'everything's fine.' But as I got older I was like 'Well no everything's not fine. There is stuff that's sad.' I am a really sensitive person. I think I am too sensitive sometimes.

I'm a really huge fan of the old romantic comedies from the '30s and '40s... Huge fan. I love all that stuff.

It's good to be able to be a leading lady to be a romantic lead to play opposite people who are talented and charismatic and stuff.

Dinner is a great first date. Don't believe that stuff about girls not wanting to eat on a first date - sharing a romantic meal is so sexy.

I feel like I've done a bunch of period stuff and then a bunch of romantic comedies.