Father Quotes

The things that I loved about Bob’s [Dylan] music – and I describe him in the book as the father of my country, which he really is – were things that just didn’t fit when I went to do my job. You know, I’d come out of a somewhat different circumstance and shoes – the clothes just didn’t fit.

Work creates an enormous sense of self and I saw that in my mother. She was an enormous, towering figure to me in the best possible way. I picked up a lot of things from her in the way that I work… I also picked up a lot of the failings of when your father doesn’t have those things and that results in a house that turns into a minefield.

There is a falsehood that some are born with an attraction to their own kind, with nothing they can do about it. They are just ‘that way’ and can only yield to those desires. That is a malicious and destructive lie. While it is a convincing idea to some, it is of the devil. No one is locked into that kind of life. From our premoral life we were directed into a physical body. There is no mismatching of bodies and spirits. Boys are to become men-masculine, manly men-ultimately to become husbands and fathers. No one is predestined to a perverted use of these powers.

You are a child of God. He is father of your spirit. Spiritually you are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven. Fix that truth in your mind and hold to it. However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!

The “magic if” is a tool invented by Stanislavski, the father of acting craft, is to help an actor make appropriate choices. Essentially, the “magic if” refers to the answer to the question, “What would I do if I were this character in this situation?” Note that the question is not “What would I do if I were in this situation?” What you would do may be very different from what the character would do. Your job, based on your analysis of the script, the scene, and the given circumstances regarding the who of your character, is to decide what he or she would do.

People don’t even recognize who the Founding Fathers of the United States were. They were exceptional human beings – when you signed the Declaration of Independence, that was a death warrant they signed their name to. You have to have courage to put your name on a death warrant against the most powerful nation in the world at that time. And yet, we didn’t honor who they really were. They were deists. They lived an enlightened belief system.