Judging Quotes

A lot of the so-called systems composers have this thing that the system is always right. You don’t fiddle with it at all. Well, I don’t think that. I think the system is as right as you judge it to be. If for some reason you don’t like a bit of it you must trust your intuition on that. I don’t take a doctrinaire approach to systems.

None of us has ever seen a motive. Therefore, we don’t know we can’t do anything more than suspect what inspires the action of another. For this good and valid reason, we’re told not to judge. Tragedy is that our attention centers on what people are not, rather than on what they are and who they might become.

Really it’s all about what’s inside the Superman suit. How you feel about yourself when you put that on because it’s very revealing and very imposing if worn with confidence, I suppose. The first time I wore it, I didn’t have that as much. I hadn’t really trained any, yet. I hadn’t read the script, I hadn’t really worked on the character at that point. And I was standing around with a room full of costume designers and everybody was judging me right away and going, “Don’t make your judgment on it, if this is Superman quite yet or not,” because I hadn’t done all the work that I would later do.

One of my favorite sketches, and a popular comedy formula, is to put someone with a mental handicap in some kind of unlikely situation. For example: The retarded gynecologist, the retarded Jesus, the retarded Osama Bin Laden. It works. It’s funny. Inappropriate? I dunno. I feel like I’m a pretty good judge of what crosses the line of good taste being that I am retarded. Socially perhaps, but severly retarded.