Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.

-Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin

Rule of storytelling: When a character is shoved against a wall, shove them against a wall harder.

Aaron Sorkin
People don't live their lives in a series of scenes that form a dramatic narrative, they don't speak in dialogue, they're not lit by a cinematographer or scored by a composer. The properties of real life and the properties of drama have almost nothing to do with each other. The difference between writing about reporters and being a reporter is the same as the difference between drawing a building and building a building.
Aaron Sorkin

Make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly, well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.

Aaron Sorkin
Conflict, when used as a device, makes for good television and bad journalism.
Aaron Sorkin

Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic revolutionary changes. . . . Competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be getting six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge for its citizens, just like national defense." --Sam Seaborne, West Wing

Aaron Sorkin
When I feel that something I'm writing is going well, everything in my life is good and the things in my life that aren't good are completely manageable. If it's not going well, Miss America could be standing there in a swimsuit handing me a nobel price and I wouldn't be happy about it
Aaron Sorkin

This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up.

Aaron Sorkin
If I were running a television network, I would do a terrible job. That said, it would have been nice in sweeps month to have that as our lead-in.
Aaron Sorkin

As a dramatist, you're looking for points of friction...

Aaron Sorkin
You're going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the numbers of times you get back up.