Trying to guess what the (mass) audience wants and then trying to satisfy that is usually a bad recipe for getting something good.

-Aaron Sorkin
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
Just to clarify the division of labor on the show, I write the show and Alan [Poul] does everything else.
Aaron Sorkin

A hero would die for his country, but he'd much rather live for it.

Aaron Sorkin
The problem with getting actors of this caliber is that if the show doesn't work, Tommy and I can be pretty sure it was our fault.
Aaron Sorkin

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
We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we're going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.
Aaron Sorkin

As an audience member, I like the sound of something that's been written - I like it to sound written. And then, of course, you can't do it without the musicians who can play it.

Aaron Sorkin
The downside to series television is that the schedule is ferocious. It constantly feels like you have a midterm due that you haven't started yet.
Aaron Sorkin

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.

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