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

Film doesn't have to worry. Movies are awesome. There's no war going on, theaters aren't going to lose.

Aaron Sorkin
What's interesting, is that I've found that the more accomplished a director is, the more secure they are in giving direction that sounds incredibly unsophisticated.
Aaron Sorkin

Decisions are made by those who show up.

Aaron Sorkin
Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning? The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he's in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you? Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham. What age would that be, Toby? Late twenties? Atta boy.
Aaron Sorkin

With a television series, there's a hard deadline, and so you have to write even when you're not writing well.

Aaron Sorkin
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actor. I was acting in all the school plays. I went to school for acting. I was really sure that that's what I wanted to do.
Aaron Sorkin

If I get an idea for a series that I really like, I'm sure I won't be able to resist coming back and doing it.

Aaron Sorkin
I'm not interested in the difference between good and bad, I'm interested in the differences between good and great.
Aaron Sorkin

Never argue with a drunk or a fool.

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.