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Star Making

'Star Trek' put sci-fi on the map and changed television, and 'Battlestar' has changed it in another direction by making it a little more mainstream and acceptable to people who wouldn't normally watch sci-fi.

- Aaron Douglas


From an early age I didn't buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.

- Adam Clayton

Here Tonight

Tonight we send a message to our party that here in Illinois, there will be a new generation of Republican leaders and we will fight to provide a better tomorrow for future generations. We've made clear the status quo is no longer acceptable.

- Adam Kinzinger

Been Became

The course that I have uniformly pursued, ever since I became a missionary, has been rather peculiar. In order to become an acceptable and eloquent preacher in a foreign language, I deliberately abjured my own. When I crossed the river, I burnt my ships.

- Adoniram Judson

Mind Give

To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like. Give up doing the things that you do not like to do. You must find the things that you do like. The things that are acceptable to your mind.

- Agnes Martin

Law Geneva

It's never acceptable to target civilians. It violates the Geneva Accords, it violates the international law of war and it violates all principles of morality.

- Alan Dershowitz


I do not understand where the backing of Bitcoin is coming from. There is no fundamental issue of capabilities of repaying it in anything which is universally acceptable, which is either intrinsic value of the currency or the credit or trust of the individual who is issuing the money, whether it's a government or an individual.

- Alan Greenspan

Against Violent

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends. This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears.

- Albert Bandura

Some Turned

The United States and Turkey are the only two countries that don't have some kind of subsidy for the Arts. The whole culture in society has made certain films more acceptable. I turned down so many films in the '60s and '70s.

- Alex North

Think Average

When you're writing historical fiction, you have to think a little farther into the situation: what the average social interactions were, what was acceptable behavior. What did people think was fun, what did they find unhappy, and why?

- Alexander Chee

Need Lot

I eat meat, but no meat that isn't pastured is acceptable, and we probably need to eat a whole lot less.

- Alice Waters

Practice New

This practice of skinny actresses donning fat suits is essentially the new and acceptable blackface in Hollywood.

- Allison Anders

Hypocrisy Most

Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

- Ambrose Bierce

Away Another

I am insecure about tomorrow. Will I get another job? Will it be appreciated? I will pursue acting for as long as I have a face and body that is acceptable to the people, but I still worry that if I don't do better tomorrow, it will all go away.

- Amitabh Bachchan

Small Very

The select group of people who do make realistic cinema, who do make cinema perhaps a little more acceptable to the Western audience, is a very small percentage.

- Amitabh Bachchan


If you represent a fantasy for the people who actually go to the cinema, they grab that and go with it; therefore, for the rest of their lives, they actually identify you with a certain thinking - a certain philosophy. There are many actors who want to pursue that same thought in real life as well, and that's perfectly acceptable.

- Amitabh Bachchan

Aesthetic Which

I wanted everything. What could you not want when you are brown and Indian-looking in a society in which the white aesthetic is praised as acceptable?

- Ana Castillo

Give Develop

God can take anything we have, as long as we give Him the glory for it. He can develop it and make it acceptable in music for the people.

- Andrae Crouch

Reveal Iota

The director's task is to recreate life, its movement, its contradictions, its dynamic and conflicts. It is his duty to reveal every iota of the truth he has seen, even if not everyone finds that truth acceptable.

- Andrei Tarkovsky

Nation Against

The mainstream media choose to flaunt story lines that make white America appear guilty of continued institutional racism, while black racism against whites is ignored as an acceptable disposition given our nation's history.

- Andrew Breitbart

Queer Supremacy

Women's Studies, Queer Studies, African-American Studies, and Chicano Studies all produce culturally acceptable separatist and supremacy mind-sets and countenance movements that resemble those of white supremacists.

- Andrew Breitbart

Very Some

I always feel that crime films are about capitalism because it is a genre where it is perfectly acceptable for all the characters to be motivated by the desire for money. In some ways, the crime film is the most honest American film because it portrays Americans as I experience a lot of them, in Hollywood, as being very concerned with money.

- Andrew Dominik

Think I Think

I think the only kind of acceptable evangelization is the evangelization of good example.

- Andrew Greeley

Loved Ones

I have spent too long with too many people who have lost loved ones to healthcare-associated infections not to be determined to act on this. There is no tolerable level of preventable infections. The only acceptable strategy is a zero-tolerance strategy.

- Andrew Lansley

Never Spying

Spying among friends is never acceptable.

- Angela Merkel

Last Maybe

Maybe the way we have learned to look has changed in the last 25 years, and the exotic is much more acceptable. There are many artists now, younger artists, who work out of the exotic.

- Anish Kapoor

Woman Treat

I am a woman. I write SF. And it's not acceptable to treat me as anything less than an equal. I won't stand for it.

- Ann Aguirre

Art Doing

Art has to change things, and if it was immediately acceptable it would not be doing the job.

- Antony Gormley

Been Cultural

In our cultural history, all emotions have been more culturally acceptable to women.

- Ariel Gore

Small Symbol

In a way, the sense of quality has improved, the status symbol of the small things is gone, and it is acceptable to use stainless steel, even if the neighbour uses silver.

- Arne Jacobsen


I work in a world of words - words that inspire, words that persuade and, increasingly, words that can send the message that it is acceptable to hate.

- Chellie Pingree

Love Perfectly

Manipulating people is what's so fun about poker. I love that you can just look into someone's eyes and lie - and it's perfectly acceptable.

- Cheryl Hines

Fate Sound

If our minds were originally formed by nature in a sound and useful manner, then they pass on all the forces of fate, which imposes on us from outside in a relatively unobjectionable and more acceptable way.

- Chrysippus

Now Knew

We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable.

- Constance Baker Motley

House Benefits

As the future is never known with certainty, the evaluation of the prospective benefits requires the formation of expectations. An acceptable house, partner or job, then, is one that offers an expected stream of future benefit that has a value in excess of the option to continue to search for an even better alternative.

- Dale T. Mortensen

Play Reporters

In the United States, the mainstream news outlets like to portray themselves as observers, content to let events play out without interference. But in Britain, where crusading journalistic campaigns are part of the tradition, it is far more acceptable for reporters to become active participants, with a specific outcome in mind.

- Jo Becker

Beginning Bit

I find it difficult to judge myself, but people say that I have become a bit more socially acceptable over the years in terms of my material; which apparently at the beginning - though I never really intended it to be - was man hating and now is just a bit more cuddly.

- Jo Brand

I Think Your

I think my comedy, the put-downs I do to hecklers, are the accumulated bitterness of years of people feeling that it's perfectly acceptable to make a comment on your appearance when they don't even know you.

- Jo Brand


There are plenty of writers, past and present, from Shakespeare to Henry James to Lydia Davis, who test the limits of coherence and put pressure on current notions of accessible (and acceptable) narrative methods. To thrive and change and grow, any art needs this kind of pressure.

- Joanna Scott

Cultural Very

Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable.

- Jodie Foster

Never Worthless

It is never acceptable for us to be the cause of any child to feel unloved or worthless.

- Joel Burns

Telling Donald

Expectations shouldn't be lowered, even if Donald Trump was just telling stories to impress the crowd around him and never grabbed as many women as he suggested. Lower the bar for what you can talk about, and you lower the bar for what is acceptable behavior.

- John Dickerson

United States

The use of threats and intimidation to force energy companies to submit to an extremist agenda may be fitting under a totalitarian regime, but it is never acceptable in the United States.

- John Fleming

Michael Jordan

Unlike Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, Jackie Robinson never tried to convert himself into an acceptable black man.

- John Gregory Dunne

Passionate Very

Obviously, Kanye and I are very different in the way we express ourselves publicly. He's so passionate... about art, about culture, about creativity. And he's really good at it. And that honesty manifests itself in ways that are not politically correct, not socially acceptable sometimes.

- John Legend

Very Monstrous

Personally speaking, growing up as a gay man before it was as socially acceptable as it is now, I knew what it was to feel different, to feel alienated and to feel not like everyone else. But the very same thing that made me monstrous to some people also empowered me and made me who I was.

- John Logan

Think Going

You can't keep a democracy going in a functional and constructive way if only 10 percent of the people you represent think your institution is functioning in an acceptable way. That's just not viable.

- John Sarbanes

I Think Very

I think it's becoming very acceptable for adults and teenagers to be playful lifelong. You know, it's very acceptable to be a video gamer and be 35 years old. It's acceptable to be a Lego adult fan and build amazing things, even though you're 40 or 25 years old.

- Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

Cases Alluring

Soft addictions are an alluring, seductive aspect of our culture - they are easy to attain and socially acceptable, they are even encouraged in many cases. Yet they are lethal to the spirit.

- Judith Wright

Work More

It's much more acceptable for men to work and father kids. There's an inherent inequality, because we want to do it all, and I don't know how we can do this all.

- Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Other Feels

I think one of the basic tasks in life - one of the nice things we can do for each other - is to take things that are horrible and scary and make them acceptable and less frightening and, if possible, funny. It feels great to succeed at that.

- Julia Sweeney

More Sanctuary

Fame is no sanctuary from the passing of youth... suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.

- Julie Burchill

Play Been

Michael Jackson, he used to chase relevancy all the time. He always wanted to go a little bigger and better and keep that audience. There was never a point where Michael was going to feel like, 'I've got to play the Nokia, and that's all I'm going to pull in is the Nokia.' That would not have been acceptable.

- Babyface

Always Hit

There is a joke that your hammer will always find nails to hit. I find that perfectly acceptable.

- Benoit Mandelbrot

Depend Going

On radio and television, magazines and the movies, you can't tell what you're going to get. When you look at the comic page, you can usually depend on something acceptable by the entire family.

- Bil Keane

Correct About

What I said about John was that he liberated me from my anxieties about writing in a correct, acceptable way.

- Harry Mathews

Seventy Figure

The cacao content is a wrapper's most important datum, and the acceptable benchmark is seventy per cent. The figure is a measure of 'cocoa mass.'

- Bill Buford

Corners Longer

We don't have spittoons on street corners any more. It's no longer acceptable to spit on the street.

- Harvey V. Fineberg

Music Words

The music is the main thing and it's just as easy to write acceptable words.

- Bill Haley

Education Goal

The goal of higher education should be to champion the airing of all honest viewpoints. Nothing less is acceptable.

- Bill O'Reilly

Okay Seventies

In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.

- Billie Jean King

I Think

I think it was a possibility, I think we're all kind of delusional like that, we think that we can all carry on being who we are without bending ourselves to make ourselves acceptable and expect someone to come along and see to us and rescue to us.

- Brendan Gleeson

Week Britain

We have to challenge the whole idea that it's acceptable for a society like Britain to have such a significant number of people who do not work one day of the week and don't have any possibility of improving the quality of their lives.

- Iain Duncan Smith

Politics Longer

It is no longer acceptable in British politics to be fat or eccentric or religious.

- Ian Hislop

Deal Making

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy.

- Irwin Shaw

Everybody Spoke

Who I was was not acceptable to black L.A. youth: the way I spoke and my sense of humor. Everybody else had relaxers and pressed hair. I wore my hair in an Afro puff. Nappy. The way I dressed. It was all about name brands at the time in L.A. I had no idea. All those things, I failed miserably at.

- Issa Rae


An international presence in Serbia's Kosovo province is not a problem. But only a civilian and unarmed mission under U.N. auspices, with Russia's participation, would be acceptable.

- Ivica Dacic

Happy Some

I believe that one of the saddest things in the world today is that some people don't have enough food to nourish themselves. It's the 21st century and that's really not acceptable, so if I could do something that would change that I would be really happy.

- Izabel Goulart

Simple Small

The business model - where books can be returned, and where a 50% sell-through is considered acceptable - is archaic and wasteful. Writers get small royalties, little say in how their books are marketed and sold, and simple things like cover and title approval are unheard of unless you're a huge bestseller.

- J. A. Konrath

Never Found

I found a certain kind of music congenial to me; it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable.

- Carlisle Floyd

Singer Actress

It didn't matter as much because I'm a singer, not an actress, but my face is more acceptable in a way now than when I first came on the scene, because I'm part black.

- Carly Simon

Think I Think

I do everything I think possible or acceptable to escape from this trap.

- Jacques Derrida


The heroines in 'That's What She Said' are flawed, messy, damaged, hilarious and culpable and not really concerned about being acceptable to the audience in any traditional sense, which for me is what makes them all the more gorgeous. And the fearless truth of that is what makes it funny.

- Carrie Preston

Argument Other

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.

- Carroll Quigley

Perfect Which

All that men will serve God with must be done in Faith, viz. in the Spirit. It is the Spirit that maketh the work perfect, and acceptable in the sight of God. All that a man undertaketh and doeth in Faith, he doth in the Spirit of God, which Spirit of God doth co-operate in the work, and then it is acceptable to God.

- Jakob Bohme

Think Over

What is acceptable in our culture, I think, is really detrimental. I think we ought to have a little more ownership over the kind of material and the content that we put in front of people, especially young people.

- Casey Affleck

Want Pursue

Pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable - to me, that's something I'm definitely interested in and want to pursue.

- James Duval

Big Burn

It is not acceptable that we continue to see thousands of acres burn because of forest fires, because of poor management on our forests, big kill, and we have these catastrophic situations take place when we are not able to take action.

- Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Next Some

It would seem, therefore, that this constitutional safeguard may no longer serve its original purpose, especially when, as we learned last year, some acts of perjury may now be acceptable - in this world, at least, if not the next.

- James L. Buckley

Very Moderately

As physics students, we are taught that physicists are smart, that chemists are moderately acceptable, and that biologists are certainly not very intelligent. So I wasn't inclined to take a biology course. But my father insisted, and maybe what he had in mind was that, if there were no jobs in physics, I would end up being a doctor.

- James Rothman

Art Everybody

No one's conception of art is going to be acceptable to everybody.

- Jane Alexander

City Been

Except for Carrie Bradshaw's in the opening credits of 'Sex and the City,' I don't know if the tutu has ever really been trendy, but I want to wear one. I want to dance around in it, and I want that to be socially acceptable.

- Devin Kelley

Deal Very

We made a deal that was acceptable to us. We got paid very handsomely for our final season.

- Jason Alexander

Other Idea

If you really believe the number one priority of our government is the protection of our people, then the idea of being defenseless against an intercontinental ballistic missile or any other type of weapon system that puts us in jeopardy is not acceptable.

- Don Nickles

Like Means

Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved - commitment to a scenario.

- Jean Baudrillard

Give Take

It is not acceptable that European Union countries are divided into those who give and those who take.

- Jean-Claude Juncker

Opposed Limited

I am not opposed to the limited use of polygraphs in a case where a person is suspected of wrongdoing. But widespread use of the polygraph as a screening tool goes far beyond what is acceptable.

- Jeff Bingaman

Citizen Private

The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory.

- Jeff Cooper

Think Caught

I think girls especially get so caught up in thinking like, 'Oh I have to be prim or proper or fun and sunshiny' when, like, you can be literally anything. You can be mannish; you can do whatever, and it's acceptable.

- Dove Cameron

Religious Big

Arranged marriages are big business in the U.K. Second- and third-generation immigrant families, with no extended family structure, limited networks and religious restrictions on acceptable ways to meet future spouses, are turning to external matchmakers for help.

- Jemima Khan

Form Socially

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

- E. L. Doctorow

I Think Very

You don't realize it until you go out and take a look, but there are so many ways in which sexism is just allowed in our culture, not just in the entertainment industry. It's just allowed to be there, and that's not acceptable anymore. And I think it's really important to be very vocal.

- Jenny Slate


It has become more acceptable to describe yourself as a conservative, but not everyone who uses that term about themselves really is truly conservative.

- Jesse Helms

Been Centuries

Enormous slaughter may have been acceptable in previous centuries. It simply isn't acceptable anymore.

- Edward Luck

Government Once

The government has once again made the right socially acceptable.

- Elfriede Jelinek


If two people cannot live together, both should have the right to opt out of the marriage. In an ideal world, that would be an acceptable solution.

- Kapil Sibal

Doing Very

There is something very strange and unsettling for me about making a work that doesn't fit with what's the norm or what's acceptable. There's something both liberating about it and challenging. I can imagine it doing more harm than good.

- Kara Walker

Some Socially

There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.

- Katharine Whitehorn

Always Rejected

When I was heavier, I danced and I jumped out of planes. I've always rejected the idea that there's a certain look or size that makes it acceptable to live life.

- Kathy Najimy


Pension and health benefits are a cornerstone of union protection. When actors' work is split between two unions, that protection is weakened or, in the worst cases, eliminated. That's not acceptable, and it's one of many reasons merging SAG and AFTRA makes sense.

- Ken Howard