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A collection of thoughts and quotations by Aaron Sorkin on humor, writing, plays, life, inspiration, monologue, liberal, truth, satire, artist and republican.

31 Aaron Sorkin Quotes That Will Help You Think Smartly

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Playwright

Born On
09 June 1961 AD

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New York

Age
56

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American playwright, screenwriter and producer, who is regarded as one of the most significant screenwriters of the modern era. He is credited with the screenwriting for some of the most famous films, shows and plays. He attended Syracuse University from where he acquired a bachelors’ degree in Musical Theatre and after few years of struggle as an actor, he took to writing and penned down the play ‘Removing All Doubt’. His second play ‘Hidden in the Picture’ was quite well-received but it was his next play, ‘A Few Good Men’ with which he gained recognition. The play was later made in to a film that brought him even more accolades. Sorkin quickly became one of the most sought-after screenwriter in the United States and soon he became a highly accomplished writer for television dramas. His first work ‘Sports Night’ was appreciated by the viewers. However, it was with political drama ‘West Wing’, that ran for seven years, that he really became a legendary figure. Sorkin is without doubt one of the most important and influential screenwriters in the United States. Here are some of his most profound quotes which have been excerpted from his writings, dialogues, books, plays and thoughts. Go through the quotes and sayings by Aaron Sorkin.

It's one thing to be asked to respect someone else's religion. It's another to be asked to respect their taboos.

- Aaron Sorkin

Music is what mathematics does on a Satruday night.

- The Farnsworth Invention, Aaron Sorkin

First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.

- The Newsroom Script Episode 1, Aaron Sorkin

By and large, the mission of any ghost is to offer humility. They point out what's important by mocking what is not. (Joshua Malina, Sports Night)

- Aaron Sorkin

You can't handle the truth!" - Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men.

- A Few Good Men, Aaron Sorkin

In that moment, Dan was reminded why he wanted to write in the first place. It was the same reason anybody does anything -- to impress women. (Jeremy Goodwin, Sports Night)

- Aaron Sorkin

DONNA: "She said she knew it in her heart. Do you know how many times I've been wrong about things I knew in my heart?

- The West Wing Script Book, Aaron Sorkin

I think mostly about intention and obstacle somebody wants something somethings standing in their way of getting it.

- Aaron Sorkin

We have a natural resentment toward government, which was how we were born

- Aaron Sorkin

Good writers borrow. The best writers steal.

- Aaron Sorkin

PRESIDENT BARTLETT: "See how benevolent I can be when everybody just does what I tell them.

- The West Wing Script Book, Aaron Sorkin

You know you really don’t need a forensic team to get to the bottom of this.

- Aaron Sorkin

There (is) order and even great beauty in what looks like total chaos. If we look closely enough at the randomness around us, patterns will start to emerge.

- The West Wing Script Book, Aaron Sorkin

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

- Aaron Sorkin

And a wheat thin the size of Lake Tahoe.

- The West Wing Script Book, Aaron Sorkin

If you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you. (Isaac Jaffe, Sports Night)

- Aaron Sorkin

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

- Aaron Sorkin

Music is what mathematics does on a Saturday night.

- The Farnsworth Invention, Aaron Sorkin

Don't tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing.

- Aaron Sorkin

She's a person; the doctor pronounces her dead, not the news.

- Aaron Sorkin

We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.

- A Few Good Men, Aaron Sorkin

Government should be a place where people can come together, and no one gets left behind. No one…gets left behind. An instrument of good.

- Aaron Sorkin

Josh: So, Toby, it’s election night. What do you say about a country that goes out of its way to protect even those citizens that try to destroy it? Toby: God bless America.

- Aaron Sorkin

A friend is somebody who says the same things to your face that they would say if you're not in the room.

- Aaron Sorkin

Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.

- Aaron Sorkin

An artist’s job is to captivate… if we stumble into truth, we got lucky.

- Aaron Sorkin

If you feel that strongly about something, you have an obligation to try and change my mind.

- Aaron Sorkin

Toby: All right. It couldn't have gone far, right? Sam: No. Toby: Somewhere in this building...is our talent.

- Aaron Sorkin

Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

- Aaron Sorkin

I'm a registered Republican, I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.

- Aaron Sorkin

Toby Zeigler: There's literally no one in the world I don't hate right now.

- Aaron Sorkin