"When it went on the air, the sales department hated it. It was the highest advertising pullout show in the history of NBC. At the early focus groups, people were saying, 'Who are these people? Why should we watch them?"
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Dick Wolf on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Dick Wolf on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Dick Wolf on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Dick Wolf on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Dick Wolf on Thomas Jefferson
"I was raised not to be rude, but I also try to get the best work out of people."
"I do love television. But the business is accelerating and people are not getting the chance to fail."
"It's show business. No show, no business."
"I try to just communicate what I want done as clearly and simply as possible."
"People recognize certain things, like 'D' means 'this dialogue stinks.' We're dealing with shows that are written here, shot in New York and posted back here. Accurate communication is a necessity."