"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Norman Lear on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Norman Lear on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Norman Lear on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Norman Lear on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Norman Lear on Mahatma Gandhi
"But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met. When I screamed back at him that he was putting down a race of people to call me lazy, his answer was that's not what he was doing, and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met."
"But it also became the experience, or was the experience, of the writers who were attracted to this kind of humor. They're all men or women who come from the same kind of experience in their own lives."
"I think the greater responsibility, in terms of morality, is where leadership begins."
"In the area we're discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue, on the desks and in the offices of people who spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying what will get them ratings."
"In this nation, leadership is dollars."