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Al Franken Sayings: Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.
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Al Franken Sayings: Teen pregnancy went way down in the '90s, and 75 percent of it was because Teen pregnancy went way down in the '90s, and 75 percent of it was because of increased use of contraception.
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Al Franken Sayings: If we have George W. Bush as president, we're going to go back to the If we have George W. Bush as president, we're going to go back to the kind of policies we had when his father and Ronald Reagan were president.
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Al Franken Sayings: There's an appeal to the American sense of exceptionalism, that we're morally superior, as way There's an appeal to the American sense of exceptionalism, that we're morally superior, as way to not be self-critical. I think that's a bit dangerous.
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Al Franken Sayings: I couldn't think of anything less appealing than molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders. I couldn't think of anything less appealing than molding the minds of tomorrow's leaders.
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Al Franken Sayings: I don't think I'm an angry person. I think I'm a person who's angry. I'm I don't think I'm an angry person. I think I'm a person who's angry. I'm angry at the Bush administration; I'm angry at the right wing media. And by that I don't mean the media is right wing. I mean, there is a part of the media that's not the mainstream media. That's Fox, that is 'The Wall Street Journal' editorial page.
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Al Franken Sayings: The right wing has had a radio apparatus for years and years, so they've had The right wing has had a radio apparatus for years and years, so they've had minor leagues - they've had local rightwing guys who've become national rightwing guys, and who build slowly, and that's how it goes. We haven't had that. It isn't like we have a farm team.
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Al Franken Sayings: We need to be pro-science; we have to go back to science. We need to be pro-science; we have to go back to science.
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Al Franken Sayings: Too many people don't protect their smartphones with a password or PIN. I anticipate that Too many people don't protect their smartphones with a password or PIN. I anticipate that Apple's fingerprint reader will in fact make iPhone 5S owners more likely to secure their smartphones.
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Al Franken Sayings: Most Americans don't think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip Most Americans don't think about antitrust law when they look at their cable bill, flip channels on TV, or worry about what their favorite website knows about them. But they should.
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Al Franken Sayings: You know, Lincoln was funny. I don't think F.D.R. was very funny. But Lincoln was You know, Lincoln was funny. I don't think F.D.R. was very funny. But Lincoln was funny. Lincoln was really funny. But I think you should get elected first, and then show that you're funny.
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Al Franken Sayings: My parents were really political. The news was very important in our home. We basically My parents were really political. The news was very important in our home. We basically had dinner every night while watching the news, and then we'd discuss it with our parents.
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Al Franken Sayings: I do have a self-censor; everybody does, or at least most who are not pathological I do have a self-censor; everybody does, or at least most who are not pathological do.
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Al Franken Sayings: The thing that interests me least about the radio business is the radio business. But The thing that interests me least about the radio business is the radio business. But I've had to learn a little bit about it. It's not rocket science: You get ratings, that's good.
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Al Franken Sayings: Demagoguery sells. And therefore radio stations will put it on. But that doesn't mean that Demagoguery sells. And therefore radio stations will put it on. But that doesn't mean that you can't do something else and also make it sell. You know, when I look at an Ann Coulter or I look at a Rush or I look at a Sean Hannity, I think to myself, 'What kind of self-image do you have?'
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Al Franken Sayings: The institutions that we've built up over the years to protect our individual privacy rights The institutions that we've built up over the years to protect our individual privacy rights from the government don't apply to the private sector. The Fourth Amendment doesn't apply to corporations. The Freedom of Information Act doesn't apply to Silicon Valley. And you can't impeach Google if it breaks its 'Don't be evil' campaign pledge.
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Al Franken Sayings: My dad didn't graduate from high school, ended up being a printing salesman, probably never My dad didn't graduate from high school, ended up being a printing salesman, probably never made more than $8,000 a year. My mom sold real estate and did it part time.
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Al Franken Sayings: I just can't sit still and meditate; that doesn't kind of work for me. I I just can't sit still and meditate; that doesn't kind of work for me. I don't even know exactly what it means.
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Al Franken Sayings: If you control the flow of information, you can control the conversation around important issues. If you control the flow of information, you can control the conversation around important issues. If you can control the conversation, you can change this country.
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Al Franken Sayings: The nature of the Internet and the importance of net neutrality is that innovation can The nature of the Internet and the importance of net neutrality is that innovation can come from everyone.
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Al Franken Sayings: I don't consider myself an artist necessarily, but craftsmen or people in the arts, their I don't consider myself an artist necessarily, but craftsmen or people in the arts, their spiritualism is sort of when you're writing well or performing well or doing whatever you do well, there's an element of that that's either God-given, a talent that you're not necessarily responsible for.
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Al Franken Sayings: And I think that being able to make people laugh and write a book that's And I think that being able to make people laugh and write a book that's funny makes the information go down a lot easier and it makes it a lot more fun to read, easier to understand, and often stronger. So there's all kinds of advantages to it.
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Al Franken Sayings: Harvard's Kennedy School of Government asked me to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Harvard's Kennedy School of Government asked me to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. After my varied and celebrated career in television, movies, publishing, and the lucrative world of corporate speaking, being a fellow at Harvard seemed, frankly, like a step down.
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Al Franken Sayings: It's the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature, and then you. It's the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature, and then you.
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Al Franken Sayings: Bob Dole used to be really funny. Barney Frank can be kind of funny. Bob Bob Dole used to be really funny. Barney Frank can be kind of funny. Bob Kerrey has a good sense of humor.
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Al Franken Sayings: During Vietnam, I was in college, enjoying my student deferment. The government wisely felt that, During Vietnam, I was in college, enjoying my student deferment. The government wisely felt that, in my case, military service was less important than completing my studies to prepare me for my chosen career: comedian.
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Al Franken Sayings: Whining is anger through a small opening. Whining is anger through a small opening.
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Al Franken Sayings: I know I have an awful lot to learn from the people of Minnesota. I know I have an awful lot to learn from the people of Minnesota.
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Al Franken Sayings: Gary Bauer is a very good - he's a good friend of mine. Gary Bauer is a very good - he's a good friend of mine.
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Al Franken Sayings: Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gate. The guy who Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gate. The guy who ran it at first misled pretty much everybody about how much capital we had. He said we had enough to go three years without making money, and we had enough to go three weeks.
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Al Franken Sayings: Some of my colleagues seem more interested in using every procedural method possible to keep Some of my colleagues seem more interested in using every procedural method possible to keep the Senate from doing anything than they are in creating jobs or helping Americans struggling in a difficult economy.
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Al Franken Sayings: Terrorism, to me, is the use of terror for political purpose, and terror is indiscriminate Terrorism, to me, is the use of terror for political purpose, and terror is indiscriminate murder of civilians to make a political point.
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Al Franken Sayings: My dad loved comedians, especially George Jessel, and he loved Henny Youngman and Buddy Hackett. My dad loved comedians, especially George Jessel, and he loved Henny Youngman and Buddy Hackett.
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Al Franken Sayings: It's not preppies, cause I'm a preppie myself. I just don't like homosexuals. If you It's not preppies, cause I'm a preppie myself. I just don't like homosexuals. If you ask me, they're all homosexuals in the Pudding. Hey, I was glad when that Pudding homosexual got killed in Philadelphia.
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Al Franken Sayings: I think if you're going to do a movie about Reagan, you do it about I think if you're going to do a movie about Reagan, you do it about the fact that he created the huge deficit, that he armed the Mujahideen, that he armed Saddam, that he armed Iran, that he armed two-thirds of the Axis of Evil, and that he funded terrorists in Central America. He was, in my mind, a terrible president.
Al Franken Sayings: Service dogs raise their masters' sense of well-being. Service dogs raise their masters' sense of well-being.
Al Franken Sayings: In my first week as a U.S. senator, I had the privilege of participating in In my first week as a U.S. senator, I had the privilege of participating in the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Al Franken Sayings: WHAT DO WE WANT?! PATIENCE! WHEN DO WE WANT IT?! NOW! WHAT DO WE WANT?! PATIENCE! WHEN DO WE WANT IT?! NOW!
Al Franken Sayings: If you look at terrorists, they really have no sense of humor. If you look at terrorists, they really have no sense of humor.
Al Franken Sayings: The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.
Al Franken Sayings: I do personal attacks only on people who specialize in personal attacks. I do personal attacks only on people who specialize in personal attacks.
Al Franken Sayings: I'm crushed by the responsibility of writing a satirical book. I'm crushed by the responsibility of writing a satirical book.
Al Franken Sayings: When the president during the campaign said he was against nation building, I didn't realize When the president during the campaign
said he was against nation building,
I didn't realize he meant our nation.
Al Franken Sayings: When you win an election, what you really win is a chance to go to When you win an election, what you really win is a chance to go to work for working families who need a voice in Minnesota.
Al Franken Sayings: As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our As a source of innovation, an engine of our economy, and a forum for our political discourse, the Internet can only work if it's a truly level playing field. Small businesses should have the same ability to reach customers as powerful corporations. A blogger should have the same ability to find an audience as a media conglomerate.
Al Franken Sayings: When I first started writing for television in the seventies and eighties, the Internet didn't When I first started writing for television in the seventies and eighties, the Internet didn't exist, and we didn't need to worry about foreign websites illegally distributing the latest TV shows and blockbuster movies online.
Al Franken Sayings: There's no comparison between NPR and the propaganda that you hear from Rush or from There's no comparison between NPR and the propaganda that you hear from Rush or from Sean Hannity, the news movement conservatives that are just laying out, slathering out the disinformation and the lies, as I discuss in my book, 'Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.'
Al Franken Sayings: You can't change your fingerprints. You have only ten of them. And you leave them You can't change your fingerprints. You have only ten of them. And you leave them on everything you touch; they are definitely not a secret.
Al Franken Sayings: In our political system, money is power. And that means a few can have a In our political system, money is power. And that means a few can have a lot more power than the rest. That's bad news for everyone else - and for our democracy itself.
Al Franken Sayings: It's hard to have that debate around secret programs authorized by secret legal opinions issued It's hard to have that debate around secret programs authorized by secret legal opinions issued by a secret court. Actually, it's impossible to have that debate.
Al Franken Sayings: I want a president who can handle a cream soda. I want a president who can handle a cream soda.
Al Franken Sayings: Minnesotans lost their jobs because the credit rating agencies didn't do the only job they're Minnesotans lost their jobs because the credit rating agencies didn't do the only job they're supposed to have, the only job they had, which is to give accurate, objective ratings to financial products.
Al Franken Sayings: Some of George W. Bush's friends say that Bush believes God called him to be Some of George W. Bush's friends say that Bush believes God called him to be president during these times of trial. But God told me that He/She/It had actually chosen Al Gore by making sure that Gore won the popular vote and, God thought, the Electoral College. 'That worked for everyone else,' God said.
Al Franken Sayings: The Republican agenda is a radical vision in which Medicaid is slashed to the bone The Republican agenda is a radical vision in which Medicaid is slashed to the bone - in which we start to balance the budget on the backs of, literally, our most vulnerable citizens.
Al Franken Sayings: I grew up in Minnesota, where we treasure our tradition of civic engagement - and I grew up in Minnesota, where we treasure our tradition of civic engagement - and our record of having the nation's highest voter participation.
Al Franken Sayings: My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We weren't rich - but we felt secure.
Al Franken Sayings: If I put myself on the ballot and even 50 people voted for me, it'd If I put myself on the ballot and even 50 people voted for me, it'd be a travesty.
Al Franken Sayings: I'm a perfectionist and if I start making changes, I'll never stop. I'm a perfectionist and if I start making changes, I'll never stop.
Al Franken Sayings: Humor and seriousness are not in opposition to each other. Humor and seriousness are not in opposition to each other.
Al Franken Sayings: The crash of 2008 was driven in no small part by unfair practices in the The crash of 2008 was driven in no small part by unfair practices in the mortgage industry, which led to many consumers becoming trapped in loans they didn't understand and couldn't afford.
Al Franken Sayings: I once asked the most fabulous couple I know, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, how they I once asked the most fabulous couple I know, Madonna and Guy Ritchie, how they kept things fresh despite having been married for almost seven months. 'It's a job, Al,' Guy told me. 'We work at it every day.'
Al Franken Sayings: I'm a bit of a shill for the Clinton Administration, which has its perks. I'm I'm a bit of a shill for the Clinton Administration, which has its perks. I'm invited to all the inaugural balls.
Al Franken Sayings: I am a Minnesotan, and not just because I root for the Vikings and the I am a Minnesotan, and not just because I root for the Vikings and the Twins. I like the Minnesota-nice sensibility. I like the liberal tradition; I like the Hubert Humphrey tradition fighting for civil rights.
Al Franken Sayings: There is a subset of Democrats who tend to mis-fill out ballots. The way you There is a subset of Democrats who tend to mis-fill out ballots. The way you mark the ballot is like an S.A.T. - you fill in the circle. And the subset of people who tend to, like, put a check there instead, or an X, or fill it out wrong, tend to be people who didn't take S.A.T.s, or first-time voters, or people with English as a second language.
Al Franken Sayings: The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota and getting involved in politics. I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008, but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together the progressive network in the upper Midwest.
Al Franken Sayings: I don't know what happens to you after you die. I'm not banking on there I don't know what happens to you after you die. I'm not banking on there being, like, a heaven.
Al Franken Sayings: I think Clinton fatigue was a real thing. It's just hard to get comfortable with I think Clinton fatigue was a real thing. It's just hard to get comfortable with Gore - it was hard for him to project who he is, the person people know in private.
Al Franken Sayings: Apple has long been a leading innovator of mobile technology; I myself own an iPhone. Apple has long been a leading innovator of mobile technology; I myself own an iPhone.
Al Franken Sayings: I'm the New York Jew who actually grew up in Minnesota. I'm the New York Jew who actually grew up in Minnesota.
Al Franken Sayings: I listen to NPR when I listen to the radio, but I don't listen to I listen to NPR when I listen to the radio, but I don't listen to the radio that much. You know, I listen to Garrison Keillor, I listen to 'Prairie Home Companion.'
Al Franken Sayings: At 'SNL,' I wrote political stuff, but I never felt the show should have an At 'SNL,' I wrote political stuff, but I never felt the show should have an axe to grind. But when I left in '95, I could let my own beliefs out.
Al Franken Sayings: If Republicans eliminate Medicare, America will become a country in which you can never retire If Republicans eliminate Medicare, America will become a country in which you can never retire - and once you physically can no longer work, you are desperately poor until you die.
Al Franken Sayings: If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces, that is eventually If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces, that is eventually going to have an effect on soldiers and troops who are actually going to believe that and it's wrong. It's just wrong.
Al Franken Sayings: I believe people have a right to know what's going on with their information and I believe people have a right to know what's going on with their information and how it's collected, how it's stored and who gets it.
Al Franken Sayings: I think the Internet has developed at this incredibly rapid pace because of net neutrality, I think the Internet has developed at this incredibly rapid pace because of net neutrality, because of the free nature of it, because a YouTube can start the way YouTube started.
Al Franken Sayings: When people talked about protecting their privacy when I was growing up, they were talking When people talked about protecting their privacy when I was growing up, they were talking about protecting it from the government. They talked about unreasonable searches and seizures, about keeping the government out of their bedrooms.
Al Franken Sayings: Anybody who deliberately propagandizes with lies should be held up to scorn and ridicule. Anybody who deliberately propagandizes with lies should be held up to scorn and ridicule.
Al Franken Sayings: When you live in New York, one of two things happen - you either become When you live in New York, one of two things happen - you either become a New Yorker, or you feel more like the place you came from.
Al Franken Sayings: If you use a cell phone - as I do - your wireless carrier likely If you use a cell phone - as I do - your wireless carrier likely has records about your physical movements going back months, if not years.
Al Franken Sayings: We owe an historic debt to American Indians. They have a unique set of concerns We owe an historic debt to American Indians. They have a unique set of concerns that haven't been addressed, and I'd like to stand with them. Also, I'd like to get their views on immigration.
Al Franken Sayings: Ralph Nader is a hero. I know Ralph, and I call him up occasionally. He's Ralph Nader is a hero. I know Ralph, and I call him up occasionally. He's helped me out on a couple of occasions when I've given speeches to corporations where he'd have a good ... He'd give me some good information.
Al Franken Sayings: Skepticism turns to cynicism, which leads to apathy and despair, which can cause sleeplessness, dry-mouth, Skepticism turns to cynicism, which leads to apathy and despair, which can cause sleeplessness, dry-mouth, and loss of sex drive.
Al Franken Sayings: When the Constitution was written, the founders had no way of anticipating the new technologies When the Constitution was written, the founders had no way of anticipating the new technologies that would evolve in the coming centuries.
Al Franken Sayings: One thing I've noticed about politics is that these guys have pretty thick hides. One thing I've noticed about politics is that these guys have pretty thick hides.
Al Franken Sayings: My daughter became a teacher right out of college. My daughter became a teacher right out of college.
Al Franken Sayings: Our laws need to reflect the evolution of technology and the changing expectations of American Our laws need to reflect the evolution of technology and the changing expectations of American society. This is why the Constitution is often called a 'living' document.
Al Franken Sayings: My views about God come from my dad. Dad told me that he believed Nature, My views about God come from my dad. Dad told me that he believed Nature, which to him included humankind, to be so beautiful, so magnificent, that there had to be something behind it all.
Al Franken Sayings: I got interested in politics during the civil rights movement and then Vietnam. I got interested in politics during the civil rights movement and then Vietnam.
Al Franken Sayings: Let's keep the Internet weird. Let's keep the Internet free. Let's keep the Internet weird. Let's keep the Internet free.
Al Franken Sayings: I also focus on Bush and his administration - who do a lot of lying I also focus on Bush and his administration - who do a lot of lying - and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get away with a lot of stuff that, in a different media environment, they probably wouldn't be able to get away with.
Al Franken Sayings: I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people. I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people.
Al Franken Sayings: I want to reclaim 'liberal.' I'm a liberal, and I think most Americans are liberals. I want to reclaim 'liberal.' I'm a liberal, and I think most Americans are liberals.
Al Franken Sayings: Well, I think that there's a value to comedy in and of itself. Well, I think that there's a value to comedy in and of itself.
Al Franken Sayings: If you want a free email service that doesn't use your words to target ads If you want a free email service that doesn't use your words to target ads to you, you'll have to figure out how to port years and years of Gmail messages somewhere else, which is about as easy as developing your own free email service.
Al Franken Sayings: The civil rights movement was very important in my house, and then Vietnam was very The civil rights movement was very important in my house, and then Vietnam was very important 'cause there were two boys, so I came of age during a very heated political climate.
Al Franken Sayings: There are as many forms of advice as there are colors of the rainbow. Remember There are as many forms of advice as there are colors of the rainbow. Remember that good advice can come from bad people and bad advice from good people. The important thing about advice is that it is simply that. Advice.
Al Franken Sayings: I've never understood why we would want to deny all the joys - and the I've never understood why we would want to deny all the joys - and the challenges - of marriage to anyone. Which is why I think any loving, committed couple - gay or straight - should be able to get married.
Al Franken Sayings: I'm sure I've devoted enough thought to Rush Limbaugh for one lifetime. I'm sure I've devoted enough thought to Rush Limbaugh for one lifetime.
Al Franken Sayings: I ask the American people not to fall victim to disinformation. There are no death I ask the American people not to fall victim to disinformation. There are no death panels. The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit.
Al Franken Sayings: Liberals don't hate America. We love America more than Ann Coulter does. I love it Liberals don't hate America. We love America more than Ann Coulter does. I love it enough to engage my readers honestly.