Hal Holbrook Famous Quotes & Sayings

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36 Hal Holbrook Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Hal Holbrook Sayings: We live in a democracy. We have this extraordinary opportunity to use our mind and We live in a democracy. We have this extraordinary opportunity to use our mind and say what we think, speak as we think. Sometimes what we say is objectionable to other people. But that is part of a free society.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: I like to be who I am. I like to be who I am.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: I tended to lean toward character work. I love to disguise myself. I tended to lean toward character work. I love to disguise myself.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: Look, see, learn, become a citizen of Mankind, not just Hannibal, Missouri. That is the Look, see, learn, become a citizen of Mankind, not just Hannibal, Missouri. That is the message of [Mark] Twain.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: [Mark] Twain is pointing at you. You, the reader of the book one hundred and [Mark] Twain is pointing at you. You, the reader of the book one hundred and thirty years ago and today. That is what has made it a great American novel and the most widely read book in American Literature around the world today.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: What are we going to do about the injuries to our country still going on What are we going to do about the injuries to our country still going on right in front of our eyes? It gets me out of bed in the morning. It makes me mad enough to get my blood up and want to get out there with [Mark] Twain and get it said and that is why I still hit the road and go out on the stage and keep working at staying alive.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: Lobbyists in Washington are making six figure salaries selling our government out to the corporate Lobbyists in Washington are making six figure salaries selling our government out to the corporate interests and we just sit and smile as if nothing is happening while the poor folks are getting poorer and their pharmaceutical bills rise.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: I don't have a director. The audience directs me. I don't have a director. The audience directs me.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: There was so much to learn and it was all fun. But the best part There was so much to learn and it was all fun. But the best part was getting a laugh from an audience. That was like drowning in candy.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: Death ends a life. But it doesn't end a relationship. Death ends a life. But it doesn't end a relationship.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: If we want to understand the actions of a man in the early 1860's, put If we want to understand the actions of a man in the early 1860's, put yourself back there in his shoes. As a young man he began piloting steamboats on the Mississippi, a job he loved and wanted to do the rest of his life, he said. The Civil War ended traffic on the River and his job. He wrote about it in A History of A Campaign That Failed. He said: "I joined the Confederacy, served for two weeks, deserted, and the Confederacy fell." His attachment to the Southern ideal of slavery does not appear very sturdy.
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Hal Holbrook Sayings: The interesting scope of Mark Twain's development as a human being is that he grew. The interesting scope of Mark Twain's development as a human being is that he grew. He saw, he travelled, he studied this country and later the world with the eye of a man educating himself. This is a central fact in the Mark Twain legacy. He became an American spokesman for the ideals of racial equality and dignity for the working man because he was willing to look the world in its face and see, really see what was happening to the people in it.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: We don't have truth delivered to us very often, especially in this very commercialized world. We don't have truth delivered to us very often, especially in this very commercialized world.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Mark Twain cannot be defined. Mark Twain cannot be defined.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: [Mark] Twain called Congress "the only distinctly native criminal class in America. We've lately sent [Mark] Twain called Congress "the only distinctly native criminal class in America. We've lately sent a United States Senator to the penitentiary." That was a fact.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: This is a deep and personal topic in our society today. Read the papers. America This is a deep and personal topic in our society today. Read the papers. America is hurting because of it. For God's sake, speak up. Don't we need to learn respect for people's feelings? What is going to school for? To learn how to add?
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I've had a very full career in the theater, on stage, in films and on I've had a very full career in the theater, on stage, in films and on television.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: You can go into Mark Twain's material and prove anything you want. He was against You can go into Mark Twain's material and prove anything you want. He was against war. He was for war. He was against rich people and he was for them. He was a kaleidoscope.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I developed a resistance to authority. Not to discipline - I learned that. But to I developed a resistance to authority. Not to discipline - I learned that. But to authority. I like to think for myself. And I like to cause trouble.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: To communicate with each other, we got to get mad at each other sometimes. To communicate with each other, we got to get mad at each other sometimes.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: [Mark] Twain was a publisher. He published General Grant's Memoirs (a big success) and had [Mark] Twain was a publisher. He published General Grant's Memoirs (a big success) and had a hand in the publishing of many of his own books. He would, I think, be very keen about the question of how a book would sell.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Why do I keep performing at my age? What else am I going to do? Why do I keep performing at my age? What else am I going to do? Play golf? I tried that years ago and all I did was cuss. I can do that without the walk, cuss at Congress and let [Mark]Twain do it. "Imagine that you were an idiot. And then imagine that you were a member of Congress. Wait - I've repeated myself."
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Success is no longer content. It's how it sells. Success is no longer content. It's how it sells.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Please don't refer to me as "channeling Mark Twain." I'm an actor. Not a channeler. Please don't refer to me as "channeling Mark Twain." I'm an actor. Not a channeler. That word is an iPhone shortcut. Acting is more eloquent than that.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I think I may drop dead on the stage someday. I hate to think of I think I may drop dead on the stage someday. I hate to think of it. But it's getting tough on me, the travel. The show, I somehow manage to rise up to it, you know. But I have no desire to retire.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I never, ever update Mark Twain. I don't modernize it. I let the audience update I never, ever update Mark Twain. I don't modernize it. I let the audience update the material. When I go out on stage, I'm trying to make the audience believe they're looking at this guy who died 104 years ago and listening to him and saying to themselves, "Jesus, he could be talking about today." And that's the point.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: One of the problems with putting Huck Finn into a movie or on the stage One of the problems with putting Huck Finn into a movie or on the stage is, you always make the white people stupid and racist. The point is, they don't know they're racist.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Mark Twain married the daughter of one of New York State's leading Abolitionists, Jervis Langdon, Mark Twain married the daughter of one of New York State's leading Abolitionists, Jervis Langdon, who helped Frederick Douglass who became the great Negro leader to escape from slavery.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: Politics has become incendiary. People don't find it so funny now so I have to Politics has become incendiary. People don't find it so funny now so I have to be careful, but I have to wake them up with some truths and the truths I aim at them are over 100 years old. Facts that no one can dispute.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I don't play golf. Mark Twain is golf to me. I don't play golf. Mark Twain is golf to me.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: When the audience begins to see the sunrise on that it's hard for them to When the audience begins to see the sunrise on that it's hard for them to turn away from it because they're listening to a man talking to them from over a century ago. And nothing has changed. So what are you going to do about that?
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I got a feeling about political correctness. I hate it. It causes us to lie I got a feeling about political correctness. I hate it. It causes us to lie silently instead of saying what we think.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I walked the streets of New York for two years begging for a job, and I walked the streets of New York for two years begging for a job, and I couldn't get one.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: I have a suicide impulse. I have a suicide impulse.
Hal Holbrook Sayings: There's no good guys and bad guys. There's no good guys and bad guys.