Ira Glass quotes

  • The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.
    -- Ira Glass

    #Important

  • Great stories happen to those who can tell them.
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    #Inspirational #Stories

  • We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.
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    #Empathy #Joy #World

  • Not enough gets said about the importance of abandoning crap.
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    #Enough #Said #Importance

  • You can criticize yourself to a point to do something better, or you criticize yourself to a point where you inhibit yourself.
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    #Criticize #Something Better

  • I cannot stress enough that the answer to a lot of your life's questions is often in someone else's face. Try putting your iPhones down every once in a while and look at people's faces.
    -- Ira Glass

    #Inspirational #Graduation #Stress

  • I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of years where they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be.
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    #Heart #Years #Interesting

  • ...these stories are a kind of beacon. By making stories full of empathy and amusement and the sheer pleasure of discovering the world, these writers reassert the fact that we live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.
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    #Joy #Empathy #Facts

  • What nobody tells people who are beginners… is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not… your taste is why your work disappoints you… We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this… It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
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    #Couple #Ambition #Years

  • You will be fierce. You will fearless. And you will make work you know in your heart is not as good as you want it to be.
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    #Heart #Fearless #Want

  • You'd think that radio was around long enough that someone would have coined a word for staring into space.
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    #Thinking #Space #Long

  • It takes a while. It's gonna take you a while. It's normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.
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    #Graduation #Fighting #Way

  • You just have to fight your way through.
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    #Fighting #Way

  • I dont meet many people who are talking about shows on Showtime.
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    #Talking #People #Shows

  • I dont take care of my voice at all, which is one reason that I sound as bad as I do.
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    #Voice #Sound #Care

  • Honestly, there are so many things about structuring a story for film and telling a story for film that are really different from doing radio.
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    #Different #Stories #Radio

  • Honestly, I am so ignorant of how dance works that I cant even imagine a story that you would want to tell through movement.
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    #Ignorant #Stories #Movement

  • I dont know how to read. I get all my news from Jon Stewart every day.
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    #News

  • I didnt have any particular talent for fiction. I took a class in college.
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    #College #Class #Fiction

  • I can only control what I can control.
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  • I am mostly a pretty worried person. In conversations, I am always worried about what to say.
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    #Worried #Conversation #Persons

  • I dont go looking for stories with the idea of wrongness in my head, no. But the fact is, a lot of great stories hinge on people being wrong.
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    #Ideas #People #Stories

  • I think good radio often uses the techniques of fiction: characters, scenes, a big urgent emotional question. And as in the best fiction, tone counts for a lot.
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    #Character #Emotional #Thinking

  • I wish that someone had said to me that it's normal to feel lost for a little while.
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    #Funny Graduation #Wish #Littles

  • ...uncorny, human sized drama
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    #Drama #Humans

  • It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.
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    #Ambition #Gaps #Volume

  • Just when did I get to the point when staying at a hotel wasn't fun?
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    #Stay Strong #Strong #Fun

  • You will be stupid. You will worry your parents. You will question your own choices, your relationships, your jobs, your friends, where you live, what you studied in college, that you went to college at all... If that happens, you're doing it right.
    -- Ira Glass

    #Jobs #Stupid #College

  • I seen a pig so big it’d block out the sun.
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    #Block #Pigs #Sun

  • In some theoretical way I know that a half-million people hear the show. But in a day-to-day way, there's not much evidence of it.
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    #People #Half #Way

  • Don't wait till you're older, or in some better job than you have now. Don't wait for anything. Don't wait till some magical...idea drops into your lap. That's not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it'll show up. Begin now.
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    #Jobs #Ideas #Waiting

  • Go looking for an idea and it'll show up. Begin now.
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    #Ideas #Shows

  • I suppose I shouldn't go around admitting I speak untruths on the radio.
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    #Admitting #Radio #Speak

  • When I say something untrue on the air, I mean for it to be transparently untrue. I assume people know when I'm just saying something for effect. Or to be funny.
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    #Mean #Air #People

  • It's hard to make something that's interesting. It's really, really hard. It's like a law of nature, a law of aerodynamics, that anything that's written or anything that's created wants to be mediocre. The natural state of all writing is mediocrity... So what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is such an act of will...
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    #Writing #Aerodynamics #Law

  • Many times I see you as a portrait of torture.
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    #Portraits #Torture

  • Nobody tells people who are beginners - and I really wish somebody had told this to me - that all of us who do creative work... get into it because we have good taste.
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    #People #Creative #Wish

  • It is only by going through a volume of work that... your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I've ever met. It's gonna take awhile. It's normal to take awhile. You've just gotta fight your way through.
    -- Ira Glass

    #Ambition #Fighting #Way

  • Where do ideas come from? Ideas come from other ideas.
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    #Ideas

  • But sadly, one of the problems with being on public radio is that people tend to think you're being sincere all the time.
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    #Thinking #People #Radio

  • But you can make good radio, interesting radio, great radio even, without an urgent question, a burning issue at stake.
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    #Issues #Interesting #Burning

  • It's not a terribly original thing to say, but I love Raymond Carver. For one thing, he's fun to read out loud.
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    #Fun #Loud #Carver

  • We're Jews, my family, and Jews break down into two distinct subcultures: book Jews and money Jews. We were money Jews.
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    #Book #Two #My Family

  • Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question.
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    #Different #Needs #Purpose

  • One reason I do the live shows - and the monthly speeches at public radio stations - is to remind myself that people hear the show, that it has an audience, that it exists in the world. It's so easy to forget that.
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    #People #World #Speech

  • If you're not failing all the time, you're not creating a situation where you can get lucky.
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    #Writing #Creating #Lucky

  • You'll hit gold more often if you simply try out a lot of things.
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    #Trying #Gold

  • You just want to try a bunch of stuff, because you don't know what's going to be great.
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    #Trying #Want #Stuff