I'm like the kid in kindergarten I really do send valentines to everyone.
The craft Emmys are kind of the kids' table at Thanksgiving. You're not really invited to the big dance. It's still really really exciting and the statue still counts.
It's so warm now and Thanksgiving came so early - is it just me or does it not really feel like Ramadan?
If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner it's really like making a large chicken.
I know. I'm lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have 'til December right?
I get half a million just to show up at parties. My life is like really really fun.
I have no way of knowing how people really feel but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back.
I cooked at the White House for Easter last year with Michelle Obama. But it more had to do with cooking from the organic garden and her message. I took my daughter and granddaughter there and they were really charming it was great.
It felt very natural to me to write a Christmas song but at the same time I had to really put all sorts of pressure aside and just let the creativity flow and see what came out.
Yes my first memory of singing in general was of a Christmas song. And then listening to Christmas music was really the first music I was ever connected to.
I'm well-travelled so I can see places coming up. I went to St. Croix in the West Indies at Christmas and it had been hit by a really bad tornado. Values there have gone down but I guarantee they will be up again in eight years. So I'll get in now while it's cheap as chips.
I never really did Christmas before. Christmas Day? I mean - what's that? What's it all about? I was always flying on Christmas Day.
We never really had any kind of a Christmas. This is one part where my memory fails me completely.
Well the album 'Intuition' is out and just went platinum officially. So I think to have the music doing what it's doing right now man it's the ultimate. Nobody is really selling records out there but we are at a million records and we dropped it at Christmas so we are just trying to get that thing to like two million you know.
There's never really been a real hood Christmas movie.
I've always loved Christmas and that's not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It's always a magical time and I'm unashamed in my love for Christmas.
I love giving gifts and I love receiving them. I really like giving little kids extravagant gifts. You see their little faces light up and they get excited. If it's a really good gift I love receiving it like jewels small islands.
I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I've talked to coal miners and that's really hard work.
I suppose for me as an artist it wasn't always just about expressing my work I really wanted more than anything else to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.
I like to talk about my obsession with french fries because I don't want people to think that 'Let's Move' is about complete utter deprivation. It's about moderation and real-life changes and ideas that really work for families.
When you're around me and really see that all I do is live and breathe for my work it's not strange it's just Gaga.
Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
All I do really is go to work and try to be professional be on time and be prepared.
You can work really hard but if you're not training in the right way you're not going to improve and get to the level that you want to.
A big part of who I am is just the way I was raised. Nobody is better than anyone else and if you really work hard you might get lucky and get what you want.
I don't mean to be arrogant and I really appreciate my fans but talking about what I am doing is not something I'm good at. I do what I do and that's it. I want to get back to my work and do more of it instead of talking about it.
Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold.
Don't ever ever believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there's always somebody behind you who really wants to do what you're doing. And they're going to work harder than you if you're not working hard.
I have to work really hard eight shows a week to get a nice check as an actor. But when I write a play and it's a - knock wood - hit the checks come in for many years.
Look I eat really well and I work out but I also indulge when I want to. I don't starve myself in an extremist way. You're not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I'd be devastated.
One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
I like Cinderella I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end and I'm a big shoe girl.
I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of 'work ' because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don't always want to do. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep.
I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we're all put on this planet for a purpose and we all have a different purpose... When you connect with that love and that compassion that's when everything unfolds.
People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.
I wasn't really a work conscious type of person.
I think I am really irreverent and I pretty much just talk to and about men the way men talk to and about women.
Men are going to go out on the road and they're going to find other women. So if you really want to save yourself a whole lot of heartache do not fall in love with somebody in a band. Just don't.
Then I read Little Women and of course like a lot of really young girls I was very taken with Jo - Jo being the writer and the misfit.
Men need to understand and women too what feminism is really about.
I don't really care what people tell children - when you believe in Santa Claus the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy one more fib won't hurt. But I am infuriated by the growing notion posited in some touchy-feely quarters that all women are or can be beautiful.
If you ask men why they did a good job they'll say 'I'm awesome. Obviously. Why are you even asking?' If you ask women why they did a good job what they'll say is someone helped them they got lucky they worked really hard.
A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
I've been out with some extremely beautiful women who have had no sex appeal whatsoever. It really is a lot more than skin deep.
And what I saw happening is that women don't make one decision to leave the workforce. They makes lots of little decisions really far in advance that kind of inevitably lead them there.
In their 30s women really start to live... they're not children anymore and they're not just mothers.
When I meet large women who walk with confidence and are articulate and really have an understanding of how they walk in this world I love them so deeply for being able to overcome such unbelievable odds.
I noticed in the past a lot of guys who like strong women they really freak out if you're not strong 24/7. Or they complain about you being strong then the moment you're not strong they're like 'Oh no no no.'
I have said this many times that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men but not for mediocre women and we really have to work very very hard.
I think women are really good at making friends and not good at networking. Men are good at networking and not necessarily making friends. That's a gross generalization but I think it holds in many ways.
A Code of Honor: Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she's really attractive.
So many women just don't know how great they really are. They come to us all vogue outside and vague on the inside.
I can't understand why the front pages of newspapers can cover bird flu and swine flu and everybody is up in arms about that and we still haven't really woken up to the fact that so many women in sub-Saharan Africa - 60 percent of people in - infected with HIV are women.
I think women are concerned too much with their clothes. Men don't really care that much about women's clothes. If they like a girl chances are they'll like her clothes.
I don't get this whole super-skinny obsession. I really think women look more beautiful when they let their curves show.
Comedy can be especially in a writer's room really aggressive kind of a very male-dominated room and it would be hard for women. It's not a nurturing place. It's not like a lot of women are going to say I can't wait to live that lifestyle and be in a writer's room until 2 or 3 a.m.
I'm for women choosing whatever they want to do but they have to really know what they are doing.
I find very often that very ugly women have really handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition. Sometimes handsome men have avoided me.
I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me 'black feminist' does not do that. I need a word that is organic that really comes out of the culture that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it's just... womanish.
Really every woman is an example to me because as women we go through so much pain. We have to live this perfect life when we are messed up inside. We all go through trials and tribulations.
If you don't love yourself you can't love anybody else. And I think as women we really forget that.
Women rule the world. It's not really worth fighting because they know what they're doing. Ask Napoleon. Ask Adam. Ask Richard Burton or Richie Sambora. Many a man has crumbled.
Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
The only people you can really share certain things with in secret are your girlfriends.
I don't want to put a pause on the rest of my life I'm really enjoying getting older and the wisdom that comes from that.
Clinton is a big personality who has led a big life and for some of the media conventional wisdom to boil it down to a view that 'all people are really interested in' are a few moments of madness in the Oval Office gets him the importance of the presidency and the significance of his life all wrong.
You know how people always talk about how vision is the key to entrepreneurship and perseverance and really seeing what other people don't see? We can actually redeem a fair amount of that folk wisdom.
I don't think I really have any wisdom. Stay out of trouble. Good luck. Stay away from women because they will burn you haha.
After I had the Caesarean I was told I had really strong stomach muscles and so would heal very quickly. And I did. I was up walking about within three hours. Six days after having her I was out shopping and shortly after that I made it to David Walliams' wedding.
My wedding was at home so I didn't really want to wear a veil in my house. Instead I wore a lot of diamond hair clips. They were brooches actually designed by Lorraine Schwartz.
It gave me a lot of pleasure and pride that 90 percent of the crew for 'Monsoon Wedding ' and most of my film are women. We get the work done you know much lesser play of ego... And I really believe in harmony I believe in working in a spirit of egolessness and that the film is bigger than all of us.
A big part of being in a wedding is the financial obligation and that's something that people don't really talk about but if you're asked to be in a wedding you're gonna have to fork over some cash.
I think a lot of people get so obsessed with the wedding and the expense of the wedding that they miss out on what the real purpose is. It's not about a production number it's about a meaningful moment between two people that's witnessed by people that they actually really know and care about.
I don't ever really feel that wearing my wedding ring is what determines me being married or not.
I really did put up all my wedding pictures on my website. And I swear to you my wedding pictures got downloaded just as much as my bikini pictures.
One nuclear war is going to be the last nuclear - the last war frankly if it really gets out of hand. And I just don't think we ought to be prepared to accept that sort of thing.
When my grandfather died I started adopting some of his accents to sort of remind myself of him. A homage. He was a war hero and he was really great with his hands.
You know the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked and you made a living if you could and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.
I did a production of 'Journey's End ' an RC Sherriff play about World War I at the Edinburgh Festival. I was 18 and it was the first time that people I knew and loved and respected came up to me after the show and said 'You know you could really do this if you wanted to.'
I'm finding myself really angry over spending and the deficit. I'm finding myself really angry over what's happening in the Middle East the decision to stay in Afghanistan indefinitely. I'm angry about cap and trade. And I've been on record for a long time on the failed war on drugs.
Australians are coffee snobs. An influx of Italian immigrants after World War II ensured that - we probably had the word 'cappuccino' about 20 years before America. Cafe culture is really big for Aussies. We like to work hard but we take our leisure time seriously.
Really when it comes to gay rights there's two wars going on. The first war is political. But the culture war is over.
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own.
A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Also I used to think that one day I might get someone to iron my shirts but the truth is I really like doing them myself.
The three-year-old who lies about taking a cookie isn't really a liar after all. He simply can't control his impulses. He then convinces himself of a new truth and eager for your approval reports the version that he knows will make you happy.
In the process of telling the truth about what you feel or what you see each of us has to get in touch with himself or herself in a really deep serious way.
The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.
The truth is I had always wanted to be a comedian but I really didn't have that kind of personality and it's a terrifying thing to say.
Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it or thinks he does as it is to its victims the second it crushes the first it intoxicates. The truth is nobody really possesses it.
It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else's meal like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.
The truth is hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature to those who really like to study people is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s would go back and tell the KGB about people and places and things that he'd seen and done and been involved with. This is not really espionage there's no betrayal of trust.
I don't really trust a sane person.
A man who does not trust himself will never really trust anybody.
It's good to have a manager who shares your interests or goals. You can presumably trust a husband. I don't know if it's the best way to work. I really shouldn't discuss this.
My biggest challenge is trust and really believing that trust in letting things just happen personally and professionally and trust with myself. But I'm getting better at it.
As a Christian I think it's really important to find a man of God to trust and be supportive of me.