An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The best interviews -- like the best biographies -- should sing the strangeness and variety of the human race.


Lynn Barber


The politician being interviewed clearly takes a great deal of trouble to imagine an ending to his sentence: and if he stopped short? His entire policy would be jeopardized!


Roland Barthes (1915-1980, French semiologist)


The media no longer ask those who know something to share that knowledge with the public. Instead they ask those who know nothing to represent the ignorance of the public and, in so doing, to legitimate it.


Serge Daney (1944-1992, French film critic)


Between cultivated minds the first interview is the best.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


If, Sir, I possessed the power of conveying unlimited sexual attraction through the potency of my voice, I would not be reduced to accepting a miserable pittance from the BBC for interviewing a faded female in a damp basement.


Gilbert Harding


I'm notorious for giving a bad interview. I'm an actor and I can't help but feel I'm boring when I'm on as myself.


Rock Hudson


Never try to look into both eyes at the same time. Switch your gaze from one eye to the other. That signals warmth and sincerity.


Dorothy Sarnoff


It is not every question that deserves an answer.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


My opposition [to interviews] lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


It rots a writer's brain, it cretinises you. You say the same thing again and again, and when you do that happily you're well on the way to being a cretin. Or a politician.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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