When you are mute, you become a good listener - it's all one-way. You appreciate the written word. You appreciate the sound.
Stuttering is painful. In Sunday school, I'd try to read my lessons, and the children behind me were falling on the floor with laughter.
There's nothing I would retire for, so I won't retire.
I think self-criticism is sort of a given when you're an actor. It's also about being curious and not being flippant. Anyone who accepts being in this noble profession is automatically self-critical.
Speech is a very important aspect of being human. A whisper doesn't cut it.
People who lusted after Marilyn Monroe had no idea she stuttered. It is the secret of her sexiness, actually.
You don't build a bond without being present.
More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most, I go back to my grandfather.
The goal wasn't to be a millionaire or to be a Hollywood star. That was not the goal. The goal was something about - the goal was to find the goal, but I knew where it was.
I think stutterers are funny. And I know it's rude and politically incorrect to laugh at stutterers. But I think it is okay because I know why they're funny. They make people nervous. People think, when on earth are they going to get the word out, so they start laughing out of their own nervousness.
In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia.
Writing can give full meaning to characters and avoid pure stereotype.
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
So I was determined to use my last two years in college doing something I thought I would enjoy, which was acting. And it was probably because there was girls over in the drama school too, you know?
The arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation, but we haven't gotten there yet.
The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will loose.
Even during the rationing period, during World War II, we didn't have the anxiety that we'd starve, because we grew our own potatoes, you know? And our own hogs, and our own cows and stuff, you know.
There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond.
One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.
One day, my youngest uncle - the other one who was first to go to college, Randy - and I were sitting out on the front porch. And he was brilliant. He ended up - he just retired from Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.