Michael J. Fox

Born: June 9, 1961

Occupation: Actor

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Michael J. Fox

No matter how much fame you have, it's not something that belongs to you. If I'm famous, that doesn't belong to me-that belongs to you. If you can't remember who I am, I'm no longer famous.

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Pay attention to what's happening around you. Read the book before you see the movie. Remember, though you, alone, are responsible for your own happiness, its still okay to feel responsible for someone...

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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it saved my ass.

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If you fixate on the worst-case scenario and it actually happens, you’ve lived it twice.

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Everybody in the world knew I was before I knew who I was.

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Don't spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice.

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I don't keep up with it all. But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right? What a way to build a career.

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My tattoo is that I don't have a tattoo.

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There are no moments you have frozen in amber. It's moving, it's changing, so appreciate what's good about right now and be ready for what's next.

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I urge you to be challenged and inspired by what you do not know.

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A creative mess is better than idle tidiness.

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The purpose that you wish to find in life, like a cure you seek, is not going to fall from the sky. ...I believe purpose is something for which one is responsible; it's not just divinely assigned.

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It’s all about control. Control is illusory. No matter what university you go to, no matter what degree you hold, if your goal is to become master of your own destiny, you have more to learn. Parkinson’s...

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Happiness is a decision.

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[Constant curiousity leads to happiness:] I wake up curious every day and every day I'm surprised by something. And if I can just recognize that surprise every day and say, 'Oh, that's a new thing, that's...

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When prescribing one of the drugs I take, my doctor warned me of a common side effect: exaggerated, intensely vivid dreams. To be honest, I've never really noticed the difference. I've always dreamt big.

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You suffer the blow, but you capitalize on the opportunity left in its wake.

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If you were to rush into this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal - with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever - in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be...

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If you want to be an agent of change, it starts with you and what you're made of.

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When life takes away, something of greater value is always given in return.

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With Parkinson's, it's like you're in the middle of the street and you're stuck there in cement shoes and you know a bus is coming at you, but you don't know when. You think you can hear it rumbling, but...

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Chris[topher] Reeve wisely parsed the difference between optimism and hope. Unlike optimism, he said, 'Hope is the product of knowledge and the projection of where the knowledge can take us.

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Since I'm not sure of the address to which to send my gratitude, I put it out there in everything I do.

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There's a rule in acting called, 'Don't play the result.' If you have a character who's going to end up in a certain place, don't play that until you get there. Play each scene and each beat as it comes....

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If you allow for the possibilities of something better, you move toward it instinctively.

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There's an idea I came across a few years ago that I love: My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations. That's the key for me. If I can accept...

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My notion of spirituality was different than it is now, but even if I'd been the most fundamentalist of believers, I would have assumed that God had better things to do than arbitrarily smite me with shaking...

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I'm glad I don't have a drinking problem,' I confided, 'because I don't think I'd ever be able to quit.

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I owned a Ferrari, a Range Rover, a Mercedes 560SL convertible, a Jeep Cherokee and a Nissan 300ZX. I can't remember the intricate decision tree I had to climb in order to determine which one to drive...

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He gave life to the breath- oxygen, a simple gas, he transferred into words, ideas, hope.

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Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

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Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.

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My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

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There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

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The least amount of judging we can do, the better off we are.

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I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

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I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.

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One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

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The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be. The more I accept, the more serene I am.

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I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it.

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Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone's watching or not.

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I don't have a set of tenets, but I live an ethical life. I practice a humility that presupposes there's a power greater than myself. And I always believe, don't inflict harm where it's not necessary.

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You've probably read in People that I'm a nice guy - but when the doctor first told me I had Parkinson's, I wanted to kill him.

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In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.

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I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.

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I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given.

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The laughs mean more to me than the adoration. If two girls walk up to me and one says 'you're cute', I'll say thank you, but I appreciate it much more when the other one says 'you make me laugh so much'.

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In fact, Parkinson's has made me a better person. A better husband, father and overall human being.

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I can't be smug, because I know that you can lose anything at any point. And I can't be angry, because I haven't lost it.

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Pain is temporary, film is forever.

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But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it's not how our similarities work together; it's how our differences work together.

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I can't always control my body the way I want to, and I can't control when I feel good or when I don't. I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control how willing I am to step up if somebody needs...

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Teenagers blithely skip off to uncertain futures, while their parents sit weeping curbside in the Volvo, because the adolescent brain isn't yet formed enough to recognize and evaluate risk.

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Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur.

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I believe that the majority of times the scale tilts toward the good. It's this amazing thing that rolls on and if we get in the flow of it, that's God. And if we fight it, if we swim the other way, we're...

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I've never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded.

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Pity is a benign form of abuse.

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I don't have any affirmations, I don't have any of that stuff. My natural state is to look at things as possibilities and as opportunities.

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I don't subscribe to any particular doctrine or ideology. I just think that there's kind of a good and bad, the good being life in its purest, happiest form, and the other being the darker side of existence.

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So what I say about Tracy is this: Tracy's big challenge is not having a Parkinson's patient for a husband. It's having me for a husband. I happen to be a Parkinson's patient.

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That's the way I look at things - if you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens, you've lived it twice. It sounds like Pollyanna-ish tripe but I'm telling you - it works for me.

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I didn't want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls.

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I still play hockey every now and then, and I still golf. But my biggest exercise is walking my big dog in the park every day.

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Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul.

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After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes. Here I was at eighteen years old, getting all these checks.

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By 21, I was earning six figures a week. By 23, I had a Ferrari. It was nuts.

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By the time I entered high school, I had forsaken academics altogether in favor of my burgeoning acting career.

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I always felt that I came up short in the education department, but I've come to the conclusion that we all get an education.

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I definitely believe in a higher power.

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I discovered that I was part of a Parkinson's community with similar experiences and similar questions that I'd been dealing with alone.

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I don't look at life as a battle or as a fight. I don't think I'm scrappy. I'm accepting.

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I don't set a whole lot of goals. It smacks a little bit of will to me, and I find that will is not the way to go for me.

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I don't want people to kick my ass, I just want to get to a point where they can't kick it.

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I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.

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I have a remarkably normal life.

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I have so many things that I say to my kids, I just drive them crazy.

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I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man.

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I truly believe that we have infinite levels of power that we don't even know are available to us.

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I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn't being made.

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I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm an activist, I'm a writer and I'm just a student of the world.

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I'm not a shill for the Democratic Party.

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Just as Parkinson's isn't a big topic of conversation in my house, neither is my career.

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My view of life is colored by humor and looking at the best in any situation.

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My whole life, meeting people is like a blind date, because I feel like they've already seen the video on me.

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My wife is Jewish, and therefore, it's my children's birthright to be Jewish.

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The 'Rescue Me' gig was a unique opportunity to play a character - a misanthropic, angry guy - who was so contrary to how people think of me.

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The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity.

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The thing that brings people to wail at a wall, or face Mecca, or to go to church, is a search for that feeling of purity.

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Vanity's really overrated. When I was 20, teenage girls had my picture on the wall... I don't need to be pretty anymore. I just am who I am.

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When I was younger, I was always described as happy-go-lucky.

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When you're a short actor you stand on apple boxes, you walk on a ramp. When you're a short star everybody else walks in a ditch.

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If I were overweight because I ate too much, I would have far more of a complex. I would know if I just stopped eating and showed a little discipline I would be thin. But there's not a hell of a lot I...

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I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn't have otherwise...

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The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.

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Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.

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I mean, I enjoy my work as an actor. But to make a difference in people's lives through advocacy and through supporting research - that's the kind of privilege that few people will get, and it's certainly...

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I often say now I don't have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson's, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.

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If I don't get food in my mouth, I'm still happy. If my pants are round my ankles, as long as I don't get arrested for indecent exposure, I'm happy. I'm worried about keeping my hair, not how it's combed.

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If you have doubts about someone, lay on a couple of jokes. If he doesn't find anything funny, your radar should be screaming. Then I would say be patient with people who are negative, because they're...

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Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature - that makes me humble.

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Now I feel and I say all the time that vanity is, like, long gone. I'm really free of worrying about what I look like, because it's out of my shaky hands. I don't control it. So why would I waste one second...

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Always be available to your kids. Because if you say, 'Give me five minutes, give me ten minutes,' it'll be 15, it'll be 20. And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they...

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As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.

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As much as Parkinson's is about movement, the end stage is being frozen. So the more I let that happen, the more I'm gonna be stuck within that and unable to reverse it.

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Certainly people have a lot tougher situations than I've had to deal with. But I will say we are all dying from the moment we are born. This is not just rehearsal.

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Humility is always a good thing. It's always a good thing to be humbled by circumstances so you can then come from a sincere place to try to deal with them.

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I didn't just want to be a poster boy and sign on to publicize somebody else's method of operations. If I was going to put myself out there, I wanted to make sure that it was to an end. So I got involved...

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I find as long as I acknowledge the truth of something, then that's it. I know what it is and then I can operate. But if I overestimate the downside of something or the challenge of something and I get...

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I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.

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I have times when I'm off-balance. I have times when I slur my words. I have times when I walk into walls. I have times when I can't remember somebody's name.

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I take the medication for myself so I can transact, not for anyone else. But I am aware that it is empowering for people to see what I do and, for the most part, people in the Parkinson's community are...

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I was eccentric, even as a kid. I was an early reader, an early talker. I was very curious in a way that maybe the other kids weren't. I was a little more outgoing.

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I wouldn't have wanted to miss the opportunity to make those three films that didn't do well. They were really important to me, and the things I learned doing them were important to me.

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I'm also very proud to be a part of a trilogy of films that, if they do nothing else, allow people to check their problems at the door, sit down and have a good time.

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I'm kind of private and I keep things inside a lot, but it's been so wonderful to realize that people care about you in a very deep way and that there is some bond between an actor and his audience. I...

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I've learned some exciting things - mostly, that people really want to help each other; and that, if you can lay out a vision for them - and that vision is sincere and genuine - they'll get interested.

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If you asked my kids to describe me, they'd go through a whole list of words before even thinking about Parkinson's. And honestly, I don't think about it that much either. I talk about it because it's...

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No, I got a GED in my 30s. My kids know that I never stop learning, and they know I love reading. I have books overflowing everywhere. I am current on today's events and I read the paper every day, and...

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So I never spend a lot of time analyzing why people respond to my work. But I think that it's just the joy, a passion for life, that I think has always been in my characters. Beyond that, I'm just grateful...

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The moment I understood this - that my Parkinson's was the one thing I wasn't going to change - I started looking at the things I could change, like the way research is funded.

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You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just...

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I can get sad, I can get frustrated, I can get scared, but I never get depressed - because there's joy in my life.

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Life is good, and there's no reason to think it won't be--right up until the moment when everything explodes into a fireball of tiny, unrecognizable fragments, or it all goes skidding sideways, through...

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Control is illusory. No matter what university you go to, no matter what degree you hold, if your goal is to becomes master of your own destiny, you have more to learn.

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I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best.

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When something enters your life that is so big and so non-negotiable as catastrophic illness, you either go in denial for a while or ultimately you accept it and you make space for it. And in making space...

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They did something once that slurred my speech, and I thought, "Oh, man, you're messing with my brain. It's freaking me out."

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The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.

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My experience is to deal with things through humor.

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Listening to people espouse beliefs different from mine is informative, not threatening, because the only thing that can alter my worldview is a new and undeniable truth, and contrary to what Jack Nicholson...

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I have no argument with those who see in organized religion a template or an imperative to live life according to a prescribed set of beliefs. Just give others the room, within the laws of civil society,...

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Optimism is a cure for many things.

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After all that I'd been through, after all that I'd learned and all that I'd been given, I was going to do what I had been doing every day for the last few years now: just show up and do teh best that...

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Turning fully toward the glass, I consider what I see. This reflected version of myself, wet, shaking, rumpled, pinched, and slightly stoop, would be alarming were it not for the self-satisfied expression...

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If you have one foot in yesterday and one foot in tomorrow, you're pissing all over today.

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It is ironic that in the same year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA, some would have us ban certain forms of DNA medical research. Restricting medical research has very real human...

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As with any turning point or instance when a new road is chosen and an old one forsaken, there are consequences.

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To be brutally honest, for much of that time, I was the only person in the world with Parkinson's. Of course, I mean that in the abstract. I had become acutely aware of people around me who appears to...

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