"It was more than shooting another guy when you’re shooting John Lennon. Even I knew that much, and I was just a dumb kid, twenty years old. It was like photographing a god. I’m grateful for the people who had faith I could handle the job."
"It’s an incredible honor to win an Oscar [for 2001’s Pollack), so much joy, and a moment I’ll never forget. But the next morning? Scripts were not piled up outside my door . . . If you talked to people in the couple of years right after I won the Oscar, they probably would have said I was the clichéd Oscar disaster. But I’m grateful for the trophy."
"You need only look at today’s news to see how wild, unbridled success coming when you’re young and foolish-two things that often come together-can be a great detriment to a talented person. In my case, I appreciate being older when I became successful."
"As fat as they make you, I am really grateful for avocados. I grew up in California where you could always get a great avocado. When I first went to New York, I was so surprised; avocados are not so easy to get there, and I thought, ‘What kind of place is this anyway?’"
"I’m totally in love with my sixties. I don’t know what people are bitching and moaning about. I know I’ll wake up one day and have Alzheimer’s or something, but right now I’m writing with a deeper intensity than ever."