I'm a much better listener when I'm acting than I am as a person in real life because you learn as an actor that listening is so important. You have to really key into what the other person you're acting with is saying and how they're saying it and react in the moment to what is going on.
I was raised to think about philosophy and religious thought and the soul and the spirit of humankind in a different way, also really socially progressive teachings of the Baha'i faith, the equality of men and women, the elimination of racial prejudice, the equality of science and religion, so it was a big cauldron of big ideas in my household. And we were weird and unhappy family, but nonetheless that was a really positive thing that came out of it.
raised quotesphilosophy quotesreligious quotesthought quotessoul quotesspirit quoteshumankind quotessocially quotesprogressive quotesteachings quotesbahai quotesfaith quotesequality quotesmen quoteswomen quoteselimination quotesracial quotesprejudice quotesscience quotesreligion quotesbig quotescauldron quotesideas quoteshousehold quotesweird quotesunhappy quotesfamily quotesnonetheless quotespositive quotesthing quotes
I was doing great plays. It wasn't changing the world. I was getting good agents and doing film and TV and I wasn't happier. I was like "Wow, there is an unease inside of me." And that led me back on my kind of more spiritual path to the Baha'i faith in a new and fresher way and I came to also understand at that point that there was no difference between being devout and being an artist. There is no difference between creativity and spirituality and philosophy and that is what Soul Pancake, the book, it's about human expression and it's about seeking to transcend.
great quotesplays quoteschanging quotesworld quotesgood quotesagents quotesfilm quotestv quoteshappier quoteswow quotesunease quotesinside quotesled quotesback quoteskind quotesspiritual quotespath quotesbahai quotesfaith quotesfresher quotesunderstand quotespoint quotesdifference quotesdevout quotesartist quotescreativity quotesspirituality quotesphilosophy quotessoul quotespancake quotesbook quoteshuman quotesexpression quotesseeking quotestranscend quotes
I can relate to someone whose life is falling apart, and they are doing the best to get by, using humor to survive, backstrom really wears his heart on his sleeve and his life is unraveling... I would much rather hang out with that person than a slick procedural detective who has all the answers... it's human, it's frail, it's interesting.
If you cloned JFK and Abraham Lincoln and made them president it wouldn't matter. Our system is just too corrupt and too broken. I think that science is corrupt and broken. I think health and nutrition. I think the economic systems, the international relations, the environment, everything, the engines of everything are broken.
If it's a pure expression of yourself no matter what it is or what medium, it's going to shine. It's going to resonate. You could look inside of yourself and you could have a canvas and you could paint a dot in it, but if that is where your creative purpose is taking you then it needs to be that dot.
I think a lot of times when people have "creative blocks" and I know my share of friends do as well if they're at just some stuck point. They're not sure what to do with their lives or their writing or their photography or their filmmaking or whatever it is that they're doing. I think the best advice is you have to change your life up completely; to go on a trip, to go spend a year being of service. Be willing to take some major drastic action to get you out of your comfort zone and go inside, not outside.
lot quotestimes quotespeople quotescreative quotesblocks quotesshare quotesfriends quotesstuck quotespoint quoteslives quoteswriting quotesphotography quotesfilmmaking quotesadvice quoteschange quoteslife quotescompletely quotestrip quotesspend quotesyear quotesservice quotesmajor quotesdrastic quotesaction quotescomfort quoteszone quotesinside quotes
You have total control of it, and when you're an actor, you're subject to production design and costumes and directors and studio choices and producer choices, but when you're writing it, you're creating your own little world in your head, peopled with your little characters. No one is in there monkeying with it, at least not at first - though they will. With this and the other projects I'm working on, it'll have to be given away, and it'll have to be someone else's property.
total quotescontrol quotesactor quotessubject quotesproduction quotesdesign quotescostumes quotesdirectors quotesstudio quoteschoices quotesproducer quoteschoices quoteswriting quotescreating quotesworld quoteshead quotespeopled quotescharacters quotesmonkeying quotesprojects quotesworking quoteselses quotesproperty quotes
I use two million Twitter followers as a tool. The reason I have Twitter is so people can get to know me as a different person other than Dwight. I just realized all of the sudden like everything thinks I'm Dwight. They think that I'm Dwight from the office and that I'm this kind of annoying, difficult, nerdy, creepy guy and they don't know Rainn Wilson - although I'm a little bit nerdy, annoying and creepy. I'm not as much as Dwight Schrute.
million quotestwitter quotesfollowers quotestool quotesreason quotespeople quotesperson quotesdwight quotesrealized quotessudden quotesthinks quotesdwight quotesoffice quoteskind quotesannoying quotesdifficult quotesnerdy quotescreepy quotesguy quotesrainn quoteswilson quotesbit quotesannoying quotescreepy quotesschrute quotes
There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go.
I really like the stuff that is very absurd and very real at the same time. I think Anton Chekhov is the greatest comedy writer of all time. I think he would make a great addition to The Office staff. If you look through Chekhov plays there is a lot of awkward pauses in there. His mixture of pathos, absurdity, truthfulness and whimsy is just mixed together perfectly.
stuff quotesabsurd quotesreal quotestime quotesanton quoteschekhov quotesgreatest quotescomedy quoteswriter quotesmake quotesgreat quotesaddition quotesoffice quotesstaff quotesplays quoteslot quotesawkward quotespauses quotesmixture quotespathos quotesabsurdity quotestruthfulness quoteswhimsy quotesmixed quotesperfectly quotes
I think it needs to be with a heart-based wisdom and this heart-based wisdom needs to go hand in hand with science and with social activism and love for our planet and love for our whole human family that spans the whole globe and this may sound very high and mighty or airy-fairy, but it's going to have to go to that or else we're just all going to destroy each other.
I used to play a lot of chess and competitive chess and study chess and as you get to the grandmasters and learn their styles when you start copying their games like the way they express themselves through... The way Kasparov or Bobby Fischer expresses themselves through a game of chess is it's astonishing. You can show a chess master one of their games and they'll say "Yeah, that is done by that player."
[Internet] technology, like anything else that mankind creates is a tool and that tool can be used for good or for evil, like a light saber. Technology is supposed to bring people together, streamline things and make life easier and in a lot of ways it does that. However, technology can also disconnect you from other people and break down the social network, the real social network of family and friends and interpersonal communication, and isolate people, make them feel alone, make them feel small. So it's a tool that needs to be used correctly.
internet quotestechnology quotesmankind quotescreates quotestool quotesgood quotesevil quoteslight quotessaber quotestechnology quotessupposed quotesbring quotespeople quotesstreamline quotesthings quotesmake quoteslife quoteseasier quoteslot quotesways quotestechnology quotesdisconnect quotesbreak quotessocial quotesnetwork quotesreal quotesnetwork quotesfamily quotesfriends quotesinterpersonal quotescommunication quotesisolate quotespeople quotesfeel quotessmall quotescorrectly quotes