My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life.
The conundrum of free will and destiny has always kept me dangling.
Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became. It's still almost impossible to imagine.
Remember - you can't beam through a force field. So, don't try it.
My plan has always been to return to Broadway every 50 years.
Spencer Tracy was a man who did very much what I do on a set, and that is, he comes down and he does his job, and then he goes back to his dressing room.
You and I and everybody in show business and the entertainment industry fly by the seat of our pants. We don't know quite what is going to happen.
One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.
The only subject I know anything about is myself and I don't know that too clearly.
I think the acting satisfies the need and desire for approval.
Why does the lizard stick his tongue out? The lizard sticks its tongue out because that's the way its listening and looking and tasting its environment. It's its means of appreciating what's in front of it.
With three kids, it was always very, very tight, and it was always a scramble for what was my next job. So I learned never to go into debt because I don't want those monthly payments to preoccupy my thoughts.
There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film: the composition of a shot, the drama within the shot, the texture... It's palpable.
I didn't realize that, in doing a documentary, there is this process of discovery. It's not like a film or a play with a set script. It sort of reveals itself.
If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.
All in all, Kirk's character is something I am very proud of.
It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke. I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit - summer stock - but couldn't afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell.
I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.
I've never not appeared in front of a live audience for any longer period than a month or two.
Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.
It's irksome to read about someone I don't recognize. It frightens me.
When I did the film Generations, in which the character died, I felt like a guest for the first time. That made me very sad.
We live in grief for having left the womb, for having left the teat, then school, then home. In my case, it was leaving marriages, and the death of my wife.
And I enjoyed the celebrity and the creativity that was involved in Star Trek.
The possibilities that are suggested in quantum physics tell us that everything that we're looking at may not be in fact there, so the underlying nature of being is weird.
Everybody has their 15 minutes, and those 15 minutes should be spent in a private limo and a private plane. It's the ultimate.
This is my saddest story: In grade school, they would have us open our Valentine's cards and read them out loud. I always sent cards to myself because nobody else did.
Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story rife with character and plot.
I'm not technically adept at music, but I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins.
The essence of paint ball is the fact that when you get hit by a ball full of paint, it hurts just enough to say, 'Ow, I gotta get out of the way,' but not enough to say, 'I quit.'
We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.
I don't know how I got to this point but it must be as a result of everything that has come before so if I were to change something, I might not be at this point now.
My fear is dying badly, through illness or injury. But what a glorious demise it would be to burn up in space.
I was always working. Maybe you weren't aware of the movies I was making, or the television I was doing, or the shows I was creating, or the books I was writing; there have been thirty. But I have always been solidly at work, running as fast as I can.
I see people putting text messages on the phone or computer and I think, 'Why don't you just call?'
I've been approached to do some things with astronauts and the preparation that astronauts go through.
I was built for the long run, not for the short dash, I guess.