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Penn Jillette Quotes & Quotations
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    Before you can read, you know the difference between a story and reality. And, of course, by the time you're old enough to do any real damage with an Uzi, you've learned that difference. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    But it's much more exciting to make Die Hard. One of the reasons that I think that movie is so successful is it deals with those very important blue-collar relationship themes. But it's more visually beautiful to show things blowing up. It just gives you more on the screen. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around. If you're looking for violent rape imagery, the Bible's right there in your hotel room. If you just want to look up ways to screw people up, there it is, and you're justified because God told you to. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    I would always prefer - and this is something I'll never be given, it's just not practical - but I would always prefer to not have alcohol around. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    I've never had a drink of alcohol or any drug in my life. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    In my private life, I'm not around any drugs or alcohol. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    It wasn't success, because Teller and I, by the time Asparagus Valley got together - within a year, we had achieved all our goals. I mean, our goal was to earn our living doing exactly what we wanted. Which is many people's goal. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    Teller and I worked Renaissance Festivals and street performing - actually more real, no kidding around, Philadelphia street performing than we did Renaissance Festivals. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    The fact is that violence gives you a rush. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you're being censored. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    The medium is not the message - the message is the message. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    We aren't people who believe that just because we're performers our opinions on everything need to be known. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    We knew that we were kind of odd and creeps, and we wanted to do odd, creepy stuff for people who wanted to see that. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    We were first in the world to pass nine clubs. Now people are doing eleven - but at the time in the early '70s, that was a big deal. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    What makes the problem really awful is that you're dealing with the entertainment industry, a group of people who are traditionally spineless. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    When you're watching Psycho, there' s that moment when you have a visceral reaction to watching someone being stabbed. And then you have the intellectual revelation that you're not, and that's where the celebration comes in. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    Whereas you have someone like Houdini, who works really, really hard to get really, really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas that he puts into the culture that stay there. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette
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    Yes, some of the basic ideas of our show... cooperation without compromise, which I would say is one of the major ones, is so interesting to us. Penn-JillettePenn Jillette