Commentary Quotes

Commentary Quotes by Manohla Dargis, Anthony Bourdain, Jackson Katz, A. S. Byatt, Isaac Newton, Tito Ortiz and many others.

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Manohla Dargis
Is there a sharper commentary on American culture and the world than The Simpsons?
Anthony Bourdain
Typical news accounts and commentaries about school shootings and rampage killings rarely mention gender.
Jackson Katz
In my mind’s eye Shakespeare is a huge, hot sea-beast, with fire in his veins and ice on his claws and inscrutable eyes, who looks like an inchoate hump under the encrustations of live barnacle-commentaries, limpets and trailing weeds.
A. S. Byatt
The kingdoms represented by the second and third Beasts, or the Bear and Leopard, are again described by Daniel in his last Prophecy written in the third year of Cyrus over Babylon , the year in which he conquered Persia. For this Prophecy is a commentary upon the Vision of the Ram and He-Goat.
Isaac Newton
The fight game and the commentary game are two different worlds.
Tito Ortiz
I do cagefight commentary in my spare time.
Joe Rogan
Mike Myatt’s ‘Hacking Leadership’ is a must read… Mike combines insightful yet practical commentary with in the trenches leadership experience few can match. I would highly recommend this text to anyone looking to become a better leader.
Vijay Govindarajan
I have nothing against conservative people putting out conservative commentary or doing conservative broadcasting, or liberal people doing liberal broadcasting, or conservative blogs or liberal blogs.
Bill Keller
Selfishness beats altruism within groups. Altruistic groups beat selfish groups. Everything else is commentary.
David Sloan Wilson
I like to think that I’m one of the few people in public life who write their own material. I write every word. And I really enjoy writing – especially my political commentary.
Ed Koch
I guess when all is said and done, if there is one last commentary on me, I would want it to be said that I participated in my life. I was a full participant.
Julia Roberts
I don’t like going to football games. I like watching them on television. When you go to a game, it’s hard to focus. There’s so much going on, and it’s cold. I’d rather sit and watch it and get replays and commentary.
John Legend
Unless I have hallucinated, I have never made an anti-gay commentary, I have made anti-gay-activist-agenda commentaries.
Laura Schlessinger
I’ve been in government and politics my entire career, and while I try to keep a level head and a reasonable tone in my commentary, even I can lose my head sometimes and let anger bubble over and burst out. It feels gross, looks ugly, and leaves a lasting mark.
Dana Perino
Hours is an understatement. I honestly don’t know how the director and editor decide each week what actually makes it on the air. There’s of course director and cast commentary on each episode on the DVD. We had a blast recording that.
Joel McHale
Fine. Everybody wears seatbelts. No radio. No distractions.” Ben shot Hi a stern look. “No running commentary.” “Your loss,” Hi said. “To the pimp ride!
Kathy Reichs
Well it’s always been an interesting area for me. In referencing something I just reread from Dogen it says, “Enlightenment doesn’t break the person anymore than the reflection breaks the water” and Suzuki in his commentary is saying you don’t lose your personality once you acquire some sort of Buddhist understanding.
Brad Warner
History is little more than the story of man’s sin, and the daily newspaper a running commentary on it.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
I don’t do the running commentary as the movie’s playing. I think you should be able to watch the movie without listening to me talk while the movies playing.
Steven Spielberg
We’ve always been interested in the commentary on politics and society and how comedy always sort of cuts that with a nice laugh, and the perspective it brings.
Sean Hayes
If there are three words that need to be used more in American journalism, commentary, politics, personal life… it’s the magic words ‘I don’t know.’
P. J. O’Rourke
Literally every time I’m on camera, as well as there being commentary on what I’ve said, there’ll be commentary on what my hair looked like, what I wear. Often it’s written in the most hideous and quite cruel way.
Nicola Sturgeon
The commentary track became a lot like the movie and there are some funny, long, awkward pauses that you can tell we’re just trying to find stuff to say. None of us had gotten to really talk about the movie until that moment and they were in New York and we were in L.A.
Jay Roach
I was doing commentary for the BBC and had exhibition work but if you’re not winning you are not earning as much. And when you’re seen as a successful sportsman, people assume you’re earning a good living. There was pressure on me to have the newest car, a more expensive holiday. It was all about keeping up appearances.
John Virgo
Artists often have mental health issues. And their lifestyles are unstable because of all the travelling and the media commentary on their lives.
Kate Nash
Some nights I’m funny with the between-song commentary, some nights I’m not. I have no control over this. I pace the stage a lot and struggle with the mic stand in a ridiculous way.
David Berman
Mainstream news covers war and gets everything wrong. I’d rather learn what’s happening from soldiers with combat experience. It’s like a former NFL player giving play-by-play. We bring the expert commentary.
Brandon Webb
But it was in this moment, lying in bed late at night, that I first realized that the voice in my head—the running commentary that had dominated my field of consciousness since I could remember—was kind of an asshole.
Dan Harris
I never think that anything I’m writing is bluntly political in any way. I’m not going for commentary.
Barbara Kingsolver
The imaginary is not formed in opposition to reality as its denial or compensation; it grows among signs, from book to book, in the interstice of repetitions and commentaries; it is born and takes shape in the interval between books. It is the phenomena of the library.
Michel Foucault
I did not write any of the letters that were ever published as investment commentary.
Matt Bevin
I think if I were living in a utopian world, then it wouldn’t be political commentary; it would be about daffodils.
Emily Haines
It is a sad commentary that today we face a choice between having schools that are a monument to our past – or schools that will be the lifeblood of our future. But since that is our choice, let us resolve to choose wisely.
Ted Kulongoski
“The Moderately Talented…” is just a commentary on the conflict that happens when a young artist girl looks up to you, but you’re attracted to them in a different way than they are to you.
Mark Kozelek
Because most of my career in the classroom has been at art schools (beginning at Bennington in the 1970s), I am hyper-aware of the often grotesque disconnect between commentary on the arts and the actual practice or production of the arts.
Camille Paglia
I love cookbooks. I certainly have my fair share at home, but I’m a really funny cookbook person: I don’t really ever cook out of cookbooks. I like cookbooks for the commentary or the pictures or the history.
Christina Tosi
I’ve been doing breathing routines for years. It is massive. It helped me in commentary as well.
Ravi Shastri
If you’re not controversial, you’ll never break through the din of all the commentary.
Roger Stone
There is even – as with no other game – a fascinating detective literature, a wry commentary on the human comedy, implicit in the book of rules.
Alistair Cooke
The first forty years of our life give the text, the next thirty furnish the commentary upon it, which enables us rightly to understand the true meaning and connection of the text with its moral and its beauties.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Birdy never felt artistic inclination when armed with a marking implement. What came to her were words, always words, commentary and criticism and correction and simple vocabulary curios; she scratched a few of them on the smooth red wall.
Antonya Nelson
The whole history of modern poetry is a continuous commentary on the short text of philosophy: every art should become science, and every science should become art; poetry and philosophy should be united.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
In my profession you have to be very strong within yourself in order to block out the rejection and block out the opinions and the commentary that happens.
Melanie Griffith
I’ve recently enjoyed the Paul Thomas Anderson commentaries and the David Fincher commentaries.
Jay Roach
You were doing a TV show – you don’t realise that you’re also making social commentary at the same time.
Amber Benson
I did commentary with Excalibur. It is an extremely, extremely difficult job. It gave me a whole new appreciation to how on point you need to be and how careful you need to because I was a almost like a color aspect of it.
Shawn Spears
Lonely people keep up a ceaseless flow of commentary on themselves.
Mason Cooley
Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness: expanding in five hundred pages an idea that could be perfectly explained in a few minutes. A better procedure is to pretend that those books already exist and to offer a summary, a commentary.
Jorge Luis Borges
I think it’s very difficult, and people don’t give enough credit to how hard it is to do in-game commentary. I’d have a lot of work to do, but I’d definitely be interested. I’m always interested in breaking down the game, and I’d love to see more females doing it.
Megan Rapinoe
Science is… a powerful way, indeed – to study the natural world. Science is not particularly effective… in making commentary about the supernatural world. Both worlds, for me, are quite real and quite important. They are investigated in different ways. They coexist. They illuminate each other.
Francis Collins
If I do commentary, write articles, or am an expert on a news channel, I can still earn money.
Virender Sehwag
After I write, I have nothing to say. The commentary afterwards is superfluous. I write. And that’s enough.
Yasmina Reza
Although I’m great at political commentary and journalism, it’s not my passion. ‘Gorilla Mindset’ is.
Mike Cernovich
‘Wii Music’ elevates the scope of music video games by moving beyond commentary on what music is – as ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero’ do – to suggesting what it could be. Yet I’m still left wondering: Couldn’t it be more?
Carrie Brownstein
As his talent expands, some of his stories become pointed social commentary; some are surprisingly effective religious tracts, disguised as science fiction. Others still are nostalgic vignettes, but under it all is still Bradbury, the poet of 20th-century neurosis.
Damon Knight
Apocalyptic hysteria is much more effective at getting people to open their wallets than reasonable commentary.
Alex Pareene
Comedians play off of social commentary.
Jermaine Fowler
I’m an actress so the amount of rejection and commentary you get right to your face is pretty rough.
Melanie Griffith
When I read commentary about suggestions for where C should go, I often think back and give thanks that it wasn’t developed under the advice of a worldwide crowd.
Dennis Ritchie
I always had a running commentary in my head that was extremely funny and off-center, but I never said it to anyone.
Elayne Boosler
It’s a tough trick to be able to create an intelligent movie that has socio-political commentary, and also has the emotional and moving stuff, at the same time.
Jodie Foster
A startling and engrossing commentary on the complex actuality and continuing heritage of American slavery.
Sherley Anne Williams
I do everything from home. I broadcast commentaries for CBS News Radio every day – from home, on a disk that I mail in. I write a weekly op-ed piece for the ‘New York Daily News,’ and any books or plays or movies that I’m crazy enough to write, I do that from home.
Charles Grodin
We like the John Gruber model – he writes some long stuff that’s very thoughtful and analytical, and then other stuff, he just adds a bit of commentary. I like that.
Daniel Lyons
I don’t want to offend people and I don’t want to be mean, but social commentary and comedy for me are part and parcel. I think the greatest social activists are comedians.
Alanis Morissette
I don’t think social commentary should be planned, you just have to be truthful.
Nick Damici
Stand-up comics reflect less of a visual humor and more of a commentary.
Shel Silverstein
People don’t realize what a hard job commentary is. It is so hard and one of the hardest jobs in the industry. I would never say never to anything, but I would need a lot of reps to be good at that job.
Christian Cage
Of course I do things in my voice in my commentary, which I wrote.
Werner Herzog
I had a longing for ritual, something I could cling to, a routine to make me feel well and contented. I hoped that reading Bible commentaries and theological critiques would nudge me closer to some kind of absolute that I could hold up as a torch to light my way.
Jack Dee
Zombies have always had a lot of built-in social commentary.
Jonathan Levine
For the most basic assumption that dictated my early attempts to respond to creative music commentary was the mistaken belief that western journalists had some fundamental understanding of black creativity—or even western creativity—but this assumption was seriously in error.
Anthony Braxton
‘Stree’ is an entertaining film, but it has strong commentary about women.
Pankaj Tripathi
The works of nature first acquire a meaning in the commentaries they provoke.
George Santayana
I wanted to write a commentary on the Bible, to write about the Talmud, about celebration, about the great eternal subjects: love and happiness.
Elie Wiesel
I see therapy as a substitute for friendship. I see it as a commentary on the impersonality of society that people have to pay someone to tell them their troubles.
Jon Winokur
I didn’t realize until I was doing commentary what a gladiator-like competition tennis is – other than no one dies. The crowd is waiting for the players to come, and they walk through the tunnel, and they get on the court, and they get out their rackets, their weapons, and now they start.
Martina Navratilova
I always think the toughest commentary is on a bad goalless draw. If I were assessing a young commentator, I would rate him on a game where nothing is happening.
Ian Darke
Success equals goals; all else is commentary
Brian Tracy
I started my own magazine with drawings, commentary, news, film reviews and drawings.
Carlos Fuentes
This is America, and everybody has the right to voice and to have an opinion and to have their commentary on things and people.
Lamman Rucker
‘Dreamsongs’ allows me to show the scope of my writing – with personal commentary that puts the works in context and includes some autobiographical details intended to reveal how each piece came to be, what it represents, and how it has formed, or been informed by, my philosophy of writing.
George R. R. Martin
Where beauty is worshipped for beauty’s sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty.
Aldous Huxley
As a director, you have to go in with a really, really, really clear picture of what you want. That’s the point of my commentaries. It’s so difficult because you’re the harshest critic.
David Slade
Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.
Imran Khan
Besides my work doing NFL analysis and commentary for ESPN, I’m also involved in trying to get new products launched, and I have relationships with other companies to try to get things off the ground.
Mark Schlereth
A devastating commentary on the war in Iraq is that we have been unable to spend money on infrastructure.
Charles Schumer
The problem with relying on nostalgia for commentary is that people only remember the good things.
Richie Benaud
It’s an interesting education to listen to cricket commentary when you’re not at the game. When you’re there, which is most of the time for me, it flows over you. But when you’re not there, you look at it in a slightly different way. You pick up things.
Jonathan Agnew
Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend, rather than the gloss of a sweet-lipped flatterer there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.
Francis Quarles
The first thing is to learn how to quiet the mind, relax the mind, and bring the awareness to the front so that we are conscious of what we’re doing when we’re doing it without all the commentary.
Tenzin Palmo
Dickens writes such brilliant characters and stories, and his themes and social commentary are still so relevant. I think that’s why he’s still so loved today.
Douglas Booth
History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.
Alan Bennett
A traditional fixture at Wimbledon is the way the BBC TV commentary box fills up with British players eliminated in the early rounds.
Clive James
I stay off the Internet, because I’m very sensitive to commentary. There could be 10 comments of ‘Fabulous job!’ and one ‘She’s horrible!’ and it completely throws me.
Melissa Rosenberg
I am the illegal alien of commentary. I will do the jokes that no one else will do.
Ann Coulter
What you yourself hate, don’t do to your neighbor. This is the whole law; the rest is commentary. Go and study.
Hillel the Elder
It’s a sad commentary when children feel they can talK to a stranger better than their own parents and ask him to solve their personal problems.
Lorne Greene
Learning as we go… Why didn’t they tell us this before? We, the consumers, are supposed to be docile guinea pigs in a vast but uncontrolled experiment with powerful hormones (HRT). That’s quite a commentary on “scientific medicine”.
Ralph W. Moss
I believe myself to be a worthwhile and inventive performer in my own right. But I’m not in a league with Lenny [Bruce], certainly not in terms of social commentary.
George Carlin
As for regret, more than anything else, my regret lies in that the WWE Universe never really got the real Austin Aries. Outside of commentary, they missed out on the chance to hear and see me be me, and do what I do best.
Austin Aries
Todd, this is almost like your commentary! Dizzying!
Josh Mathews
I’m a firm believer in the idea that once we make a thing and release it, my turn to talk is done. Ideally, you’re saying everything you want to say in the product you’re making, and you don’t have to add commentary to it afterwards.
Hiro Murai
I’m not naive and realise it doesn’t make good commentary or sell newspapers if you only say nice things, and the time does come when you have to say someone isn’t good enough and has to go. But commentators like Richie Benaud have shown that criticism can be made in a constructive or humorous way.
Nasser Hussain
I graduated from high school with the art award and I had made a ton of short films, but it was before DVDs with director commentary.
Kevin Munroe
The process of making a movie has expanded in terms of effort and time for the director, doing commentaries for the DVD for example, finishing deleted scenes so they could be on the DVD, and doing things like a web blog.
David Cronenberg
The narration, in fact, doubles the drama with a commentary without which no mise en scene would be possible.
Jacques Lacan
I think that there have been a number of public figures where you start hearing commentary that is dangerous because what it starts doing is it starts dividing us up as Americans.
Barack Obama
Of course, afterward, I studied [commentary on the Bible by a Rabbi Moshe Dessauer] more closely. But, in truth, it doesn’t touch me. It doesn’t change my attitude toward the text.
Elie Wiesel
I don’t think it’s blowing my own horn to say the show is not as good. There was chemistry there that took years and years to build and now that’s gone. The commentary is lacking.
Jerry Lawler
I know quite a few fellow members of the news analysis and commentary business, and I have it from the highest-placed sources, on the record, that each and every one of our children is a genius.
P. J. O’Rourke
I think I will always stay involved in tennis and would like to give back by helping out young players. I have done a little commentary and may one day enjoy doing that again.
Samantha Stosur
There are always going to be critics… and I have always had a rule: no matter how good the commentary is, or how bad the commentary is, it’s more important that you do what you think is right.
Gary Bettman
My work is not so much a direct commentary as it is an open-ended observation of the absurdities around us.
Ori Gersht
I’ll tell you what’s more important than all the commentaries in your library: prayer.
Mark Dever
Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true.
Niels Bohr
A dry stretch of commentary in the middle of an ‘Anchorman’ movie would have been a terrible thing.
Adam McKay
I heard that Commentary and Dissent had merged and formed Dysenery.
Woody Allen
I had made all these rules for myself: I’m not writing social commentary, I’m not writing love songs.
Joni Mitchell
Women in leadership cannot cry without raising a storm of commentary.
Madeleine M. Kunin
Everybody wants to have a commentary on my life, like they are actually living it. Cool, comment all you want but I’m the one that’s living it.
Katy Perry
I thought it would be good not to hide the fact that you’re taking a photograph, and have people react and come in close and also make a commentary on what’s being photographed: ‘This is a photo, this is my point of view.’
William Klein
I’m a big fan of Springsteen. Obviously, his social commentary is very powerful for me. I like his album ‘The Rising.’ It’s not a new one, but it sticks in my mind because of what it says to me.
Enda Kenny
I go home after games to watch the highlights with my friends, and I listen to the commentary and to the experts. I always get home by 10 o’clock at night so I can watch it live.
Richarlison
What is the Tao Te Ching? Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of existence.
Wayne Dyer
I just kept throwing out two or three major ideas, and then that was pretty much right when Tom Phillips came to me asking about the commentary idea and I ended up jumping into that, went down a rabbit hole I never expected.
Aiden English
You may occasionally be hurt by the sort of cavalier cruelty of commentary if you go into online forums, so there’s definitely a maturity about not seeking validation from everyone, every single time.
Guillermo del Toro
Any good broadcast, not just an Olympic broadcast, should have texture to it. It should have information, should have some history, should have something that’s offbeat, quirky, humorous, and where called for it, should have journalism, and judiciously it should also have commentary. That’s my ideal.
Bob Costas
The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art – and, by analogy, our own experience – more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.
Susan Sontag
I really like using genre to tell a story about characters but also use it as a Trojan horse to tell social or cultural commentary. That’s where the best stuff, especially in the zombie genre, comes out of.
Jonathan Levine
Something outrageous, in the truest sense of the word, is always happening. On social networks, we’re always voicing our reactions to these outrageous events. We read essays and ‘think pieces’ about these outrageous events. We comment on the commentary. We do this because we can.
Roxane Gay
At first I was blogging everyday, but I don’t do that anymore. It varies; sometimes I’ll write these little essays and other times political commentaries. Other times it’ll just be new work that I’m doing.
Stephen Vincent Benet
To stay in the game, you have to stay in the game.
Michael Owen
Fred Wilson is a legendary VC and the Managing Partner of Union Square Ventures in New York City. At AVC, he writes one of the most popular startup blogs and covers issues from negotiation to hiring to fundraising. He’s a machine for dispensing helpful advice and insightful commentary for those in our industry.
Emerson Spartz
I like doing commentary. As a filmmaker and film student, I think it’s really interesting to hear what a director did and how they figured out how to do things. I often like the technical commentaries myself.
Catherine Hardwicke
I love to run smart essays and commentary. But it doesn’t replace the other kind of reporting
Tina Brown
I think all of us in the commentary business need to take a deep breath. And it can’t be true that every single week the world is ending in some different way. And this presidency [of Donald Trump] will be judged like all presidencies – on the state of the economy and by events.
Rich Lowry
When I think about writers who use fiction as social commentary and to raise social awareness but who are also very popular, I think of Dickens.
Jodi Picoult
We didn’t even think about it, you know? I used to collect laser discs, and you’d have some college professor analyzing It’s a Wonderful Life or Citizen Kane, and now it is pretty funny – the idea of commentary for a silly kid’s movie, you know?
Dana Carvey
It is a terrible commentary on Christian civilization that the longest period of slave-raiding known to history was initiated by the action of Spain, Portugal, France, Holland and Britain, after the Christian faith had for more than a thousand years been the established religion of Europe.
H. A. L. Fisher
I don’t take myself as seriously as I did when I was playing, and it works, and I think people see the self-deprecation in my commentary.
John McEnroe
I need there to be documentary photographers, because my work is meta-documentary; it is a commentary about the documentary use of photography.
Joan Fontcuberta
All the films I’ve done have had a secret commentary on stereotypical mentalities.
John Boyega
I said we are in a mental recession. We keep getting the steady drumbeat of bad news… it’s become a mental recession. We don’t have measured negative growth. That’s a fact, that’s not a commentary.
Phil Gramm
‘Line Of Duty’ is first and foremost a thriller. But I hope it will also be seen as a revisionist commentary on 21st century policing.
Jed Mercurio
Dickens’s final book, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’ forms the jumping-off point for my new novel, ‘The Last Dickens’. This last work by Dickens has very little social commentary and a pretty tightly efficient storyline and cast of characters. Not necessarily what we think of when we think what characterizes Dickens.
Matthew Pearl
I try to make statements that aren’t broad because that doesn’t make for good writing. I don’t get commentary as my job, because I’m not very good at that. The way I do it is by writing songs, and I have to be small; I have to make the stories a bit personal.
Jason Isbell
God has spoken, and everything else is commentary.
Rob Bell
Every comic will tell you that a lot of crowds play differently to different social commentary. Some people are really uptight about stuff like that. Some people just enjoy the fact that it’s your experience and they want to hear you mock and joke about your life.
Andrew Santino
When the only form of cultural commentary Christians offer is moral condemnation, no wonder we come across to non-believers as angry and scolding.
Nancy Pearcey
Is Donald Trump a fascist? It’s an interesting question that has generated insightful commentary over the past few months, with the best answers situating Trumpian illiberalism within America’s long history of racial oppression, slavery, Jim Crow apartheid, and the ongoing backlash to the loss of white privilege.
Greg Grandin
At twelve I was determined to shoot only For honor; at twenty not to shoot at all; I know at thirty-three that one must shoot As often as one gets the rare chance – In killing there is more than commentary.
Allen Tate
Portraits of the Mind is a remarkable book that combines beautifully reproduced illustrations of the nervous system as it has been visualized over the centuries, as well as lively and authoritative commentaries by some of today’s leading neuroscientists. It will be enjoyed by professionals and general readers alike.
Dale Purves
I’ve wanted to make movies for so long. I learned most of what I know from director commentaries and behind the scenes featurettes and criterions.
Todd Strauss-Schulson
I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever. Art creates a kind of commentary.
Barbara Kruger
So what? I’m out here doing commentary with Malaria.
CM Punk
Of all the commentaries on the Scriptures, good examples are the best.
John Donne
I’m a sports columnist who specializes in social commentary.
Jason Whitlock
I have been subjected to what can only be described as an unrelenting onslaught of comments and commentary and trolling online.
Annamie Paul
Well, in my job, I avoid political commentary.
John Paul Stevens
Online, you have things like Slate Magazine, which has a lot of commentary and analysis of stories, so it gives you a fuller picture. I would compare that to a news magazine or the New Republic.
Tabitha Soren
I believe that pop culture is just, like, so ready for ‘Watchmen.’ We tried so hard to ride that wave between satire and reality, and all the things that make you still care about the character, but you don’t miss the commentary about them.
Zack Snyder
I know the pundits and the news media have carried a lot of commentary about cameras in the courtroom, and theres a lot of controversy about it as a result of the Simpson case. But I have not had enough time to step back and enough time to evaluate that.
Lance Ito
I took a couple of classes in clowning, but that was more like Lucille Ball kind of slapstick, not Ringling Brothers. But we had to do things silently, and the teacher would do this running commentary. ‘Does this make Clown sad? Oh, Clown doesn’t like that, does Clown?’ Always ‘Clown.’ Never a name.
June Diane Raphael
My commentary’s hilarious, not witty.
Richelle Mead
The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
Arthur Schopenhauer
When I talk to film students, I always say, “Buy the DVDs and listen to the commentaries, look at the making of, look at the behind-the-scenes,” because that’s such a great learning tool.
Catherine Hardwicke
My favorite laser disk ever was the laser disk for The Graduate, which had a commentary track that wasn’t even the filmmakers, it was a professor, some film criticism guy who just happen to be this amazing commentator who went off into the whole theory of comedy.
Jay Roach
The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand. And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song of commentary and satire, a song form which, after all, has become the main musical form of the whole human species.
Alan Lomax
‘Twisted’ is similar to ‘Pretty Little Liars’ in that it’s about trying to find out who did it, but it’s more about the human relationships between characters and the strain that things can put on them. It’s also a little bit of a social commentary piece, because it covers very timely issues.
Avan Jogia
I was a very happy but quite solitary kid. I spent hours playing on my own, mainly with toy soldiers, and played entire World Cup football tournaments in the garden with commentary in my head.
Frank Skinner
It’s interesting because I think class is a heavy, heavy part of ‘Moonlight,’ and I think, in a certain way, through the sum of all these parts, it’s become a commentary on the black experience in America.
Barry Jenkins
There’s something about a woman’s life choices that invites commentary, whether it’s been invited or not.
Sheila Heti
States which used to communicate directly to their citizens now do so through the media, where their messages are reshaped by the logics of news values and commentary.
Geoff Mulgan
I get most of my news from the Jon Stewart Daily Show. It’s the most level commentary you can find. You have to laugh, because it’s all so true. It’s the closest thing to a counterculture.
John Mayall
I’m interested in social commentary.
Kathryn Bigelow
I think one of my big struggles with being famous in my early 20s was that there was a constant running commentary telling me who I was.
Lily Allen
What a commentary on our civilization, when being alone is considered suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it—like a secret vice!
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
People will know if you are telling the truth or lying. If you are doing commentary, why not tell the truth?
Phil Taylor
The BBC provides the commentary on our lives, the soundtrack of the nation. It is one of the most powerful unifying forces in the United Kingdom today.
Gavyn Davies
Most performers are used to the highs and the lows. If you can let a low stop you, that would be a sad commentary.
Jerry Lewis
I’m the farthest thing from a hater if any of the former guys do the post UFC commentary shows. I would never knock anybody for doing them.
Matt Serra
I don’t think you want to preach to people. I don’t think In A Valley Of Violence, and the same with The Sacrament, there’s a social commentary and a political element to both the films, but it’s not like, “Think this because I think this.”
Ti West
I’m pretty much done with political commentary. I’ve said everything I could possibly say. I’ve been a big mouth for long enough.
David Draiman
Cotton Mather’s publications in his own lifetime amounted to more than 400 titles, and his magnum opus, on which he labored most of his life, remains unpublished: a commentary on every verse of every book of the Bible. Anyone who leaves that kind of record behind issues an irresistible invitation to historians.
Edmund Morgan
Boxing’s in my blood, so I’ll always stay involved in that, and I’ll probably do a bit of TV work as well, commentary and that.
Joe Calzaghe
Personally, I find looking at all of the supporting materials and bring it all back to me – the people I worked with, the experience of working on a project – makes it come alive again. So, I try to put those experiences into my commentary for the viewers.
Michael Mann
The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary. Thus compelled, the muse of history will utter oracles as never to those who do not respect themselves.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Things happen too quickly, crisis follows crisis, the soil of our minds is perpetually disturbed. Each of us, to relieve his feelings, broadcasts his own running commentary on the preposterous and bewildering events of the hour: and this, nowadays, is what passes for conversation.
Jan Struther
The ‘Wall Street Journal’ is quite irate that I rank them with industry front groups and cranks denying climate change. But they have a record whenever industrial pollutants are involved. Look at the ‘Journal”s commentary on acid rain, on the ozone layer, and on climate change.
Sheldon Whitehouse
It was a sphincter at the top of a black bowl. A fitting commentary on the FAYZ, Diana thought. A giant sphincter.
Michael Grant
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” I found the following quote by Goethe that can serve as a commentary on these words. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Henry Ward Beecher
I’m attracted to things that make a point or have a certain point of view, but it’s not a conscious thing that I decide to do every morning. Unconsciously, what I like has a social commentary in it, or it’s about race, or it’s risky to do. That’s what I like doing.
Jason Blum
It is a sad commentary of our times when our young must seek advice and counsel from ‘Dear Abby’ instead of going to Mom and Dad.
Pauline Phillips
I am the suburb of a non-existent town, the prolix commentary on a book never written. I am nobody, nobody. I am a character in a novel which remains to be written, and I float, aerial, scattered without ever having been, among the dreams of a creature who did not know how to finish me off.
Fernando Pessoa
It is a commentary on Berlin in 1931 that … it was ‘My Yiddishe Momme’ that the Berlin Broadcasting Company asked for.
Sophie Tucker
I’m in my usual state up here in the commentary box: high tension, heart beating like a trip hammer, whatever that is.
Murray Walker
‘Blueprint 3’ is made up of songs, but it’s also a commentary on the idea that in order for rap to survive, we have to stretch out the drama. We have to stretch out the audience. It can’t be this narrow – we have to stretch out the point of view.
Jay-Z
I don’t profess to be a political rapper, like groups such as ‘Dead Prez’ or ‘Public Enemy’, but I think social commentary should make its way into your music. Speaking on your neighbourhood is social commentary – what happens, what’s going on.
Jay-Z
The wonderful thing about delivering sports commentary on NPR was that because it has such a broad audience, I was able to reach people who otherwise had little or no interest in sport – especially as an important part of our human culture.
Frank Deford
We have Al Jazeera Arabic news, Al Jazeera English news, of course; we have three sports channels, and we have Al Jazeera Mubasher, which is a live channel that broadcasts live press conferences and symposiums and meetings. And, of course, we have Al Jazeera commentary in Arabic.
Wadah Khanfar
My first broadcast partner provided color commentary even though he was totally blind. Leroy McGuirk was a former NCAA Wrestling Champion at Oklahoma State University and long time kingpin of the NWA Junior Heavyweight Division before losing his sight in a car accident in Little Rock in the early 1950s.
Jim Ross
When I go and speak now at all sorts of conferences, later in the night there’s always a better Maxie Walker than me. Billy Birmingham’s legendary for basically being able to verbally kneecap any of a number of Australia’s characters, particularly in the commentary box.
Max Walker
The mainstream media disconnect has created a vacuum where real Americans are left thirsting for straightforward and honest commentary about the real America they see every day.
Gavin McInnes
Bill Gallagher’s new version of ‘The Prisoner’ is an enthralling commentary on modern culture. It is witty, intelligent and disturbing. I am very excited to be involved.
Ian Mckellen
Ordinary Bibles often include cross-references and brief concordances; Study Bibles include much more, all bound up in one fat volume, so that readers can find a lot of useful explanation on each page without having to hunt through Bible dictionaries and commentaries and the like.
D. A. Carson
I felt I had an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of great soul musicians of the past, who made a lot of social and political commentary through their music.
Aloe Blacc
I love to run smart essays and commentary. But it doesn’t replace the other kind of reporting.
Tina Brown
Most of economics can be summarized in four words: ‘People respond to incentives.’ The rest is commentary.
Steven Landsburg
When people were very concerned about the violence against women, I encouraged people to stick with it because it was going somewhere and there was a reason why. It’s all a commentary on gender roles and women and having to be the damsel or to stay on the ranch or to stay at home.
Evan Rachel Wood
Let’s give the conventions back to the politicians. If we think there’s any news, we can tack it on afterward as commentary. But the conventions should be their show, not ours.
Don Hewitt
Society in the English countryside is still strangely, quaintly divided. If black comedy and a certain type of social commentary are what you want, I think English rural communities offer quite a lot of material.
Rachel Cusk
I know the pundits and the news media have carried a lot of commentary about cameras in the courtroom, and there’s a lot of controversy about it as a result of the Simpson case. But I have not had enough time to step back and enough time to evaluate that.
Lance Ito
No good at life, but very funny sometimes with the commentary.
Kurt Vonnegut
The New Testament is a commentary on the Old Testament, in the light of the new revelation given by Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Gary North
Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.
R. C. Sproul
Cut through the ridicule and search for factual information in most of the skeptical commentary and one is usually left with nothing. This is not surprising. After all, how can one rationally object to a call for scientific examination of evidence? Be skeptical of the skeptics.
Bernard Haisch
Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula is back in print, and we must celebrate. It was the first mash-up of literature, history and vampires, and now, in a world in which vampires are everywhere, it’s still the best, and its bite is just as sharp. Compulsory reading, commentary, and mindgame: glorious.
Neil Gaiman
One thing that I really love about making records is that you can flow through fiction and non-fiction but, ultimately, everything’s a commentary on real life in some way.
Michelle Zauner
My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.
Nikos Kazantzakis
The jokes were perfect! Then George Carlin started talking about the seven dirty words you can’t say on television, then it evolved into social commentary.
Jay Mohr
I didn’t want to get into acting just to play bystanders. I feel a bystander enough in my own life. And I do think that theatre can contribute to a certain analysis and commentary on our own world.
Elliot Cowan
There were a lot of times where I didn’t get any shows and even until recently got a lot of kind of negative commentary from social media about my runway walk.
Gigi Hadid
A feat – of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary.
Lisa Schwarzbaum
There are many great outlets that we love and respect, but ‘The North Star’ really is going to be a hard news outlet with reporters and journalists, White House correspondents. I think we’ll be hard news with some cultural commentary.
Shaun King
It is an incredible thing to see how many crazy things get thrown out that people then often write commentaries about how happy they are or how disappointed they are about something that’s completely false. But, it’s a lot of noise, frankly.
J. J. Abrams
All life is nucleic acid; the rest is commentary.
Isaac Asimov
I used to have a group called Bad-Movie Saturday. Every Saturday, six of us would go see the worst movie that came out each weekend. It’d be noon in Burbank. It was just a running commentary. All executives – we would each talk through the movie and make jokes.
Jason Reitman
I think politics is a dirty game. We’ve seen the sides that they take; we’ve seen the commentary they have had on my father.
Donald Trump, Jr.
I get most of my news from the Jon Stewart Daily Show.It’s the most level commentary you can find.You have to laugh, because it’s all so true.It’s the closest thing to a counterculture.
John Mayall
I write music, it’s performed. After all, my music says it all. It doesn’t need historical and hysterical commentaries. In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music.
Dmitri Shostakovich
When DVDs finally disappear, I’m going to be sad. I’ll miss the commentaries.
Matt Groening
A commentary on the times is that the word ‘honesty’ is now preceded by ‘old-fashioned.’
Larry Walters
I think that my films are basically family stories, beyond the fact that they are global and have political and social commentary.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Performers put their heart and soul into their art, and can be subject to highly personal attacks and criticism. The tone and language of reviews, or commentary on social media, can be bruising and severe. Everyone is a critic. All of this adds to the stress and anxiety suffered by people in the performing arts.
Luciana Berger
Our camels plodded along. Katrina tried to kiss, or possibly spit on Hindenburg, and Hindenburg farted in response. I found this a depressing commentary on boy-girl relationships.
Rick Riordan
At that time two opposing concepts of the Game called forth commentary and discussion. The foremost players distinguished two principal types of Game, the formal and the psychological.
Hermann Hesse
What happened was very sad. Mr. Lacey told the staff that he was disappointed and appalled that the front of the book was all commentary and that he wanted hard news.
Sydney Schanberg
Public commentary absolutely influences my work.
Peter Clewes
I just think it’s quite remarkable that everyone says they want to add more commentary to their news pages. In some ways, I think, ‘Well, how is that even possible?’ It seems sometimes that that’s all that there is.
Dana Perino
The overall commentary on what I’m doing is saying, ‘Hey look! I get to create whatever persona I want to, and it’s all up to me. And the truth is, we are all – basically the universe – pretending to be humans for a brief moment of time. With a little self-induced amnesia.
RuPaul
I’m in awe of comedians that do things that I can’t do, whether it be a one-liner comic like Anthony Jeselnik, whether it be social issues commentary, whether it be – hell, Carrot Top. I can’t be Carrot Top. I can’t.
Brad Williams
When men get together, they moan about their wives. The commentary provided on marriage between groups of men is typically one from a viewpoint that assumes marriage to be life’s greatest, most unfun mistake. Not only is it often as disingenuous as Joe Biden’s hairline, but it’s incredibly harmful.
Steven Crowder
I am interested in making photographs which comment on the experience of a place as well as describe it. My position has not typically been one of advocacy for or against any political position. But I regard photographs as commentary, and that includes, at times, taking a specific political viewpoint on an issue.
Mark Klett
I like singing all songs, really, but I find that writing social commentary comes naturally.
Damian Marley
In baseball, you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, but in political commentary, you need a metaphor.
Florence King
Art is not only about something; it is something. A work of art is a thing in the world, not just a text or commentary on the world.
Susan Sontag
I’ve done commentary before for Pancrase, they had a show called ‘Pancrase: Legends of MMA’ that aired on Imagination Television. I’ve done live commentary for PRIDE, I’ve been around the block a bit.
Josh Barnett
Movies can be effective in influencing people to think in ways they might not otherwise be exposed to. Social commentary in films is most effective when you’re not aware of a soapbox. Making the point without force-feeding the audience is the most desirable approach.
Walter Koenig
When I do jokes that maybe are seen as social commentary, I research them to the nth degree. I probably do more research than I do actual joke writing. I want to make sure what I’m saying is correct.
Ralphie May