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#1. When I was a teenager, the biggest heartthrob was Tab Hunter. He was in every movie out of Warner Bros. until he was exposed as gay, and his career faded. That was an object lesson. I knew I must protect my sexual orientation. - Author: George Takei
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#2. It's important for all Americans to know how vulnerable our Constitution is. - Author: George Takei
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#3. There's no point living at my age with many ingrained great fears. - Author: George Takei
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#4. I have a sister who is technophobic; she doesn't even use a computer. - Author: George Takei
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#5. A man who layeth with another man must be stoned. - Author: George Takei
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#6. Our democracy is a people's democracy, and it can be as great as people can be, but it is also as fallible as people are. - Author: George Takei
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#7. It's really hard to hate someone for being different when you're too busy laughing together. - Author: George Takei
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#8. Nothing is what it seems on the surface of Heroes. - Author: George Takei
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#9. At the core of 'Star Trek' is Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future. So much of science-fiction is about a dystopian society with human civilization having crumbled. He had an affirmative, shining, positive view of the future. - Author: George Takei
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#10. I discovered that funny animal pictures - memes - would get a lot of likes and shares. - Author: George Takei
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#11. On a bus, your eyes, ears, and pores are open absorbing in the variety, the wonder, and the magic of the city. It's a wonderful way to get to know the city. - Author: George Takei
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#12. I myself am a Buddhist, not a Christian. But I cannot help but think that if Christ ran a public establishment, it would be open to all, and He would be the last to refuse service to anyone. It is, simply put, the most un-Christian of notions. - Author: George Takei
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#13. We need to get some rationality on the Second Amendment. This is crazy what we allow ourselves. - Author: George Takei
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#14. If leadership requires a fired-up sense of purpose and imagination, it also demands a profound connection to the society to be led. Like it or not, this is our culture, and we should embrace and celebrate it, even while we strive to refine and shape it. - Author: George Takei
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#15. I may not have trekked through the galaxies in reality. But I have trekked all over this planet: Australia, Asia, Latin America, Europe. - Author: George Takei
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#16. In many ways, my decision to come out changed the course not only of my personal life but of my professional one as well. - Author: George Takei
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#17. Well, the whole history of Star Trek is the market demand. - Author: George Takei
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#18. I'm a civic busybody and I've been blessed with an active career. - Author: George Takei
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#19. I don't consider it jumping ship. The 'Star Trek' philosophy is to embrace the diversity of the universe, and 'Star Wars' is part of that diversity. I also think 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' are related beyond both having the word 'Star.' - Author: George Takei
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#20. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, young Japanese-Americans, like all young Americans, rushed to their draft board to volunteer to fight for our country. That act of patriotism was answered with a slap in the face. We were denied service and categorized as enemy non-alien. - Author: George Takei
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#21. They're the best critics. Workshops are good, and drama teachers are fine, but the best is the audience. And even better if they're paying! - Author: George Takei
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#22. Following the Orlando attack, ISIS claimed the attacker as one of its own and called for even more such killings worldwide. - Author: George Takei
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#23. I'm an anglophile. I visit England regularly, sometimes three or four times a year, at least once a year. - Author: George Takei
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#24. Gene Roddenbury felt that television was being wasted. That it had the potential for enlightenment and even inspiration. - Author: George Takei
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#25. My grandmother lived to 104 years old, and part of her success was she woke up every morning to a brand new day. She said every morning is a new gift. Her favorite hobby was collecting birthdays. - Author: George Takei
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#26. Would-be terrorists cannot so much as board a plane without a thorough screening, yet we give them nearly unfettered access to very dangerous weapons. - Author: George Takei
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#27. I love being an actor. - Author: George Takei
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#28. I marched back then - I was in a civil-rights musical, Fly Blackbird, and we met Martin Luther King. - Author: George Takei
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#29. It has a Nazi echo, doesn't it? The Jews had to wear that Star of David, and Donald Trump is saying all Syrians have to carry an ID card and they can, without warrant, go into any Syrian's home or a mosque. - Author: George Takei
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#30. Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, and understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood. - Author: George Takei
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#31. I'm most comfortable with my computer. Yes, I have an iPhone, but I've reached that point now where to read e-mails on my phone, I need my reading glasses. I'm most comfortable with the big-screen computer. - Author: George Takei
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#32. But when we came out of camp, that's when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful. - Author: George Takei
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#33. It was an egregious violation of the American Constitution. We were innocent American citizens, and we were imprisoned simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. It shows us just how fragile our Constitution is. - Author: George Takei
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#34. The best way to get people to connect with an issue is to humanize it. You can do so much more powerfully with music and touch the heart. - Author: George Takei
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#35. Life is too short not to order the bacon dessert. - Author: George Takei
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#36. When billionaires can give $50 million, $500 million to a campaign, and there's no limit, then it makes a mockery of 'one man, one vote.' - Author: George Takei
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#37. I'm a chairman on the Board of Governors for the East-West Players, the longest-running Asian-American theater company in America. - Author: George Takei
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#38. My memories of camp - I was four years old to eight years old - they're fond memories. - Author: George Takei
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#39. There is more story in a minor character like Boba Fett than there is in all the clutter of various vampires in the Twilight franchise. - Author: George Takei
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#40. Do your duty as an American, and as a citizen of the galaxy ... Vote! - Author: George Takei
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#41. The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay. The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young. - Author: George Takei
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#42. When I was a very young actor, I cruised around in a pretty cool vehicle called the Starship Enterprise. - Author: George Takei
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#43. Cat's are unpredictable. It is a fine line between the cure, inquisitive and innocent creature resting on our lap and the hissing, spitting and deranged banshee it might become at any moment. This is why we're trying always to win their love. - Author: George Takei
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#44. As my audience grew more diverse, I started interjecting social justice advocacy and commentaries about LGBT equality, and it just kept growing more. - Author: George Takei
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#45. I was four years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 by Japan, and overnight, the world was plunged into a world war. America suddenly was swept up by hysteria. - Author: George Takei
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#46. As you know, when Star Trek was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season. - Author: George Takei
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#47. I spent my boyhood behind the barbed wire fences of American internment camps and that part of my life is something that I wanted to share with more people. - Author: George Takei
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#48. I do think that Japan will be one of the nations that have equality, and that, too, will serve as an example for other Asian nations. - Author: George Takei
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#49. You know what the lowest rated episode we ever had was? Where Captain Kirk kissed Uhuru - a white man kissing an African-American woman. All the stations in the American South - in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana - refused to air it. And so our ratings plummeted. - Author: George Takei
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#50. As the old saying goes, I was simply looking for fan love, in Alderaan places. - Author: George Takei
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#51. I am the grandson of immigrants from Japan who went to America, boldly going to a strange new world, seeking new opportunities. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. They met and married in Los Angeles, and I was born there. - Author: George Takei
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#52. It has long been a dream of mine that this important story one day would be told on the great American stage of Broadway. In fact, I've dedicated much of the latter half of my life to ensuring the story of the internment is known. - Author: George Takei
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#53. To characterize all Muslims as terrorists is fear-mongering of the worst kind. - Author: George Takei
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#54. I've run the marathon several times, so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor! - Author: George Takei
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#55. This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we're not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there. - Author: George Takei
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#56. I was pursuing my acting career, but I was silent on the LGBT issue, the issue that was closest to me. I knew if I came out then, I'd have had to change careers. - Author: George Takei
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#57. The Russians are taunting the IOC with the homophobic laws that they pass. - Author: George Takei
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#58. I think being optimistic is ensuring your success. If you start out saying 'I've got this problem,' or 'I'm angry at that,' you will not succeed. - Author: George Takei
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#59. I'm optimistic, and I have a lot of goals. And I obey the laws of nature: I eat, exercise, and rest properly. But mostly it's about keeping the mind engaged. My grandmother lived to 104, and she had all of her faculties. I'm physically active and devout - just not as Buddhistic as she was. - Author: George Takei
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#60. One of the gifts of 'Star Trek' is my professional work colleagues have become my lifelong friends. - Author: George Takei
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#61. It kills me to hear Donald Trump talking. - Author: George Takei
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#62. I'm George Takei, and I'm straight ... up asking you to vote. - Author: George Takei
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#63. It will be written on my tombstone in very large letters, 'Here lies Hikaru Sulu,' and in very tiny letters, 'aka George Takei.' I don't protest the inevitable. - Author: George Takei
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#64. Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval. - Author: George Takei
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#65. Then that did very well at the box office, so before you knew it, we were in a string of feature motion pictures. Then they announced that they were going to do some spinoffs of us. - Author: George Takei
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#66. Humor is a powerful tool, and some of these politicians are so far out and easy to lampoon. They just provide such delicious opportunity. - Author: George Takei
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#67. When I heard Donald Trump make that sweeping hysterical statement that all Muslims have to be banned because they are terrorists, I was chilled by that. - Author: George Takei
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#68. Radio dramas have disappeared. What we do have now is books on tape, which I find wonderful. I've done some of those. Otherwise, radio acting is now gone. - Author: George Takei
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#69. The only thing worse than human ignorance is human pride in that ignorance. - Author: George Takei
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#70. We were American citizens. We were incarcerated by our American government in American internment camps here in the United States. The term 'Japanese internment camp' is both grammatically and factually incorrect. - Author: George Takei
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#71. I'm an actor. I love acting and being able to use my love, my passion, to also contribute to making this a better society, a better democracy, and a better country. - Author: George Takei
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#72. We are living in a science fiction world. - Author: George Takei
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#73. The irony of this endeavor is palpable, for English itself is a hopeless hodgepodge of other tongues, with more exceptions than rules, more chaos than order, and enough new words created each day to keep the Oxford English Dictionary folks very, very busy. - Author: George Takei
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#74. The wonderful thing about acting is they're always going to need old codgers! - Author: George Takei
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#75. Turkey Bacon. It's like saying "shoot" instead of "shit." It just doesn't quite carry the moment. - Author: George Takei
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#76. 'Star Trek' is science fiction. 'Star Wars' is science fantasy. Based on the episodes I worked on, I think with 'Star Wars: Clone Wars,' we're starting to see a merging, though. It does deal, philosophically, with some of the issues of the time, which is always something 'Star Trek' was known for. - Author: George Takei
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#77. The arc of our history is toward more equality being expanded to more and more people. - Author: George Takei
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#78. People want to start their day off with a smile or, better yet, a guffaw. - Author: George Takei
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#79. Our democracy is dependent on people who passionately cherish the ideals of a democracy. Every man is created equal with an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's a wonderful idea, and it takes people who cherish that idea to be actively involved in the process. - Author: George Takei
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#80. Unfriending me when I didn't even know we were friends? It's like breaking wind when you're home alone. If I can't smell you, knock yourself out. - Author: George Takei
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#81. It'd be nice to be what they call a Renaissance man. - Author: George Takei
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#82. Children are amazingly adaptable. What would be grotesquely abnormal became my normality in the prisoner of war camps. It became routine for me to line up three times a day to eat lousy food in a noisy mess hall. It became normal for me to go with my father to bathe in a mass shower. - Author: George Takei
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#83. We can't let the past be forgotten. - Author: George Takei
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#84. You know, I grew up in two American internment camps, and at that time I was very young. - Author: George Takei
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#85. The starship Enterprise was a metaphor starship Earth, and the vision was that the strength of this starship lay in its diversity. - Author: George Takei
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#86. I thought this convention phenomenon was very flattering, but that's about the extent of it. - Author: George Takei
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#87. We have the history of slavery or inequality to women, and now the civil rights movement of the 21st century is the struggle for equality for the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. And I think it's important for Americans to know about the times that we failed. - Author: George Takei
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#88. We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity. - Author: George Takei
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#89. I appreciate failure. Failure means that an attempt was made, and a lesson can be learned. As long as we're alive after the effort, there is a chance for success the next time around. - Author: George Takei
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#90. Science fiction is more than just our collective dreams for a human race that reaches to the stars. In many ways, the dreams of yesterday are becoming the realities of today and the path for tomorrow. - Author: George Takei
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#91. Social media affords me an opportunity to interact with fans on a daily basis, not just for a few seconds apiece at a science-fiction convention. - Author: George Takei
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#92. The central pillar of our justice system is due process. You have got to be charged with a crime. Then you can challenge those charges in a court of law with a trial. - Author: George Takei
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#93. What is important is the reliability of my posts being there to greet my fans with a smile or a giggle every morning. That's how we keep on growing. - Author: George Takei
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#94. Every time we had a hot war going on in Asia, it was difficult for Asian Americans here. - Author: George Takei
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#95. I intend to live life, not just exist. - Author: George Takei
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#96. Those Tea Party people are crazy. I mean, they're lunatics. They close down the government, throw people out of their jobs - hundreds of thousands of people - and they say that they're doing it ultimately in the interest of creating jobs. - Author: George Takei
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#97. When I came out, I was 68, and I was totally prepared for my career to recede when I spoke to the press for the first time. What happened after that blew me away. I started getting more offers. My career blossomed. - Author: George Takei
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#98. People are interested not just in Sulu, but George Takei - and he's gay. Life is full of twist and turns. - Author: George Takei
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#99. They claim they did all this because they love me, but I must say, I've never been loved in such a bizarre fashion. - Author: George Takei
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#100. STAR TREK is a show that had a vision about a future that was positive. - Author: George Takei
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