Aaron Sorkin

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Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born 9 June 1961) is a playwright and screenwriter, originally from Scarsdale, New York. He is known for his rhythmic dialogue and inventive television style.


  • Writing anything, it sorta starts the way you'd build a castle at the beach. You're just taking your hands and you're mounting up sand.
  • Is it (Sports Night) a comedy or a drama? That's generally not a question I try and answer for myself before I'm going to write something. The example I would use is, if you're driving in your car and you're listening to a rock 'n' roll station on the radio and a song comes on, and in the song you hear elements of jazz and folk and you hear strings in there … it's not necessary to answer the question, "Is this jazz, is this folk, or is this rock?" before you decide to listen to it and like it or not.
  • People who don't know anything tend to make up fake rules, the real rules being considerably more difficult to learn.
    • The West Wing Script Book: Volume 1, Introduction.
  • I love writing but I hate starting. The page is awfully white and it says. " You may have fooled some of the people some of the time but those days are over, giftless. I'm not your agent and I'm not your mommy, I'm a white piece of paper, you wanna dance with me?" and I really, really don't. I don't want any trouble. I'll go peaceable-like.
    • The West Wing Script Book: Volume 1, Introduction.

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