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“I have talent at playing myself. I don’t have a very broad range, but at playing myself I am a wizard. It’s more than fun; it’s the best job on Earth.”

 

Ben Stein

“If there’s a recession, I’d buy stocks. That’s when you make money: when markets are spooked.”

 

Ben Stein

“Prime-time network television has become an island without religion in an ever-more-religious America.”

 

Ben Stein

“I am back in LA now. And I keep thinking back to my time in New York after the bombings…. I was crying so much I could not see, and the other diners joined in, and I thought, What do you do with such atheistic evil?”

 

Ben Stein

“Yes, Americans can still get credit for cars and trucks and refrigerators, and those businesses are doing well. But just try to get a home loan now.”

 

Ben Stein

“I think a snob would be a person who thinks he is entitled; he has good things in his life and is entitled to them.”

 

Ben Stein

“After all the black man has been through in this world, he can still often reach levels of spirituality the most pampered white man cannot touch. Maybe what he’s been through is the reason why.”

 

Ben Stein

“I think, there are many people who are much smarter than I am, and many, many, many who are much harder-working than I am, but in terms of the range of my activities, they’re unique.”

 

Ben Stein

“As Beverly Hills becomes more Iranian-Jewish, it is becoming politically conservative.”

 

Ben Stein

“I’m out and about meeting people all day long. And I’m very friendly; I talk to just about everybody I meet.”

 

Ben Stein

“I don’t like the sound of all the lists he’s making.”

 

Ben Stein

“I feel as if I’m in on a pass and am damn lucky to have whatever I have. It could all be taken away in a second.”

 

Ben Stein

“My ‘thing’ is that I just lie in my immense bed and look out the window at the skyline over Virginia and the sky and the airplanes coming into Reagan. I really love doing that.”

 

Ben Stein

“Americans are terrified because so many of them have been laid off in recent years and months and they fear that they may be next. Even if they have not been laid off or have not known anyone laid off, they definitely know someone who has lost his home.”

 

Ben Stein

“There’s no evidence whatsoever that Darwin had anything useful to say or anything to say period about how life began or how the universe began or how gravity began or how physics began or fluid motion or how thermodynamics began. He had nothing to say about that whatsoever.”

 

Ben Stein

“My parents, products of the Great Depression, were successful people, but lived in a state of constant fear that my sister and I, and they, would sink into the kind of economic insecurity that their generation knew so well.”

 

Ben Stein

“If you want to fight the evil you see in finance and industry, get to work reading the corporate filings, see if there has been fraud, and where you find it, report it to the SEC or write about it or blog about it.”

 

Ben Stein

“If Iran and North Korea, by some horrible, devilish, nightmarish scenario, got together and went to war at the same time, one against Saudi Arabia and one against South Korea, I don’t know what we would do about that. I don’t know that we could stop them short of using nuclear weapons.”

 

Ben Stein

“Could Congress really do its work if it held its sessions by teleconferencing? Could the Supreme Court? Nothing can replace the spark of intelligence that travels from person to person at meetings.”

 

Ben Stein

“The poor black people in it make the black people in Gone With the Wind look like Malcolm X.”

 

Ben Stein