Quotes from Desi Arnaz
"A single prop that does not look real to an audience can louse you up. The same is true of the smallest flaw in setting up the motivation in a story line."
"Al Jolson was one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived."
"American people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It is one of the things that makes this country the great country that it is."
"An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa."
"An audience is so important. I would never have had the guts to dub in that big a laugh."
"At times we were criticized for doing too much slapstick. I don't believe in mild comedy, and neither does Lucy."
"Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs."
"Everyone seemed to be doing well except me and my career. And my accent was no helping me any."
"Failure is the most terrible thing in our business. When we fail, the whole world knows about it."
"Good things do not come easy. The road is lined with pitfalls."
"I don't think anyone can tell you what it is that makes you a star."
"I had started calling her Lucy shortly after we met; I didn't like the name Lucille. That's how our television show was called I Love Lucy, not Lucille."
"I learned a lot from Xavier Cugat."
"I learned a lot in those first years in Miami, while struggling just for survival, by observing my father's fortitude."
"I went to high school with Al Capone."
"Joe McCarthy and his Senate hearings were like witch-hunts."
"Lucy and I would love furiously and fight furiously."
"Lucy is such a perfectionist."
"Making a television show is not like making Coca-Cola or Bacardi rum. The human element in our business prevents us from finding a successful formula every time."
"Motion-picture studio floors used to be all wooden and not smooth at all. This was difficult when moving a camera around on a dolly."
"My Latin temper blows up pretty fast, but it goes down just as fast. Maybe that's why you seldom hear of ulcers in Latin America."
"Nobody bats 500. We all make mistakes."
"One of my biggest problems with comedy was that I did not understand some of the jokes."
"Since I was very young I have always worked hard at whatever I have had to do."
"The success of I Love Lucy is something that happens only once in a lifetime, if you are fortunate enough to have it happen at all."
"The thing I remember about New York was how little I felt. I arrived with one small bag and $15."
"The way the Army does things is sometimes a little strange."
"When we got married, nobody gave it more than two weeks. There were bets all over the country, with astronomical odds against us."
Total Quotes: 28
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