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  Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually taking part fully with the reality we do have, and that creates suffering. For me, the thing that I love is that it's all about the present moment.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  When I go home, the last thing I want to do is read about the popular lore of vampires.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  There are times when I am directing, and there are a couple of moments I didn't get the way I wanted, but I know I still have other angles to shoot and I have to be done by noon; I move on.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  I will say that the environment I grew up in was not the most progressive.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  Television viewing has become for me a completely different experience, because I don't watch shows on a weekly basis. I wait until the DVD or I TiVo everything and wait until the end of a season and watch it all over a weekend. For me that's a really satisfying experience, like reading a book.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  Life is suffering. We have desires and expectations and egos, and we compare the reality we have, which is miraculous and wondrous, with this reality we desire. That somehow distances us from actually taking part fully with the reality we do have, and that creates suffering. For me, the thing that I love is that it's all about the present moment.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  If a scene is longer than three pages, it better be for a good reason.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  As a writer, it's fun to create. And once you get into a long-running show with very established characters and a very established tone and format, after a while it's a really great job, but that's what it is - a job.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  I'm 53. I don't care about high school students. I find them irritating and uninformed.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  I think sexuality is a window into someone's soul.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  I don't believe in any particular definition of the afterlife, but I do believe we're spiritual creatures and more than our biology and that energy cannot be destroyed, but can change. I don't know what the afterlife is going to be, but I'm not afraid of it.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  I think it's very difficult, and it requires a tremendous amount of spiritual integrity and discipline, to not be a narcissist in a culture that encourages it every step of the way.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  Yet the wonder of it all is that, while engaged in a seemingly endless struggle, the Israelis have managed to turn a desert into a garden.  
 -  Alan Ball