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Think of me like Yoda, but instead of being little and green I wear suits. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I enjoy being a hyphenate. I've always thought of my career as a plate spinner in the circus. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I often feel like books find us for reasons, and we read them when we need them the most. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Squee." 1 (verb): To emit an onomatopoetic girlish swooning sound out of pure fanboy adulation. 2 (noun): the sound itself. — Neil Patrick Harris

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We're blessed on 'How I Met Your Mother' to feel like we're doing a bit of a funny playlet everyday. — Neil Patrick Harris

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As an actor, you most often play relatively average parts, so to get to play extreme versions of anything, those are the most exciting parts. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Charlie Sheen is who again? Denise is engaged? — Neil Patrick Harris

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I pride myself in being able to straddle demographics, and if that was said as Barney Stinson, it would mean a little different thing. — Neil Patrick Harris

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With the Tonys it's a little tricky because a lot of the funnier jokes are more insider, so people watching at home may not get a Julie Taymor reference the way that New Yorkers would. So you have to figure out what comedy plays to a large audience and still respect the individuals who are there. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm a very lucky man in this chapter of my professional life, 'cause I get to do jobs with wildly different skill sets. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I don't care about my "impact" - I only care about the theater as an art form and criticism as an act of writing. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Mmmmmmmm. Anderson. He's dreamy. Just dreamy. I've been a fan of his since season 1 of 'The Mole.' I just thought he was so cool when he talked in this cool, low, secret-agent voice. — Neil Patrick Harris

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So I've done my fair share of theater. I have also been very fortunate in that I've been able to come to New York two or three times a year just to see as many shows as possible. I think the live theater culture here is incredible. — Neil Patrick Harris

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What defines a relationship is the work that's involved to maintain it, and it's constantly changing. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I've been taking a trapeze class for the last couple of years. I'm working on my double back flip right now. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I always thought filet mignon was the steak to beat, but the fat content in a rib eye is fantastic. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I have a very large forehead. I have a pronounced skull. Maybe producers think that there is a lot going on up in there. — Neil Patrick Harris

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May I suggest a drinking game where everytime I do a ridiculously long awkward blink, someone does a shot of some kind of alcohol? — Neil Patrick Harris

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I grew up being educated by Sesame Street and gained a sense of humor from The Muppet Show. I'd give my right foot to be able to do a scene or two with the Muppets. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Tobey's a mellow, cool guy. He's just a good guy. I know that's not the answer you want, and I don't mean that as the political thing to say, but he's a nice guy. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I loved Rent when I first heard it, but it grew on me and so did Tick, Tick ... Boom. Some songs are more interesting than others and sometimes the ones that never stood out at first end up being the best to perform. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I like the tube more than the NY subway though, you've got cushioned seats. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I've got no plans to be a ballet dancer at the moment. — Neil Patrick Harris

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But magic is like pizza: even when it's bad, it's pretty good. — Neil Patrick Harris

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There is just a lot of creativity and theatricality in performers who happen to be gay. Maybe there's a success in numbers, so by the law of averages we are going to get these jobs. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Whether it's a double take or a spit take or an extra-long pause before a reaction or a line, I try to be as cognizant as possible about the technical end of it. So I think the physical stuff works easier for me than maybe for others who are more just going on instinct. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm lucky that people believe me when I'm in character. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Babies just change everything. You have to become super selfless and super tired and super amenable to change. They just change all the time. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm a big proponent of monogamous relationships regardless of sexuality, and I'm proud of how the nation is steering toward that. — Neil Patrick Harris

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My favorite time to dance is at, like, wedding receptions, when it's all ages and everyone seems to be having fun. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Tonight we celebrate Hollywood's best and whitest, sorry ... brightest. — Neil Patrick Harris

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You just take things as they come. — Neil Patrick Harris

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The Tonys are the once-a-year shot for all of these shows and artists who work so diligently every single performance but only for a thousand or so people at a time. This gives them the opportunity to perform to millions of people. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I often teach a graduate theater seminar on Greek tragedy in performance. I usually begin by saying that no matter what technological advances occur, the wisdom of these plays will never be obsolete. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I don't know, on a sitcom, and in theatre especially, you have to really be listening to an audience. And if you're losing them, you can hear the sniffs, and the playbills shuffling and whatnot. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm not trying to climb a ladder - I'm casting a bit of a net. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I feel like with actors wanting to direct, you really only have a shot or two. You can't just make a bunch of little independent movies, and then finally one gets noticed. You have to make a really good one right away. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I do a lot of books on tape for Beverly Cleary, and another 'Smurfs' shout-out for that demographic. — Neil Patrick Harris

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You have to be careful when you're doing an interview. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Being able to live my life transparently does empower me to feel like I can be myself more. It's easier for me to flirt with girls now that girls know that I'm gay. It almost makes it a sexier encounter than if I was trying to pretend that I was straight. — Neil Patrick Harris

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As actors you don't want to have one label. You'd rather have seven. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I want to be able to infuse some youthful energy and comedy while appreciating the generations before. — Neil Patrick Harris

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The theater is reaching as many different demographics as it can now. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'd love to be some sort of villain in a big-budget action movie. Or a superhero franchise. That'd be rad. — Neil Patrick Harris

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American Sniper focuses on a soldier with 160 kills, or as Harvey Weinstein calls it, a slow morning — Neil Patrick Harris

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The subject of Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, could not be here for some treason. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I've done plenty of daredeviling - from white-water rafting to bungee jumping. But I think the most fearless was hosting the Emmy Awards. It was overwhelming, and I definitely had to leave fear at the door. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Whenever I wasn't in school with a tutor three hours a day, I'd get a knock and be rushed to set and they'd be waiting and I'd film my thing and then I'd go back to school again. — Neil Patrick Harris

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It's good to have a lot of once-in-a-lifetimes in your lifetime. If you get the chance to skydive, go skydiving. If you're offered a part in a weird Shakespeare play in San Diego, slap on some tights and rock out some iambic pentameter. — Neil Patrick Harris

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On MTV, the dialogue can be a little darker, more interesting and edgy ... the animation is just phenomenal. It's a CGI program that's doing all the animation. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Thankfully I've been quite lucky in my career, but it's always good to re-evaluate things and think about what else you want to do. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Thankfully, the meat of the Tony telecast is the performances from the shows, so the awards show kind of creates itself around the season, and then I fill in based on the vibe of the season in general. I'm happy that there'll be so many legitimately good performances on the show. — Neil Patrick Harris

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When you have twin four-year-olds, you are able to dance like a fool, often. And I do. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I felt a little green, because Shakespeare writes the thought process within the text; it was tricky not to think of what to say and then say it, and instead just deliver the lines. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Theater for me is about enduring human truth. Special effects can be part of that, but when they obscure what is the reason we come to theater - to see reflections of our confounded humanity - the theater has lost its way. — Neil Patrick Harris

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It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night! — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm shocked at how early everything closes here. But people start earlier. I miss the late nightlife in NYC, but then again I sing and burn so much energy in the show that it's probably good - I get to go home and sleep. — Neil Patrick Harris

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It's like, the more you commit, the happier the animators are; if you're at all iffy and concerned, then it doesn't free them up to do as much fun stuff, so you have to just go for it and, again, trust the people around you and not be seemingly guarded and numb. Throw caution to the wind a bit. — Neil Patrick Harris

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There's a kid in the middle of nowhere who's sitting there living for Tony performances. Singing and flipping along with the Pippins, and Wickeds, and Kinkys, Matildas, and Mormons's. So we might reassure that kid, and do something to spur that kid, 'cause I promise you, all of us up here tonight, we were that kid. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm very interested in starting to produce, and direct, and have an umbrella over an entire project in the future. I'd like to have control over what the characters do. I think as an actor, you get a little too caught up in the moment-to-moment, beat-to-beat stuff to have perspective. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Mr. Steven Bochco is a very wise man. After a many-monthed nationwide search to find a precocious teenage doctor, he hired me. — Neil Patrick Harris

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The voiceover thing is very selfless. You go in there and they've hired you for your voice, but they know exactly what they want, and the writer's there and he knows exactly how it's supposed to be said. So you can't really argue with them, you just have to let them tell you what to do and then do it. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I was a big fan of how Johnny Carson hosted awards shows. Dick Cavett, as well, I think did a really great job of providing a nice blend of comedy, wit and class. — Neil Patrick Harris

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My parents own a restaurant in Albuquerque. — Neil Patrick Harris

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The discipline of live theater - doing the same perfect thing night after night, eight times a week - never ceases to amaze me — Neil Patrick Harris

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Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I enjoy darker sardonic wit more than knock-knock jokes. I spent the first healthy chunk of my career playing all-American, pleasant, average, nice people, so it's fun to have some complications there. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm having a ball. I just walk in, make some funnies and walk out, no pressure. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm a nerdy, geeky fan of' Labyrinth' and 'Dark Crystal'. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I am gay - gay for that pussy! — Neil Patrick Harris

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I regret not dancing more, just cutting loose on the dance floor. I still admire those who don't care much about what others think of them. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Babies laughing is like opium. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I have actual strong ideas. You just have to wait for the right timing. Timing is pretty crucial here. I can't dedicate a lot of energy and efforts trying to, say, create a show that I want to produce while I'm currently on another show. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I collect puppet stuff. I have a puppet workshop in my garage. I was looking for any opportunity to be able to get very creatively involved in that world. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I think flirting is great fun. It doesn't mean that anything's going to come of it but it's fun to be told that you're hot and that your tits look great. You all get your pens out. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I remember thinking that the rest of my life would be solo. I wasn't weepy when I thought that - it was just a realization that I had gone this long being self-sufficient. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm in a play on Broadway, I have an animated TV show coming up, I have a few movies that just came out. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I don't like to be disparaging about my past roles. That's the only taboo that I don't like to cross. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I love the American musical for the simplicity of emotion that gets expressed. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Chef's choice is my favorite. I'm super adventurous. — Neil Patrick Harris

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[Before introducing the nominees for best animated film] If you're at the awards party with the guys who made the Lego Movie, now would be a good time to distract them. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I'm probably my biggest critic. I worry that if you spend any quality time reveling in good things then karma will slap you upside the head, so I try to stay as even keel as I'm able. — Neil Patrick Harris

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A cardio-funk class - I should have at least taken one of those. But it's always terrified me. I'm never one to be a dancer on the dance floor, even at a bar or a club. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Benedict Cumberbatch is not only the best name in show business, it's also the response you get when you ask John Travolta to pronounce Ben Affleck. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I didn't want to go marching down the street with camera crews. Oy. To get married? Really? It seems like you have an agenda when you do it that way. I wouldn't want to get married to be an example. — Neil Patrick Harris

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If you don't have any ties to the music industry, you just love 'American Idol,' you can sit there and do exactly what you do in your living room, which is stare at them and judge them. — Neil Patrick Harris

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As I learned from chapters past, it's important to try and stay in the chapter that you're in, and enjoy it while it's lasting. Not be constantly worrying about where this step will take you - living in the potential future. Like a good meal. Like a good chef's tasting meal. You don't want to wonder what's next while you're eating the foie gras. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I don't stay up and rent private jets and go on yachts and whoop it up in Miami. — Neil Patrick Harris

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When she is three, you catch her singing Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball," a song nobody should sing until they're at least dead. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Starship Troopers was great. It was great fun to work on something with blue screens and big budget special effects. Denise Richards was nice to look at too, of course. — Neil Patrick Harris

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It's really something for people who are approaching 30 to take a look at what that means to them. I think turning 30 is a chance to re-identify with yourself. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I've gotten to hang out with Elmo, I'm the Fairy Shoeperson on 'Sesame Street'. So hopefully our kids will get to see and hear me as much as they're able. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I would not dream of taking on Tobey Maguire. Plus, he's a talented and nice guy, and I have nothing but nice things to say about him. — Neil Patrick Harris

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I think it has been a weird mistake to have people with their own music careers going on and judging people because when they're too critical, it affects them. They don't want to be that honest, because they need to keep their appearance up. — Neil Patrick Harris

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Our culture's adjustment to the epistemology of television is by now all but complete; we have so thoroughly accepted its definitions of truth, knowledge and reality that irrelevance seems to us to be filled with import, and incoherence seems eminently sane. And if some of our institutions seem not to fit the template of the times, why it is they and not the template, that seem to us disordered and strange. — Neil Patrick Harris

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This next presenter is so lovely you could eat her up with a spoon — Neil Patrick Harris

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I don't know, but I think kids just want to be listened to, so I want to make sure I do that. — Neil Patrick Harris

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It's nice to establish yourself as an actor first and a singer second. Proof is such a tremendous piece of work, and I'm incredibly lucky to be a part of it. I'm sure that the musicals will happen in the future, though. — Neil Patrick Harris

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If I'm doing some weird tick with my mouth, or not standing still or something, I'll be the first person to notice it, and then want to change that. I think it's important just to maintain trajectory, to not just use your same tricks over and over. — Neil Patrick Harris

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When you call someone and ask them to do something they've never done before, in different mediums I think they would be inclined to pass because they're afraid of the risk. But the creative people who populate the theater world love the challenge of new things. — Neil Patrick Harris