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I must say that I do wrestle with the amount of money I make, but at the end of the day what am I gonna say? I took less money so Rupert Murdoch could have more? — Tom Hanks

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When I work, a lot of times I have to lose weight, and I do that, but in my regular life I was not eating right, and I was not getting enough exercise. But by the nature of my diet and that lifestyle - boom! The end result was high blood sugars that reach the levels where it becomes Type 2 diabetes. I share that with a gajillion other people. — Tom Hanks

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My job has always been to hold a mirror up to nature. — Tom Hanks

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By and large, the making of motion pictures is all about, 'Let's ratchet it up.' And I always think, 'We don't need to ratchet this up.' If you do, don't call it 'Captain Phillips' or 'The Maersk Alabama.' Call it something else, and then you have carte blanche to do anything, down to sea serpents and aliens. — Tom Hanks

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Movie-making is telling a story with the best technology at your disposal. — Tom Hanks

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The Pixar people continuously amaze me. They come up with something that actually looks as though it takes place in this happy, real-world. Every plot line is not just plausible, but oddly authentic. The stories are full of adventure, humor and love. The characters are written with great human dimension. I don't know how they do it but they astound me. — Tom Hanks

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I have high blood sugars, and Type 2 diabetes is not going to kill me. But I just have to eat right, and exercise, and lose weight, and watch what I eat, and I will be fine for the rest of my life. — Tom Hanks

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Yeah! I got type-two diabetes! I'm sure there's going to be some media scandal now, saying I got it because I gained and lost weight for movie parts or something - but I doubt that. — Tom Hanks

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There's no substitute for a great love who says, 'No matter what's wrong with you, you're welcome at this table. — Tom Hanks

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The most accurate representation of how I feel is that I'm incredibly lucky to be working in this structure where people get paid millions to read the news on TV. And, yes, it is insane. And there is nothing I can say beyond acknowledging my immense good fortune, and being aware that I'm blessed, and aware that it isn't going to last forever. — Tom Hanks

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Directing is a constant test of your communicative powers. You're constantly trying to explain people your vision of what you want and steer these tiny little details into a cohesive thing. — Tom Hanks

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We are all God's animated cartoons. — Tom Hanks

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I just know that every man I kill the farther away from home I feel. — Tom Hanks

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Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. — Tom Hanks

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If there are nine guys auditioning and they're all gorgeous, I have an advantage, because gorgeous guys are a dime a dozen. But if they need someone else - like a goofy guy with bad hair who is just okay - then that's me. And finally, the other 2 percent who audition are geniuses that I could never touch. — Tom Hanks

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Saying no to something is actually much more powerful than saying yes. — Tom Hanks

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Once humankind has been some place and found it
entrancing, they always go back, I think in the history of the
human race, the moon has been the first place we've gone to and said,
'OK, we don't need to go back there again. — Tom Hanks

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When I was growing up, everybody in charge, my parents and teachers, had all survived the war, and they talked about the war like it was the Kraken - you know, this huge beast that roamed the earth during their formative years. — Tom Hanks

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'Larry Crowne' is about as bummed out a human being as one can be when he loses his job. What he is able to enjoy is something that may not be available to everybody. But it's about the value of being willing to get and willing to give good advice. — Tom Hanks

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Mass-market movies have become about one thing. They kind of declare themselves right off the bat ... But when I go to see (a film), I want to be surprised. I want to see something I never expected. And when you get that, it should be celebrated. — Tom Hanks

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I'm glad I didn't have to fight in any war. I'm glad I didn't have to pick up a gun. I'm glad I didn't get killed or kill somebody. I hope my kids enjoy the same lack of manhood. — Tom Hanks

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May you live as long as you want and not want as long as you live. — Tom Hanks

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There is something basic about protecting land by taking it off the market. People should be able to enjoy where they live while at the same time protect the plants and animals around them. — Tom Hanks

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Making a film is to make sure that everybody looks forward to coming to work. — Tom Hanks

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I love what I do for a living, it's the greatest job in the world, but you have to survive an awful lot of attention that you don't truly deserve and you have to live up to your professional responsibilities and I'm always trying to balance that with what is really important. — Tom Hanks

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But I also think all of the great stories in literature deal with loneliness. Sometimes it's by way of heartbreak, sometimes it's by way of injustice, sometimes it's by way of fate. There's an infinite number of ways to examine it. — Tom Hanks

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Every job requires a certain riding of a horse. — Tom Hanks

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I went to college because I didn't have anywhere else to go and it was a fabulous hang. And while I was there I was exposed to this world that I didn't know was possible. — Tom Hanks

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It just so happens that my body type and my lifestyle gives me a preclusion for high blood sugars. — Tom Hanks

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I will entertain anything; it doesn't matter. You know, it's not obviously about the price, it's not about who, it's kind of about when and what. It's material, that's all. — Tom Hanks

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I don't follow football, I just love the name Aston Villa. Here in England you have other footballing entities like Manchester and Arsenal and Chelsea — Tom Hanks

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There's a small percentage of people who can act. There's a small percentage who get to do this for a living. There's a swath of the population that are able to keep a story in their head and fight all the battles against self-consciousness and the surreal unnaturalness of acting in a movie. The technical aspects you can learn fairly quickly. — Tom Hanks

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If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great. — Tom Hanks

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If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s. — Tom Hanks

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If not for John Adams leading a revolution against Great Britain ... This would be the BAFTAs. — Tom Hanks

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My wife and I, we met making a movie. This is not just our job, it's our life. It's what we do naturally whether we're working together or not. — Tom Hanks

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Audiences crave something they've never seen before. That's what they want. They want to be dazzled. They want to go in either to have their expectations blown out of the water, or have no expectations and are dazzled by the decisions that we [filmmakers] made. — Tom Hanks

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Are you crying? There's no crying. There's no crying in baseball. — Tom Hanks

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As a young man, even if I was going to see a play or a film by myself, I didn't feel like I was alone. There was something that was unfolding up there that brought me into it. And I recognised that. For those two hours, it made me feel like I belonged to something really good. — Tom Hanks

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If you look at romantic comedies as pieces of commerce, the audience is looking for wish fulfillment. — Tom Hanks

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Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them. — Tom Hanks

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I'm lucky enough to be able to make only movies I'm interested in seeing. That has to be an instinctive thrust. The audience knows when you're faking it. They can hang any kind of moniker they want on me. — Tom Hanks

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Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour. — Tom Hanks

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I don't ask for much. I don't ask to be rich, and I don't ask to be famous, and I don't ask to play center field for the New York Yankees. I just want to get married and have a wife, and a house, and I want to have a kid, and I want to go see him be a tooth in the school play! — Tom Hanks

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I'm not interested in doing something edgy with a capital E just so everyone knows, 'Oh, OK, now he's showing us he can do edgy.' — Tom Hanks

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I had to say no to 'Fantasy Island' back when I was doing 'Bosom Buddies.' — Tom Hanks

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Never give up because you never know what the tide will bring in the next day. — Tom Hanks

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I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles, and just the sheer physical toll it puts on one's knees and shoulders - no one wants to do it again. I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on any job or go on vacation again and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds. — Tom Hanks

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Oprah Winfrey today you are surrounded by nothing but love. — Tom Hanks

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A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.
Tom Hanks — Tom Hanks

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It was incredibly cheesy set with torches [TV's Survivor] - it looked like the lobby of the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. And here as some guy pulling names out of a coconut, and I said, 'This is the thing that has made American mass media stop in their tracks? — Tom Hanks

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The more men I kill, the more far away from home I feel
Saving Private Ryan — Tom Hanks

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I've made quite a number of movies like Castaway and a few others where I'm the only guy in the movie and the only place to be is right next to the camera in costume ready to go in order to get it. The years, and more specifically probably the four months prior to beginning shooting, is where the big preparation is that the director does because I knew we were going to get on the set. And the good news is, if you're the boss, if it ain't good, you don't use it. You just cut it out. — Tom Hanks

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Prior to Saving Private Ryan I never worked with men. I was always working with some babe, and it was always about falling in love, and it just got turned around. I'm not looking for any particular kind of story. I wait until it comes across my desk. — Tom Hanks

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My doctor said, 'If you can weigh what you weighed in high school, you'll essentially be healthy and not have Type 2 diabetes.' Well, I'm gonna have Type 2 diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school. — Tom Hanks

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Dear God, thank you for my life. I forgot how big and wonderful it is. — Tom Hanks

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It's not a mid-life crisis. It's a mid-life disaster. A mid-life crisis is when you wake up with everything and you go "I have everything but I'm still unhappy." — Tom Hanks

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As an actor I am always waiting for my luck to run out. — Tom Hanks

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An animatic is a process where every voice and every sound effect is added to rough animated drawings and it lasts exactly as long as the final movie. So you actually get to go into a screening room with the rest of the cast and you get to see it all at the same time. — Tom Hanks

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When I was 21 years old, I had a job playing Santa Claus in a shopping centre in Sacramento. I was rail thin, so it's not like I was a traditional Santa Claus even then. I had a square stomach; that was the shape of the sofa cushion that I had stuffed into my pants. — Tom Hanks

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Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day. — Tom Hanks

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I did a 'Love Boat!' And based on my trip on the 'Love Boat,' I said, 'I'd just as soon not do 'Fantasy Island.' — Tom Hanks

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Acting still rings my bell as much as it did in high school. Plus, I can now indulge my interests as a producer as well. My work is more fun than fun but, best of all, it's still very scary. You are always walking some kind of high wire. — Tom Hanks

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Tweeting is like sending out cool telegrams to your friends once a week. — Tom Hanks

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That's what's nice about directing a film and having it done: There's nothing more I can do about it. It's done. That's it. All I can do is let it go and hope that people are kind to it. — Tom Hanks

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I always wanted to play Lestrade of Scotland Yard 'cause he's a buffoon that gets to wear a uniform. I thought that would be fun. — Tom Hanks

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In your mid-30s, it's time to start playing guys of compromise. And as you get older, men of bitter compromise — Tom Hanks

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I would not want to live in a country that would have me as a leader in any sort of political bent. — Tom Hanks

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My kid could get a bad X-ray and I could get a call from the doctor saying I have something growing in my bum and that would change my perspective on everything instantaneously, on what is and what is not important. — Tom Hanks

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College isn't necessary for everybody and it's only from what you put into it what you go there for. — Tom Hanks

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Now, learning how to make a movie is something you can figure out in about an afternoon. The physics of it, the marks, the lights, etc. What's hard to do is to suspend your own feelings of self consciousness. The natural actors can do that; they can become part of a characterization and learn how to maintain it. — Tom Hanks

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The filmmakers aren't running the studios anymore. Sometimes people who like films are making them, but by and large, they have to go report quarterly earnings and all that stuff. The competition is so huge that it's very hard to get people to show up to see any movie in the theater, much less an original one that isn't a version of something else they saw. — Tom Hanks

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The same way that I know that I'll never do a movie as good or as celebrated as 'Forrest Gump,' I know that I'll never do a movie as bad as 'Bonfire of the Vanities.' — Tom Hanks

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The truth is that everyone pays attention to who's number one at the box office. And none of it matters, because the only thing that really exists is the connection the audience has with a movie. — Tom Hanks

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I know the Pope is opposed to the use of condoms. All I can say is, I am a spiritual man and I've been happily married for 21 years. I don't even know what a condom is anymore. — Tom Hanks

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But television, when I was doing it, was all about scoring. You had to make these jokes bang, do whatever you could to make the material really pop. And if it didn't, there was something wrong with the material, or with you. — Tom Hanks

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If things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding. — Tom Hanks

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I think I'm lucky that I had kids as spread out as much as I did, 'cause my son, my oldest, was born when I was 21. And my youngest is 15 now. He was born when I was 40, you know? — Tom Hanks

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I am who I am, and I think I have a good nature, by and large. But if someone takes advantage of that good nature, well then, you know, I'm not that nice a guy. — Tom Hanks

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Some people are cowards ... I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they've got to make that choice. — Tom Hanks

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I want to have a good time myself. I don't want to dread going to work no matter what the gig is. I think, selfishly, I will make sure that I have a good time; how about that? — Tom Hanks

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In the 1998 Oscars, I found myself in the bathroom in a stall, next to Tom Selleck. So I leaned over and I said 'looks like we're a couple of peeing Toms. His angry silence is something I'll never forget. — Tom Hanks

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There isn't any great mystery about me. What I do is glamorous and has an awful lot of white-hot attention placed on it. But the actual work requires the same discipline and passion as any job you love doing, be it as a very good pipe fitter or a highly creative artist. — Tom Hanks

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Even the simplest choice can make a jaw-dropping difference in our world. — Tom Hanks

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Human beings do things for a reason, even if sometimes it's the wrong reason. — Tom Hanks

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You learn more from getting your butt kicked than getting it kissed. — Tom Hanks

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This is what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. — Tom Hanks

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What we're doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They're not just mythic heroes. — Tom Hanks

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I've made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good. — Tom Hanks

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You have to adhere to a philosophy that the life unexamined is not worth living, because otherwise you're just living from day to day and you don't have any real sense of yourself or where you are. — Tom Hanks

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If I was to direct Ron Howard, I guarantee you, I would put him through a living hell every day. I would demand so much of him. We wouldn't quit until he leaves the set crying. Weeping! Spent! — Tom Hanks

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The power of the individual is as powerful as the universe is infinite. — Tom Hanks

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You don't necessarily go in to talk to the person to try to find some secret key to the lock. — Tom Hanks

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As a boy Id often spend my days biking on riverbeds and arroyos and come home exhausted. I realize now how much I took for granted having the natural world so close at hand. It wasnt until I moved away, first to New York and then to Los Angeles, that I realized how much I missed the outdoors. — Tom Hanks

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In the creative process you come to loggerheads and you just have to keep the process moving forward, even if that requires jumping on a plane and flying to London. It's a good thing it's fun, otherwise it would be too much work. — Tom Hanks

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Larger-than-life characters make up about .01 percent of the world's population. — Tom Hanks

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There was a period of time in Los Angeles when I wondered if I was just going to lose everything. — Tom Hanks

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You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it's like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos. — Tom Hanks

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And I'm not apolitical - I'm very specific in my politics. But a lot of the time it's nobody's business unless you're over at my house having dinner. — Tom Hanks

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We are still in the position of waking up and having a choice. Do I make the world better today somehow, or do I not bother? — Tom Hanks