Woody Allen’s Top Ten Conflict Tips

Whatever you think of his personal life, the comedian Woody Allen has some incisive takes on life that I think help us re-frame both life and personal not to mention internal conflict better. If nothing else, to handle life and conflict with a sense of humor. So I thought I would construct one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips based on his quips and don’t be so serious:

  1. ‘What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.’
  2. ‘My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.’
  3. Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go, it’s pretty damn good’.
  4. ‘Groucho Marx. Willie Mays. The second movement of the Jupiter Symphony. Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato Head Blues. Swedish movies. Sentimental Education by Flaubert . Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra. Those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne. The crabs at Sam Wo’s . . . and, uh, Tracy’s face.
  5. ‘There’s an old joke . . . two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ’em says “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.” Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life.’
  6. ‘I had a great evening; it was like the Nuremberg Trials.’
  7. ‘I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.’
  8. ‘The important thing, I think, is not to be bitter. You know, if it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. I think that the worst you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever’.
  9. I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.’
  10. ‘Eighty per cent of success is showing up’.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Allen

Woody with Mariel Hemingway (Tracy):

Teenager Mariel Hemingway was nominated for an Oscar for her protrayal of Tracy alongside Woody Allen in the 1979 film Manhattan

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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