Ben Stein

(Benjamin Jeremy Stein)

Ben Stein
Ben Stein
  • Born: November 25, 1944
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Writer, Actor, Lawyer

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Benjamin Jeremy Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. A graduate of Columbia University, Stein began his career in law, graduating as valedictorian from Yale Law School. He attained early success as a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later, he entered the entertainment field and became an actor, comedian, and Emmy Award-winning game show host. He is most well-known on screen as the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and as Dr. Arthur Neuman in The Mask (1994) and Son of the Mask (2005).

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… all human history is the struggle between systems that attempt to shackle the human personality in the name of some intangible good on the one hand and systems that enable and expand the scope of human personality in the pursuit of extremely tangible aims. The American system is the most successful in the world because it harmonizes best with the aims and longings of human personality while allowing the best protection to other personalities. Freedom & Liberty
All wars are mishandled. War & Peace
Our Federal Reserve has unlimited money raising powers. Money, Coins & Minting
Peace when the enemy is still attacking is not peace. It is surrender. War & Peace
The minute you announce as a candidate, your opponents go on a deep sea fishing expedition for your sins. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The political is the moral and the moral is the political. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The U. S. is the main repository of decency on this earth. States. Nations & Nationhood
We used to think earthly life was horrible and paradise awaited us when we died. Now we have made earthly life into a paradise and we fear death. Miscellaneous
A corporation's responsibility is to the shareholders, not its retirees and employees. Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans and they will succeed.
Academic freedom is being lost by a great many people who dare to challenge Darwinism. That's a terrifying situation. That's contrary to the principles of science. Freedom & Liberty ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
After all the black man has been through in this world, he can still often reach levels of spirituality the most pampered white man cannot touch. Maybe what he's been through is the reason why.
Americans are terrified because so many of them have been laid off in recent years and months and they fear that they may be next. Even if they have not been laid off or have not known anyone laid off, they definitely know someone who has lost his home.
As Beverly Hills becomes more Iranian-Jewish, it is becoming politically conservative.
As to a media personality, well that just happened in large measure because people found me amusing, and I did lots and lots of T.V. news interview shows.
Darwinism doesn't explain where gravity comes from. It doesn't explain where thermodynamics comes from. It doesn't explain where the laws of physics come from. It doesn't explain where matter came from.
Emperor Sid Caesar is gone to eternity himself now. He takes with him the gratitude of every one of us who first learned the relief of laughter from this genuinely great performer.
Every soul deserves a shot at a Cadillac, but not everyone should be guaranteed a Cadillac.
Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. Religion & God
For me, I've always believed that there was a God. I've always believed that God created the heavens and earth - so, for me it's not a huge leap from there to intelligent design. Religion & God
Greed is a basic part of animal nature. Being against it is like being against breathing or eating. It means nothing. Nature
Hollywood is largely about scammers and con men. It was my main livelihood for about 25 years, and the scams were beautiful and ugly, cheap and expensive, but, wow, were there a lot of scammers.
I agree that there are some bad apples on Wall Street. I spent about ten years exposing corporate and financial fraud for 'Barron's' magazine and I found a lot to write about.
I always assumed scientists were free to ask any question, pursue any line of inquiry without fear or reprisal.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against.
I am about to vote. I am about to do something that human beings are rarely allowed to do. I am doing something that did not exist until America.
I am scared of getting old. I am scared of being ill.
I am scared of running out of money. Money, Coins & Minting
I am so in love with just lying in bed listening to Mozart. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am so used to having a comfortable life. What will it be like when I am no longer able to just buy anything I want? Life
I do all of the grocery shopping in my little family. I buy cheese, of many different kinds, sliced packaged meats and poultry, bagels, immense quantities of eggs, pre-made fried chicken. Milk. Bacon. It is insane how much dairy, deli and bakery stuff I buy. Families, Children & Parenting
I don't believe the most successful people are the ones who got the best grades, got into the best schools, or made the most money. Money, Coins & Minting
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. Religion & God
I don't like the sound of all the lists he's making.
I don't really consider myself to be a personal finance expert compared with some others. There are quite a few that know a lot more than I do. Business, Commerce & Finance
I have a great pic of my father and Rev. Graham laughing hysterically at some joke with George Pratt Shultz looking on back in 1972 or so.
I have always been very concerned that Darwinism gave the basic okay to terrible racism and to the idea of murder based upon race.
I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution, and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
I have to tell you I never in my life anticipated getting this old, this fast. It seems as if I were 25 just a few days ago. Life
I love sleeping in a moving car more than sleeping in bed. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I spend so much time in fear of going broke, and I never have been even remotely close to going broke. Time
I tell you why I don't think I will ever vote for a Democrat, if I may say so. Because for me, the number one issue is right to life, and I don't think the Democrats are very good on the right-to-life issue. Life
I think Darwinism as a theory explaining evolution within species is incredibly brilliant - just unbelievably, incredibly brilliant.
I think it's criminal how little people in the military are paid. These are people out risking their lives, taken away from their families for long periods of time. I think they should be paid dramatically more than they're paid. Time
I thought that all of the sacrifices and blessings of the whole history of mankind have devolved upon me. Thank you, God. History ;Religion & God
I was a trial lawyer. At the same time, I was a teacher. I taught about the political and social content of film for American University. Then I left and became a teacher at the University of California at Santa Cruz. I taught about the political and social content of film, but I also taught a course in law for undergraduates. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
I'd say the main way people get into terrible financial trouble is just to spend too much money relative to their income, and that is an endemic problem in the United States of America, and that's the kind of thing that should be taught about in schools. Money, Coins & Minting
If Iran and North Korea, by some horrible, devilish, nightmarish scenario, got together and went to war at the same time, one against Saudi Arabia and one against South Korea, I don't know what we would do about that. I don't know that we could stop them short of using nuclear weapons. Time ;War & Peace
If there are finer beings than German short hairs, I don't know what they are. In their eyes is peace. War & Peace
If there is no God, then man sometimes thinks he is god, and sometimes tries to live like a god. Religion & God
If there is no God, why bother to tell the truth? Why not steal? Truth ;Religion & God
If there's a recession, I'd buy stocks. That's when you make money: when markets are spooked. Money, Coins & Minting
If we are just specks of dust hit by lightning, if we have no spark of God in us, why not just take whatever we can and devil take the hindmost? I mean, we are fools not to do that if there is no right or wrong. Religion & God
If we try to engineer outcomes, if we overturn tradition to make everyone the same, we ruin society. If we upset tradition to allow for an equal shot at the starting gate, everyone wins, except for the charlatans and would be dictators. Society
If you can't stand the heat, don't go to Cancun in the summer.
If you want to fight the evil you see in finance and industry, get to work reading the corporate filings, see if there has been fraud, and where you find it, report it to the SEC or write about it or blog about it. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm an economist by training. I don't really work as an economist. I only worked briefly as an economist. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm not a Mensa member. I have no idea where that rumor came from. I never have been, and I doubt if I ever will be.
Israel being condemned by the EU, which 66 years ago watched with glee as its Jews were being mass murdered. That is pretty rich.
Israel is our strongest, most reliable ally in the Middle East. Of course, we're their most reliable ally, too.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it.
It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders. Life
It is so great to sleep in safe, glorious, beautiful America. I just cannot get over it.
It isn't the rich people's fault that poor people are poor. Poor people who get an education and work hard in this country will stop being poor. That should be the goal for all poor people everywhere. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It means zero to be against greed.
It's a great stretch for me to do my game show. It's very hard. It's not me at all. The only part that's me is sort of when I'm sitting in the booth looking tormented. That's the only part that's the real me.
It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.
It's really amazing that in the age of unbelief, as a smart man called it, there isn't even more fraud. After all, with no God, there's no one to ever call you to account, and no accounting at all if you can get away with it. Religion & God
Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember. Time
Men and women succeed because they find a field of endeavor that matches their interests and abilities. Women
My pals, such as they are, in Hollywood, ask me why I love to travel to D.C. so much, why it's a vacation destination for me. I say, 'Because I sometimes have perfect days there.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Travel
My parents, products of the Great Depression, were successful people, but lived in a state of constant fear that my sister and I, and they, would sink into the kind of economic insecurity that their generation knew so well.
My 'thing' is that I just lie in my immense bed and look out the window at the skyline over Virginia and the sky and the airplanes coming into Reagan. I really love doing that. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Nothing happens by itself... it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.
Now, although my life is still pleasant, the days of easy money are over. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
People ask how I can be a conservative and still want higher taxes. It makes my head spin, and I guess it shows how old I am. But I thought that conservatives were supposed to like balanced budgets. I thought it was the conservative position to not leave heavy indebtedness to our grandchildren.
People getting rich in a free society in general - with some scammy exceptions, which are rare - makes everyone else richer, too. Society
Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows. Life ;Success
Put simply, the rich pay a lot of taxes as a total percentage of taxes collected, but they don't pay a lot of taxes as a percentage of what they can afford to pay, or as a percentage of what the government needs to close the deficit gap. Government
Running a real business is exacting, daunting, repetitive work. Even in Silicon Valley. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Science should always be in the business of attempting to disprove itself. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child's tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It's not funny and it's not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn't the least bit funny. Humor ;Families, Children & Parenting
Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful - just plain happier, or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people, and that by itself would be a major achievement.
Sleep more at night. If it's allowed at work or home, take a nap in the afternoon. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
So many fail because they don't get started - they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
So, who in the media is without sin among us? I am in the media and I am a major league sinner. I don't know anyone except my wife who isn't a big time sinner. Time
Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.
The America that we knew as the smartest place on the planet is gone with the wind.
The banks are not lending, at least from what I see. They were so wild and reckless back in the good times that they got burned terribly.
The education system should teach us about money; it's an incredibly big subject. I run into people all the time that don't have the first clue of what they should do about money. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. Life
The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want. Life
The ordinary American - as far as I can tell - knows so much less than he did fifty years ago and has such poor work habits compared with fifty years ago that the average multiplicand of knowledge/capabilities is a much smaller number than it was in 1961. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The people who did the collateralized mortgage obligations, sold them to pension funds, then sold them short, then bought credit default swap insurance on them, are just amazing. They are a law unto themselves.
The sad fact is that spending rises every year, no matter what people want or say they want.
The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is. Life
This is my life. I love it. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Traders can cause short-term volatility. In the long run, the market must revert to a sensible price/earnings multiple.
Trying to pick individual stocks is a trap. I can't do it. Warren Buffett can, but hardly anyone else can beat the indexes over a long period of time. Time
Usually I am not a conspiracy theorist. I don't believe in the Bilderbergers as a conspiracy or the Trilateralists. But I am certain that the Communists killed JFK. There is a super great book called 'Legend' by Edward Jay Epstein that makes it all perfectly clear.
We are not supposed to be all equal. Let's just forget that. We are supposed to have equal rights under law. If we do that, we have done enough. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We in the media are just people with all of people's faults.
We're a lazy, undisciplined generation. I don't exempt myself: I spend way too much, even though I make a good income.
When are American Jews going to realize that the Republican Party is far better for Israel than the Democrats?
When Hollywood sees a good story about a man who sells confidence, they see themselves and they like it.
When I seemed to be irritable or sad, my father would quote the learned Dr. Knight, and then say, 'Just go to sleep.' Like all smart aleck kids, I thought the advice was silly. But as I've grown older, I've realized just how smart Knight was.
Wow, bad news. Mr. Obama now hates Israel because the Israelis want to build 1,600 apartments in their own capital city, Jerusalem. Russia hates Israel, too. So do the Europeans. So does Ban Ki-moon, a Korean who is secretary-general of the UN.
Yes, Americans can still get credit for cars and trucks and refrigerators, and those businesses are doing well. But just try to get a home loan now.
You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot.
You cannot win if you're not at the table. You have to be where the action is.
You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.