Quotes

ABOUT MOVIES & MOVIEMAKING… 

Movies can transport you to another place and time. And that’s magic. They take you away to another world. It’s like a dream state. ~ Martin Scorsese

All you have to do is give the audience an emotion. It’s so simple. You either make them laugh, you make them cry, or you scare them, and you’ve got yourself a hit. If you can do two of those things in a picture, you’ve got a mega‑hit. I can make ‘em laugh and I can get ‘em excited. I can give ‘em a thrill and make ‘em laugh at the same time, but I can’t make ‘em cry. ~ George Lucas

What’s a bigger mystery box than a movie theater? You know, you go to the theater and you’re just so excited to see anything – the moment the lights go down is often the best part – and you’re full of the amazing feeling of excited anticipation. ~ J.J. Abrams

People require stories to help them define their relationship to other people in the world. I am part of that story‑telling department… there are very few places in our culture where we have an opportunity to confirm our common humanity more than when we go into a dark room and sit alone with a bunch of strangers, and all feel the same thing. I think that makes us feel closer and more responsible to others. ~ Harrison Ford

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That’s what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act. ~ Orson Welles

 

The words “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”, which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of movies. This appeal is what attracts us, and ultimately what makes us despair when we begin to understand how seldom movies are more than this. ~ Pauline Kael

Pictures are for entertainment; messages should be delivered by Western Union. ~ Samuel Goldwyn

As a movie actor, what you’re doing is giving people little tiny pieces of time they never forget. ~ Jimmy Stewart

 FROM THE MOVIES…

 It’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men. ~ Mae West in I’m No Angel

Men come and go. If you’re lucky the good ones come and go a few times. ~ Shirley MacLaine in The Evening Star

When you’re in love with a married man you shouldn’t wear mascara. ~ Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment

Bill’s thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he’ll look it twenty years from now. I hate men. ~ Bette Davis in All About Eve

Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place. ~ Billy Crystal in City Slickers

You cannot make a real commitment unless you accept it is a choice you keep making again and again and again. ~ Milos Forman in Keeping the Faith

I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. ~ Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally

I’m beginning to think that maybe it’s not just how much you love someone. Maybe what matters is who you are when you’re with them. ~ William Hurt in The Accidental Tourist

 Well, love is a gift. A lot of people don’t remember that. So you two better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin’ at you from a never-ending parade of stupid. ~ Queen Latifah in Hairspray

I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you’re the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, “Spence”, and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that’s all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me. ~ Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music? ~ John Cusack in High Fidelity

A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark. ~ Woody Allen in Annie Hall

I know happy couples… but I think they lie to each other. ~ Ethan Hawke in Before Sunrise

 Paul, I think I’m gonna be a lousy wife. But don’t be angry with me. I love you very much – and I’m very sexy! ~ Jane Fonda in Barefoot in the Park

I find the moment a woman makes friends with me she becomes jealous, exacting, suspicious, and a damn nuisance. I find the moment that I make friends with a woman I become selfish and tyrannical. So here I am, a confirmed old bachelor and likely to remain so. ~ Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady

 You’re going to have to try and find a way of not expressing every feeling that you have, every moment that you have them. ~ Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally

 That’s your problem. You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie. ~ Rosie O’Donnell in Sleepless in Seattle

I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it. ~ Jimmy Stewart in Harvey

Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. ~ John Payne in Miracle on 34th Street

You know what it is? It’s St. Elmo’s Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them… there was no fire. There wasn’t even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you’re making up all of this. ~ Rob Lowe in St. Elmo’s Fire

Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. ~ Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride

 You know, we don’t recognize the most significant moments in our life while they are happening. Back then I thought, well, there’ll be other days. I didn’t realize that that was the only day. ~ Burt Lancaster in Field of Dreams

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces. ~ Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’ Diary

 

One man’s life touches so many others, when he’s not there it leaves an awfully big hole. ~ Henry Travers in It’s a Wonderful Life

I think we can’t go ‘round measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include. ~ Hugh O’Conor in Chocolat

You’re not quite evil enough. You’re semi-evil. You’re quasi-evil. You’re the margarine of evil. You’re the Diet Coke of evil, just one calorie, not evil enough. ~ Mike Myers in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist. ~ Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects

Doing stuff is overrated. Like Hitler. He did a lot. But don’t we all wish he would’ve just stayed home and gotten stoned? ~ Donal Logan in The Tao of Steve

Thank you for playing “Should we or should we not listen to the advice of the galactically stupid!” ~ Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men

You don’t say much my friend, but when you do it’s to the point, and I salute you for it. ~ John Goodman in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

 

Some cultures are defined by their relationship to cheese. ~ Mary Stuart Masterson in Benny and Joon

 

It’s a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It’s uh, it’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s, you know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.  ~ Paul Giamatti in Sideways

If hate were people, I’d be China! ~ Daniel Stern in City Slickers

It’s amazing the clarity that comes with psychotic jealousy. ~ Rupert Everett in My Best Friend’s Wedding

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be…” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me. ~ Jimmy Stewart in Harvey

People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand. ~ Michael J. Fox in The American President

What the American public doesn’t know is what makes them the American public. ~ Dan Aykroyd in Tommy Boy

 Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. ~ Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption

 

The natural state of mankind is instead – and I know this is a controversial idea – is freedom… And the proof is the length to which a man, woman or child will go to regain it once taken. He will break loose his chains. He will decimate his enemies. He will try and try and try, against all odds, against all prejudices, to get home. ~ Anthony Hopkins in Amistad

People are always talking about freedom. Freedom to live a certain way, without being kicked around. ‘Course the more you live a certain way, the less it feels like freedom. ~ Richard Gere in I’m Not There

 Guys like us don’t change. We get sharp or we get sloppy, but we don’t change. ~ Brad Pitt in Ocean’s 11

You got to have two things to win. You got to have brains and you got to have balls. Now you’ve got too much of one and not enough of the other. ~ Paul Newman in The Color of Money

As it happens, there are particular aspects of my life to which I would like to maintain sole and exclusive rights and privileges. ~ Bette Davis in All About Eve

 

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