All posts tagged: Quotes

Roger Ebert: Movies, Life, and Empathy

Today I decided to read/re-read a few of Roger Ebert’s reviews and I was reminded just how brilliant a writer and thinker he was. As a critic he always stuck to his guns, a trait which I respect immensely. Ebert never seemed to be swayed by popular opinion, yet always welcomed a discussion. Above all his love for film is evident in every review he wrote, no matter how brash or complimentary. Here are a few quotes from Roger Ebert that I especially adore. Enjoy! “In my reviews, I feel it’s good to make it clear that I’m not proposing objective truth, but subjective reactions; a review should reflect the immediate experience.” “Movies that encourage empathy are more effective than those that objectify problems.” “By going to the movies, and because of other things too, going to college, making a wide variety of friends, moving around and traveling, I became a lot more open-minded than the heritage I was born into might have suggested.” “Every great film should seem new every time you see it.” “It …

Julie Andrews on Life & Love

“The thrill of being in front of the camera remains exactly the same.” “I was raised never to carp about things and never to moan, because in Vaudeville, which is my background, you just got on with it through all kids of adversities.” “Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.” “All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love at all times.” “I would be a fool to deny my own abilities.” “I have always wished I could learn to be a potter. I love collecting ceramics; it would be so fulfilling to create something lovely.” “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” “A lot of my life happened in great, wonderful bursts of good fortune, and then I would race to be worthy of it.” “All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, you …

Joan Rivers: Words of Wit and Wisdom

“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive. Things are happening.” “I think anyone who’s perfectly happy isn’t particularly funny.” “The first time I see a jogger smile, I’ll consider it.” “Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.” “It’s feast or famine in showbiz.” “Thank God we’re living in a country where the sky’s the limit, the stores are open late and you can shop in bed thanks to television.” “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” “People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money you can have a key made.” “Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, it’s tough.” (source: BrainyQuote.com)

Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) “There’s no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” “Drama is life with all the dull bits cut out.” “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.” “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” “Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” “If it’s a good movie the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” “Luck is everything…My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.” “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell …

Quotes on Creativity

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse “There’s nothing creative about living within your means.” – Francis Ford Coppola “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “Creativity is an act of defiance.”- Twyla Tharp “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock “I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.” – Kathryn Bigelow “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations”- Orson Welles “My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.” -Beyoncé Knowles “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” – Roman Polanski “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein “It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don’t try to find it. It’s there already.”- Sofia Coppola “The essence of all beautiful art, all great …

Artists On Art

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” – Paul Gauguin “Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” – Mos Def “I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.” – Jodie Foster “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”- Albert Einstein “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t, say any other way – things I had no words for.”- Georgia O’Keeffe “A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”- Albert Camus “I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.”- Barbra Streisand “I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing.”- Francis Ford Coppola “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”- Ansel Adams “Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with …

Growing Old & Growing Up

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” – Maya Angelou   “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw   “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is war; love is growing up.”- James Baldwin   “Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you’re young. But I don’t think we make any fewer mistakes when we’re grown up.” – Jodi Picoult   “The trick is growing up without growing old. “- Casey Stengel   “I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We may marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the real children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Angelou   “Parents …