Steven Spielberg

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[The way Stanley Kubrick] tells a story is antithetical to the way we are accustomed to receiving stories.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Receiving
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I wouldn't have filmed The Color Purple if the book had been a big fat novel. The reason I read it is because it is thin.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Book
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Once scouting fully opens its doors to all who desire the same experience that so fully enriched me as a young person, I will be happy to reconsider a role on the advisory board.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Doors
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After a scary movie about the world almost ending, we can walk into the sunlight and say, "Wow, everything's still here. I'm OK!" We like to tease ourselves. Human beings have a need to get close to the edge, and when filmmakers or writers can take them to the edge, it feels like a dream where you're falling, but you wake up just before you hit the ground.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Dream
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I'd love to build a company that will continue to make movies well beyond me someday. And I'd like to help start something great, even investing in it myself.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Investing
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She wanted to go over and hug his tears away, but she was too frightened.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Hug
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Audrey gave more than she ever got. The whole world is going to miss her.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Missing
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I love Rambo but I think it's potentially a very dangerous movie. It changes history in a frightening way.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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He never gave up. And he does that for us
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Doe
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I feel like Ive been engaged to the British Empire since 1980 and tonight you have given me the ring knighthood.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Tonight
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There is no such thing as science fiction, there is only science eventuality.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Fiction
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Twenty years from now, there will still be a square screen, maybe even larger, and people will be sitting in a large, dark space, and they won't know each other unless they bring friends along.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Dark
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I was afraid of small spaces and I was afraid of the tree outside my window, and I had all these phobias. I think many kids have those phobias, but I probably had more than most.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Kids
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I always like to play with my kids. I always have the time to do that. That's my priority, always has been, so just interacting with my kids, and being with them is great.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Kids
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In the whole history of movies, there has been nothing like Kubrick's vision. It was a vision of hope and wonder, of grace and of mystery, of humour and contradictions. It was a gift to us, and now it's a legacy.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Grace
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I have made almost as many films in England as I have in America. I will come back to England again and again.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: America
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Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison. He put the world at our fingertips.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Jobs
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I think all directors should be animators.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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I think the secret of great acting is that you have to bring your imagination to the party. You have to have a great imagination and you have to bring it every day when you're working. Your imagination and your skills as an actor are what see you through, not what you're wearing or where you are.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Party
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I'm 62 years old. Am I old enough to win a lifetime achievement award? Yes, I am. Thank you very much.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Winning
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My movies more often are told through pictures, not words. But in this case, the pictures took second position to the incredible words of Abraham Lincoln and his presence [...] I was less interested in an outpouring of imagery than in letting the most human moment of this story evolve before us.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Stories
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Watching violence in movies or in TV programs stimulates the spectators to imitate what they see much more than if seen live or on TV news. In movies, violence is filmed with perfect illumination, spectacular scenery, and in slow motion, making it even romantic. However, in the news, the public has a much better perception of how horrible violence can be, and it is used with objectives that do not exist in the movies.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Illumination
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I felt like an alien. I always felt like I never belonged to any group that I wanted to belong to.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Groups
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Oh, torture. Torture. My pubic hairs went gray.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Hair
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I think that is the secret of great acting. You have to bring your imagination to the party. You've got to have a great imagination.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Party
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Making a movie is like a stagecoach ride through the Old West: at first you wish for a pleasant trip, and after a while you just hope you reach your destination.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Wish
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I hate that people think it's wrong to say you're inspired by Jaws or by Raiders Of The Lost Ark. You're allowed to be.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Hate
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It [Lincoln movie] had nothing to do with politics. It had nothing to do with holding a mirror up to the way we conduct our business on Capitol Hill. This was meant to be a story, a Lincoln portrait if you will. I think any time is the right time for a very compelling story, any time.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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There's a lot of confusion about the political ideologies of both parties [Democrats and Republicans] have switched 180 degrees in 150 years. It just too confusing. Everybody claiming Lincoln as their own. And everybody should claim Lincoln as their own, because he represents all of us, and what he did basically provided the opportunities that all of us are enjoying today.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Party
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I like that the best about DVD: how small it is.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Dvds
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I don't want to quit. I've always said that Clint Eastwood is one of my best friends. I've known Clint for many years and we have almost a jokey relationship about retirement. I always say: "OK Clint, are you ready to retire this year?" And he always says: "No, are you?" So, I'm waiting for the phone call where Clint says he's hanging up his spurs. That's never going to happen. If it doesn't happen for Clint, it won't happen for me.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Retirement
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I just think that the qualities of leadership are unknown even to the leader until he's tested and given a challenge.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Thinking
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Desperate times require desperate measures. What Lincoln and the Lobbyist for the Amendment and the Manager of the Amendment and himself, what they did to get this passed was not illegal. It was murky, but what they did was noble and grand. How they went about it was somewhat murky. Nothing they did was really illegal.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Desperate Measures
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If the movie does well, or it doesn't do so well, some movies get great reviews, some movies don't... that's just part of what I do for a living. I just move through all that; that doesn't ever stop me.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Moving
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I think every film I make that puts characters in jeopardy is me purging my own fears, sadly only to re-engage with them shortly after the release of the picture. I'll never make enough films to purge them all.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Character
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I've learned there are a lot of people that don't want to believe the Holocaust ever happened because it doesn't fit their other beliefs and so they deny it and it makes them sleep better at night to do so. But it makes the Holocaust survivors sleep better at night to know that we've given them a voice.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Believe
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History is so fleeting and we are so busy consuming media and the contemporary culture, voraciously gobbling it up, that we have no room to look back ever, and our young people have a tough time looking back.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Media
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Movies become living organisms that graduate from a filmmaker's sphere of influence and pretty much look back and tell you how they need to be said goodbye to. A movie often turns around and looks at you and says, "Here is who I am, and that's maybe now how you see me, but that's who I've become." And you've got to be open enough to go with that.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Goodbye
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The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Moving
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I basically went into business for myself. But it never amounted to anything. I learned a lot about editing and dubbing by watching all the professionals do it, but I never got a job out of my imposition.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Jobs
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I dont work weekends. Weekends are for my kids. And I have dinner at home every night when Im not physically directing a movie - I get home by six. I put the kids to bed and tell them stories and take them to school the next morning. I work basically from 9.30 to 5.30 and Im strict about that.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Morning
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You look at war as something that is putting your best friend in jeopardy. You are responsible for the person in front of you and the person behind you, and the person to the left of you and the person to the right of you.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: War
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Wherever you are, I will find you and I will bring you home
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Horse
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Everybody loves a winner, but nobody loves a winner.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Winner
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Unprotected sex just feels better in a Waffle House bathroom.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Sex
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This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: People
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Am I allowed to say I really wanted this? This is fantastic.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Oscars
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Humans are the only hunters who kill when not hungry.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Hunters
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I'm not really interested in making money. That's always come as the result of success, but it's not been my goal.
- Steven Spielberg
Collection: Goal