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Quotes of the day: Stanley Kubrick

Published Friday, March 07, 2014 @ 5:11 AM EST
Mar 07 2014

Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 - March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor who did most of his work as an expatriate in the United Kingdom. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His films, typically adaptations of novels or short stories, are noted for their "dazzling" and unique cinematography, attention to detail in the service of realism, and the evocative use of music. Kubrick's films covered a variety of genres, including war, crime, romantic and black comedies, horror, epic and science fiction. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.

Do we lose our humanity if we are deprived of the choice between good and evil?

Hitler loved good music and many top Nazis were cultured and sophisticated men but it didn't do them, or anyone else, much good.

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

I don't like doing interviews. There is always the problem of being misquoted or, what's even worse, of being quoted exactly.

If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

Include utter banalities.

It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.

It's intimidating, especially at a time like this, to think of how many books you should read and never will.

Modern science seems to be very dangerous because it has given us the power to destroy ourselves before we know how to handle it. On the other hand, it is foolish to blame science for its discoveries, and in any case, we cannot control science. Who would do it, anyway?

More people read books about the Nazis than about the UN. Newspapers headline bad news. The bad characters in a story can often be more interesting than the good ones.

Never, ever go near power. Don't become friends with anyone who has real power. It's dangerous.

No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to produce social good.

One man writes a novel. One man writes a symphony. It is essential that one man make a film.

People can misinterpret almost anything so that it coincides with views they already hold.

The most memorable scenes in the best films are those which are built predominantly of images and music.

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent.

The power and authority of the State should be optimized and exercized only to the extent that is required to keep things civilized.

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.

There has always been violence in art. There is violence in the Bible, violence in Homer, violence in Shakespeare, and many psychiatrists believe that it serves as a catharsis rather than a model.

There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.

This shattering recognition of our mortality is at the root of far more mental illness than I suspect even psychiatrists are aware.

What chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it’s really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.

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