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Quotes of the day: Garson Kanin

Published Sunday, March 13, 2016 @ 6:19 PM EDT
Mar 13 2016

Garson Kanin (November 24, 1912 – March 13, 1999) was a prolific American writer and director of plays and films. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Amateurs hope. Professionals work.

An enlightened society understands that education should be a continuing, never-ending process.

Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.

By and large, every successful enterprise is the result of one individual's imagination, enterprise, and perseverance.

Great beauties are infrequently great actresses, simply because they do not need to be.

I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.

Life is not, or should not be, a spectator sport. It must be lived, not observed.

So it can be seen that the trouble with the motion-picture art was (and is) that it is too much an industry; and the trouble with the motion picture industry is that it is too much an art. It is out of this basic contradiction that most of the ills of the form arise.

The best part of one's life is the working part, the creative part. Believe me, I love to succeed... However, the real spiritual and emotional excitement is in the doing.

The full moblization of a nation's labor force is essential to its power and well-being.

The Hollywood laborers, the carpenters and painters, were always perfect. Then came the technicians, the electricians and special effects men. They were marvelous. However, the higher you climbed in the system, the lower the level of competence, until you reached the head of the studio, who turned out to be an idiot.

The use of talent is far more important than the possession of talent.

There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That's what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.


(March 13 is also the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard and Walter Annenberg.)

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