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All Quotes by author - Paul Thomas Anderson
" Acting is the hardest job in the entire world. By far. Harder than ditch digging. "
" As I have got older and become a father, there's less and less time for films. "
" But I'd be lying if I didn't say that every time you go to make a film, you're desperate to either do it better than you did it last time or to not repeat yourself. "
" Clinton used to like to get out of the White House a lot. He would take night trips to McDonald's, and stuff like that. I think he wanted to get out of the house. "
" Crazy is so hard to play, there's nothing you can really tell an actor. "
" Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it. "
" How do I respond to criticism? Critically. I listen to all criticism critically. "
" I actually enjoyed the struggles that we had trying to shape 'Blood', to get the pacing right, the rhythm of it. "
" I always had a dream about trying to make a movie that had no dialogue in it, that was just music and pictures. I still haven't done it yet, but I tried to get close in the beginning. "
" I am always looking for that nuance, that moment of truth, and you can't really do that fast. "
" I didn't have any desire I might have had 10 years ago to shoot every single word that I wrote. "
" I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day. "
" I don't miss scenes at all the way that I used to miss them when I was younger making a film. It's actually quite fun to get rid of them now. "
" I don't think it's a director's job to peek behind the curtain too much. "
" I don't think the competition's so rough, within the majority of movies made in Hollywood. "
" I don't want to be the angry guy. "
" I had never read Upton Sinclair. I didn't read 'The Jungle' in high school or anything like that. But it's pretty terrific writing. "
" I had the standard movie geek childhood, because for as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was make movies. "
" I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life. "
" I'll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will. "
" I'm completely aware of the fact that I'm a control freak. "
" I'm not really a Sundance baby, but they helped me so much I feel I have to acknowledge it. "
" I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film's abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y'know, that's great. But I hope it involves an audience. "
" I remember being taught in school that you would underline things that you liked. I remember just underlining everything as a kid, thinking, 'This has all gotta be important!' I would just underline the whole thing! "
" It felt like the first thing, but when I first started out, I got a job adapting a book by Russell Banks called 'Rule Of The Bone.' I didn't do a very good job. I didn't really know what I was doing in general, let alone how to adapt a book. "
" I think my job is to try and be as honest as I can with what is in my mind and how I feel - I think that's what you're supposed to do, if you're a good writer. So I try to do that. I know I do that. I do do that. "
" It's a gamble you take, the risk of alienating an audience. But there's a theory - sometimes it's better to confuse them for five minutes than let them get ahead of you for 10 seconds. "
" I've never been a fan of whimsical or confusing storytelling. "
" I write from my stomach. "
" My dad was this sort of avant-garde guy who did all kinds of weird things. He was a true original and anybody who met him never forgot him. "
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