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" You learn from everybody. "
" I've always been most interested in the politics of everyday life: your relation to whatever you're doing, or what your ambitions are, where you live, where you find yourself in the social hierarchy. "
" As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic. "
" Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint. "
" 'The Newton Boys' was the one time I've made a film with really active characters who weren't at all self-reflexive and just plowed through their lives. There's a part of everyone that's like that. We have a biological imperative to keep living, keep moving forward... We have no choice. "
" Anything that confirms for me the transitory nature of reality isn't bad. It's a good lesson in human hubris. "
" We emphasize negativity and violence in the media because that's what grabs everybody's attention, but in the real world, it's mostly people being very cooperative and caring and connected and kind. That's the norm of human experience. And yet, what gets our attention is the very opposite. "
" I think they should make it a felony to criticise a film product. Particularly my film product. It's anti-American. "
" Everyone is encouraged to see their lives, the world through the eyes of the rich. "
" The natural phenomenon of the universe is so mind-blowing, but you have to know about it. You have to be curious. You've got to find it on your own. If you're lucky, you do. "
" Storytelling is powerful; film particularly. We can know a lot of things intellectually, but humans really live on storytelling. Primarily with ourselves; we're all stories of our own narrative. "
" I was dating girls who were actresses, and that was fun, so I took a playwriting class. But that was short-lived. That was one year. Around that time, I was seeing movies that were making me think in terms of images. "
" Plots are artificial. Does your life have a plot? It has characters. There is a narrative. There's a lot of story, a lot of character. But plot? Eh, no. "
" Whatever story you want to tell, tell it at the right size. "
" Before Sunrise did very well internationally. It made as much in Italy and Korea as it did here. "
" I wrote a script - a script about a guy working on the automobile assembly line; I never could get money for that. I did a pilot about minimum wage workers for HBO that didn't get picked up; they thought it was depressing, even though it was a comedy. "
" I always sensed instinctively from the earliest age that I was being lied to. "
" Every day's a hustle. "
" The people you live with at college, those first roommates often are people you're still friends with the rest of your life. "
" If you want to just make a good movie, if you don't enjoy every step and become a master of each little moment, then you shouldn't be doing it. "
" I've always been interested in the industrialization of our food; it's been an issue for me from an environmental and animal rights and human health perspective. "
" For a lot of us, awareness is merely realizing the extent to which we've been lied to all our lives. You start educating yourself. You become motivated; you follow your muse where it takes you. And you see the world in a different way. You start making decisions based on what you feel is right. "
" I'd like to see people get sued if they wrote a bad review of my movie. If you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. "
" No one is asking what happened to all the homeless. No one cares, because it's easier to get on the subway and not be accosted. "
" Some of our favorite films are obviously not written by the person who directed it. And yet a 'Taxi Driver,' or some Nicholas Ray movie, like 'In a Lonely Place,' seems so personal or obsessive or whatever. "