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Steven Spielberg Quotes


Steven Spielberg quotes: here are the director’s best quotes.

“I dream for a living.”

“All good ideas start out as bad ideas; that’s why it takes so long.”

“Failure is inevitable.  Success is elusive.”

“This opportunity allows all of us to reach out directly to open a much wider door.”

“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.”

“I can’t describe it, what I’m feeling and what I’m thinking.  This means something.  This is important.”

“Sometimes a dream almost whispers.  It never shouts.  Very hard to hear.  So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear.”

“When you listen, you learn.  You absorb like a sponge and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.”

“You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming.  You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.”

“There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility.”

“Why pay a dollar for a bookmark?  Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?”

“The love we do not show here on earth is the only thing that hurts us in the after-life.”

“I’m not really interested in making money.  That’s always come as the result of success, but it’s not been my goal, and I’ve had a tough time proving that to people.”

“I just know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with a desire to make a movie.  And I also know as a businessman what it means to be overwhelmed with a desire to produce a good story.”

“People have forgotten how to tell a story.  Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more.  They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.”

“All of us, every single year, we’re a different person.  I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”

“I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for a living.”

“Whether in success or in failure, I’m proud of every single movie I’ve directed.”

“I just think that the qualities of leadership are unknown even to the leader until he’s tested and given a challenge.”

“You never really know how good of a leader you are until there is something there to lead us to, toward, or through… or to overcome.”

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”

“I’ve always been interested in how we survive and how resourceful we are as Americans.”

“I think Lincoln had a unique parenting style.  He let his kids run free and wild.”

Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor since Thomas Edison.  He put the world at our fingertips.”

“Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.”

“The thing that I’m just scared to death of is that someday I’m going to wake up and bore somebody with a film.”

“I’ve always been very hopeful, which I guess isn’t strange coming from me.  I don’t want to call myself an optimist.  I want to say that I’ve always been full of hope.  I’ve never lost that.  I have a lot of hope for this country and for the entire world.”

“It is important to know who your friends are and to stay – remain loyal to your friends – despite what you hear, despite the mistakes that are made in friendships, and misunderstandings that commonly occur… to be able to forgive and to move on, you have to be able to remember the values of friendship.”

“I think we need to take responsibility for the things we put on this planet, and also take responsibility for the things we take off the planet.  We need to have limiters on how far we allow ourselves to go – ethical, moral limiters.”

“I don’t plan my career.  I don’t think I’ll go dark, dark, dark, then light, then dark.  I react spontaneously to what falls into my arms, to what is right at the time.”

“My imagination won’t turn off.  I wake up so excited I can’t eat breakfast.  I’ve never run out of energy.”

“What I’m saying is that I believe in showmanship.”

“It boggles my mind how much I feel is left on my plate.  There are things on the other side of the supper table stewing in pots that I’m not really even aware of.  I would retire if I didn’t feel that way.”

“You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!”

“When I grow up, I still want to be a director.”

“I could never have been an accountant.  I got a D in math.”

“Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?  This is fantastic.”

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