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Quentin Tarantino Quotes

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Quentin Tarantino quotes: movie mogul mic drops on passion, setbacks, his love for writing, and doing work that matters.

“We all have that dream in our heads to be the best and we get discouraged when we feel like, yeah, we’re in last place.  But take that as a call to push yourself to your creative limits, to continue to grow and change.”

“The good ideas will survive.”

“To really get to know people and discover humanity, which is what I truly think writers and actors do, you’ve got to be interested in other human beings, you have to be interested in humanity in general, and you have to do some discovering of humanity and different people.”

“Don’t write what you think people want to read.  Find your voice and write about what’s in your heart.”

“I don’t think there’s anything to be afraid of.  Failure brings great rewards.”

“It’s difficult to get better at a craft if you don’t have masters and professionals to challenge the way you’re doing it.”

“I steal from every single movie ever made.  I love it.  If my work has anything, it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together.  If people don’t like that, then tough titty, don’t go and see it, all right?  I steal from everything.  Great artists steal; they don’t do homages.”

“One of the privileges you have of living the life of an artist and creating your own world and everything is the fact that, in between times, you can kind of spend them however you want.  Because, you know, once you open up your candy store again, you’re open for business.  And you have to be responsible.  You have to be available.”

“You don’t have to know how to make a movie.  If you truly love cinema with all your heart and with enough passion, you can’t help but make a good movie.”

“If you have the passion to do it, and you do it and it doesn’t work out – I worked for three years on a 16 mm movie that became nothing but guitar picks.  And I was very disappointed when I realized it wasn’t any good.  But it was my film school – and I actually got away really cheap.  When it was all over I knew how to make a movie.”

“Trying to make a feature film yourself with no money is the best film school you can do.”

“I have always considered that with all the setbacks I had, the fact that I didn’t give up is maybe the one thing in my life that I am most proud of.  I just knew I would live a life of unfulfillment if I didn’t keep trying.”

“If you run the 100-yard dash with people that can’t run as fast as you, yeah, you’ll win hands down.  You know that.  But if you run with people much faster than you, yeah, you might come in last every single time, but your time will be better.”

“If you want to make a movie, make it.  Don’t wait for a grant, don’t wait for the perfect circumstances, just make it.”

“A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, ‘Tell the truth.  Reveal a few secrets here.'”

“As a writer, I demand the right to write any character in the world that I want to write.  I demand the right to be them, I demand the right to think them, and I demand the right to tell the truth as I see it.”

“I am a writer, I deal in words.  There is no word that should stay in word jail, every word is completely free.  There is no word that is worse than another word.  It’s all language, it’s all communication.”

“I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learned some great dialogue.”

“Movies are not about the weekend that they’re released, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s probably the most unimportant time of a film’s life.”

“It’s very important that every movie I do makes money because I want the people that had the faith in me to get their money back.”

“I have loved movies as the number one thing in my life so long that I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t.”

“Sure, Kill Bill is a violent movie.  But it’s a Tarantino movie.  You don’t go to see Metallica and ask the f*ckers to turn the music down.”

“In real life there are no bad guys.  Everybody just has their own perspective.”

“I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that’s becoming like a lost art in American cinema.”

“When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘No, I went to films.'”

“Something stopped me in school a little bit.  Anything that I’m not interested in, I can’t even feign interest.”

“I hated school at that time.  Now, little did I know that actually if I had stayed in school I would’ve actually really liked college.  I wasn’t aware enough to know that the junior high I was suffering through would be school at its worst.”

“I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie.”

“Movies are my religion and God is my patron.  I’m lucky enough to be in the position where I don’t make movies to pay for my pool.  When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.”

“I’ve been making movies for 20 years, and as great as some of those decisions I made in the first 10 years were, I probably wouldn’t make them again.  What I mean is, I really liked the scripts I wrote, and I really liked my characters, but I wasn’t over-enamored, and I wasn’t that precious about them.  Back then, I got much more excited by cool casting.  I liked the idea of taking an actor I’ve always liked but wasn’t being used much anymore and putting him in the movie and showing people what he could do.  But I don’t feel that way anymore.  Now it’s all about my characters.  I actually think my characters are going to be one of my biggest legacies after I’m gone.  So I have no obligation whatsoever other than to just cast it right.”

“My integrity will always be the same.  I mean, I might fail.  But I find it almost impossible to believe that I’ll ever do a movie for the wrong reasons because it’s just too hard to make a movie!  It takes too long!  It’s a year of your life!  And I can’t believe I’ll ever do something completely for money because I’m making enough money now.  I never want my overhead to get so big that I gotta do stuff I don’t care about.”

“I am a writer.  That’s what I do.  It’s a writer’s job not just to write about himself but to look at the rest of humanity and explore it – other people’s way of talking, the phrases they use.  And my head is a sponge.  I listen to what everyone says, I watch little idiosyncratic behavior; people tell me a joke, and I remember it.  People tell me an interesting story in their life, and I remember it.”

“I ask myself: ‘Am I giving it enough?  Am I concentrating enough?  Am I devoting enough of my life to it?’  That’s what I’m here for right now.  If you’re a mountain climber and your desire is to climb Everest and Fuji and Kilimanjaro – that’s what you’re doing.  It ain’t about nothing else.  When you’re climbing Everest you’re not thinking about your bills and you’re not thinking about your girlfriend, you’re not thinking about bullsh*t that all the other humans are thinking about.  You’re thinking about Everest.”

“That’s how I feel about film-making.  This is my time to make films.  It’s not going to be later.  I think I am going to live to be a very old man but that will not be my time to climb Everest.  This is my time.”

“I feel like I’m an orchestra conductor and the audiences are my instruments.  So it’s like, ‘Laugh, laugh!  Stop laughing!  Stop laughing.  Now be horrified, be horrified!  Be horrified!  Laugh!’  That’s what I get off on.  When a film does that to me, I know I’ve had a good time at the cinema.”

“The day I don’t want to give everything to making movies is the day I want to quit.  It’s not a part-time thing.  It’s not a summer house, it’s not a second house, it’s the house.  It’s my life.”

“If I’ve made it a little easier for artists to work in violence, great! I’ve accomplished something.”

“I want to top expectations.  I want to blow you away.”

“Yeah, two more.  That’s it.  And then drop the mic.  Boom.  Tell everybody, ‘Match that sh*t!'”

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