Film Quotes

Quotes regarding Film – Cinema, Movies, Motion pictures – and film makers.


  • The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.
    o Who: Jean-Luc Godard, Quoted in Richard Roud, Godard, introduction (1970)

  • Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.
    o [variation] Cinema is truth at twenty-four frames a second
    o Who: Jean-Luc Godard, Le Petit Soldat (film) (direction and screenplay, 1960)

  • A film is a ribbon of dreams. The camera is much more than a recording apparatus; it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world that is not ours and that brings us to the heart of a great secret. Here magic begins.
    o Who: Orson Welles

  • “A film is a petrified fountain of thought.” ~ Jean Cocteau
    o Esquire, (Feb. 1961)

  • Photography because of its causal relationship to the world seems to give us the truth or something close to the truth. I am skeptical about this for many reasons. But even if photography doesn’t give us truth on a silver-platter, it can make it harder for us to deny reality. It puts a leash on fantasy, confabulation and self-deception. It provides constraints, borders. It circumscribes our ability to lie — to ourselves and to others.
    o Who: Errol Morris, “Not Every Picture Tells a Story,” November 20, 2004

  • I always say a screenplay is the big plain pizza, the one with tomatoes and cheese. And then the director comes and says, “You know, it needs some mushrooms.” And you go, “Put mushrooms on it.” And then the costume designer throws peppers on it, and – and pretty soon, you have a pizza with everything on it. And sometimes it’s the greatest pizza of your life and sometimes you think, “Well, that was a mistake. We should have left it with only the mushrooms.”
    o Writer/Director Nora Ephron in the documentary Dreams on Spec

  • The public has lost the habit of movie-going because the cinema no longer possesses the charm, the hypnotic charisma, the authority it once commanded. The image it once held for us all, that of a dream we dreamt with our eyes open, has disspeared. Is it still possible that one thousand people might group together in the dark and experience the dream that a single individual has directed?
    o Who: Federico Fellini [on the Decline of Cinema], a Fellini Lexicon, (1992)

  • A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provide they come close together.
    o Who: Federico Fellini, [Recipe for a Good Film], a Fellini Lexicon, (1992)

  • “American motion pictures are written by the half-educated for the half-witted.” ~ St. John Ervine
    o Ney York Mirror(June 6, 1963)

  • “A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.” ~ Samuel Goldwyn
    o Quote (Sept. 9, 1956)

  • “There is only one thing that can kill the movies, and that is education.” ~ Will Rogers
    o The Autobiography of Will Rogers (1949)

  • “A film is a boat which is always on the point of sinking – it always tends to break up as you go along and drag you under with it.” ~ Francois Truffaut
    o interview in Peter Graham’s The New Wave (1968)

  • Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. ~ Federico Fellini,
    o Atlantic Dec 1965

  • Well, Jack Warner may have been celebrated for calling writers “Schmucks with Underwoods,” but 20 years earlier, Irving Thalberg … said, “The most important person in the motion picture process is the writer, and we must do everything in our power to prevent them from ever realizing it.”
    o Writer/director Steven de Souza in the documentary Dreams on Spec

  • “I honestly don’t understand the big fuss made over nudity and sex in films. It’s silly. On TV, the children can watch people murdering each other, which is a very unnatural thing, but they can’t watch two people in the very natural process of making love. Now, really, that doesn’t make any sense, does it?” –Sharon Tate
    o Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders (2000) by Greg King

  • If you want to do a film, steal a camera, steal raw stock, sneak into a lab and do it! ~ Werner Herzog
    o Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980).

  • Film is not the art of scholars, but illiterates. — Werner Herzog
    o Herzog on Herzog

  • As you see [filmmaking] makes me into a clown. And that happens to everyone – just look at Orson Wells or look at even people like Truffaut. They have become clowns. ~ Werner Herzog
    o Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980).

  • A script only dies when the producer stops working on it – Daniel Grodnik
  • I like to work with first time directors as long as it’s their second picture. – Daniel Grodnik


  • American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema. — Sergei Eisenstein
  • A movie is never finished, only abandoned. ~ George Lucas
  • “No one ever went broke in Hollywood underestimating the intelligence of the public.” ~ Elsa Maxwell
  • “There’s no crying in independent film.” ~ Robert Redford, (Tanner on Tanner episode 1)
  • “A movie should be as long as one can hold their bladder” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  • A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
    Variation: A good film is when the price of the admission, the dinner and the babysitter was well worth it. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  • “Cinema has evolved in two paths. One is spectacle. Like the phantasmagoria, its goal is the creation of a total substitute sensory world. The other is peep show, which claims for its realm both the erotic and the untampered observance of real life, and imitates the keyhole or voyeur’s window without need of color, noise, grandeur.” ~ Jim Morrison
  • “Most of us do not consciously look at movies.” ~ Roger Ebert
  • “Every great film should seem new every time you see it.” ~ Roger Ebert
  • “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” ~ Roger Ebert
  • “No good movie is depressing; all bad movies are depressing” ~ Roger Ebert
  • “There are two things you can’t argue in film: comedy and eroticism. If something doesn’t make you laugh, no one can tell you why it’s funny, and it’s difficult to reason someone out of an erection.” ~ Roger Ebert
  • The grass isn’t greener, it’s dead. Producer, Daniel Grodnik
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    Dada Quotes


  • “Every product of disgust capable of becoming a negation of the family is Dada; a protest with the fists of its whole being engaged in destructive action: Dada; knowledge of all the means rejected up until now by the shamefaced sex of comfortable compromise and good manners: Dada; abolition of logic, which is the dance of those impotent to create: Dada; of every social hierarchy and equation set up for the sake of values by our valets: Dada; every object, all objects, sentiments, obscurities, apparitions and the precise clash of parallel lines are weapons for the fight: Dada; abolition of memory: Dada; abolition of archaeology: Dada; abolition of prophets: Dada; abolition of the future: Dada; absolute and unquestionable faith in every god that is the immediate product of spontaneity: Dada; elegant and unprejudiced leap from a harmony to the other sphere; trajectory of a word tossed like a screeching phonograph record; to respect all individuals in their folly of the moment: whether it be serious, fearful, timid, ardent, vigorous, determined, enthusiastic; to divest one’s church of every useless cumbersome accessory; to spit out disagreeable or amorous ideas like a luminous waterfall, or coddle them – with the extreme satisfaction that it doesn’t matter in the least – with the same intensity in the thicket of one’s soul – pure of insects for blood well-born, and gilded with bodies of archangels. Freedom: Dada Dada Dada, a roaring of tense colours, and interlacing of opposites and of all contradictions, grotesques, inconsistencies: LIFE.” – Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto, 1918
  • “[A] Dada exhibition. Another one! What’s the matter with everyone wanting to make a museum piece out of Dada? Dada was a bomb … can you imagine anyone, around half a century after a bomb explodes, wanting to collect the pieces, sticking it together and displaying it?”—Max Ernst, Quoted in C.W.E. Bigsby, Dada and Surrealism, ch. 1 (1972).[1]
  • “Dada hurts. Dada does not jest, for the reason that it was experienced by revolutionary men and not by philistines who demand that art be a decoration for the mendacity of their own emotions…. I am firmly convinced that all art will become dadaistic in the course of time, because from Dada proceeds the perpetual urge for its renovation.”—Richard Huelsenbeck, Trans. in The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology, ed. Robert Motherwell (1951). “Dada Lives,” Transition no. 25 (Autumn 1936).[2]
  • “Dada doubts everything. Dada is an armadillo. Everything is Dada, too. Beware of Dada. Anti-dadaism is a disease: selfkleptomania, man’s normal condition, is Dada. But the real dadas are against Dada.”—Tristan Tzara, repr. In The Dada Painters and Poets, ed. Robert Motherwell (1951). “Dada Manifesto on Feeble Love and Bitter Love,” sct. 7, La Vie des Lettres, no. 4, Paris (1921).[3]


  • “What we call Dada is a piece of tomfoolery from the void, in which all the lofty questions have become involved . . .”—Hugo Ball
  • “Dada means nothing. We want to change the world with nothing.”—Richard Huelsenbeck
  • “Art is dead. Long live Dada.”—Walter Serner
  • “We do not wish to imitate nature, we do not wish to reproduce. We want to produce. We want to produce the way a plant produces its fruit, not depict. We want to produce directly, not indirectly. Since there is not a trace of abstraction in this art we call it concrete art.”—Hans Arp
  • “Dada . . . wants over and over again movement: it sees peace only in dynamism.”—Raoul Hausmann
  • “I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate around all we can achieve.”—Hannah Hoch
  • “Invest your money in Dada! Dada is the only savings bank that pays interest in the hereafter!”—Kurt Schwitters
  • “Art has nothing to do with taste. Art is not there to be tasted.”—Max Ernst
  • “I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.”—Marcel Duchamp
  • “Dada talks with you, it is everything, it includes everything, it belongs to all religions, can be neither victory nor defeat, it lives in space and not in time.”—Francis Picabia
  • “It’s not Dada that is nonsense—but the essence of our age that is nonsense.”—The Dadaists
  • “What is generally termed reality is, to be precise, a frothy nothing.”—Hugo Ball
  • “Dada is the sun, Dada is the egg. Dada is the Police of the Police.”—Richard Huelsenbeck
  • “Leave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.”—Andre Breton
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    Wolves Quotes


    Now the hungry lion roars, and the wolf behowls the moon. ~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • There are, of course, several things in Ontario that are more dangerous than wolves. For instance, the step-ladder.
    o J.W. Curran, The Canadian Wildlife Almanac, 1981
  • It is popularly believed that there is no written record of a healthy wolf ever having killed a person in North America. Those making the claim ignore Eskimoes and Indians who have been killed and are careful to rule out rabid wolves.
    Ernest Thompson Seron believed that wolves attacked and killed people before the coming of guns and poisons, especially during the Winter months when food was scarce, and Native American oral history supports this.
    o Excerpt from Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez.
  • Wolves housed in cages which are far too small, are still among the most pitiful of all caged animals.
    o Conrad Lorenz, King Solomon’s Ring, 1952
  • Inescapably, the realization was being borne in upon my preconditioned mind that the centuries-old and universally accepted human concept of wolf character was a palpable lie. On three separate occasions in less than a week I had been completely at the mercy of these ‘savage killers’; but far from attempting to tear me limb from limb, they had displayed a restraint verging on contempt, even when I invaded their home and appeared to be posing a direct threat to the young pups.
    o Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf
  • On the ragged edge of the world I’ll roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home.
    o Robert Service, The Nostomaniac
  • Now the hungry lion roars,
    And the wolf behowls the moon.
    o William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, v.1.379
  • It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.
    o Virgil, Aeneid

    The wolf’s clear, intelligent eyes brushed mine. The wolf is gentle-hearted. Not noble, not cowardly, just non-fighting. ~ Lois Crisler

  • We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!
    o Durwood L. Allen
  • I’ve always said that the best wolf habitat resides in the human heart. You have to leave a little space for them to live.
    o Ed Bangs
  • Wolves are not our brothers; they are not our subordinates, either. They are another nation, caught up just like us in the complex web of time and life.
    o Henry Beston
  • The timber wolves will be our friends We’ll stay up late and howl, At the moon, till nighttime ends, Before going on the prowl
    o Calvin and Hobbes
  • The wolf’s clear, intelligent eyes brushed mine. The wolf is gentle-hearted. Not noble, not cowardly, just non-fighting.
    o Lois Crisler, 1958
  • Speak of the wolf and you will see its teeth.
    o Unknown
  • Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you – you will remember.
    o Robert Ghost Wolf

    We humans fear the beast within the wold because we do not understand the beast within ourselves. ~ Gerald Hausman
    We humans fear the beast within the wold because we do not understand the beast within ourselves. ~ Gerald Hausman

  • We humans fear the beast within the wolf because we do not understand the beast within ourselves.
    o Gerald Hausman
  • The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.
    o Keewation (Inuit) proverb
  • For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
    o Rudyard Kipling
  • Only a mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf.
    o Aldo Leopold
  • To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul – hope you like what you see.
    o Aldo Leopold
  • We reached the old wolf in time to watch the fierce green fire dying in her eyes… There was something new to me in those eyes– something known only to her and the mountains. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch. I thought that because fewer wolves more deer that no wolves would mean hunter’s paradise, but after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.
    o Aldo Leopold
  • The gaze of the wolf reaches into our soul.
    o Barry Lopez
  • Throughout the centuries we have projected on to the wolf the qualities we most despise and fear in ourselves.
    o Barry Lopez
  • Wolves may feature in our myths, our history and our dreams, but they have their own future, their own loves, their own dreams to fulfil.
    o Anthony Miles

    The wolf is neither man’s competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared. ~ L. David Mech
    The wolf is neither man’s competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared. ~ L. David Mech

  • The wolf is neither man’s competitor nor his enemy. He is a fellow creature with whom the earth must be shared.
    o L. David Mech
  • If the wolf is to survive, the wolf haters must be outnumbered. They must be outshouted, out financed, and out voted. Their narrow and biased attitude must be outweighed by an attitude based on an understanding of natural processes.
    o L. David Mech
  • We have doomed the Wolf not for what it is, but for what we have deliberately and mistakenly perceived it to be.. the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer.. which is, in reality no more than a reflexed image of ourself.
    o Farely Mowat
  • Throw me to the wolves because there’s order in the pack.
    o Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘Easily’
  • They say the wolf bestows its happy spirit to help people. Women who obtain this spirit become skilled in creative endeavours and experience a strengthening of the senses. I would like to think there is some truth to this in my own life.
    o Judi Rideout
  • The wolf is kept fed by its feet.
    o Russian Proverb

    Anyone who has ever heard it when the land was covered with a blanket of snow and elusively lighted by shimmering moonlight, will never forget the strange, trembling wolf cry. ~ Unknown

  • Anyone who has ever heard it when the land was covered with a blanket of snow and elusively lighted by shimmering moonlight, will never forget the strange, trembling wolf cry.
    o Unknown
  • How lonely is the night without the howl of a wolf.
    o Unknown
  • Perhaps it was the eyes of the wolf, measured, calm, knowing.
    Perhaps it was the intense sense of family.
    After all, wolves mate for life, are
    loyal partners, create hunting communities
    and demonstrate affectionate patience in pup rearing.
    Perhaps it was the rigid hierarchy of the packs.
    Each wolf had a place in the whole and yet retained his individual personality.
    Perhaps it was their great, romping, ridiculous sense of fun.
    Perhaps it was some celestial link with thw winter night skies
    that prompted the wolf to lay his song on the icy air.
    For the native people who lived with the wolves,
    and the wolves once ranged from the Arctic to the sub-tropics,
    there was much to learn from them.
    Is it any wonder that the myths of many tribes characterize the wolves
    not as killers but as teachers?
    o Unknown
  • A mountain with a wolf on it stands a little bit higher.
    o Russian Proverb
  • A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
    o Lana Turner
  • If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.
    o Nikita Khrushchev
  • A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
    o Bertrand de Jouvenal
  • There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
    o George Carlin
  • Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
    o Larry Flynt
  • Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
    o German Proverb
  • A wolf will walk a thousand miles to eat people: a dog half way to heaven will still eat dung.
    o Chinese proverb

    No matter how much you feed a wolf, he keeps looking at the forest. ~Ilse Lehiste
    No matter how much you feed a wolf, he keeps looking at the forest. ~Ilse Lehiste

  • No matter how much you feed the wolf, he keeps looking at the forest.
    o Ilse Lehiste
  • He who company with wolves learns to howl.
    o Spanish Proverb
  • Last night I dreamed I was chasing a pack of wolves, trying to belong.
    o Edgar Cayce
  • Flattery looks like friendship, just as a wolf looks like a dog.
    o Norse Proverb
  • A female is a person who screams at the mouse and smiles at the wolf.
    o Shyam Kapoor

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    Turkey (bird) Quotes


  • I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharking and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird.
    o Benjamin Franklin, letter to Sarah Bache (January 26, 1784).

  • TURKEY, n. A large bird whose flesh when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. Incidentally, it is pretty good eating.
    o Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary.

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    Rats Quotes


  • How now? a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead!
    o William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, 4


  • When the rat laughs at the cat, there is a hole. The rat has not power to call the cat to account. The rat does not go to sleep in the cat’s bed.
    o Anonymous

  • The smartest rat isn’t the one that finishes the maze fastest; it’s the one that realizes it’s in a maze to begin with.
    o Roe Fell

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    Pigs Quotes


  • Never try to teach a pig to sing. You waste your time and you annoy the pig.
    o 1973 Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (ISBN 0739419447)
    o 1993 Dawn Steel, They Can Kill You But They Can’t Eat You (ISBN 0671738321)
  • The chicken is involved but the pig is committed. Anonymous
  • If wishes were wings, pigs would fly. (Wheel of Time VI: p.233)
  • In The Land of the Pig, The Butcher Is King (Meat Loaf: Bat out of Hell III)
  • Never wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will like it.
    o Source unknown

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    Nim Chimpsky Quotes


  • Apple me eat
  • Banana Nim eat
  • Banana me eat
  • Drink me Nim
  • Eat Nim eat
  • Eat Nim me
  • Eat me Nim
  • Eat me eat
  • Finish hug Nim
  • Give me eat
  • Grape eat Nim
  • Hug me Nim
  • Me Nim eat
  • Me more eat
  • More eat Nim
  • Nut Nim nut
  • Play me Nim
  • Tickle me Nim
  • Tickle me eat
  • Yogurt Nim eat
  • Banana Nim banana Nim
  • Banana eat me Nim
  • Banana me Nim me
  • Banana me eat banana
  • Drink Nim drink Nim
  • Drink eat drink eat
  • Drink eat me Nim
  • Eat Nim eat Nim
  • Eat drink eat drink
  • Eat grape eat Nim
  • Eat me Nim drink
  • Grape eat Nim eat
  • Grape eat me Nim
  • Me Nim eat me
  • Me eat drink more
  • Me eat me eat
  • Me gum me gum
  • Nim eat Nim eat
  • Play me Nim play
  • Tickle me Nim play
  • Give orange me give eat orange me eat orange give me eat orange give me you
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