"Comedy is acting out optimism."
Robin Williams

"The director is the only person who knows what the film is about."
Satyajit Ray

"If you stay true to your ideas, film-making becomes an inside-out, honest kind of process."
David Lynch

"Film-making is not liberating. It drains a lot out of you, and it's fulfilling only temporarily. It's a very thankless thing at times. When you're spending all that time on a film, you don't want 40,000 people to see it - it's just not enough. You dream of more."
Xavier Dolan

"Filming is a funny combination of having a good time and not being able to wait until it's over."
Nicole Holofcener

"I'm interested in the psychological exploration of human nature, and it just happens to come in the form of film-making."
Guy Pearce

"Wouldn't it be grand if we thought that theatre could have that impact on the political life of a country?"
Patrick Stewart

"Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression - with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing."
Natalie Massenet

"I just love photographing things and putting them together to tell a story."
Christopher Nolan

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
Marcel Proust

"Flowers grow out of dark moments."
Corita Kent

"The dynamics of film directing and fashion design - in the ways that I've done it - were not dissimilar."
Tom Ford

"I paint flowers so they will not die."
Frida Kahlo

"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is."
Jackson Pollock

"Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before."
Franz Kafka

"It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the 'fronts' people assume before one another's eyes, and the 'front' a writer puts on the face of reality."
Francoise Sagan

"Nobody can take what I love away from me. I would like to believe that love is the only energy I've ever used as a writer. I've never written out of anger, although anger has informed love."
Athol Fugard

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."
Leo Tolstoy

"Cinema is magic in the service of dreams."
Djibril Diop Mambety

"Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him."
Chinua Achebe

"So certainly, if we can tell evil stories to make people sick, we can also tell good myths that make them well."
Rainer Werner Fassbinder

"Entertainment today constantly emphasises the message that things are wonderful the way they are. But there is another kind of cinema, which says that change is possible and necessary and it's up to you."
Wim Wenders

"Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

"I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away."
Heath Ledger

"All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice."
Josephine Baker

"A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people."
Bessie Head

"The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this."
Chinua Achebe

"Creativity is very selfish. Scandalously so, in fact."
Athol Fugard

"Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is."
Nadine Gordimer

"I guess, taking away all the theatrics or the costuming and the outer layers of what I do, I'm a writer... I write."
David Bowie

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