"Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it "creative observation." Creative viewing."
William S. Burroughs

"Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are."
Robert Bresson

"No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built."
Frank Lloyd Wright

"If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps."
James Thurber

"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."
Salvador Dali

"Quality is the result of a carefully constructed cultural environment. It has to be the fabric of the organisation, not part of the fabric."
Phil Crosby

"I don't really analyze my stuff when I write. I write about stuff that I'm interested in, that I'm feeling at that particular time. When I stand back and look at the complete work, I might see themes that run through the whole film, but I'm not really conscious of it when I'm doing it."
Spike Lee

"Nowadays, if a studio assumes that his film is bad, there is always an executive that gets more nervous than usual and thinks that if they change the music, the film will become a masterpiece."
Maurice Jarre

"Fran├žois Truffaut defined a great movie as a perfect blend of truth and spectacle. Now it's become bifurcated. Studio films are all spectacle and no truth, and independent films are all truth and no spectacle."
Howard Franklin

"As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone."
Andy Goldsworthy

"So much of the work is intuitive. The resistance you detect is just that, a kind of evasion, a sense that too much analysis will inhibit creativity."
Peter Weir

"The spirit must be felt so intensely that it has power to call others in passing, for it must pass, not stop in the pictures."
Emily Carr

"Film provides an opportunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images."
Steven Bochco

"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark."
Henri Frederic Amiel

"Photography, alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a moment - this very moment - to stay."
Sam Abell

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
James Dean

"They want more production and they want it cheaper. But no matter what happens, the creative idea will be perpetuated by somebody who comes up with a vision. I don't care if there are three CEOs - it takes one guy with an idea."
Joe Grant

"Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul."
W. Somerset Maugham

"Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm."
Benjamin Disraeli

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
John Ruskin

"We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect... but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs."
Aaron Siskind

"I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness."
Joan Miro

"To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event."
Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown."
Soren Kierkegaard

"Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow's speed."
Howard Nemerov

"Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life."
George Arliss

"Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection."
Alban Berg

"Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late."
Benjamin Franklin

"Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous."
Leonardo da Vinci

"All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true."
T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia.

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