Memorable Movie Quotes


You call this a script?

Give me a couple of

$5,000-a-week writers

and I'll write it myself.

—Movie producer Joe Pasternak


I don't want any yes-men around me.

I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.

—Samuel Goldwyn



Whom God wishes to destroy,

He first makes successful in show business.

—Francis Ford Coppola


You have to have a talent for having talent.

—Ruth Gordon



Don't use your conscious past.

Use your creative imagination

to create a past that belongs

to your characters.

—Stella Adler



Whenever you write, whatever you write,

never make the mistake of assuming the

audience is any less intelligent than you are.

—Rod Serling



The best stories don't

come from good vs. bad

but from good vs. good.

—Leo Tolstoy



If you're going to tell people the truth,

make them laugh, or they'll kill you.

—Billy Wilder



If you can tune into the fantasy life

of an 11-year-old girl, you can

make a fortune in this business.

—George Lucas



"You just gotta save Christianity, Richard! You gotta!"

—Loretta Young to Richard the Lionhearted in The Crusades


"Yer beautiful in yer wrath!

I shall keep you,

and in responding to my passions,

yer hatred will kindle into love."

—John Wayne as Ghengis Kahn, to Susan Hayward, in The Conquerer


I don't want to achieve immortality through my work.

I want to achieve it by not dying.

—Woody Allen



The faster I write, the better my output.

If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble.

It means I'm pushing the words

instead of being pulled by them.

—Raymond Chandler



The story…must be a conflict,

and specifically a conflict between

the forces of good and evil

within a single person.

—Maxwell Anderson


The best stories don't

come from good vs. bad

but from good vs. good.

—Leo Tolstoy



A dramatic writer should

never tell anything he can show.

—Nunnally Johnson


If all that's going on in your scenes

is what's going on in your scenes,

think about it for a long time.

—William Goldman



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