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1915 - 1985, American author, producer, director

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other
people.
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If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we
made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
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A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.
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I don't pray really, because I don't want to bore God.
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Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have
laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.
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A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
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Even if the good old days never existed, the fact that we can conceive such a world is, in
fact, an affirmation of the human spirit.
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Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
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Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except you never know when luxury is going to stand up.
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Movie directing is the perfect refuge for the mediocre.
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We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we
create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
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I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
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Hollywood is Hollywood. There's nothing you can say about it that isn't true, good or bad. And
if you get into it, you have no right to be bitter - you're the one who sat down, and joined the
game.
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I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step
with his time.
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A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
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If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
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The cinema has no boundary; it is a ribbon of dream.
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I have the terrible feeling that, because I am wearing a white beard and am sitting in the back
of the theater, you expect me to tell you the truth about something. These are the cheap
seats, not Mount Sinai.
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