What are the TOP 10 quotes by David Mamet?


  1. People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want.


  2. I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.


  3. Always tell the truth -- it's the easiest thing to remember.


  4. In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.




  5. The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle.


  6. We're all put to the test... but it never comes in the form or at the point we would prefer, does it?


  7. We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder censorship, we call it concern for commercial viability.


  8. Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.


  9. The pursuit of Fashion is the attempt of the middle class to co-opt tragedy. In adopting the clothing, speech, and personal habits of those in straitened, dangerous, or pitiful circumstances, the middle class seeks to have what it feels to be the exigent and nonequivocal experiences had by those it emulates.


  10. A dramatic experience concerned with the mundane may inform but it cannot release; and one concerned essentially with the aesthetic politics of its creators may divert or anger, but it cannot enlighten.



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