I knew that one day I would come to this point that I would make something so outrageous and so ambitious that... it'd be that Don Quixote feeling, that I'd have to tilt at a windmill. Sometimes you've got to do it. That's the only way you can do things.— Oliver Stone
The most unforgettable Oliver Stone quotes that will activate your inner potential
A woman can be very beautiful and an ideal model and she will photograph incredibly well, but she'll appear in film and it won't work. What works is some fusion of physical beauty with some mental field or whatever you call it. I don't know.
Anybody who's been through a divorce will tell you that at one point.
they've thought murder. The line between thinking murder and doing murder isn't that major.
I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism.
We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.
Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy.
Never underestimate that.
When you look at a movie, you look at a director's thought process.
Football is mesmerizing, because it's a figurative war.
You go in one direction till you get there, but you get there as a team, not as an individual. Players bond whether they're black or white, much as soldiers do.
Hell is the impossibility of reason.
Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States' Big Brother attitude toward the world. We need countries to say no to the United States. The United States is the dominant power in the universe, with its eavesdropping abilities, cyber abilities. And the world is in danger with our tyranny.
If you make the movie from your heart and it stands over time, that's what matters to me.
I think our life is a series of adventures.
Every day that you get up, it's some kind of victory if you're making a good product, or working on a project that can only help mankind.
The worst nightmare I ever had about Vietnam was that I had to go back.
I woke up in a sweat, in total terror.
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.
Coming Home had been made before and Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter, different kinds of movies.
Forget the grand plan. Forget the master scheme. Forget control. That is the bleak but true basis of independent cinema. Inch by motherfuking inch we must, because we have no other choice.
JFK was leading the world, leading the United States into a new position with the Soviet Union. He was calling for the end of the Cold War. He would have been reelected in 1964 because he was vastly popular.
Fear may very well be a caveman fear of the predator, of the giant lizard chasing them - maybe that's what Steven Spielberg connects with so well in Lost World.
I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill.
It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
I love films. I love fiction films, too. I do. I love making them, but it has to be the right one. Hopefully, I'll never become a director for hire. It's horrible to make a film that you're not really interested in.
The first casualty of war is innocence.
I do believe there are leaders who are like lightning and they come along and they lead. The Lincolns of the world, the Alexander the Greats, they do exist. They have existed.
We are seeing entertainment become politics and we're seeing people acting out in ways that are extremely violent and destabilizing. No rules apply. We're in an era of no rules now, it seems.
It's interesting that when economic times were the hardest, that's when many people embraced liberalism.
I make my films like you're going to die if you miss the next minute. You better not go get popcorn.
I've liked different women at different times in my life.
I've been attracted to white women. I've been attracted to black women. I've been attracted to Asian women. I've been attracted to various subspecies of women. I can say with gratitude that I've been able to experiment.
There's an electrical thing about movies.
Conspiracy nut, leftist, madman. These are terms of dismissal so you don't have to listen to the argument. It would be healthier and more fun to hear what someone has to say.
You can never judge how the film will be taken;
you can only make your best effort, and put out what you feel. How it's read, you never can tell. Or remembered for that matter.
I may have disparaged the idea that people are looking at films on smaller and smaller screens... it's a shame that people have to watch DVDs with the lights on in a television-type situation where people are wandering in and out of the room. Movies are different from television, and you cannot watch movies like television. It distorts it.
One of my fantasies in my life has been that I was granted access with a camera to go back in time, and to film the actual campaign of Alexander crossing into India through Iran and Persia.
I study history in order to give an interpretation.
When I make a new movie, I always get stuck with, "That's not an Oliver Stone film." But I don't know what to do about that except just move on.
But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me - not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
I'd like to do a story about the medieval ages where in every scene you'd sort of feel that you were in the 12th century. That would be great to get that feeling.
Each year, the The U.S. Army & its contractors SHOOT, STAB, MUTILATE, & KILL more than TEN THOUSAND live animals in cruel training exercises.
I'd like to be honest to my time, and I lived from 1946, and I want to understand why our country, which I love so much, and was a great country when I was young, it seemed, became this monster vampire on the face of humanity- a vampire squid, to quote Matt Taibbi, sucking out the juices of all mankind. Why? It's a basic question.
I will come out with my interpretation.
If I'm wrong, fine. It will become part of the debris of history, part of the give and take.
I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist;
I'm a dramatist, a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history.
I never put out a history, I put out a dramatic history.
Unfortunately, the truth is that people do go scot-free and it's unfair.
A lot of the top drug people who have been arrested are also free.
I have the right to interpretation as a dramatist.
I research. It's my responsibility to find the research. It's my responsibility to digest it and do the best that I can with it. But at a certain point that responsibility will become an interpretation.
One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.
Many films are forgotten and deserve to be, but others glom onto the DNA and they keep a share of the collective consciousness. It's a profound question: What are we here for? What is the purpose, the sum effect of our work?
Now, we live in an age where we have so much information that we do tend to overload. The Greeks did too, though.
I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.
I think everyone has the same question on their mind: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
I've changed my style constantly, so I'm not sure I have one defined style, except perhaps style of subject matter.
Lunch is for wimps.
We're all divided, but some of us have children, and we are invested in the future and would like to see good things happen.