Never say no to an idea - you never know how that idea will ignite another idea.

— Stanley Kubrick

The most undeniable Stanley Kubrick quotes that will add value to your life

The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

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However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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Stanley Kubrick quote The test of a work of art is in the end

The test of a work of art is in the end our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good.

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The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

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The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good.

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I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.

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A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction.

It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

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The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.

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Be suspicious of people who have, or crave, power.

Never, ever go near power. Don't become friends with anyone who has real power. It's dangerous.

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I've never achieved spectacular success with a film.

My reputation has grown slowly. I suppose you could say that I'm a successful filmmaker-in that a number of people speak well of me. But none of my films have received unanimously positive reviews, and none have done blockbuster business.

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Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.

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If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.

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About Stanley Kubrick

Quotes 111 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories.

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The best education in film is to make one

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Nothing is as dangerous as a sure thing.

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I love editing. I think I like it more than any other phase of film making. If I wanted to be frivolous, I might say that everything that precedes editing is merely a way of producing film to edit.

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Either you care, or you don't. There's no in-between. And if you care, then go all of the way.

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The director's job is to know what emotional statement he wants a character to convey in his scene or his line, and to exercise taste and judgment in helping the actor give his best possible performance.

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How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001.

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If you can talk brilliantly enough about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

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The destruction of this planet would have no significance on a cosmic scale.

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A film is -- or should be -- more like music than like fiction.

It should be a progression of moods and feelings.

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A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.

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In his essay on the uncanny, Das Unheimliche, Freud said that the uncanny is the only feeling which is more powerfully experienced in art than in life. If the horror genre required any justification, I should think this alone would serve as its credentials.

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No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to produce social good.

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If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

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You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps.

Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.

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A satirist is someone who has a very skeptical view of human nature, but who still has the optimism to make some sort of a joke out of it. However brutal that joke might be.

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I'm just an old man and I smell bad, remember?

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When I made my first film, I think the thing was probably helped me the most was that it was such an unusual thing to do in the early 50s for someone who actually go and make a film. People thought it was impossible. It really is terribly easy. All anybody needs is a camera, a tape recorder, and some imagination.

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It's a passion when you're doing it for other people and you're doing it for the people around you making the film and the people who are going to see the film, and the giving. When you start thinking about you doing it for some sort of self-gain, then I think it becomes an obsession. It becomes a negative experience.

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The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning.

If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.

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Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards are worth the risk because they can put you away just as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.

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Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write 'War and Peace' in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.

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A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction.

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I used and abused drugs and alcohol. When I stopped doing that it became a lot clearer that life goes from inside to giving as opposed to taking and destroying.

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Take a stress pill and think things over-- HAL in 2001

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Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines things.

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The whole idea of god is absurd. If anything, '2001' shows that what some people call 'god' is simply an acceptable term for their ignorance. What they don't understand, they call 'god' -Stanley Kubrick, interview, 1963

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The world's religions, for all their parochialism, did supply a kind of consolation for this great ache. This shattering recognition of our mortality is at the root of far more mental illness than I suspect even psychiatrists are aware.

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You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film—and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level—but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.

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God has a hard-on for a Marine because we kill everything we see. He plays His game, we play ours.

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The most terrifying fact about the universe not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent

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My reputation has grown slowly.

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If you can talk brilliantly about a problem

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Busy people begrudge the days being short.

I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

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I'm not afraid of dying tomorrow, only of being killed.

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The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.

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Shooting a movie is the worst milieu for creative work ever devised by man.

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