I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives.— Steven Spielberg
The most courageous Steven Spielberg quotes that will transform you to a better person
All of us every single year, we're a different person.
I don't think we're the same person all our lives.
Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.
Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding. Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life.
I do not dream at night, I dream all day, I dream for a living.
I'm always in favor of Israel responding strongly when it's threatened.
Before I go off and direct a movie, I always look at four films.
They tend to be The Seven Samurai, Lawrence Of Arabia, It's A Wonderful Life and The Searchers.
I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.
The world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who.
Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Jihadism have nothing to do with each other.
Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?
Movies are always in a state of locomotion.
You start with a general idea of how it should feel and then you find you've got a runaway train. You have to race to catch up: the movie is telling you what it wants to become, and when that happens there's no greater feeling.
You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it!
It is important to know who your friends are and to stay, remain loyal to your friends, despite what you hear, despite the mistakes that are made in friendships and misunderstandings that commonly occur, to be able to forgive and to move on, you have to be able to remember the values of friendship.
The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.
People have forgotten how to tell a story.
Stories don't have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.
All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that's why it takes so long.
When I was a kid, there was no collaboration;
it's you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.
When you listen, you learn, You absorb like a sponge - and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
Naturally, it is a terrible, despicable crime when, as in Munich, people are taken hostage, people are killed. But probing the motives of those responsible and showing that they are also individuals with families and have their own story does not excuse what they did.
Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend.
There is a fine line between censorship and good taste and moral responsibility.
A lot of the films I've made probably could have worked just as well 50 years ago, and that's just because I have a lot of old-fashion values.
I missed my dad a lot growing up, even though we were together as a family.
My dad was really a workaholic. And he was always working.
I don't think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today. But it's certainly worth a try.
Audiences are harder to please if you're just giving them effects, but they're easy to please if it's a good story.
Wherever you are, I will find you and I will bring you home
You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can't even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.
You're not alone, are you? Because I'm here
Remember, science fiction's always been the kind of first level alert to think about things to come. It's easier for an audience to take warnings from sci-fi without feeling that we're preaching to them. Every science fiction movie I have ever seen, any one that's worth its weight in celluloid, warns us about things that ultimately come true.
He never gave up. And he does that for us
Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director's point of view.
All through my career I've done what I can to discover new talent and give them a start.
The baby boomers owe a big debt of gratitude to the parents and grandparents - who we haven't given enough credit to anyway - for giving us another generation.
I think one of the worst things that happened to me was, you know, my voluntary fallout with my father. And then the greatest thing that happened to me was when I saw the light, and realized I needed to love him in a way that he could love me back.
The public has an appetite for anything about imagination - anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.
I've always been interested in UFOs.
From the day I started to think politically and to develop my own moral values, from my earliest youth, I have been an ardent defender of Israel.
People have forgotten how to tell a story.
The only thing that gets me back to directing is good scripts.
From a very young age, my parents taught me the most important lesson of my whole life: They taught me how to listen. They taught me how to listen to everybody before I made up my own mind. When you listen, you learn. You absorb like a sponge - and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.
Audience members are only concerned about the story, the concept, the bells and whistles and the noise that a popular film starts to make even before it's popular. So audiences will not be drawn to the technology; they'll be drawn to the story. And I hope it always remains that way.
I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.
The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.
The Japanese had a very strong belief in Bushido, death before dishonour.
They were fighting for their country; they were the aggressors in World War II.
I basically took something that was extremely erotic and very intentional, and I reduced it to a simple kiss. I got a lot of criticism for that.
In '83, not only was there no such thing as performance motion capture technology, there was no such thing as digital animation. This was the analog era.
I think the secret of great acting is that you have to bring your imagination to the party. You have to have a great imagination and you have to bring it every day when you're working. Your imagination and your skills as an actor are what see you through, not what you're wearing or where you are.