quote by Gene Wilder

Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.

— Gene Wilder

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As they say in Corsica... Goodbye!

Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple

Tagore once said - art has to be beautiful, but, before that, it has to be truthful.

When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.

When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite.

Tragedy is a close-up; comedy, a long shot.

My teacher once told me – ”No one is perfect……..that is why pencils have erasers.”

I think what's important for kids to know is that your decisions here on earth matter, your behavior matters and how you treat other people matters.

Every scene should be able to answer three questions: "Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don't get it? Why now?"

Failure is a badge of honor. It means you risked failure. And if you don’t risk failure, you’re never going to do anything that’s different from what you’ve already done or what somebody else has done.

God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.

To make a great film you need three things - the script, the script and the script.

Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane.

It’s about misunderstandings between people and places, being disconnected and looking for moments of connection. There are so many moments in life when people don’t say what they mean, when they are just missing each other, waiting to run into each other in a hallway.

I believe the common denominator of the Universe is not harmony, but chaos, hostility and murder.

All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies.

Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.

Keep passing the open windows.

If you're just creative, you'll always have to rely on technical people.

If you're creative and technical, you're unstoppable.

It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.

Certain experiences you can't survive, and afterward you don't fully exist, even if you failed to die.

The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.

We weep for a bird’s cry, but not for a fish’s blood. Blessed are those with a voice.

All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant.

All drama is conflict. Without conflict, there is no action. Without action, there is no character. Without character, there is no story. And without story, there is no screenplay.

You're nothing short of my everything.

Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they're used.

[Screenwriting] is no more complicated than old French torture chambers, I think. It's about as simple as that.

But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright.

As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright.

Cheat your landlord if you can -- and must -- but do not try to shortchange the Muse.

I've always felt that music is more expressive than dialogue.

I've always said that my best dialogue and screenwriter is Ennio Morricone. Because, many times, it is more important a note or an orchestration than a line said.

If a story doesn't give you a hard-on in the first couple of scenes, throw it in the goddamned garbage.

You can't fix a bad script after you start shooting.

The problems on the page only get bigger as they move to the big screen.

Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.

I'm not living the life I thought I would lead, but it does have meaning, purpose. There is love... there is joy... there is laughter.

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