“She might have gotten to the end of her life and thought: why didn’t I try to get that work out there. Some people’s character prevents them from pushing that little bit you need to push to get the work seen. You know, she didn’t defend herself as an artist; she just did the work.”
— Joel Meyerowitz in Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
“It’s pretty astonishing. If you look at all the products that the forest gets cut down for, they’re all luxury products: cocaine, gold, high quality Brazilian beef, Mahogany. All these things are luxury products; they’re not products that anyone around here particularly is desperate for or needs to survive. They’re all getting shipped off around the world. To us, really.”
— Charlie Hamilton James in BBC Two’s I Bought a Rainforest
“One of the things I learned about the world of art,” Teller says, “is there are people who really want to believe in magic, that artists are supernatural beings—there was some guy who could walk up and do that. But art is work like anything else—concentration, physical pain. Part of the subject of this movie is that a great work of art should seem to have magically sprung like a miracle on the wall. But to get that miracle is an enormous, aggravating pain.” To see Vermeer as “a god” makes him “a discouraging bore,” Teller goes on. But if you think of him as a genius artist and an inventor, he becomes a hero: “Now he can inspire.”
— Vanity Fair on Tim’s Vermeer (2013)
“When I was in school I was a bad kid. Later, when I was invited to give a talk at the school, I wasn’t sure if I should tell the kids that they should study hard or that it is okay to be a rebel. I wasn’t sure what advice to give the kids. Studying hard doesn’t guarantee you become a respectable person. Even if you’re a bad kid, there are people like me who change. I thought that would be a good lesson to teach. But if I said that bad kids can succeed later on like I did, all the kids would start misbehaving, which would be a problem. Always doing what you are told doesn’t mean you’ll succeed in life.”
— Jiro in Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
“Learn. Continue to learn. Be here in this arena. Get educated. Bring up the level of the industry. Bring up the level of your craft. So don’t stop; don’t look for an easy way out; there isn’t one. You’ll only find closed doors. But the more that you invest in yourself, the more doors open up.”

Joe Buissink

“There are many people who are very good at picking others apart; they’re very good critics.. but they never have any creative ideas of their own.”

Robert Sternberg in BBC Horizon’s Battle of the Brains (2007)

“…all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration…we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves…”
— Bill Hicks
“Down on the West Coast, they got their icons
Their silver starlets, their Queens of Saigons
And you’ve got the music
You’ve got the music in you, don’t you?”
“Kill your darlings. Your crushes, your juvenile
metaphysics. None of them belong on
the page. It is the first principle
of good creative work.”
— Kill Your Darlings (2013)
“Ah, what music! They could never have imagined it—those pioneers who invented the automobile—that it would possess us like this, in our imaginations, our dreams.”
— Rush (2013)
“It is so easy to be callous. It takes courage and character to care…”
— Detachment (2011)
“The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.”
— Susan Sontag, quoted in the Associated Press
“The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by. Do good to them. Wonder. Hope.”
— The Tree of Life
“Knowledge is a mirror. And for the first time in my life I was allowed to see who I was and who I might become.”
— Cloud Atlas
“I think that my favorite victory is the ability to feel. There’s such insincerity! It’s incredible! I mean, if the Cruise is anything, be it appreciation; be it a voyage; be it an adventure that leads back to ourselves; be it a cartwheel or a somersault; if you find the Cruise in a piece of carrot cake; if you find the Cruise in a topless bar; the one thing the Cruise always is, I think, is sincere. And sincerity is one of my favorite victories in this lifetime. I mean, how much rebellion did I have to experience; how much fighting did I do; how many times did I have to ignore my father’s inability to emote? How we all ignore our father’s inability to emote in our presence? How much air conditioning did I have to transcend, and the comfort that goes along with it: the comfortable couches, the television, the magnitude of static that surrounds us. I mean, how much daily fighting, infighting, strategizing, evading and running did I have to do to have the ability to feel, for the ability to emote, for the simple moments when I feel actual passion?”
— Speed Levitch in The Cruise