“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
“It’s that idea of grey goo… if you have little bitty bio-machines that can replicate themselves, there’s nothing to stop the world from being covered in grey goo. These little things are going to replicate themselves until there’s nothing left of the world, except for these little bitty machines. Art and culture potentially might succumb to that same principle, where if everybody’s a musician, and everybody’s making mediocre music, eventually the world is just covered with mediocrity. And people start to become comfortable with mediocrity, and that, to me, is the danger.”
— Moby in PressPausePlay
“Hunger will change everything you know about yourself.”
— Life of Pi
“Things come and go: money comes and goes, T-shirts come and go. Sometimes there’s greater forces at work than we’re aware of. You just gotta roll with those fucking punches. Bob and weave.”
— How to Make It in America
“…hanging out does not make one an artist. A secondhand wardrobe does not make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic nature, propensity for tears, hating your parents, nor even HIV - I hate to say it - none of these make one an artist… the only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.”
— David Rakoff, Half Empty
“Forgiveness is a Christian value. My gods are older—more ruthless.”
— Byzantium
“I was blind, but now I see.”
— Limitless
“Sometimes, in order to see the light, you have to risk the dark.”
— Minority Report
“…the sign of a really decadent civilization, is one that sends young people out to do and to suffer the things that soldiers do and suffer in wars and not to care about what those things are, and not to have any cost laid on them, even of knowing what is going on — to avoid even that cost. We seem to have avoided every other, but even to avoid that cost, that’s a decadence. It’s an unforgivable decadence.”
— Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience