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Multiplicity was a movie that tested really well.
by Harold Ramis

Multiplicity was a movie that tested really well.
People seeing the movie really liked it,
but then the studio couldn't market it.
We opened on a weekend with nine other films.
- Harold Ramis

First and foremost, you have to make the movie for yourself.
And that's not to say, to hell with everyone else,
but what else have you got to go on but your own taste and judgment?
- Harold Ramis

I used to be married to a woman who pursued every spiritual
trend with tremendous passion and dragged me along.
I don't believe in anything.
I'd seen mediums and readers.
- Harold Ramis

You can't not have feelings about country clubs,
whichever side you're on.
- Harold Ramis

 

I've been directing for 25 years almost,
and I've only directed nine films in that time because I like to be careful.
- Harold Ramis

I never read Playboy before I started working there
and stopped reading it the day I quit.
- Harold Ramis

I had a lot of fun working with John Candy.
We had a pretty good rapport.
- Harold Ramis

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How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.
- Harold Ramis

We are all several different people.
There are different aspects of our nature that are competing.
- Harold Ramis

Whenever a critic mentions the salary of an actor,
I'm thinking, He's not talking about the movie.
- Harold Ramis

My job is to come up with something that you like and
you agree with that you would play wholeheartedly.
If we disagree, I may not be doing my job correctly.
- Harold Ramis

I'm not a believer in the pratfall.
I don't think it's funny just to have someone fall down.
- Harold Ramis

My characters aren't losers.
They're rebels.
They win by their refusal to play by everyone else's rules.
- Harold Ramis

Nothing reinforces a professional relationship more
than enjoying success with someone.
- Harold Ramis

I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work.
- Harold Ramis

The cutting room is where you discover the optimal length of the movie.
- Harold Ramis

I'd like to think I'd never do a gratuitous fart joke.
- Harold Ramis

The first comedy screenplay that I wrote was Animal
House and I always thought I could and should be a
director but no one was about to give me that opportunity on Animal House.
- Harold Ramis

Billy Crystal knows how to make people laugh.
He's got 30 years on stage...
there's no telling him what's funny.
- Harold Ramis

I believe things happen that can't be explained,
but so many people seem intent on explaining them.
Everyone has an answer for them.
Either aliens or things from the spirit world.
- Harold Ramis

You just make sure you don't screw it up.
It's going to work as long as you don't mess it up.
Hopefully you have plenty of those moments in a big comedy.
- Harold Ramis

No matter what I have to say, I'm still trying to say it in comedic form.
- Harold Ramis

That's one of the great things about DVD:
In addition to reaching people who didn't catch the movie in theaters,
you get to have this interaction of sorts.
- Harold Ramis

I never work just to work.
It's some combination of laziness and self-respect.
- Harold Ramis

Acting is all about big hair and funny props...
All the great actors knew it.
Olivier knew it, Brando knew it.
- Harold Ramis

If Chevy Chase had not been an actor,
he might have been a very popular guy in advertising
or whatever field he would have gone into,
because of his charisma.
- Harold Ramis

We were tremendously encouraged by the testing of Analyze That.
Audiences loved it.
They were telling us that they liked it as much as the original.
We recorded the laughs in the theater.
- Harold Ramis

We all wish we could be in more than one place at the same time.
People with families feel guilty all the time-if we
spend too much time with our family,
we feel we're not working hard enough.
- Harold Ramis

A psychologist said to me, there are only two important
questions you have to ask yourself.
What do you really feel? And, what do you really want?
If you can answer those two,
you probably can leave your neuroses behind you.
- Harold Ramis

It's like the old rule-if you introduce a gun into the first act of a play,
it's going to be used in the third act.
So if you do a movie about criminals,
you have to accept there's going to be Some action.
- Harold Ramis

I feel a big obligation to the audience,
almost in a moral sense, to say something useful.
If I'm going to spend a year of my life on these things,
I want something that I feel that strongly about.
- Harold Ramis

With both Caddyshack and Vacation, it's not like the
subjects were serious enough that they engaged my interest for another round.
I love the characters, and the actors were great,
but I didn't see the need to make another Vacation movie.
- Harold Ramis

As much as we'd like to believe that our work is great
and that we're infallible,
we're not.
Hollywood movies are made for the audience.
These are not small European art films we're making.
- Harold Ramis

There's a personal story of my own that I will write at some point,
and it's a film that I will happily make.
It could very well be the next thing I do,
unless someone shows me something great.
- Harold Ramis

My first few films were institutional comedies,
and you're on pretty safe ground when you're dealing
with an institution that vast numbers of people have experienced:
college,
summer camp, the military, the country club.
- Harold Ramis

The multiplicity of ideas is what I'm interested in.
- Thom Mayne

By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves,
whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.
- Saint Augustine

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter,
while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
- Quintilian

Variety, multiplicity are the two most powerful vehicles of lust.
- Marquis de Sade

A living thing is distinguished from a dead thing by
the multiplicity of the changes at any moment taking place in it.
- Herbert Spencer

The point of cities is multiplicity of choice.
- Jane Jacobs

I am so used to seeing the sort of play which deals
with one man and two women.
They do not leave me with the feeling I have made a
full theatrical meal they do not give me the experience
of the multiplicity of life.
- E. M. Forster

American movies and music deliver themes of freedom,
innocence, and power that appeal to others -
partly because America itself was put together out
of a multiplicity of national traditions.
- Todd Gitlin

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Fear is the path to the dark side.
Fear leads to anger.
Anger leads to hate.
Hate leads to suffering.
- Yoda, character in Star Wars movie

What you want is irrelevant,
what you have chosen is at hand.
- Spock character in Star Trek VI movie

There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
- the character Morpheus in the movie The Matrix

Ah, not everything is as seems...
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

It does not do to dwell on dreams, ...
and forget to live.
- the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

If you build it, he will come.
- the movie Field of Dreams

I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful
than a lifetime of nothing special.
- the movie Steel Magnolias

Problem: attitude.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Don't dream it, be it.
- the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

You're standing on the threshold of success.
Don't look down, it'll make you dizzy.
- the character Timothy Q. Mouse in the Walt Disney movie Dumbo

Things are only impossible until they're not.
- Jean-Luc Picard, character in STAR TREK: The Next Generation

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- Spock character in Star Trek

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I see you.
- the movie Avatar

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

Inside most people there's a feeling of being separate,
separated from everything ... And they're not.
They're part of absolutely everyone, and everything.
- the movie Powder

Oh yes, the past can hurt.
But, you can either run from it or, learn from it.
- the movie The Lion King

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall


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