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I'm open to comments.
by Richard Donner

I'm open to comments.
I'm open to objective points of view,
because I've been very narrow and very subjective.
- Richard Donner

It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work.
- Richard Donner

With The Omen, I really felt I wasn't in control.
It was panic.
- Richard Donner

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant,
driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck,
and doing commercials and documentaries.
- Richard Donner

 

How was I going to make a man fly? How was I going
to convince the public that an actor could fly?
- Richard Donner

When when my first feature opportunity came along,
I wasn't prepared, but we did it in about 17 days.
- Richard Donner

Some actors just won't bend, and then it's a bitch.
You either fight or find ways of putting your words
in their mouth and letting them say it back at you.
- Richard Donner

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It was just the thrill of a lifetime.
Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes.
- Richard Donner

Soon it's all going to be digital anyway.
It's all going to be saved on a little coin somewhere.
- Richard Donner

I think what some people are doing with effects is starting to get silly.
It's overused.
- Richard Donner

I realized what you could do in motion pictures by
surrounding yourself with geniuses.
- Richard Donner

I was very lucky.
I started my own commercial company.
- Richard Donner

When you make a film, you like to run it with an audience.
They tell you you're narrow-minded or subjective,
or that seems too long, or that doesn't work.
- Richard Donner

I was really disappointed that Warner Bros.
didn't think highly enough of my film or my filmmaking
to ask me to make the new Superman.
- Richard Donner

I've always wanted to do a Crichton book.
I really love his writing.
- Richard Donner

I was an actor...
or, at least, I was trying to be an actor.
- Richard Donner

People say, You paid your dues, but I never paid any dues.
It's always been a great trip.
- Richard Donner

It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've
really locked horns with actors.
It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking.
- Richard Donner

In motion pictures, the actor rules.
The camera served the actor.
- Richard Donner

Working with Christopher, he convinced me he could fly,
and he's convinced me he's going to walk again.
- Richard Donner

That's how you get a performance - they put trust in you.
- Richard Donner

When I was doing half-hour shows, I loved it and was
preparing myself for the hour shows.
Then when I did the hour shows, I was preparing myself
for the specials and features.
- Richard Donner

Superman was never previewed because the producers
didn't trust Warners with the film.
- Richard Donner

I had life threats, because people accused me of approaching
Brando as God and his son was Jesus.
I literally had people saying my blood would run in
the streets for doing that.
- Richard Donner

I was tweaked by the idea of Superman immediately.
- Richard Donner

If you had the opportunity and some talent,
there was no way you couldn't progress,
because it was an open market.
There was the advertising world, and there was the documentary world.
- Richard Donner

It was the beginning of film for television.
So we had all of these great opportunities.
Northwestern was probably the only major film school
of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.
- Richard Donner

First cuts are a bitch for a director,
because it's been so many months and you put your trust
in your editor and you're going to see your film assembled for the first time.
You look at it and go, This is terrible.
I hate it.
- Richard Donner

It was 1978 when Superman came out, and I kept thinking,
Why don't they do something about it? They've done
all these crappy attempts at comic book film adaptations.
What can we do different? Why don't we just re-release this thing?
- Richard Donner

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you
that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We live in a wonderful world that is
full of beauty, charm and adventure.
There is no end to the adventures that we can have
if only we seek them with our eyes open.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
- Doug Floyd

We must respect the other fellow's religion,
but only in the sense and to the extent
that we respect his theory that
his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
- H. L. Mencken

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

The highest result of education is tolerance.
- Helen Keller

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

We never see what we are not ready to see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau

We seek opinions that are likely to
support what we want to be true.
- Thomas Gilovich

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

We see Life through the fun-house mirrors of our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To be one, to be united is a great thing.
But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.
- Bono

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

Approach life with an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

Objectivity is the cure for depression.
- Bono

Be open to the goodness of life -
even in the midst of apparent adversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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