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Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years
by Edward Zwick

Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years
and the notion of people trying to create some sort of a moral code,
the idea that there existed certain behaviors that
could be celebrated and that could be operative in a life.
- Edward Zwick

I don't think movies can ever be too intense,
but people have to understand why you're showing them
the things you are showing them.
- Edward Zwick

I have nothing against diamonds, or rubies or emeralds or sapphires.
I do object when their acquisition is complicit in
the debasement of children or the destruction of a country.
- Edward Zwick

There is a segment of the American population that
has been excluded from the national myth,
and that should be redressed.
- Edward Zwick

 

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker
is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
- Edward Zwick

I look at modern life and I see people not taking responsibility for their lives.
The temptation to blame, to find external causes to
one's own issues is something that is particularly modern.
I know that personally I find that sense of responsibility interesting.
- Edward Zwick

There is something universal in the theme of a man
trying to save his family in the midst of the most terrible circumstances.
It is not limited to Sierra Leone.
This story could apply to any number of places where
ordinary people have been caught up in political events beyond their control.
- Edward Zwick

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I think it's too easy often to find a villain out of
the headlines and to then repeat that villainy again and again and again.
You know, traditionally, America has always looked
to scapegoat someone as the boogie man.
- Edward Zwick

Sometimes when we weep in the movies we weep for ourselves or for a life unlived.
Or we even go to the movies because we want to resist
the emotion that's there in front of us.
I think there is always a catharsis that I look for
and that makes the movie experience worthwhile.
- Edward Zwick

To me this movie is about what is valuable.
To one person it might be a stone; to someone else,
a story in a magazine; to another, it is a child.
The juxtaposition of one man obsessed with finding
a valuable diamond with another man risking his life
to find his son is the beating heart of this film.
- Edward Zwick

There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging
stories have to be mutually exclusive -
in fact,
each can fuel the other.
As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost.
If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding
of a time or a circumstance,
then the hope is that change can happen.
- Edward Zwick

It seems that almost every time a valuable natural
resource is discovered in the world-whether it be diamonds,
rubber, gold, oil, whatever-often what results is a
tragedy for the country in which they are found.
Making matters worse, the resulting riches from these
resources rarely benefit the people of the country from which they come.
- Edward Zwick

A samurai should always be prepared for death -
whether his own or someone else's.
- Stan Sakai

Working on the Samurai sword is very different because
your body position has to be very still.
It's a much quieter was of fighting.
- Lucy Liu

Elves have this superhuman strength,
yet they're so graceful.
Tolkien created them to be angelic spirits,
but I also saw Legolas as something out of the Seven Samurai.
- Orlando Bloom

I don't get over the wonder of it, and 'The Last Samurai'
was an extreme example of that.
Every day when I went to the set, I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
- Tony Goldwyn

The sword was a very elegant weapon in the days of the samurai.
You had honor and chivalry much like the knights,
and yet it was a gruesome and horrific weapon.
- Dustin Diamond

Quentin wanted to create this special world in which
everybody walks around with a samurai sword,
extras in the airport, a special little place in the
airplane to stick your samurai sword.
- David Carradine

I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time.
What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion.
'If there's no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.'
That hit me,
because I try to lead my life like that.
- Tom Cruise

I'm kind of like a samurai.
They say if you want to be a samurai,
you can't be afraid of dying, and as soon as you flinch,
you get your head cut off.
I'm not afraid of losing this business.
- Yvon Chouinard

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

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

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
- Thomas Jefferson

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
- Tom Wolfe

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

If you want to change the culture, you will have to
start by changing the organization.
- Mary Douglas

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

What makes cookbooks interesting is to find out about
the people and the culture that invented the food.
- Vincent Schiavelli

When I go to Japan and do shows I play for 1,000 to 1,500 people.
I like a lot about Japan.
Their popular culture and mass commercialization appeals to me.
- Matthew Sweet

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village,
a great theater is the outward and visible sign of
an inward and probable culture.
- Laurence Olivier

Every culture loves scatological humour.
That's always a favourite.
- Alex D. Linz

There has to be innate circuitry that does the learning,
that creates the culture, that acquires the culture,
and that responds to socialization.
- Steven Pinker

In our culture we have such respect for musical instruments,
they are like part of God.
- Ravi Shankar

There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction.
Blue jeans.
Ready-made clothes.
Coca-Cola.
- Leslie Fiedler

There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated
by noise and gregariousness.
- George Steiner

Mr. Speaker, genocide is the most potent of all crimes
against humanity because it is an effort to systematically
wipe out a people and a culture as well as individual lives.
- Jerry Costello

Scientists care deeply about their place in that culture,
and their contribution to it.
- Haldan Keffer Hartline

I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened
in the decades following Confederation,
there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome.
- Stephen Harper

I'm still very aware of the violence in our culture,
more so than other people.
I know where it comes from when someone is trying to suppress someone else,
sometimes they fight back.
- Jack Bowman

Considered now as a possession, one may define culture
as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge
that has been well and truly forgotten.
- Albert J. Nock

I think everyone is very surprised at how 'Matrix'
has become the pop culture phenomenon that it is.
- Laurence Fishburne

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools
of thought contend is the policy for promoting the
progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.
- Mao Zedong

You're a Catholic in Italy when you're born,
it's unthinkable to stop being Catholic.
You just take the rules a lot more seriously,
because it pervades your culture.
- Andrew Greeley

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana.
This was a private declaration of independence,
a statement of my intention to use the whole picture,
the whole culture.
- Don DeLillo

You have to stay updated on trends, social things and pop culture,
you need to stay with the times and keep evolving.
- Corey Feldman

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
- Matthew Arnold

Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture,
but they are also its carriers.
Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised
in the confines of his mother's home.
- Shirin Ebadi

There are lots of stories about my culture that I think
bring a whole other perspective to who we are and where
we have been and how we got here that I think need to be done.
- Joe Morton

I think pot should be legalized, but I think the promotion
of party culture is irresponsible.
- Krist Novoselic

Well, the most important thing about Islam is that
we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam.
The first one is the institution of Islam...
second, the culture of Islam.
- Abdurrahman Wahid

I think it talks about that there needs to be some
proactive attack against drugs infiltrating our culture.
- Joe Morton

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration,
we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants
that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture.
- Bob Filner

The 1970s, the decade of my teenage years,
was a transitional period in American youth culture.
- Eric Allin Cornell

There's been a lot of discussion about NASA culture and changing that.
I think our culture has always been one of trying to
do a very difficult job and do it well.
- Mark Kelly

When you talk about rap you have to understand that
rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Dream study impacts culture.
We are put in touch with the inner poet who dreams.
We hear our inner, subjective response to the outer world.
That helps spiritualize our lives.
- Henry Reed

Don't tire yourself more than need be,
even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones.
- Antonin Artaud

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers,
who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
- Simone Weil

I think of art, at its most significant,
as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that
can always be relied on to tell the old culture what
is beginning to happen to it.
- Marshall McLuhan

There is a Canadian culture that is in some ways unique to Canada,
but I don't think Canadian culture coincides neatly with borders.
- Stephen Harper

The theory of cultural bias...
is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization.
It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization.
- Mary Douglas

I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the
Jewish laws were already in force and the split was
beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.
- Gyorgy Legeti

If you keep up with pop culture, everybody knows the joke.
- Shawn Wayans

Sex and drugs were simply not discussed in our culture at that time.
- Gloria Estefan

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming,
is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold


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