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Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer,
by Spike Lee

Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer,
it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.
- Spike Lee

I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting
than people who are perfect.
- Spike Lee

I live in New York City, the stories of my films take place in New York;
I'm a New York filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

There's a lot of Americans, black and white,
who think that we've arrived where we need to be and
nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled.
- Spike Lee

 

Everything I do is always scrutinised.
But that's all I'll say about that.
- Spike Lee

I think it is very important that films make people
look at what they've forgotten.
- Spike Lee

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies
you didn't intend to be there.
- Spike Lee

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Any film I do is not going to change the way black
women have been portrayed,
or black people have been portrayed,
in cinema since the days of D.W.
Griffith.
- Spike Lee

A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there.
- Spike Lee

We grew up in a very creative environment and were
exposed to the arts at a very young age,
so it's not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.
- Spike Lee

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

Don't think that because you haven't heard from me
for a while that I went to sleep.
I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night.
Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.
- Spike Lee

I don't dictate, you don't dictate to Stevie Wonder,
not successfully.
- Spike Lee

It comes down to this: black people were stripped of
our identities when we were brought here,
and it's been a quest since then to define who we are.
- Spike Lee

All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was
to tell the story I wanted to tell.
That's what I love.
- Spike Lee

Right now a lot of people are still choosing to go
to Toronto instead of shooting in New York City,
something I haven't done and something I hope I'll never have to do.
- Spike Lee

There's an unwritten law that you cannot have a Jewish
character in a film who isn't 100 percent perfect,
or you're labeled anti-Semitic.
- Spike Lee

Fight the power that be.
Fight the power.
- Spike Lee

I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking,
entertaining films.
I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people,
from music, novels, the streets.
- Spike Lee

I like to work with the same people when I can,
and you want to get people with the same interests that you have,
and the same aesthetic.
- Spike Lee

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

I get offered to do stuff where the money's nice but
it's not something I want to do -
I get offered a lot of commercials too.
- Spike Lee

I think it would be very boring dramatically to have
a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults.
To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
- Spike Lee

My cousin Malcolm Lee is also a filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have
young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now.
Young black men would not be impregnating young black
women at the rate going on now.
We'd not have the drugs we have now,
or the alcoholism.
- Spike Lee

I always give the example, if you turn on the radio today,
black radio, Lenny Kravitz is not black.
Bob Marley wasn't black: in the beginning,
only white college stations played Bob Marley.
- Spike Lee

Violence is a part of America.
I don't want to single out rap music.
Let's be honest.
America's the most violent country in the history of the world,
that's just the way it is.
We're all affected by it.
- Spike Lee

I think my work shows that I love women.
I understand where these types of criticisms are coming
from because black people have been so dogged out in the media,
they're just extra sensitive.
- Spike Lee

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Since you are the one who has to live with your choices,
be sure they are your own.
- Alan Cohen

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be,
since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
- Thomas Kempis

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art,
which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby
since I hadn't made money with it.
- Laurie Anderson

I guess I was a mom so late in life,
my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- Candice Bergen

We cannot despair of humanity,
since we ourselves are human beings.
- Albert Einstein

I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.
- William J. Clinton

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country
16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket.
A lot has happened since then.
- Antonio Banderas

The Internet is the most important single development
in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.
- Dave Barry

Since I travel so much, it's always great to be home.
There's nothing like getting to raid my own refrigerator at two in the morning.
- Amy Grant

He who joyfully marches in rank and file
has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake,
since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
- Albert Einstein

I've had two proposals since I've been a widow.
I am a wonderful catch, you know.
I have a lot of money.
- Ruth Rendell

Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk.
It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
- Jean Cocteau

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.
- Saint Augustine

Since new developments are
the products of a creative mind,
we must therefore stimulate and encourage
that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

This life is worth living, we can say,
since it is what we make it.
- William James

I happen to think that computers are the most important
thing to happen to musicians since the invention of
cat-gut which was a long time ago.
- Robert Moog

I concentrate on exercises from the waist down,
since that is the laziest part of a woman's body.
- Tina Louise

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends,
never lose a chance to make them.
- Francesco Guicciardini

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft.
Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
- Will Rogers

It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.
- Jacques Barzun

But if you look at teams that want to share more revenues,
they're teams that don't have a lot on the table.
They've long since not had any serious investment in their team.
- Jerry Jones

It had been almost 30 years since the LPGA has played in Mexico.
We are definitely looking forward to playing there
next year and also coming back to play in Mexico in a month or so.
- Natalie Gulbis

Since the intervention in Afghanistan,
we suddenly began to notice when, in political discussions,
we found ourselves only among Europeans or Israelis.
- Jurgen Habermas

Since NAFTA was put in place, Mexico has lost 1.9 million
jobs and most Mexicans' real wages have fallen.
- Stephen F. Lynch

When I was young, I kissed my first woman and smoked
my first cigarette on the same day.
Believe me, never since have I wasted any more time on tobacco.
- Arturo Toscanini

I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade,
because I loved it.
- Thomas Perry

As for the extraordinary operations of the Holy Ghost,
such as working of miracles, or speaking with divers kinds of tongues,
they are long since ceased.
- George Whitefield

Empowerment of individuals is a key part of what makes open source work,
since in the end, innovations tend to come from small groups,
not from large, structured efforts.
- Tim O'Reilly

Yes, actually ever since I saw his films and tried to write about them,
Sirk's been in everything I've done.
Not Sirk himself, but what I've learned from his work.
- Rainer W. Fassbinder

I also don't have organized religion on Pern.
I figured - since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing -
that religion was one problem Pern didn't need.
- Anne McCaffrey

The list of non-democratic regimes that have seen significant
reforms since 2001 is long and significant.
- Ginny B. Waite

Since my illness, I've felt the presence of my angels.
- Fran Drescher

I'll always do the guitar parts since it's my main instrument.
- Trevor Rabin

As a student I learned from wonderful teachers and
ever since then I've thought everyone is a teacher.
- Bill Moyers

You can never turn the clock back and,
since we're talking about mental health,
I would stress that.
- Peter Shilton

I've been a rock star since you were very young.
But I've never encountered anything as powerful as cancer.
- Melissa Etheridge

I was single-minded on what I wanted to do since I was like nine or ten.
- Sam Elliott


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