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I always think that a director who knows about the technical side,
by Bob Balaban

I always think that a director who knows about the technical side,
but cares about the acting performances and casting as well,
is ahead of the game.
- Bob Balaban

I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully
who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and
a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often.
- Bob Balaban

I was born on Wellington Avenue and my family that
remains lives in the Lake Shore Drive area.
- Bob Balaban

God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made
a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
- Bob Balaban

 

I think some of the special effects in Close Encounters
hold up better than the new more expensive special
effects is because they were better actually.
- Bob Balaban

I loved being in Close Encounters, just to watch Steven
Spielberg working was exciting.
- Bob Balaban

My family was loving...
they were very supportive and very affectionate,
and basically I could do what I wanted,
and basically it wasn't anything dangerous,
thank God.
- Bob Balaban

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If anyone would have been paying serious attention to my puppet shows,
I would have been sent to therapy very young.
- Bob Balaban

Oh, I was completely hooked on movies and plays and
theater from the time I was a day old -
I was very,
very early on in love with movies and I loved plays.
- Bob Balaban

Yes I try to do everything I can not to fail hideously.
- Bob Balaban

I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see -
you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing,
in a very special location.
- Bob Balaban

People so far have been very fond of the Robert Altman movie,
as I am, and when one things goes well it shines light
on your other projects and now I seem to have a number
of projects that are moving forward.
- Bob Balaban

And I think being a good director is being able to
be completely tyrannical and you?ve got to be an absolute
dictator while at the same time,
you have to listen and see everything because it can all change on a dime.
- Bob Balaban

My dad was the baby.
When he was born they were already successful.
They sent him to business school - he probably would
have loved to have been a poet or a writer or something,
and he was very creative.
- Bob Balaban

I was very much in my room with my marionette stage,
you know, creating these incredibly boring things that
I felt were so fascinating,
and forcing my relatives to come, and charging money
for them to see my little productions.
- Bob Balaban

I'm from the Midwest, and I loved my family.
I had a very good time as a child, but I was also -
I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest,
that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things,
and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.
- Bob Balaban

I produced and directed a movie a couple years ago
that won some awards that Samuel Goldwyn released called 'The Last Good Time'.
I wrote, produced and directed it, but I wasn't in it.
- Bob Balaban

I've directed a fair amount of television series -
so I'm always trying to learn new things.
One episode was all hand-held and I'm trying to get
better at when you should do things and when you should
just shut up and watch what the people are saying.
- Bob Balaban

My dad was born in Chicago in 1908...
his parents came from Russia.
They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little
tiny grocery store with eight or nine children -
in the backroom all together -
and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business.
- Bob Balaban

Maybe I was 7 - I probably am exaggerating a little -
and immediately was plunged into the fact that there
was an official place to put your fantasies.
Up until then I didn't know what I would do with them all.
It was very exciting for me, and I began very,
very early on.
- Bob Balaban

But obviously as television began, it so undercut movies
that he was trying to think of a way to combine seeing these special things,
and the fact that people were just captivated by the magic box.
- Bob Balaban

I'm from Chicago, my family started a chain of movie
theaters in Chicago that were around for 70 years and
then one of them became the head of Paramount and the
other was the head of production at MGM and we all came out of Chicago.
- Bob Balaban

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

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

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

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown


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