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I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business. ...
by Sydney Pollack

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

Related topics: Politics

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

Every single art form is involved in film,
in a way.
- Sydney Pollack

Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director.
- Sydney Pollack

 

I didn't believe that I'd ever be lucky enough to be
able to make a living as an actor.
- Sydney Pollack

I mean, movies are like your kids or your fingers and toes or something,
it's pretty hard to pick favorites.
- Sydney Pollack

I don't know about liberal bias, but people of a liberal
mentality are probably attracted in greater numbers
to the arts than people of a conservative mentality.
- Sydney Pollack

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Well, I was born and raised in the Midwest,
in Indiana specifically, and my childhood was full of weekend movies,
you know, the Saturday and Sunday popcorn movies.
- Sydney Pollack

And I taught acting for years, and without knowing
it that was the real thing that started bending me toward directing.
- Sydney Pollack

You don't normally do another presentation of All About Eve.
You do one All About Eve, and that's it.
- Sydney Pollack

We talked about Tootsie, the idea in Tootsie is that
a man becomes a better man for having been a woman.
- Sydney Pollack

I've produced my own films for twenty years now -
it means I have to talk to less people.
- Sydney Pollack

Film is a collective experience, as you know.
- Sydney Pollack

But, I've made films in Japan, in Yugoslavia,
all over Europe, all over the United States,
Mexico, but not Hollywood.
- Sydney Pollack

You know, essentially when you do a play you're reinterpreting
a work of art that already exists.
That's not what happens with a movie.
- Sydney Pollack

You are not an active creator of the film.
- Sydney Pollack

I didn't grow up thinking of movies as film,
or art, but as movies, something to do on a Saturday afternoon.
- Sydney Pollack

No, I never went to college.
Always regretted it, always envied people who did.
- Sydney Pollack

Well, there's no question that a good script is an absolutely essential,
maybe the essential thing for a movie.
- Sydney Pollack

I mean, the truth of the matter is, I like the failures
as much as I like the successes,
it's only the world that doesn't like the failures.
- Sydney Pollack

Well, the wonderful thing about making movies,
oddly enough, is that they're sort of highly motivated
graduate studies in one or another field.
- Sydney Pollack

I personally have never made a movie in Hollywood,
because I don't want to get up in my own bed and then go to the movie set,
and then come home at night to my real life.
- Sydney Pollack

The very reasons sometimes that you make a film are
the reasons for its failure.
- Sydney Pollack

Reading a novel of a private experience,
very, very different, the nature of it is very different.
- Sydney Pollack

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

With a movie you're creating from the beginning this particular work,
let's not call it work of art, because very few movies are works of art,
let's just call them bits of popular culture,
whatever they are, sometimes very rarely by accident
a movie becomes a work of art.
- Sydney Pollack

I mean, I don't know anything else that I would try to do,
but it's a very frustrating thing to do,
because you are trying to take what's a fantasy in
your head and make it live through the minds of 200 people.
- Sydney Pollack

I mean, certainly it's the single biggest event,
I think, in terms of popular entertainment,
or art even, if you say that, of the 20th Century.
It's been film.
It's the 20th Century's real art form.
- Sydney Pollack

By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics
and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be
greater than mortal in some way,
and that's led them into creating illusions,
sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do.
- Sydney Pollack

For example, a man who might not have enormous charisma,
who could be president 40 years ago,
and who was a deserving president,
I don't know that George Washington would be a president today,
I don't know that Abe Lincoln would,
I don't know that Roosevelt would.
- Sydney Pollack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those who know how to think need no teachers.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I think therefore I am.
- Rene Descartes

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed;
if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
- Confucius

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

Nurture your mind with great thoughts,
for you will never go any higher than you think.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards


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