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I think these movies are as much for people of that
by Kevin Costner

I think these movies are as much for people of that
time as for people who weren't born.
For people who weren't born, they see how leaders must
act under a crisis situation,
not trying to be re-elected or not trying to check polls,
that they go from their gut check.
- Kevin Costner

I work for the public, for the people who are paying to go to the cinema,
rather than for the critics.
- Kevin Costner

You have to pick the stories that you want to be involved
with and the end game is you'd like to be a part of a hit.
But I think your moral obligation is to follow your own heart.
- Kevin Costner

When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was
Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me.
I always think that leading actors should be called
the best supporting actors.
- Kevin Costner

 

Money isn't a major motivating force in my life.
Nor is my profession.
There are other things that I care more about than being an actor.
- Kevin Costner

Field of Dreams is probably our generation's It's A Wonderful Life.
- Kevin Costner

I'm a big fan of dreams.
Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life -
people seem to give them up,
quicker than anything, for a 'reality.'
- Kevin Costner

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If you don't understand your limitations you won't
achieve much in your life.
- Kevin Costner

I've had some movies that have been ridiculed,
but that's OK with me.
I don't feel that really defines me.
Should I change who I am to be popular?
- Kevin Costner

I'm a pretty convenient foil for a lot of people.
- Kevin Costner

I'm getting those familiar feelings,
and I'm just going to enjoy the process of getting to know someone again.
- Kevin Costner

I like when my face tingles, when the hair on the back of my neck stands up.
- Kevin Costner

I haven't tried to buffer myself.
I like rolling the dice.
- Kevin Costner

In America, politicians do whatever to get re-elected,
and a lot of decisions that were being made at that
time by Kennedy were certain not to get him re-elected.
- Kevin Costner

If it's going to be wrecked, I want to make sure I wreck it.
- Kevin Costner

I don't think I'd have been as good as Bruce was.
He was a better JFK than I would have been.
- Kevin Costner

If you think of 'Liberty Valance' or 'The Searchers,'
there are moments in there that you'll never,
ever forget...
And it does not matter what century you are from.
- Kevin Costner

You have to decide if you're going to wilt like a daisy
or if you're just going to go forward and live the
life that you've been granted.
- Kevin Costner

I am not a cynic.
- Kevin Costner

Lincoln was the greatest speaker and he was ridiculed for how he looked,
you know?
- Kevin Costner

I stand up for what I believe.
I don't know if it's always paid off for me,
because I've been ridiculed and humiliated.
- Kevin Costner

I don't think I ever take huge risks,
though I'm not scared of doing so.
- Kevin Costner

I've been around where I knew other actors were going to steal the scene,
and I don't compete with them.
- Kevin Costner

One person doesn't have to shoulder all the responsibility
for why a film does or doesn't do well.
- Kevin Costner

Failure doesn't kill you...
it increases your desire to make something happen.
- Kevin Costner

What are we blaming? Is this Vietnam? We made a movie,
it didn't make much money.
I'm gonna be really happy if somebody watches it in
10 years' time and really enjoys it.
- Kevin Costner

I enjoy sports.
I get a real joy from playing sports but I don't look for those movies.
Oliver Stone wanted to know if I would do Any Given
Sunday and it just didn't appeal to me.
- Kevin Costner

Being a celebrity is probably the closest to being
a beautiful woman as you can get.
- Kevin Costner

When I make a film I'm away from home for two to three months.
So I want my kids to look at my films one day and say,
I love his movies, I love his choices-because he loved them.
- Kevin Costner

We all have that burning question about what happens
if we lose somebody we love,
especially if we lose them tragically.
We wonder what fear was going on, we wonder if we could
have reached out and touched them,
held their hand, looked in their eyes,
been there.
- Kevin Costner

I'm proud of all the movies I've made.
They're not sequels, they're not franchises.
And the reason I pick my films carefully is that I
don't want to spit on my life.
I like to think of myself as more than that.
- Kevin Costner

We still live with this unbelievable threat over our heads of nuclear war.
I mean, are we stupid? Do we think that the nuclear threat has gone,
that the nuclear destruction of the planet is not imminent?
It's a delusion to think it's gone away.
- Kevin Costner

I'm glad movies aren't going to please everybody,
they can't.
But what they have to be is recognisable.
I don't equate myself with a master painter,
but I think you can recognise my films.
- Kevin Costner

I'm only interested in being a good actor and in being
remembered for my best films,
not for the way I look.
But it seems inevitable in this line of work that I
have to care about the way I look without getting obsessed about it.
- Kevin Costner

President Kennedy was willing to go to war.
He was not a coward.
The man had been in war and so had Ken O'Donnell.
He was ready to protect this nation,
but he was not ready for a military solution just because
it was being rammed down his throat.
- Kevin Costner

There are a lot of things that come to bear on movies
now that I don't think are good for movies.
They're trying to appeal to the biggest demographic and,
when they do that, you sometimes flatten out.
- Kevin Costner

I don't feel the need to direct.
I tried to get other people to direct Dances,
but they wouldn't do it.
They all thought it was too long.
One director wanted to cut the Civil War sequence.
Another thought the white woman was very cliched.
- Kevin Costner

When I read Thirteen Days I was moved by it.
It was just a great time for the world,
in terms of looking back in history and seeing how
we got ourselves into trouble and how we got ourselves out of trouble.
- Kevin Costner

I believe people who go into politics want to do the right thing.
And then they hit a big wall of re-election and the pettiness of politics.
In the end, politics gets in the way of the business of people.
- Kevin Costner

I think there are good men and women in all decades.
We've grown cynical.
And look at what we do to all our heroes:
Churchill,
FDR, Kennedy, they all had affairs.
But heroic things happen every day.
- Kevin Costner

I wanted very much to do Traffic and at one point it
looked like I was going to work on it.
And then, of course, Catherine Zeta-Jones had her relationship
with Michael Douglas and it suddenly didn't happen.
- Kevin Costner

We stand our best chance of leaving a legacy to those who want to learn,
our children, by standing firm.
In matters of style, hey, swing with the stream.
But in matters of principle, you need to stand like a rock.
- Kevin Costner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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