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At the time I belonged to the socialist party,
by Douglas Sirk

At the time I belonged to the socialist party,
and Hitler came to power.
- Douglas Sirk

And in movies you must be a gambler.
To produce films is to gamble.
- Douglas Sirk

There arose a belief in style - and in banality.
Banality encompassed politics, too, because it was
a common belief that politics were not worthy of art.
- Douglas Sirk

Rock Hudson was not an educated man,
but that very beautiful body of his was putty in my hands.
- Douglas Sirk

 

I think the great artists, especially in literature,
have always thought with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

I was making films about American society,
and it is true that I never felt at home there,
except perhaps when my wife and I lived on a farm in the San Fernando Valley.
- Douglas Sirk

If I couldn't read, I couldn't live.
- Douglas Sirk

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The war was the end of an era, in art as well.
And we were trying to create a new philosophy.
- Douglas Sirk

Your camera is the best critic there is.
Critics never see as much as the camera does.
It is more perceptive than the human eye.
- Douglas Sirk

These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise
that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful
and ultimately in excellent condition.
- Douglas Sirk

Intellectualism came very late to America.
That's why Americans are so proud of it.
I found very few real intellectuals in America.
But there are so many pseudo-intellectuals.
- Douglas Sirk

I worked for UFA as a set designer, you know.
- Douglas Sirk

At the same time, of course, Marxism arose -
Rosa Luxembourg,
Leninism, anarchism - and art became political.
- Douglas Sirk

For a house, somewhere near Los Angeles I found an old church.
Very old, no longer used.
So we moved the church to the land, and I took off the steeple,
and I got my hands dirty.
- Douglas Sirk

A director in Hollywood in my time couldn't do what he wanted to do.
- Douglas Sirk

You have to think with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

Throughout my pictures I employ a lighting which is not naturalistic.
- Douglas Sirk

In the 19th century, you had bourgeois art without politics -
an almost frozen idea of what beauty is.
- Douglas Sirk

Your characters have to remain innocent of what your picture is after.
- Douglas Sirk

I considered that the homes that people live in exactly describe their lives.
- Douglas Sirk

But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers
for the failings of their world.
And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them.
- Douglas Sirk

I never regarded my pictures as very much to be proud of,
except in this, the craft, the style.
- Douglas Sirk

My idea at this time, which was slowly developing,
was to create a comedie humaine with little people,
average people - samples from every period in American life.
- Douglas Sirk

If I can say one thing for my pictures,
it is a certain craftsmanship.
A thought which has gone into every angle.
There is nothing there without an optical reason.
- Douglas Sirk

And it really began with Einstein.
We attended his lectures.
Now the theory of relativity remained -
and still remains -
only a theory.
It has not been proven.
But it suggested a completely different picture of the physical world.
- Douglas Sirk

So slowly in my mind formed the idea of melodrama,
a form I found to perfection in American pictures.
They were naive, they were that something completely different.
They were completely Art-less.
- Douglas Sirk

Ross Hunter was my assistant on Take Me to Town,
He was a young man, an actor before that,
and learned a lot on the picture.
During shooting, Goldstein left, and Ross was most pleasant.
He never interfered.
- Douglas Sirk

Yes, I was hired by Universal because they needed a comedy director.
They had seen Scandal and liked it.
I saw an opportunity even in those comedies to begin
my project of American films.
- Douglas Sirk

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who forces time is pushed back by time;
who yields to time finds time on his side.
- The Talmud

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Urgent? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A big part of letting go is recognizing
when it is time to stay in a situation
and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

Time expands like a brightly colored balloon
when it is filled with joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The sum of wisdom is that
time is never lost that is devoted to work.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm becoming more and more myself with time.
I guess that's what grace is.
The refinement of your soul through time.
- Jewel

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
- John F. Kennedy

The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must use time creatively.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Procrastination is the thief of time.
- Edward Young

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
- John F. Kennedy

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

The season of failure is the best time
for sowing the seeds of success.
- Paramahansa Yogananda


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