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Well, I was born and raised in the Midwest,
by Sydney Pollack

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Film is a collective experience, as you know.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
- Marcus Aurelius

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The well-timed question is more impacting than an answer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to the body and soul.
- John Muir

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

You are defined by your habits - choose well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep,
so a life well spent brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford


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