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Ellen Burstyn Quotes and Sayings

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The interesting thing about doing a play is to find
a way to make it fresh and do it as though you were
doing it for the first time.
- Ellen Burstyn

I did my famous cabbage soup diet, so I was able to do it.
- Ellen Burstyn

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
- Ellen Burstyn

She goes from one addiction to another.
All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.
- Ellen Burstyn

 

To me, it's a very moral film.
If my son were a teenager now, I would drag him to see it.
- Ellen Burstyn

I talked to women who lived there, to get their speech
patterns and outlook on life -
and how narrow that is.
- Ellen Burstyn

I've lived most of my life in Manhattan,
but as close as Brooklyn is to Manhattan,
there are people who live there who have been to Manhattan maybe once or twice.
- Ellen Burstyn

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It's been awhile.
My Oscar is getting kind of tarnished.
I looked at it a couple of years ago and thought I really needed a new one.
- Ellen Burstyn

Their life is about getting enough money to put food
on the table to feed their children,
and that's it.
- Ellen Burstyn

Well my taste wasn't very good when I first started out.
But later, when I began to appreciate the art of acting,
I would say the actress I most admire is Vanessa Redgrave.
- Ellen Burstyn

I think that the change began...
I made a film a few years ago called The Spitfire Grill,
and that didn't make much money either,
but it was a good film and an independent film.
- Ellen Burstyn

I wanted to work on this central problem of killing.
How you go about killing.
Now, in the film I had to kill my children -
well,
I didn't want to get that far.
- Ellen Burstyn

It's a sin to have your films not to make money.
- Ellen Burstyn

Nobody would want to leave that film to go get high.
- Ellen Burstyn

I always wanted to play Joan of Arc.
I've always wanted to do that.
Now I'm thinking, 'Maybe there's a story in Joan of
Arc's mother!' If I don't hurry up,
her grandmother!
- Ellen Burstyn

Then in came this script with another very low offer,
and another drug addict and a depressing and difficult part to play.
I thought, 'Why should I put myself through that for hardly any money?'
- Ellen Burstyn

They pulled Resurrection out of the theatres,
so it was running in New York and I was nominated for
the Oscar and there was no ad in the newspapers to say it was running.
So it was literally killed.
- Ellen Burstyn

She loses 50 pounds in the film, and goes from fairly
sane to totally out of her mind.
So for the first part of the film I was wearing a 40 pound fat suit,
which is very, very uncomfortable.
But the worst part was the neck.
- Ellen Burstyn

It's about avoiding reality through various escape
routes that become addictions and lead to Hell.
My character is addicted to television,
chocolate, coffee, to her dream of her son,
which has no basis in reality.
- Ellen Burstyn

I do like to work with young directors because it's
such a difficult business that I think after directors
have been around a while sometimes,
not always, but sometimes their passion gets siphoned
off because they get hurt.
- Ellen Burstyn

I couldn't kill a chicken, I couldn't kill a cow -
I was a vegetarian too at that time -
so I thought,
well what is there that I could kill? I couldn't kill
this and I couldn't kill that.
- Ellen Burstyn

I sketched out a rough story for them and the director said,
well it's a good story but we have the go-ahead from
Universal to make this script and did I want to do it.
I said no, and they left.
- Ellen Burstyn

So I was at the Actor's Studio, thinking about this,
and I happened to glance over to the other side of
the stage and I saw the ugliest chair I have ever seen.
And I thought, 'Well, I could kill that chair!'
- Ellen Burstyn

The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.
- Susan Sontag

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

Interesting.
You Earth people glorify organized violence for 40 centuries,
but you imprison those who employ it privately.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

What's sort of interesting about the whole public relations
disaster that is the Net,
in some ways, is that the fundamentals are really good.
- Meg Whitman

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are
the two most interesting food towns.
In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli.
There's no mediocrity accepted.
- Mario Batali

I don't want to be interesting.
I want to be good.
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't
it be interesting if...';
And then do it.
- Duane Michals

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting
and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants
to get to work and deal with them.
- Paul Hawken

The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets,
but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.
- Meryl Streep

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

The question of whether a computer can think is no
more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
- Edsger Dijkstra

Success is never so interesting as struggle
- Willa Cather

Age is not a particularly interesting subject.
Anyone can get old.
All you have to do is live long enough.
- Don Marquis

Decorate your home.
It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.
- Charles M. Schulz

It is an interesting question how far men
would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving.
I hope mine is interesting and self-serving.
- William J. Clinton

I've met the most interesting people while flying or on a boat.
These methods of travel seem to attract the kind of
people I want to be with.
- Hedy Lamarr

The financial history of the Baltimore and Ohio since
the close of the nineteenth century is interesting
chiefly in connection with changes in the control of the property.
- John Moody

It is a different genre - a show about something other than doctors,
lawyers and cops.
Teachers are something completely different.
I think it makes for very interesting television.
- Chi McBride

Selfishly, I make music for me.
I like to make music.
I like looking for songs.
I like working with interesting musicians.
I like producing records.
It's something I will always do.
- Herb Alpert

I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion
is interesting or helpful or amusing.
- Cliff Fadiman

Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything,
or creating anything.
Period.
If you ain't desperate at some point,
you ain't interesting.
- Jim Carrey

It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and
we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985.
- Ruben Blades

And it's interesting, but I'm always interested in
the story behind the story.
- Maximilian Schell

It's often wrong to write for specific actors because
one ends up using what is least interesting about them,
their mannerisms and habits.
I prefer not to write for specific people.
- Claude Chabrol

I discovered that the most interesting music of all
was made by simply lining the loops in unison,
and letting them slowly shift out of phase with other.
- Steve Reich

There is much to be said for failure.
It is much more interesting than success.
- Max Beerbohm

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty.
That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Architecture theory is very interesting.
- David Byrne

Clothes should be as interesting on the inside as on the outside.
Even if you enjoy it totally alone, it's important.
- Geoffrey Beene

The only interesting thing that can happen in a Swiss
bedroom is suffocation by feather mattress.
- Dalton Trumbo

It's an interesting line that I walk.
The AIDS crisis has done a lot for my songs and made them proliferate,
and my songs have contributed a lot to that cause as well.
- David Friedman

You kind of hope that the events themselves are interesting.
I think that's what you have to hope for,
that on a broad level it's an interesting story.
- Chester Brown

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world,
whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always,
she had to admit, interesting.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most interesting thing about the idea of money
is that it makes it possible to measure something in
previous ages we couldn't be sure about,
and that something is power.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I was trying to do the same thing that I always do
which is make an interesting record.
- Elliott Smith

It's funny to me that people find other people getting
coffee really interesting,
or walking their dog in the dog park.
- Jake Gyllenhaal

Politics is very interesting and always leads to conflict.
- Ridley Scott

I feel there is no shortage of real interesting women's roles.
But I found them and did all of them just now.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal

Well, news is anything that's interesting,
that relates to what's happening in the world,
what's happening in areas of the culture that would
be of interest to your audience.
- Kurt Loder

Yeah, you know, you like it to come on like gangbusters,
but you get into passages that are very interesting and subtle,
and sometimes your original intent changes quite a bit.
- Roy Lichtenstein

The salt of any interesting civilization is mixture.
- Antonio Tabucchi

Writers are frequently asked why they wrote their first book.
A more interesting answer might come from asking them
why they wrote their second one.
- Len Deighton

Every person who knows how to read has it in their
power to magnify themselves,
to multiply the ways in which they exist,
to make life full, significant, and interesting.
- Aldous Huxley

As long as ugly people are not on TV,
you should only ever have interesting people on TV.
- Marc Almond

A lot of time mistakes are very interesting -
you look for the behaviour that's not the one you expect.
- Barry Levinson

The importance and influence of books on me has been cumulative:
the result of hearing and reading lots of stories about
interesting people and places.
- Louise Brown

And I think a good writer's gonna make it interesting.
From the first paragraph it will all be interesting.
Just work at it and work at it and work at it.
- Kurt Loder


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