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James Lipton Quotes and Sayings

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It can be summed up in one sentence.
Does this person have something to teach my students?
No one has ever let us down.
- James Lipton

I criticize those critics.
The reason being that they're doing one of the worst
things that ever can be done to an actor,
which is to say, Look, you do what we like you to do or else.
- James Lipton

Comedians don't laugh.
They're too busy analyzing why it's funny or not.
- James Lipton

They change.
They're different.
There are no two alike, that's the miracle of it.
But if they have something to teach the students.
You can see them writing during the show.
- James Lipton

 

I'll tell you why, I don't invite the ones I don't like.
- James Lipton

I wanted when we began this to have a conversation,
the kind that you're able to have, and the only way
I knew how to do it was not to have a pre-interview.
- James Lipton

The foundation for film acting is stage acting.
- James Lipton

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Olivier was another case of a genius,
who couldn't understand why anybody would have any trouble doing this,
because for him it came so easily.
- James Lipton

The difference - the fundamental difference between
theater acting and film acting is that film acting is disjunctive.
- James Lipton

They will take a role that scares them over a role that doesn't.
That's another thing I like about actors.
- James Lipton

Hackman is able to live in the moment which means there
is nothing for him at that split second than what is occurring in the scene.
- James Lipton

The definition of genius, really, should be that that
person can do what the rest of us have to learn how to do.
- James Lipton

What I didn't know that by sticking to craft we would
blow open some doors that I never saw opened before.
- James Lipton

And I thought if I don't pre-interview -
first of all,
we couldn't afford it - but the second thing was it
would force me to do my own research,
which takes two weeks.
- James Lipton

If I were to ask you for example right now to go back
with me and define those moments in your life that
shaped you as a person and you began to reexamine them,
something would happen.
- James Lipton

I did get Tom Hanks to say, Life is just a box of chocolates.
- James Lipton

I think that anybody's craft is fascinating.
A taxi driver talking about taxi driving is going to be very,
very interesting.
- James Lipton

Geniuses always think it's easier than we make it out to be.
- James Lipton

Because - Bobby Lewis said this once to us in class,
the better you get, the less credit you'll get.
Because the better you are, the more it looks like
walking and talking and everybody thinks they can walk and talk.
- James Lipton

I was originally going to be a lawyer,
and the only thing I remember from the art of cross-examination is -
you can see this one coming up Sixth Avenue -
never ask a question the answer to which you do not know.
- James Lipton

I thought we would have at most an audience of 5,000
devotees because I made the decision to stick to craft,
not to gossip, not to be interested in any of the juicy
stuff that they talk about on other shows,
but stick to the question of craft.
- James Lipton

We are the only school in America, drama school in
America that trains actors,
writers and directors side by side for three years
in a master's degree program,
and we want them - to expose them to everything.
- James Lipton

I had something called the back of the chair test.
Where I sit, we don't sit like you and I do.
I can see a sliver right behind them and they come
out and they sit like this like god students and they
don't touch the back of the chair.
- James Lipton

I was dealing with craft, and that's the surprising thing,
the number of people who have literally broken down on our stage,
because when you're talking about the thing that is
most important to someone,
they're liable to feel something strong.
- James Lipton

And I thought, my God, there's an off chance that they
will say something that's really worth preserving and
there is one way to do that and I knew what it was
because I come from television.
- James Lipton

The studio is meant to be always a place where,
first of all, they can be out of spotlight,
and second, where they could work with a peer group
on parts that they might not have played otherwise.
- James Lipton

When it began I wrote this passionate letter to people I knew,
studio members, of course, and other people with whom
we have worked over the years and I said come and teach our students.
- James Lipton

Rock and roll might be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria.
- Vance Packard

The history of all the great characters of the Bible
is summed up in this one sentence:
They acquainted themselves with God,
and acquiesced His will in all things.
- Richard Cecil

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves,
tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.
And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
- Ronald Reagan

All human wisdom is summed up in two words;
wait and hope.
- Alexandre Dumas

The history of thought may be summed up in these words:
it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
- Paul Valery

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence:
Abolish all private property.
- Karl Marx

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
- Aristotle

Bob summed it up best when he was on his knees at the end of the night saying,
'Don't trust in Guided By Voices.' You were there;
was the show awful or something? I know it was sloppy,
but they're not really that tight anyway,
but was it embarrassing, was it sad?
- Kim Deal

Going out hanging out with the troops,
and you know it's kind of all summed up in the TV show,
I don't what else I can say about it.
It's a great thing to do, something I'm definitely proud of.
- Kid Rock

But even gold is not everything: and only a fanatic,
and a rather foolish fanatic, would say that this style
of fiction summed up and exhausted all the good that
fiction could give and do.
- George Saintsbury

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction.
They may be summed up by the phrases:
1-
It's completely impossible.
2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing.
3- I said it was a good idea all along.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation -
not because of the height of our skyscrapers,
or the power of our military, or the size of our economy.
Our pride is based on a very simple premise,
summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
- Barack Obama

Writing this record let me recapture who I am.
It is summed up in the title Be Not Nobody.
You need to feel comfortable in your skin and do whatever
you need to do for yourself,
to heal or to grow.
- Vanessa Carlton

I liked the way my character, Shane,
was first introduced.
You get introduced to her through this sexual action,
and I thought that was so cool and just kind of summed
up what she enjoys and who she is,
to a certain extent.
She's a complete sexual being and the great thing is
that she doesn't apologize for it.
It's just who she is.
We rarely see women be able to do that on television.
- Katherine Moennig

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
the stream always wins -
not through strength but by perseverance.
- The Buddha

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

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

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

The River of Life can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friend is a rock upon whom you can depend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.
- Psalm 18:2

The River of Life has no judgments.
The River flows with no concept of good and bad - right and wrong.
The fields and dreams of men may be nourished by the River of Life,
or flooded and covered with silt, and the River just flows.
Men may catch fish and live on the River of Life,
or they may founder in a storm and drown, and the River just flows.
The River of Life is timeless.
It is not unchanging, but it is timeless,
and it changes in its own time.
The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We're more popular than Jesus now;
I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
- John Lennon

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,
bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

As a rock star, I have two instincts,
I want to have fun, and I want to change the world.
I have a chance to do both.
- Bono

I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
- John Lennon

My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

My mom is definitely my rock.
- Alicia Keys

Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie"
until you can find a rock.
- Will Rogers

The only rock I know that stays steady,
the only institution I know that works,
is the family.
- Lee Iacocca

I don't want to name names, but the least I can say
about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.
- Manuel Puig

Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock-n-roll.
- Shigeru Miyamoto

I think it had something to do with my love of music,
especially rock music.
- Gary Cole

I hit rock bottom, but thank God my bottom wasn't death.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan

We thought that's the way you were supposed to be if
you were in a rock 'n' roll band.
Flamboyant.
- David Johansen

Or like in the early 70's when we had the reaction
against acid rock and all the fuzz tone,
and feedback, and the noise.
And you had James Taylor and everyone went acoustic and that.
- Lester Bangs

You know, with bands like Kiss back out on the road
and Aerosmith coming out,
we are going to be a band like that,
in the sense that it's a big rock band.
- Steve Brown

The jury had down right contempt for punk rock grass roots ethics.
- Jello Biafra

I knew if I waited long enough, the Republican Party would rock.
- Michael Reagan

If rock-and-roll is well done, there's nothing so terribly
wrong with that kind of music.
But the lyrics are another story.
- Kate Smith

New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

Dad is my best mate and I can tell Mum absolutely anything.
I really appreciate Mum and Dad.
Why are we so close? Young parents, I think.
The rock business keeps their minds young.
- Kim Wilde

It's a terrible thing to go through life thinking that
you have a rock on your side when you haven't.
- Maria Callas

Well, I think we're the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world.
- Joey Ramone


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