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James Naughton Quotes and Sayings

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Wilder touches all the bases...
in some kind of shorthand way.
Now that's art.
- James Naughton

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

If you're going to tell people the truth,
be funny or they'll kill you.
- Billy Wilder

 

I had very few friends.
We always ate dinner with our parents.
We didn't want to go out.
American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would
have felt comfortable with.
- Maya Lin

Things aren't much wilder now, I don't think,
than they were back then.
Of course I just read about all the goings-on now.
Ha.
- Norman Rockwell

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less
of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
- Thornton Wilder

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Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

I was at dinner with Gene Wilder and imitated Ethel Barrymore for everyone.
- Dom DeLuise

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
- Billy Wilder

I used to eat lunch with Billy Wilder when I first came out here.
- Richard Serra

LT was just a wilder person.
I don't go that route no more.
- Lawrence Taylor

Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder.
- Thornton Wilder

Any story that Billy Wilder told, you can tell in a Western.
- Lawrence Kasdan

It is only in appearance that time is a river.
It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.
- Thornton Wilder

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior.
Most great comics are doing such silly things;
you'd say,
'That's what a child would do.'
- Gene Wilder

Writing fiction is...
an endless and always defeated effort to capture some
quality of life without killing it.
- Rose Wilder Lane

Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks.
The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
- Thornton Wilder

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left
in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
- Thornton Wilder

There the wild animals wandered and fed as though they
were in a pasture that stretched much farther than a man could see,
and there were no settlers.
Only Indians lived there.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases,
one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential
to the formation of exceptional gifts.
- Thornton Wilder

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
- Billy Wilder

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.
- Billy Wilder

Wild animals would not stay in a country where there were so many people.
Pa did not like to stay, either.
He liked a country where the wild animals lived without being afraid.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

And in 'Frisco Kid' and in 'The Woman in Red' I had to ride badly.
Then you have to really ride well in order to ride badly.
- Gene Wilder

If there's anything I hate more than being taken seriously,
it's being taken too seriously.
- Billy Wilder

Home is the nicest word there is.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ninety-nine per cent of the people in the world are
fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
- Thornton Wilder

Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If
you see a man coming through a doorway,
it means nothing.
If you see him coming through a window -
that is at once interesting.
- Billy Wilder

Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children
the most terrifying jests.
- Thornton Wilder

A director must be a policeman, a midwife,
a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
- Billy Wilder

Man is not an end but a beginning.
We are at the beginning of the second week.
We are children of the eighth day.
- Thornton Wilder

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great
work at some moment every day.
- Thornton Wilder

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.
- Thornton Wilder

What critics call dirty in our pictures,
they call lusty in foreign films.
- Billy Wilder

Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.
- Billy Wilder

Love is an energy which exists of itself.
It is its own value.
- Thornton Wilder

Billy Wilder is really is a heavy influence on Bound.
We felt that film noir was a genre where you could
create a really contained story.
We wanted to be on a set as much as we could to get
the kind of style level we were looking for.
- Larry Wachowski

One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.
- Billy Wilder

My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production,
but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?
- Billy Wilder

I have ten commandments.
The first nine are, thou shalt not bore.
The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.
- Billy Wilder

It was hell at the time, but after it was over,
it was wonderful.
- Billy Wilder

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous;
it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
- Thornton Wilder

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither,
but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
- Thornton Wilder

They drove a long way through the snowy woods,
till they came to the town of Pepin.
Mary and Laura had seen it once before,
but it looked different now.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love,
the only survival, the only meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

Once you begin being naughty, it is easier to go and on and on,
and sooner or later something dreadful happens.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked
in a better neighborhood.
- Billy Wilder

Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe,
it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.
- Billy Wilder

Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved
for who they really were and not for what they could do -
sing,
dance, joke about - then they take that as love.
- Gene Wilder

Making the best of things is...
a damn poor way of dealing with them.
My whole life has been a series of escapes from that quicksand.
- Rose Wilder Lane

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it,
I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen,
wind and weather permitting.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

Everything from the little house was in the wagon,
except the beds and tables and chairs.
They did not need to take these, because Pa could always make new ones.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.
- Thornton Wilder

So Pa sold the little house.
He sold the cow and calf.
He made hickory bows and fastened them upright to the wagon box.
Ma helped him stretch white canvas over them.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone,
the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.
- Thornton Wilder

Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger.
- Thornton Wilder

They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes
and they will undoubtedly keep trying.
But it won't work.
She was an original.
- Billy Wilder

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.
- Billy Wilder

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that
the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.
- Thornton Wilder

Remember me with smiles and laughter,
for that is how I will remember you all.
If you can only remember me with tears,
then don't remember me at all.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

But in the east the sky was pale and through the gray
woods came lanterns with wagons and horses,
bringing Grandpa and Grandma and aunts and uncles and cousins.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.
- Billy Wilder

We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death,
yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.
- Thornton Wilder

I don't mean to sound - I don't want it to come out funny,
but I don't like show business.
I love - I love acting in films.
I love it.
- Gene Wilder

I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time,
but you're twenty minutes.
- Billy Wilder

The theatre is supremely fitted to say:
'Behold!
These things are.' Yet most dramatists employ it to say:
'This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.'
- Thornton Wilder

The real protection of life and property,
always and everywhere.
- Rose Wilder Lane

I'd like to do a comedy with Emma Thompson.
I admire her as an actress so much.
I love her.
And I didn't know it until recently that her whole
career started in comedy.
- Gene Wilder

Don't be too clever for an audience.
Make it obvious.
Make the subtleties obvious also.
- Billy Wilder


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