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Joel Coen Quotes and Sayings

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It's almost like a genre rule: Don't Open The Box.
- Joel Coen

Usually, I don't want to sit down and listen to the
director gas on about his movie.
I just can't actually imagine myself sitting down and having that much to say.
- Joel Coen

I think when you watch the dailies, the film that you shoot every day,
you're very excited by it and very optimistic about how it's going to work.
- Joel Coen

The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story.
- Joel Coen

 

I've never really understood that.
It's a funny thing; people sometimes accuse us of condescending
to our characters somehow-that to me is kind of inexplicable.
- Joel Coen

These things are hard to pin down.
We work on a script a bit, then work on a different one.
- Joel Coen

People that have been interested in our work for awhile...
those are the last people you want to disappoint.
- Joel Coen

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I guess it beats throwing trash for a living.
- Joel Coen

I couldn't have been happier with the relationship we had with Disney,
it couldn't have been easier.
- Joel Coen

Maybe our telling of the story wasn't as clear as it should have been,
but I don't think that's true.
In terms of understanding the story,
it comes across.
- Joel Coen

Maybe there should be less of a mystique around making movies.
I just don't think that there's any real mystery there.
- Joel Coen

We don't have any rules about how we depict violence,
or how much violence is in a movie.
It's a calibration on a case-by-case basis.
- Joel Coen

We've been remarkably lucky in that we've been free
to make the movies we've wanted to make the way we've wanted to make them.
They've all been made for a price.
- Joel Coen

You see a moral in them? Do we have morals?
- Joel Coen

If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge
yourself when handling it.
- Joel Coen

The question is: Where would it get you if something
that's a little bit ambiguous in the movie is made
clear? It doesn't get you anywhere.
- Joel Coen

We create monsters and then we can't control them.
- Joel Coen

I always admired Stanley Kubrick for the fact that
he managed to beat the system somehow.
I think he kind of had it all figured out.
- Joel Coen

You're doing it to make the character as specific as possible,
so that it's a specific individual that you're talking about,
not that whole class of people.
- Joel Coen

Barton Fink got written very quickly,
in about three weeks.
I don't know what that means.
- Joel Coen

Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew,
our father less so.
She was kind of driving the religious education,
so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when
we were kids at that age.
- Joel Coen

The characters are the result of two things-first,
we elaborate them into fairly well-defined people through their dialogue,
then they happen all over again, when the actor interprets them.
- Joel Coen

I guess there's a certain amount of poking fun at certain characters,
but that's because there is something amusing about
them or about the way they behave,
so I guess you can say that that's poking fun at the character.
But the character is your own invention,
so who cares?
- Joel Coen

I guess everything having to do with your background
has some influence on how you tell stories but it's
hard to parse how growing up in a Jewish community
in Minnesota really affected it.
- Joel Coen

The point at which we worked with some of these actors,
they weren't really stars yet.
Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona.
A lot of these people were also virtually unknown,
too, when we worked with them first.
- Joel Coen

It's a funny thing because you look at the careers of other filmmakers,
and you see them sort of slow down, and you realize,
maybe this becomes harder to do as you get older.
That's sort of a cautionary thing.
I hope it doesn't happen to me.
- Joel Coen

You love all your characters, even the ridiculous ones.
You have to on some level; they're your weird creations in some kind of way.
I don't even know how you approach the process of conceiving
the characters if in a sense you hated them.
It's just absurd.
- Joel Coen

Some people come out going, I don't get it.
And I don't quite know what they're trying to get,
what they're struggling for.
We have had the reaction where people leave the movie
sort of uncomfortable and befuddled.
Although that wasn't our intention.
- Joel Coen

When we do a movie with the studios,
they wouldn't be asking us to do it,
I don't think, if it was a movie they wanted to get into themselves.
What you see is what you get with us,
so they let us do what we want to do.
- Joel Coen

Other kinds of movie stars, it's a different thing,
they bring their persona to the part and that's what people like to see,
and they are not really transforming in terms of their character.
- Joel Coen

When you do a writing job for a studio,
one of the things you want to do is satisfy the expectations of your employer.
That's a little bit different than when you sit down
and write something to satisfy yourself,
because then you're the employer.
- Joel Coen

Sometimes, in certain stories, I think we know at the
outset essentially what the tone is going to be,
or it becomes important that we're groping toward some
kind of story with a certain kind of tone that we both get somehow.
But I don't think how that's combined with other elements
is ever in any way overtly discussed.
- Joel Coen

We have an uncanny ability to make birds do what we want them to do.
In Blood Simple there's a shot from the bumper of a
car and it's going up this road and a huge flock of
birds takes off at the perfect moment.
- Joel Coen

I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything
again about how I work with Ethan,
or whether we have arguments, or...
you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years.
I suppose it's interesting to people.
- Joel Coen

And when you see it the first time you put the film together,
the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open
up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away.
And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back,
somewhere toward that spot you were at before.
- Joel Coen

The boldness of endurance is
the underline to almost every success.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

For those who are bored with life,
the path to happiness almost always comes
through service to the less-fortunate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority
has made the world better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

You can conquer almost any fear
if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist
anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers,
who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt
to offer a solution everybody can understand.
- Colin Powell

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
- Anonymous

Almost nothing you worry about today
will matter in a hundred years.
Think carefully about what you can focus on today.
Choose tasks that will actually make a positive difference
to your great-grandchildren.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Consider being more acceptive of your partner's behaviors.
It is unlikely that they are intentionally aggravating you.
Almost always, they are just doing what they think they should do.
Try setting aside your own rules for how they should behave,
and adopt a live-and-let-live attitude.
Your relationship will become stronger and happier if you do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind
and proving that there is no need to do so,
almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds
the other team below 100 points they almost always win.
- Doug Collins

The urge to save humanity is almost always
a false front for the urge to rule.
- H. L. Mencken

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything
without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world.
If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
- Bill Veeck

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain
about what he wants and sets out to get it,
no holds barred.
Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.
- Donald Trump

Poetry should...
should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

Success in almost any field depends more on energy
and drive than it does on intelligence.
This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
- Sloan Wilson

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man
is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

An educated person is one who has learned that information
almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false,
misleading, fictitious, mendacious -
just dead wrong.
- Russell Baker

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability
to learn from the experience of others,
are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams

It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country
16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket.
A lot has happened since then.
- Antonio Banderas

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design,
manufacturing...
layout, processes, and procedures.
- Tom Peters

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Cereal eating is almost a marker for a healthy lifestyle.
It sets you up for the day, so you don't overeat.
- Bruce Barton

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- Winston Churchill

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place
the world is when one is playing golf.
- Robert Wilson Lynd


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