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John Sayles Quotes and Sayings

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Michael Moore, whether you like him or hate him,
has done something very important.
- John Sayles

I've always felt like I was on the margins.
Once upon a time that's what independent used to mean.
- John Sayles

I always feel that there are no final victories and no final defeats.
But it's true that America is in a hole right now.
There are a lot of dead fish in the water.
- John Sayles

I probably wouldn't have done as many as I did in one year,
which I did when I was trying to raise money.
- John Sayles


I figured somebody wrote a story who had a typewriter
and I thought that movies were made by the cowboys and that they just said,
'Okay, you fall off the horse this time.'
- John Sayles

I made it about a three-day weekend so people wouldn't
have to change their clothes a lot.
We didn't have an art department; we didn't have a make-up department.
- John Sayles

Well, acting is cheap; I knew all these actors who
weren't in the Screen Actors Guild yet,
and it happened that they were all just about thirty years old.
- John Sayles

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Those are fun, especially if they're going to shoot them in four weeks,
because you know they're not going to mess with anything you do,
so it can be very imaginative.
- John Sayles

If you write a movie for Roger Corman,
it's going to get made.
You saw it almost the next day.
- John Sayles

When I was really young I didn't know that there was
such a thing as a screenwriter.
I wrote stories.
- John Sayles

For me the writing, when I'm going to direct it myself,
is really just the first draft, and I don't change it very much;
I only change it on average about two lines per movie.
- John Sayles

My argument has always been that this is not an anti-Bush film,
it's a pro-democracy film.
And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy,
that's his problem.
- John Sayles

I like to act.
I work for scale.
I don't have an acting agent.
I'm in the book.
- John Sayles

The media in America has become so cowed and compromised.
- John Sayles

I remember being out here at the Sunset Marquis,
and whoever knocked on the door, I would take that
picture that I was writing and I would put that in the typewriter,
so when I had the meeting, they would say:
you're working on it right now?'
- John Sayles

I figured, 'When is that ever going to happen again?'.
So I basically set out the opposite way movies are made;
I set out with a budget first.
I said, 'What can I do well for $40,000?'.
- John Sayles

There was a widespread indignation in the American media.
They were saying, 'How can you make a movie during
an election that's about politics? What are you doing?
Are you trying to influence people's lives?' To which my response was,
'Well, I hope so.'
- John Sayles

We just said, 'Okay, you're in the movie.
Bring what you would bring for a three-day weekend
and I hope you like the way you look in it because once you're on camera,
that's your wardrobe.' But it worked;
it worked and we were very surprised.
- John Sayles

I never thought about being a writer as I grew up.
A writer wasn't something I wanted to be.
An outfielder was something to be.
Most of what I know about style I learned from Roberto Clemente.
- John Sayles

I think I got spoiled and that writing a short story
and getting it published,
or writing a novel and getting it published,
you pretty much get to do the first,
second and third draft yourself without a whole lot of interference.
- John Sayles

There were not fifteen people in the story department
and twenty-five producers and stuff.
And Roger had produced 1,000 movies and directed a couple of hundred,
and their comments were always very,
very specific.
- John Sayles

In a movie you have all these logistical problems;
all these practical problems.
But you're also going to have people come who can do
things that you can't do,
and you get to direct their talents.
- John Sayles

To this day, I get rewrite offers where they say:
'We feel this script needs work with character,
dialogue, plot and tone,' and when you ask what's left,
they say: 'Well, the typing is very good.'
- John Sayles

You get to say, 'Here's my philosophical idea about
what the costume should like,'
and the costume designer comes and gives you choices
and sometimes they're all good,
and I say, 'What do you think?' and they pick the right thing.
- John Sayles

Fahrenheit 9/11 took public domain information that
should have been on the news every night and put it
in a film that a lot of people went to see.
But still Bush has never had to answer those charges.
- John Sayles

But compared to writing a novel, where you can be God,
I did the Bay of Pigs invasion in six pages once,
and there were 50,000 guys with boots that I didn't have to pay,
and all those extras; we didn't have to pay them.
- John Sayles

I take more jobs when I need more money,
if I'm investing in films.
I take fewer when I don't.
Or if something really good comes along,
I usually find a way to do a good job on it in the time that I've got.
- John Sayles

The hardest thing about movie acting is that if you're
playing a character who changes within the movie,
you've got to do that, but you've got to do it out of sequence,
because we never have gotten to shoot in sequence,
and that's really, really tough.
- John Sayles

Basically, if you could get a good trailer out of the script,
Roger had no objection to you making a really good movie.
He liked it if you did.
He liked the more cleverness and ingenuity you could bring to it.
He just wasn't going to give you any more money.
- John Sayles

And it was out in the theaters in two weeks.
This is not, 'We're going to develop twenty-five and
maybe one's going to get made,'
so the first three things I wrote got up on the screen and,
good, bad or indifferent, I got to see them on their feet.
- John Sayles

I certainly grew up seeing more movies and television than I read books,
but when it came time to do the thing itself you don't
have to hire a lot of people to sit down and write a book,
so that was the story-telling medium that was available to me.
- John Sayles

Not that I've always loved the movie when they finally come out,
or if they ever come out-because many of them don't
come out-but I've gotten to work with really good story
editors and stuff like that.
- John Sayles

There are genres I don't care for, and I've never worked in those genres,
and then sometimes there are people that I haven't
liked and I haven't worked for those people.
But if I feel like there's a movie that I would like to go see,
I'll jump into it.
- John Sayles

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
- Michael Jordan

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

It's the Consciousness with which we participate
in activities that makes the difference.
- Michael Beckwith

Our journey into consciousness of wealth
begins with the realization that we have already arrived!
- Michael Bernard Beckwith

Love wasn't put in your heart to stay.
Love isn't love until you give it away.
- Michael W. Smith

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

Touch me in the morning
Then just walk away
We don't have tomorrow
But we had yesterday
- Ron Miller/Michael Masser

Pie, pie, pie.
- Michael (1996)
- the movie Michael (1996)

The artist I wanna be like is Michael Jackson.
I'll get the house with the roller coaster and the rides and a disco,
and I'll invite all my friends and just stay at home.
- Lil' Kim

When I was singing Jamie's Cryin', people were going
out of their mind because it was the first time they got to see Eddie,
Michael and Alex play those songs.
That was a thrill.
- Gary Cherone

Michael Jordan always wore his Carolina shorts under his Bulls' uniform.
- Lorrie Fair

Although I get so much fan mail from Great Britain,
tell me, am I more famous there than Michael Madsen?
- Tom Sizemore

If we abandon marriage, we abandon the family.
- Michael Enzi

This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's
the place where the greatest dream of all,
the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.
- Michael Bloomberg

And Michael likes to read a lot.
People don't realize that about him but he reads a
number of books per week and he's fascinated just about every subject.
- David Gest

For example, Michael Jordan earns $100million a year
but continues to play basketball and remains a modest human being.
- Franz Beckenbauer

You can die of the cure before you die of the illness.
- Michael Landon

Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It caused quite a controversy, because his nose isn't
eligible for another fifteen years.
- Conan O'Brien

Michael and I talk at least every two weeks.
He understands why I've done the things I have.
- LaToya Jackson

The end of the trial and the 'not guilty' verdicts on all counts,
clearing Michael of all charges, mean that he can now
concentrate on the future and his art.
- LaToya Jackson

He will be beginning a brand new chapter in the Michael Jackson legend.
- LaToya Jackson

When Michael died I was tipped over the edge.
I was beyond grief.
- Paula Yates

If the police ever try to pick me up,
Michael Jackson told me I can hide out at his house.
- Gilbert Gottfried

I dont want to be the next Michael Jordan,
I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
- Kobe Bryant

I think people have a vague sense that the television system is changing.
- Michael K. Powell

To make Michael Myers frightening, I had him walk like a man,
not a monster.
- John Carpenter

A little acting debut in Spin City, with Michael J. Fox, which opened up a whole new door for me.
- Heidi Klum

Michael was very specific during rehearsals.
When he was pleased, he always had this charming grin.
- Madeleine Stowe

The day I initiated divorce proceedings against Michael Farmer,
I was ready to retire to a desert cave and rethink my life.
- Gloria Swanson

Every major food company now has an organic division.
There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.
- Michael Pollan

I had a jeep made up for Michael, and he would take it on tour,
and he would hide behind it, like a curtain.
- Rick Dees

Fast cars are my only vice.
- Michael Bay

There were a number of people who helped me get there,
and the one I always mention is Michael Byrne,
the great master swordsman and brilliant stunt double.
- Ian McDiarmid

I started Michael years ago.
I saw him in Gary, Indiana, and we'd have him on the talent shows.
He kind of emulated me, and did the best he could.
- James Brown

Thomas was my true name but everyone knew me as Mick,
except my mother, who knew me as definitely Michael.
- Thomas Keneally

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