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Richard Donner Quotes and Sayings

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I was tweaked by the idea of Superman immediately.
- Richard Donner

It was just the thrill of a lifetime.
Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes.
- Richard Donner

I realized what you could do in motion pictures by
surrounding yourself with geniuses.
- Richard Donner

I was very lucky.
I started my own commercial company.
- Richard Donner

 

When you make a film, you like to run it with an audience.
They tell you you're narrow-minded or subjective,
or that seems too long, or that doesn't work.
- Richard Donner

Soon it's all going to be digital anyway.
It's all going to be saved on a little coin somewhere.
- Richard Donner

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant,
driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck,
and doing commercials and documentaries.
- Richard Donner

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It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've
really locked horns with actors.
It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking.
- Richard Donner

I think what some people are doing with effects is starting to get silly.
It's overused.
- Richard Donner

Superman was never previewed because the producers
didn't trust Warners with the film.
- Richard Donner

Some actors just won't bend, and then it's a bitch.
You either fight or find ways of putting your words
in their mouth and letting them say it back at you.
- Richard Donner

It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work.
- Richard Donner

I was an actor...
or, at least, I was trying to be an actor.
- Richard Donner

With The Omen, I really felt I wasn't in control.
It was panic.
- Richard Donner

How was I going to make a man fly? How was I going
to convince the public that an actor could fly?
- Richard Donner

People say, You paid your dues, but I never paid any dues.
It's always been a great trip.
- Richard Donner

I'm open to comments.
I'm open to objective points of view,
because I've been very narrow and very subjective.
- Richard Donner

Working with Christopher, he convinced me he could fly,
and he's convinced me he's going to walk again.
- Richard Donner

I had life threats, because people accused me of approaching
Brando as God and his son was Jesus.
I literally had people saying my blood would run in
the streets for doing that.
- Richard Donner

I've always wanted to do a Crichton book.
I really love his writing.
- Richard Donner

That's how you get a performance - they put trust in you.
- Richard Donner

When when my first feature opportunity came along,
I wasn't prepared, but we did it in about 17 days.
- Richard Donner

When I was doing half-hour shows, I loved it and was
preparing myself for the hour shows.
Then when I did the hour shows, I was preparing myself
for the specials and features.
- Richard Donner

I was really disappointed that Warner Bros.
didn't think highly enough of my film or my filmmaking
to ask me to make the new Superman.
- Richard Donner

In motion pictures, the actor rules.
The camera served the actor.
- Richard Donner

It was the beginning of film for television.
So we had all of these great opportunities.
Northwestern was probably the only major film school
of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.
- Richard Donner

If you had the opportunity and some talent,
there was no way you couldn't progress,
because it was an open market.
There was the advertising world, and there was the documentary world.
- Richard Donner

First cuts are a bitch for a director,
because it's been so many months and you put your trust
in your editor and you're going to see your film assembled for the first time.
You look at it and go, This is terrible.
I hate it.
- Richard Donner

It was 1978 when Superman came out, and I kept thinking,
Why don't they do something about it? They've done
all these crappy attempts at comic book film adaptations.
What can we do different? Why don't we just re-release this thing?
- Richard Donner

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard PHOTO

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Unity with all creation is a huge idea,
but it fits comfortably within the vast cathedral of our being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes a long while for a naturally trustful person
to reconcile himself to the idea that
after all God will not help him
- H. L. Mencken

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
- Don Marquis

An idea not coupled with action will never get any
bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
- Arnold H. Glasow

My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.
- George Foreman

Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic,
that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea -
and there is no experiment up to now
that has found any center in the brain
which corresponds to awareness.
The whole work of meditation is
to make you aware of all that is "mind"
and disidentify yourself from it.
That very separation is the
greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Now you can do and act on only that
which makes you more joyous, fulfills you,
gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty.
But this is possible only if the master in you is awake.
- Osho

I come from that society and there is a common thread,
specifically family values - the idea that you do anything for your family,
and the unconditional love for one's children.
- Ednita Nazario

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism
and become a fearless is mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly -
indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
- Arianna Huffington

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -
the idea that anything is possible.
- Ray Bradbury

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
- Robert A. Heinlein

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as
an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

My idea of fast food is a mallard.
- Ted Nugent

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
- Ashley Montagu


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