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Spike Lee Quotes and Sayings

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My cousin Malcolm Lee is also a filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

Fight the power that be.
Fight the power.
- Spike Lee

There's an unwritten law that you cannot have a Jewish
character in a film who isn't 100 percent perfect,
or you're labeled anti-Semitic.
- Spike Lee

We grew up in a very creative environment and were
exposed to the arts at a very young age,
so it's not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.
- Spike Lee

 

Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer,
it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.
- Spike Lee

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies
you didn't intend to be there.
- Spike Lee

Don't think that because you haven't heard from me
for a while that I went to sleep.
I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night.
Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.
- Spike Lee

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It comes down to this: black people were stripped of
our identities when we were brought here,
and it's been a quest since then to define who we are.
- Spike Lee

I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking,
entertaining films.
I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people,
from music, novels, the streets.
- Spike Lee

Any film I do is not going to change the way black
women have been portrayed,
or black people have been portrayed,
in cinema since the days of D.W.
Griffith.
- Spike Lee

A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there.
- Spike Lee

Everything I do is always scrutinised.
But that's all I'll say about that.
- Spike Lee

I think it would be very boring dramatically to have
a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults.
To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
- Spike Lee

I live in New York City, the stories of my films take place in New York;
I'm a New York filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

Right now a lot of people are still choosing to go
to Toronto instead of shooting in New York City,
something I haven't done and something I hope I'll never have to do.
- Spike Lee

I like to work with the same people when I can,
and you want to get people with the same interests that you have,
and the same aesthetic.
- Spike Lee

There's a lot of Americans, black and white,
who think that we've arrived where we need to be and
nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled.
- Spike Lee

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

I get offered to do stuff where the money's nice but
it's not something I want to do -
I get offered a lot of commercials too.
- Spike Lee

All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was
to tell the story I wanted to tell.
That's what I love.
- Spike Lee

I don't dictate, you don't dictate to Stevie Wonder,
not successfully.
- Spike Lee

I think it is very important that films make people
look at what they've forgotten.
- Spike Lee

I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting
than people who are perfect.
- Spike Lee

Violence is a part of America.
I don't want to single out rap music.
Let's be honest.
America's the most violent country in the history of the world,
that's just the way it is.
We're all affected by it.
- Spike Lee

I think my work shows that I love women.
I understand where these types of criticisms are coming
from because black people have been so dogged out in the media,
they're just extra sensitive.
- Spike Lee

I always give the example, if you turn on the radio today,
black radio, Lenny Kravitz is not black.
Bob Marley wasn't black: in the beginning,
only white college stations played Bob Marley.
- Spike Lee

If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have
young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now.
Young black men would not be impregnating young black
women at the rate going on now.
We'd not have the drugs we have now,
or the alcoholism.
- Spike Lee

Dread lord and cousin, may the almighty preserve your
reverence and lordship in long life and good fortune.
- Owen Glendower

Carl, Dennis and Brian are brothers,
and Mike Love's a cousin.
- Bruce Johnston

My cousin Francis and I are in perfect accord -
he wants Milan,
and so do I. - Charles V

Most redoubted lord and right sovereign cousin,
may the Almighty Lord have you in his keeping.
- Owen Glendower

All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize,
and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home,
they export it, in a certain way, by war;
they make it tour the world.
- Victor Cousin

Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice.
- Victor Cousin

I had heard before that there were rumors I was gay.
It's funny.
My cousin gets his hair cut at this place,
and one of the guys there told him that Scott Wolf was gay.
He didn't realize that he was my cousin.
- Scott Wolf

My wife and I are affiliated with a temple here in Los Angeles.
We feel very close to the congregation and to the rabbi,
who happens to be my wife's cousin and who I admire greatly.
I talk to him regularly but I consider myself more
spiritual than religious.
- Leonard Nimoy

Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world.
We've been trying forever to get improvisation on TV.
It's just like stand-up.
It's best when it's just left alone.
It doesn't translate always on TV.
It's best live.
- Amy Poehler

When I was in kindergarten, I had one line in a little play.
I said, I am Patrick Potato and this is my cousin,
Mrs.
Tomato, and I heard laughter.
I wanted to be an actress from that moment on.
- Doris Roberts

No adult in my family would ever tell me anything about who my father was.
I knew from an older cousin - only four years older than I am -
everything,
or what little I could discover about him.
- John Irving

But audio is a component of video, so there's always been that anyway,
and although we've never expressed a visual side apart
from the Grateful Dead movie,
I don't find it that remote, you know what I mean?
It's a departure of sorts,
but it's like a first cousin.
- Jerry Garcia

The beautiful cannot be the way to what is useful,
or to what is good, or to what is holy;
it leads only to itself.
- Victor Cousin

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.
- Victor Cousin

All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties;
they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state;
but it is not true,
it is against all the laws of reason and equity,
it is against the eternal nature of things.
- Victor Cousin

It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid.
- Publilius Syrus

I've developed a new philosophy...
I only dread one day at a time.
- the character Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic

I have a new philosophy.
I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
- Charles M. Schulz

I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal
illness' until I saw Heathrow for myself.
- Dennis Potter

You know too well the forces which compose their army
to dread their superior numbers.
- James Wolfe

The grave, dread thing!
Men shiver when thou'rt named: Nature appalled,
Shakes off her wonted firmness.
- Robert Blair

Sometimes I dread the truth of the lines I say.
But the dread must never show.
- Vivien Leigh

Ridicule is a weak weapon when pointed at a strong mind;
but common people are cowards and dread an empty laugh.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

In addition to the dread of Indians,
Texas held out no inducements for Mexican emigrants.
- William H. Wharton

I suppose that writers should, in a way,
feel flattered by the censorship laws.
They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.
- John Mortimer

Teach me to live, that I may dread The grave as little as my bed.
- Thomas Ken

Be content with what you are, and wish not change;
nor dread your last day,
nor long for it.
- Marcus Aurelius

The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle
of human actions than the prospect of good.
- John Locke

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
- William Gilmore Simms

Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all.
Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us,
gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.
- Frank Crane

What a folly to dread the thought of throwing away life at once,
and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal.
- John Howe

We do not deride the fears of prospering white America.
A nation of violence and private property has every
reason to dread the violated and the deprived.
- June Jordan

My only fear is that I may live too long.
This would be a subject of dread to me.
- Thomas Jefferson

Liberty means responsibility.
That's why most men dread it.
- Antonio de Mendoza

Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal;
a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.
- William Butler Yeats

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity,
the dread of doing what has been done before.
- Edith Wharton

My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride,
to follow them to their inmost recesses,
and make them fear and dread us.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

His love at once and dread instruct our thought;
As man He suffer'd and as God He taught.
- Edmund Waller

In dread fear of sentimentality, another thing true
is not said-that for its staff the paper is a source of pride and,
I do believe, an object of affection and-yes,
love.
- Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

Work is the best of narcotics, providing the patient
be strong enough to take it.
I dread idleness as if it were Hell.
- Beatrice Potter Webb

It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear,
that shapes the face of a brave man.
- Georges Bernanos

Black boys became criminalized.
I was in constant dread for their lives,
because they were targets everywhere.
They still are.
- Toni Morrison

He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure.
The dread of censure is the death of genius.
- William Gilmore Simms


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