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Todd Solondz Quotes and Sayings

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Like everything, what compels one to put pen to paper is a great question.
- Todd Solondz

One thing I want to say: I don't like victim stories and I don't write them.
- Todd Solondz

When I want to show the kind of meanness people are capable of,
to make it believable I find I have to tone it down.
It's in real life that people are over the top.
- Todd Solondz

In particular, people have trouble understanding where
I stand in relation to my characters,
and very often this gets reduced to me making vicious fun of them.
- Todd Solondz

 

When I'm asked who my audience is, I say someone with an open mind,
which is not a vacant one and sometimes a liberal mind
is not the same thing as an open one.
- Todd Solondz

The funny thing is, strangers still seem to feel comfortable
coming up to me and saying things,
but now usually it's because they recognize me,
and they say nice things.
- Todd Solondz

A palindrome is a word or pattern that instead of developing
in different directions it folds in on itself so that
the beginning and end mirror each other,
that they are the same.
- Todd Solondz

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So far, at least, I haven't found a way to tell my
kind of stories without making them both sad and funny.
- Todd Solondz

Casting is everything.
If you get the right people they make you look good.
- Todd Solondz

Some directors hardly talk to the actors at all.
- Todd Solondz

Well, so far, at least, my own ideas always take priority
over those of other writers.
As long as the well doesn't run dry,
I imagine this will be the case.
- Todd Solondz

Usually the audience has no idea that the censored
version of whatever movie they're watching isn't the original.
- Todd Solondz

But anonymity is very important to me,
and I don't want to be recognized in public more than I already am.
- Todd Solondz

People can't help how they look.
- Todd Solondz

Narcissism and self-deception are survival mechanisms
without which many of us might just jump off a bridge.
- Todd Solondz

But you're right, I did think about acting more and then decided against it.
- Todd Solondz

Storytelling is the only studio movie where the censorship is perfectly clear,
the only studio movie with a big red box covering up a shot.
I take pride in that - and, of course,
in having avoided the fate of Eyes Wide Shut.
- Todd Solondz

And that's just what I'm saying.
I would never want to be like certain people,
who change the way they dress, go out in disguise,
wear a big floppy hat and dark shades.
I would hate that.
- Todd Solondz

It is true that the movie is perhaps my most politically-charged.
The story is thrust into motion by the idea of what
do you do when your 13 year old daughter comes home pregnant.
And not only is she pregnant, but she wants to keep the baby.
- Todd Solondz

I don't like telling people where I stand on this,
although I'm surprised anybody wonders.
I suppose if I say I'm pro-choice, if I make that clear,
it let's the audience off the hook, then they can sort of relax.
Okay, it's alright he's pro-choice then I can enjoy this.
- Todd Solondz

With Storytelling, at least, it's explicit:
this is what the censors say American citizens,
no matter what age, are not permitted to see,
even though it can be seen by other people all over the world.
I suppose you could call it a political statement.
- Todd Solondz

Part of it has to do with this business of being approached in public.
I have a distinctive look - it's partly the glasses I wear -
and people seem to remember me once they've seen me.
- Todd Solondz

Optimism is not inherently a superior way of viewing the world.
Certainly doctors will say it might be better for one's
physical health to be an optimist.
But, morally speaking it may not be appropriate in certain circumstances.
- Todd Solondz

The ability to take pleasure in one's life is a skill
and is a kind of intelligence.
So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it
manifests itself in so many different ways.
I do think the ability to know how to live a life and
not be miserable is a sign of that.
- Todd Solondz

As Mark Weiner puts it, whether you gain 50 pounds or lose 50 pounds,
whether you have a sex change operation for that matter,
that it doesn't matter, that there is some part of
ourselves that we cannot escape.
- Todd Solondz

All I mean is, I'm not the kind of audience comedy
directors want at a test screening because I seldom laugh,
and if I do, it's not very loud.
That doesn't mean I don't like the movie.
- Todd Solondz

I mean, I don't want to sound - of course it's very nice,
people come up and say appreciative things about my work.
But the loss, in terms of privacy and anonymity,
is no small thing to me.
- Todd Solondz

I admit there's an element of brutality in all my work -
it's part of the truth about human existence I always want to explore -
but the last thing I'm trying to do is put on some kind of freak show,
inviting people to get off on other people's pain and humiliation.
- Todd Solondz

I mean, there are many other directors who are probably
both more skilled and excited to adapt novels or work
within certain genre conventions.
I'd like to do that kind of work someday,
but for better or worse I'm too drawn by my own material.
- Todd Solondz

When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo,
or when you want to nail a hypocrisy,
laughter is a very useful tool.
I want to show the painful side of existence,
but there is no question I also want to make people laugh.
- Todd Solondz

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb PHOTO

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha PHOTO

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The unknown is like the darkness of a cave -
it can be illuminated by the brief light
of one adventurer's small candle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A discussion of philosophy is like a cat chasing its tail -
it may be an amusing diversion but
it has no chance for a satisfying conclusion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
- Henry Ford

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

Time expands like a brightly colored balloon
when it is filled with joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
- Khalil Gibran

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don't like something, change it,
If you can't change it, change your attitude
- Maya Angelou

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is like a box of chocolates.
- Forrest Gump

To dream of the person you would like to be
is to waste the person you are.
- Anonymous

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Like Beauty, Joy and Suffering are
in the Eye of the Beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
- Anonymous

Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen


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