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William Friedkin Quotes and Sayings

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Style is something that's extremely important,
but it must grow naturally out of who and what you
are and what the material calls for.
It cannot be superimposed.
- William Friedkin

Technique is of less interest than character and story.
- William Friedkin

Violence is not funny.
- William Friedkin

I really think that sex always looks kind of funny in a movie.
- William Friedkin

 

The informing idea of what you want to say and do,
that's what will take you from film school to professional -
the idea.
That's what is original to you.
- William Friedkin

I tend to be attracted to characters who are up against
a wall with very few alternatives.
And the film then becomes an examination of how they
cope with very few options.
And that's, I guess, what interests me in terms of human behavior.
- William Friedkin

I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel pressed
and tense almost every day of my life about something or other.
And I think it's the one thing, as I look into people's eyes,
that I think I share with almost everybody.
- William Friedkin

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The first work of the director is to set a mood so
that the actor's work can take place,
so that the actor can create.
And in order to do that, you have to communicate,
communicate with the actors.
And direction is about communication on all levels.
- William Friedkin

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.
- Michael Graves

Style used to be an interaction between the human soul
and tools that were limiting.
In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
- Jaron Lanier

An educated man is thoroughly inoculated against humbug,
thinks for himself and tries to give his thoughts,
in speech or on paper, some style.
- Alan K. Simpson

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

As a guitar player, you can gravitate to the blues
because you can play it easily.
It's not a style that's difficult to pick up.
It's purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with.
- Boz Scaggs

Robert Benchley has a style that is weak and lies down frequently to rest.
- Max Eastman

In the final analysis, style is art.
And art is nothing more or less than various modes of stylized,
dehumanized representation.
- Susan Sontag

People ask me where I got my singing style.
I didn't copy my style from anybody.
- Elvis Presley

Assuming roles is something that simply won't work for me,
since I don't have a style.
None at all.
- Martin Kippenberger

The whole point in developing your own style is to find your own voice.
- Dave Holland

Man, the living creature, the creating individual,
is always more important than any established style or system.
- Bruce Lee

Sometimes, I write '60s or '80s style pop songs.
- Peter Steele

My style is very strong poses and expressions.
- John Kricfalusi

Taste is changing, style is changing,
and players' abilities are changing.
- Neville Marriner

There are no two countries with the same style of economic mechanism,
with the same capitalism.
- Anatoly Chubais

All of my style came from listening to records.
- Lindsey Buckingham

I wanted to keep exploring...
I'm not about to choose a series of movies in which
I can use the same bag of tricks and style that I used in the first film.
- Sam Mendes

Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style;
in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions.
- Tom Wolfe

Nothing was a style first.
Everything started as an idea.
A guy did something with an idea.
Someone copied him.
Some copied all of them and it became trendy and then it became a style.
- Bill Laswell

Every violinist has a different style,
so it's important to be able to recognise their styles.
You don't have to like everyone's style but you have to know these styles.
- Ruggiero Ricci

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style
on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose,
the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom

Like, I kind of developed my musical style in a vacuum.
Even though I listen to a lot of stuff,
the way I wrote was in my bedroom, really privately.
It's still the way I write, actually.
- Liz Phair

Ignorance is never out of style.
It was in fashion yesterday, it is the rage today and
it will set the pace tomorrow.
- Frank Dane

Despite what many Americans think, most Soviets do
not yearn for capitalism or Western-style democracy.
- Dan Rather

The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed.
Right at the top, if you make enough of them,
it's considered to be your style.
- Fred Astaire

Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole
life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
- Hunter S. Thompson

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't.
But style is at least partly a learned thing:
one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice -
by work.
- Donna Tartt

Style and Structure are the essence of a book;
great ideas are hogwash.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.
- Jean Cocteau

It goes back to a style of moviemaking I remember seeing as a child,
in movies like The Man With The Golden Arm,
which I think was shot all on a sound stage.
- Debbie Allen

I always try to preserve my cinematographic style,
even while I work in the US.
I wish to always be European.
- Lasse Hallstrom

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style.
- Leo Tolstoy

We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right.
Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation,
rather than a question mark signifies it!
- Gary Ryan Blair

A lot of times, when a band finds success with a certain style or sound,
they have a really hard time breaking away from that to grow as artists.
- Matt Cameron

You just sort of let them go for a while,
but it was time to have something done to my teeth.
I'm glad.
It's going to be good.
Tom Cruise has braces now, too.
I'm right in style.
- Faye Dunaway

It's not a company of exponents of my style.
- Graeme Murphy

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
- Bill Blass

It was really terrific but Foreigner was nothing like
Yes and that style did not suit our music.
- Lou Gramm

Growing up, I was the plain one.
I had no style.
I was the tough kid with the comb in the back pocket and the feathered hair.
- Cameron Diaz

My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style.
- Rick Moody

I guess my style is a cross between David Bowie and Clint Eastwood.
- Dylan McDermott

One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.
- Emile Zola

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot,
with long drooping ends.
I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors,
poets, wearing this style of tie.
- Carl Sandburg

Don't settle for style.
Succeed in substance.
- Wynton Marsalis

Endeavour to be faithful, and if there is any beauty in your thought,
your style will be beautiful; if there is any real emotion to express,
the expression will be moving.
- George Henry Lewes

But what I like to sing mostly is blues and cabaret style.
- Moira Kelly

It is the style of idealism to console itself for the
loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.
- Karl Kraus

He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.
- Paul Klee

I am really not of the school of naturalism.
I like style, and you can use more style in theater than in film roles.
I love to sink my teeth into a part.
- Marisa Tomei

When we see a natural style, we are astonished and charmed;
for we expected to see an author,
and we find a person.
- Blaise Pascal

I didn't know a damn thing about style.
- Michael Bergin

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
- Coco Chanel

The unity in any painter's work arises from the fact that a person,
brought to a desperate situation, will behave in a certain way...
style.
- Frank Auerbach

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through
every other word you have written;
you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
- Sydney Smith

I am against the notion of style in itself.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Without getting real personal, we liked our bass player Ed.
He was a great guy and he was a good bass player but
his playing was suited for a different style of band.
- Lou Gramm

My writing style is very sensual, as in sensory detail.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

When I started writing it was kind of hard getting people to do my stuff.
They' say they couldn't do my style.
- Otis Blackwell

It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen,
one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived,
but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it.
- Sammy Hagar

You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.
- Vladimir Nabokov

But once you have some success in one style,
the business wants to lock you in that vein forever.
- Richard Marx

My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own.
I try not to structure my work too rigidly.
- Anita Desai


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