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Oliver Stone Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Oliver Stone.

There's an electrical thing about movies.
- Oliver Stone

Related topics: Movies

I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill.
It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying,
and the consequences are serious.
- Oliver Stone

I think that many people in history who had power were
bumped off because they had power.
- Oliver Stone

Anybody who's been through a divorce will tell you that at one point.
they've thought murder.
The line between thinking murder and doing murder isn't that major.
- Oliver Stone

 

I'd like to do a story about the medieval ages where
in every scene you'd sort of feel that you were in the 12th century.
That would be great to get that feeling.
- Oliver Stone

I'm terrible at horror movies, by the way.
I get scared so easily.
- Oliver Stone

Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy.
Never underestimate that.
- Oliver Stone

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One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy,
and we should never lose that.
- Oliver Stone

It's interesting that when economic times were the hardest,
that's when many people embraced liberalism.
- Oliver Stone

I do believe there are leaders who are like lightning
and they come along and they lead.
The Lincolns of the world, the Alexander the Greats,
they do exist.
They have existed.
- Oliver Stone

I study history in order to give an interpretation.
- Oliver Stone

Lunch is for wimps.
- Oliver Stone

When I was a child, I'd see a movie,
I took it for what it was,
I enjoyed it.
And if I believed it I would tend to be more interested
in knowing more about it.
- Oliver Stone

I do believe that movies are subject to a million interpretations.
- Oliver Stone

I never put out a history, I put out a dramatic history.
- Oliver Stone

Coming Home had been made before and Apocalypse Now and Deer Hunter,
different kinds of movies.
- Oliver Stone

In any film there's always a historical implication.
- Oliver Stone

Fear may very well be a caveman fear of the predator,
of the giant lizard chasing them - maybe that's what
Steven Spielberg connects with so well in Lost World.
- Oliver Stone

When you look at a movie, you look at a director's thought process.
- Oliver Stone

I'd love to do historical pictures more,
but I don't know if I can.
- Oliver Stone

But I suppose film is distinctive because of its nature,
of its being able to cut through time with editing.
- Oliver Stone

I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist;
I'm a dramatist,
a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history.
- Oliver Stone

I will come out with my interpretation.
If I'm wrong, fine.
It will become part of the debris of history,
part of the give and take.
- Oliver Stone

I would vote for the man who's lived life,
who's done different occupations, who's been out in
the real world and struggled to make a living,
struggled to raise a family, struggled with life as it exists.
So I'd vote for experience, honest experience.
- Oliver Stone

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

Well first of all you have to make the character strong
so that people can follow that.
And then hopefully that character can integrate with
the background of the social situation that people can recognize.
- Oliver Stone

I've met people who will go to a movie that I can't
stand and they say that they saw that movie ten times.
There's something they like and identified in that movie,
and I don't see it.
- Oliver Stone

I have the right to interpretation as a dramatist.
I research.
It's my responsibility to find the research.
It's my responsibility to digest it and do the best that I can with it.
But at a certain point that responsibility will become an interpretation.
- Oliver Stone

I think experience will teach you a combination of
liberalism and conservatism.
We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values.
We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.
- Oliver Stone

A woman can be very beautiful and an ideal model and
she will photograph incredibly well,
but she'll appear in film and it won't work.
What works is some fusion of physical beauty with some
mental field or whatever you call it.
I don't know.
- Oliver Stone

One of my fantasies in my life has been that I was
granted access with a camera to go back in time,
and to film the actual campaign of Alexander crossing
into India through Iran and Persia.
- Oliver Stone

You do the best job you can.
You take it step by step.
It's hard enough to make a movie.
If it works, that's great.
If it means something beyond the moment to somebody,
they can take it and it lasts through the years,
we'll see.
- Oliver Stone

But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle,
I think that any historian worth his salt,
and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot
of these guys who attack me -
not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means!
Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
- Oliver Stone

If anything, if you can get somebody interested in
something and get them excited,
that's great.
You should be praised for having opened the debate
and having asked the right questions.
- Oliver Stone

The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people -
the fear that electrical power,
for instance, will be taken away or the transportation
system will be taken down.
- Vinton Cerf

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement,
intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
- Margaret Fuller

Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect
on an audience can bear the colourless photography of a printed record.
- Archibald Philip Primrose

During one or two summers, as well as part-time during the school year,
I worked for a small Canadian company which developed
electrical instruments for military planes.
- Walter Kohn

In 1978, I entered Tohoku University,
into the Department of Electrical Engineering,
Faculty of Technology.
- Koichi Tanaka

There are days when any electrical appliance in the house,
including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment
possibilities than the television set.
- Harriet Van Horne

When reason and unreason come into contact,
an electrical shock occurs.
This is called polemics.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Byrne's Law: In any electrical circuit,
appliances and wiring will burn out to protect fuses.
- Robert Byrne

Many injuries and deaths can be prevented through an
understanding of the dangers of power lines,
electrical appliances, extension cords,
and lightning.
- Richard Neal

Every time I hear, Cut.
Print, something cold and electrical goes off in my head,
because I'm never going to change that film.
- David Ogden Stiers

I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power
instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate
electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.
- Edgard Varese

My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist.
My father was an electrical engineer.
- James Cameron

Pain reaches the heart with electrical speed,
but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.
- Barbara Kingsolver

I think the internal combustion engine will disappear
from the streets of our cities in the next thirty years
because transportation will be mass transportation,
or probably electrical power.
- Gaylord Nelson

These were big ones.
Those companies would then go in and build an electrical
system or ports or highways,
and these would basically serve just a few of the very
wealthiest families in those countries.
- John Perkins

I suppose the reason I chose electrical engineering
was because I had always been interested in electricity,
involving myself in such projects as building radios
from the time I was a child.
- Koichi Tanaka

It is now possible to quantify people's levels of happiness
pretty accurately by asking them,
by observation, and by measuring electrical activity in the brain,
in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy.
- Polly Toynbee

The number of electrical injuries cared for in hospitals
in the US is estimated at as many as 50,000;
the cost of these injuries on the US economy is estimated
at over one billion dollars per year.
- Richard Neal

All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue
our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take,
by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool
the generators and reactors.
- David R. Brower

I wanted to further my education, so I went on to get a Ph.D.
in electrical engineering and came back and served
about ten years in the Canadian Navy as what we call
a combat systems engineer.
- Marc Garneau

In the present state of our knowledge,
it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the
remote cause of the electrical energy...
its relation to chemical affinity is,
however, sufficiently evident.
May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter?
- Humphry Davy

Iron which is brought near a spiral of copper wire,
traversed by an electrical current, becomes magnetic,
and then attracts other pieces of iron,
or a suitably placed steel magnet.
- Hermann von Helmholtz

I also believe that we have an extraordinary opportunity
for the United States and European Union to lead the
world in developing and implementing new and more efficient technologies -
smart electrical grids and electrical vehicles.
- Hillary Clinton

We have learnt through experience that when an electrical
ray strikes the surface of an atom,
an electron, and in some circumstances a second and even a third electron,
can be detached.
- Johannes Stark

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

We're so engaged in doing things
to achieve purposes of outer value
that we forget the inner value,
the rapture that is associated
with being alive, is what it is all about.
- Joseph Campbell


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