Best Quotes by David Mamet (Top 10)

  1. Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember.
  2. We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.
  3. Every scene should be able to answer three questions: "Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don't get it? Why now?
  4. It's only words... unless they're true.
  5. People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want.
  6. When you come into the theatre, you have to be willing to say, 'We're all here to undergo a communion, to find out what the hell is going on in this world.' If you're not willing to say that, what you get is entertainment instead of art, and poor entertainment at that.
  7. Every fear hides a wish.
  8. We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder ‘censorship,’ we call it ‘concern for commercial viability.
  9. Art is an expression of joy and awe. It is not an attempt to share one's virtues and accomplishments with the audience, but an act of selfless spirit.
  10. A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.

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