Best Quotes by Stanley Kubrick (Top 10)

  1. I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.
  2. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
  3. The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
  4. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
  5. A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
  6. I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want.
  7. Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.
  8. If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
  9. If you really want to communicate something, even if it's just an emotion or an attitude, let alone an idea, the least effective and least enjoyable way is directly. It only goes in about an inch. But if you can get people to the point where they have to think a moment what it is you're getting at, and then discover it, the thrill of discovery goes right through the heart.
  10. If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.

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