David Mamet

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David Mamet

David Mamet

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.More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The popularity of disaster movies expresses a collective perception of a world threatened by irresistible and unforeseen forces which nevertheless are thwarted at the last moment. Their thinly veiled symbolic meaning might be translated thus: We are innocent of wrongdoing. We are attacked by unforeseeable forces come to harm us. We are, thus, innocent even of negligence. Though those forces are insuperable, chance will come to our aid and we shall emerge victorious.More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We Americans have always considered Hollywood, at best, a sinkhole of depraved venality. And, of course, it is. It is not a Protective Monastery of Aesthetic Truth. It is a place where everything is incredibly expensive.More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The proclamation and repetition of first principles is a constant feature of life in our democracy. Active adherence to these principles, however, has always been considered un-American. We recipients of the boon of liberty have always been ready, when faced with discomfort, to discard any and all first principles of liberty, and, further, to indict those who do not freely join with us in happily arrogating those principles.More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A dramatic experience concerned with the mundane may inform but it cannot release; and one concerned essentially with the aesthetic politics of its creators may divert or anger, but it cannot enlighten.More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The Oscars demonstrate the will of the people to control and judge those they have elected to stand above them (much, perhaps, as in bygone days, an election celebrated the same).More David Mamet [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:21]
Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:26]
I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:52]
I hate vacations. There's nothing to do.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:57]
In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:04]
It's only words... unless they're true.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:15]
The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:47]
We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.More David Mamet [07/21/2011 09:07:53]
Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In practice we, in the world, must do business with each other.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I understand that computers, which I once believed to be but a hermaphrodite typewriter-cum-filing cabinet, offer the cyber literate increased ability to communicate. I do not think this is altogether a bad thing, however it may appear on the surface.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
You know, young actors say all the time, 'Should I use my own life experience?' And my response is, 'What choice do you have?'More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In my family, in the days prior to television, we liked to while away the evenings by making ourselves miserable, solely based on our ability to speak the language viciously.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
One person may need (or want) more leisure, another more work one more adventure, another more security, and so on. It is this diversity that makes a country, indeed a state, a city, a church, or a family, healthy. 'One-size-fits-all,' and that size determined by the State has a name, and that name is 'slavery.'More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
My greatest fear is that the audience will beat me to the punch line.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
When the three branches of government have failed to represent the citizenry and the mass of the media has failed to represent the citizenry, then the citizenry better represent the citizenry.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs.More David Mamet [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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