David Mamet Quotes

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David Mamet Quotes

"Based on a true story" is a come-on, the aesthetic equivalent of "no loan request refused." For, at best, the creator has fashioned a film based on his understanding of, interpretation of, and reduction of the report of an actual occurrence.
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It's only words ... unless they're true.

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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.

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Life in the movie business is like the beginning of a new love affair: it's full of surprises, and you're constantly getting fucked.

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Roll back the clock, and every possession of every great country started with a crime.

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Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember.

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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.'

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In Chicago, we love our crooks!

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We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.

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The product of the artist has become less important than the fact of the artist. We wish to absorb this person. We wish to devour someone who has experienced the tragic. In our society this person is much more important than anything he might create.

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I hate the computer. I hate their spell-check. I won't ever do e-mail.

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If, indeed, a firearm were more dangerous to its possessors than to potential aggressors, would it not make sense for the government to arm all criminals, and let them accidentally shoot themselves? Is this absurd? Yes, and yet the government, of course, is arming criminals.

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Show business is and has always been a depraved carnival.

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Blasphemy and prayer are one. Both assert the existence of a superior power. The first, however, with conviction.

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Fun is what you do for yourself. If somebody else does it, it's entertainment.

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