Stanley Kubrick Quotes

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Stanley Kubrick Quotes

Man isnt a noble savage, hes an ignoble savage. He is irrational, brutal, weak, silly, unable to be objective about anything where his own interests are involved-that about sums it up. Im interested in the brutal and violent nature of man because its a true picture of him. And any attempt to create social institutions on a false view of the nature of man is probably doomed to failure.
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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.

— Stanley Kubrick

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.

— Stanley Kubrick

The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.

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I do not always know what I want, but I do know what I don't want.

— Stanley Kubrick

If chess has any relationship to film-making, it would be in the way it helps you develop patience and discipline in choosing between alternatives at a time when an impulsive decision seems very attractive.

— Stanley Kubrick

It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.

— Stanley Kubrick

Don't get obsessed with not liking a movie.

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Either you care, or you don't. There's no in-between. And if you care, then go all of the way.

— Stanley Kubrick

Be suspicious of people who have, or crave, power. Never, ever go near power. Don't become friends with anyone who has real power. It's dangerous.

— Stanley Kubrick

Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write 'War and Peace' in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling.

— Stanley Kubrick

Everything has already been done. every story has been told every scene has been shot. it's our job to do it one better.

— Stanley Kubrick

You're free to speculate as you wish about the philosophical and allegorical meaning of the film-and such speculation is one indication that it has succeeded in gripping the audience at a deep level-but I don't want to spell out a verbal road map for 2001 that every viewer will feel obligated to pursue or else fear he's missed the point.

— Stanley Kubrick

In any case, once you're dealing on a nonverbal level, ambiguity is unavoidable. But it's the ambiguity of all art, of a fine piece of music or a painting - you don't need written instructions by the composer or painter accompanying such works to 'explain' them. "Explaining" them contributes nothing but a superficial 'cultural' value which has no value except for critics and teachers who have to earn a living.

— Stanley Kubrick

No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to produce social good.

— Stanley Kubrick

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