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#1. I learned a long time ago from David Mamet to wipe your feet at the door, get it out on stage and then go about your life. - Author: Patti LuPone
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#2. It's only words... unless they're true. - Author: David Mamet
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#3. My greatest fear is that the audience will beat me to the punch line. - Author: David Mamet
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#4. Every scene should be able to answer three questions: Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don't get it? Why now? - Author: David Mamet
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#5. What I value most in my friends is loyalty. - Author: David Mamet
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#6. There is no such thing as character other than the habitual action, as Mr. Aristotle told us two thousand years ago. - Author: David Mamet
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#7. If You can't tell it to me in one sentence, they can't put it in TV Guide. - Author: David Mamet
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#8. Every fear hides a wish. - Author: David Mamet
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#9. No one enjoys being equal. - Author: David Mamet
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#10. I didn't knowingly meet a conservative until, to my shame, I was 60 years old and sat down and said, 'Wow, I don't understand what this guy's talking about, but he has a great civility about him. Perhaps I better investigate this thing.' - Author: David Mamet
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#11. FAUSTUS. To have fooled the philosopher.
MAGUS. One finds, in my profession, sir, the greater the intellect, the more ease in its misdirection.
FAUSTUS. One finds the same in mine. - Author: David Mamet
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#12. When we leave the play saying how spectacular the sets or costumes were, or how interesting the ideas, it means we had a bad time. - Author: David Mamet
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#13. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#14. You don't know what life is. You know nothing. - Author: David Mamet
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#15. People may or may not say what they mean ... but they always say something designed to get what they want. - Author: David Mamet
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#16. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#17. I'm not the guy to ask about politics. I'm a gag writer. - Author: David Mamet
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#18. My tendency as an actor was to correct people, was to say, 'What if we tried it this way, what about if we tried that way?' That's terrible habit for an actor, but that's a good habit for director. So I became a director. - Author: David Mamet
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#19. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#20. Film is a collaborative business: bend over. - Author: David Mamet
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#21. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#22. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#23. Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school. - Author: David Mamet
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#24. Always do things the least interesting way, the most blunt way, and you make a better movie. This is my experience. - Author: David Mamet
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#25. For it is written that just as it is forbidden to partake of the forbidden, it is forbidden not to partake of the permitted. - Author: David Mamet
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#26. My dad was an immigrant kid and a Democrat and a Jew, and we didn't know any Republicans in our group. So I grew up Democratic. My dad was a labor lawyer - a very hardworking guy, a one-horse labor lawyer - and then I went to hippie college and lived in the bubble. - Author: David Mamet
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#27. Where in the wide history of the world do we find art created by the excessively wealthy, powerful, or educated? - Author: David Mamet
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#28. You get rich through luck. You get rich through crime. You get rich through fulfilling the needs of another. You can be as greedy as you like. If you can't do one of those three things, you ain't going to get any money. - Author: David Mamet
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#29. I studied acting in NYU's graduate program, in which we covered everything from Ibsen and Chekov to August Wilson and David Mamet. - Author: Andre Holland
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#30. A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue. - Author: David Mamet
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#31. don't call your wife baby - Author: David Mamet
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#32. The leaf of the camomile, parboiled in water, conduces to calm. And yet I do not worship it. - Author: David Mamet
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#33. IF YOU PRETEND THE CHARACTERS CANT SPEAK, AND WRITE A SILENT MOVIE, YOU WILL BE WRITING GREAT DRAMA. - Author: David Mamet
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#34. Roll back the clock, and every possession of every great country started with a crime. - Author: David Mamet
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#35. "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. - Author: David Mamet
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#36. You want to get Capone? Here's how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. It's the Chicago way and that's how you get Capone. - Author: David Mamet
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#37. Some actors are brilliant in David Mamet, but they would crash and burn in my plays and visa-versa. You either have my music in your body, or you don't. - Author: John Patrick Shanley
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#38. I like Bach. I like Randy Newman. - Author: David Mamet
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#39. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#40. Any claim to actual identification as a drama must rest upon the construction of a plot independent of the assignment of affliction to the protagonist. - Author: David Mamet
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#41. They say you can't study Kabbalah until you are at least 40 years old. You know why? You have to have experienced at least one generation making the same mistakes as the previous one. - Author: David Mamet
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#42. If the scene bores you when you read it, rest assured it WILL bore the actors, and will then bore the audience, and we're all going to be back in the breadline. - Author: David Mamet
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#43. The work of the director is the work of constructing the shot list from the script. - Author: David Mamet
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#44. Let the cut tell the story. Otherwise you have not got dramatic action, you've got narration. - Author: David Mamet
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#45. This is what happens when your life is authored not by God, but by David Mamet. - Author: Jess Walter
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#46. Cultivate a love of skill. Learn theatrical skills. They will give you continual pleasure, self-confidence, and link you to fifty thousand years of the history of our profession. - Author: David Mamet
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#47. The true writer must write not the acceptable but the true. - Author: David Mamet
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#48. To find beauty in the sad, hope in the midst of loss, and dignity in failure is great poetic art. - Author: David Mamet
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#49. Movies were never an art form, they were entertainment. It just evolved into an art form from there, and it's still evolving in different ways. - Author: David Mamet
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#50. Today, as in ancient Rome, when all avenues of success have been traveled and all prizes won, the final prize is the delusion of godhead. - Author: David Mamet
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#51. It's called a confidence game. Why? Because you give me your confidence? No. Because I give you mine. - Author: David Mamet
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#52. The pain of losing is diverting. So is the thrill of winning. Winning, however, is lonelier, as those you've won money from are not likely to commiserate with you. Winning takes getting used to. - Author: David Mamet
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#53. For the record, if you're not a stage actor, climbing onto Broadway and tackling something like David Mamet is not an easy thing to do. - Author: Jeremy Piven
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#54. There's something in me that just wants to create dialogue. - Author: David Mamet
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#55. When I started out I was a failed actor. - Author: David Mamet
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#56. The images in a dream are vastly varied and magnificently interesting. - Author: David Mamet
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#57. Writing a novel is an incredibly free experience. One puts one's self in a narrative mode. You can go off in any direction - the past, the future, or go laterally, or include one's own beliefs. It's total freedom. - Author: David Mamet
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#58. David Mamet was great to work with. He was everything that I thought he would be as a director. He's incredibly articulate, an easy collaborator. Extraordinarily knowledgeable about film and writing. - Author: Chiwetel Ejiofor
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#59. The audience requires not information but drama. - Author: David Mamet
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#60. Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance. - Author: David Mamet
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#61. I don't really have a social life. - Author: David Mamet
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#62. Luck, if there is such a thing, is either going to favor everyone equally or going to exhibit a preference for the prepared. - Author: David Mamet
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#63. Being a writer in Hollywood is like going to Hitler's Eagle Nest with a great idea for a bar mitzvah. - Author: David Mamet
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#64. Characters on stage, like people in what we refer to as "real life," do not speak to reveal themselves. They do not speak to conceal themselves. They speak to get whatever it is that they want. It is the only reason they speak. - Author: David Mamet
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#65. A novel it's different. It's kind of exhilarating not to have to cut to the bone constantly. Oh, well I can go over here for a moment. I can say what I think the guy was thinking or what the day looked like or what the bird was doing. If you do that as a playwright, you're dead. - Author: David Mamet
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#66. The job of the artist, is to say, wait a second, everything that we have thought is wrong. Let's re-examine it. - Author: David Mamet
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#67. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#68. Hitchcock denigrated American films, saying they were all 'pictures of people talking' - as, indeed, most of them are. - Author: David Mamet
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#69. I don't think there's any information to be gotten from television. - Author: David Mamet
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#70. Marijuana, for example, won't help one determine the correct aspect ratio ... - Author: David Mamet
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#71. Anyone ever lost in the wild knows that nature wants you dead. - Author: David Mamet
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#72. Encounter: Doubt, Shame, Humiliation. It will finally be worth it. Acting is more about courage than anything else. - Author: David Mamet
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#73. You got an all-out prize fight, you wait 'til the fight's over, one guy's left standing and that's how you know who's won. - Author: David Mamet
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#74. I'm responding to the will of the people. - Author: David Mamet
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#75. The so-called assault weapons ban is a hoax. It is a political appeal to the ignorant. The guns it supposedly banned have been illegal for 78 years. Did the ban make them 'more' illegal? The ban addresses only the appearance of weapons, not their operation. - Author: David Mamet
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#76. All fears are one fear. Just the fear of death. And we accept it, then we are at peace. - Author: David Mamet
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#77. I tend to write a lot, which I think is the secret to being prolific. - Author: David Mamet
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#78. Blasphemy and prayer are one. Both assert the existence of a superior power. The first, however, with conviction. - Author: David Mamet
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#79. Always tell the truth - it's the easiest thing to remember. - Author: David Mamet
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#80. How was her crumbcake?
oh.. from the store ...
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#81. 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. - Author: David Mamet
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#82. Listen, here's the thing about an English degree - if you sat somebody down and asked them to make a list of the writers they admire over the last hundred years, see how many of them got a degree in English. - Author: David Mamet
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#83. The secret knowledge is there's nobody home but us chickens. The Constitution was written by a bunch of regular guys who tried to get together and thrash out a contract under which they could get together that would keep people together. - Author: David Mamet
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#84. The correct unit of study is not the play; it is the scene. - Author: David Mamet
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#85. People only speak to get something. - Author: David Mamet
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#86. When we fear things I think that we wish for them ... every fear hides a wish - Author: David Mamet
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#87. A stage play is basically a form of uber-schizophrenia. You split yourself into two minds - one being the protagonist and the other being the antagonist. The playwright also splits himself into two other minds: the mind of the writer and the mind of the audience. - Author: David Mamet
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#88. I'm doing this play right now, the new David Mamet play. It's called 'Race,' and it's very interesting how people really leave the theater filled with the desire to talk about the play and the issues and the characters, and how they're all navigating their personal views around race. - Author: Kerry Washington
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#89. I go out there. I'm out there every day. [Pause] There is nothing out there. - Author: David Mamet
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#90. Everybody makes their own fun. If you don't make it yourself, it isn't fun. It's entertainment. - Author: David Mamet
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#91. The theatre is traditionally where people go to hear the truth. - Author: David Mamet
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#92. The great movie can be as free of being a record of the progress of the protagonist as is a dream. - Author: David Mamet
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#93. I love the British. - Author: David Mamet
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#94. [David] Mamet is another hypocrite. His idea of Black man is a pimp who abuses women, [Edmond], yet his play Oleanna [1994] ends with a White professor slapping an uppity feminist, at least the version I saw at San Francisco's ACT. - Author: Ishmael Reed
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#95. We're all put to the test ... but it never comes in the form or at the point we would prefer, does it? - Author: David Mamet
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#96. Well, there are those who would say it's a form of aggression."
"What is?"
"A surprise. - Author: David Mamet
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#97. The terror and beauty of the dream come from the connection of previously unrelated mundanities of life. - Author: David Mamet
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#98. It's upsetting to be a man in our society. - Author: David Mamet
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#99. David Mamet's writing is pretty spectacular, obviously. I like the honesty of it; I like how funny it is and how sad it is. - Author: T. R. Knight
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#100. Culture exists and evolves to relegate to habit categories of interactions the constant conscious reference to which would make human interaction impossible. - Author: David Mamet
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