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1. "Directing is physically exciting because there's a ticking clock, you're working with people, it's very social, it's very enjoyable."
Author: Alan Ball
2. "Those who use the word 'anarchy' to mean disorder or misrule, are not in correct. If they regard government as necessary, if they think that we could not live without Whitehall or the White House directing our affairs, if they think politicians are essential to our well-being and that we could not behave socially without policemen, they are right in assuming that anarchy means the opposite to what government guarantees. But those who take the reverse opinion, and consider government to be tyranny, are right too in considering anarchy, no government, to be liberty. If government is the maintenance of privilege and exploitation--and inefficiency of distribution its tool then only anarchy is order."
Author: Albert Meltzer
3. "So I wanted to explore all points of view of that, not just the girl's but his point of view as well. Only by directing it could I explore all the points of view."
Author: Andrew McCarthy
4. "I drank in the scene around me. Some people were directing traffic, some were throwing buckets full of water on the flames (the whole bucket too, not just the contents), some were snapping photos and one guy, I recognized as a regular of the Black Opal, Scully, was clutching a stool and crying.It was like the bleacher seats at a Cubs game when the beer gets cut off..."
Author: Barbra Annino
5. "I don't rehearse films as much as opera or theatre. When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea. Experience showed me that the best performance was often left in a rehearsal room."
Author: Bruce Beresford
6. "Hugh Wilson made it so real and he took us and it was almost when he was directing it, the way he would do it was funnier than the way we did it. And I just developed a regard for him that was unbelievable."
Author: Bubba Smith
7. "I don't like directing a lot of people. So trying to keep things really simple and elegant is my preferred way of working."
Author: Carrie Mae Weems
8. "When you're directing something, you absolutely have to be involved in all layers of the process."
Author: Cate Blanchett
9. "Acting, producing, writing, directing - it's all part of something that I believe I was born to be part of."
Author: Crystal Lowe
10. "I've moved into directing as well as acting, and it has taught me never to take casting personally."
Author: David Morrissey
11. "Leaders who get team members to solve their own problems are making a sound investment that will pay off with many benefits: their team members will become less dependent on them, more -self-¬directing, more ¬self-¬sufficient, and more capable of solving problems on their own."
Author: Dr. Thomas Gordon
12. "'Evita' obviously would always be very special to me because it was the first major musical that I did on stage and created in the U.K. with Hal Prince directing."
Author: Elaine Paige
13. "I value my ownindependence so highly that I can fancy no degradation greater than thatof having another man perpetually directing and advising and lecturingme, or even planning too closely in any way about my actions. He mightbe the wisest of men, or the most powerful--I should equally rebel andresent his interference..."
Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
14. "I'll be directing some more 'Private Practice' episodes when we wrap 'Caprica.'"
Author: Eric Stoltz
15. "Claudette Colbert was not Hollywood's greatest beauty, but her trim little figure, round, kitten-like face, and obviously intelligent good humor made her a bit of a sex symbol, much to her own surprise. By 1934 she'd adopted the hairstyle she kept for life: a short, auburn bob with a fringe of bangs. Although a partygoer and social animal, Claudette was also known as a tough-as-nails professional, overseeing her lighting and camera angles. Her right profile was known as "the dark side of the moon," and scenes had to be staged so as not to show it. She was also self-conscious about her short neck—directing her in a 1956 TV show, Noël Coward reportedly snapped, "If only Claudette Colbert had a neck, I'd wring it!" "When it comes to details, I'm a horror," she admitted cheerfully, though downplaying the profile story. "Why not have your good side showing?"
Author: Eve Golden
16. "Adults discourage children from asking philosophical questions, first by being patronizing to them and then by directing their inquiring minds towards more "useful" questions. Most adults aren't themselves interested in philosophical questions. They may be threatened by some of them. Moreover, it doesn't occur to most adults that there are questions that a child can ask that they can't provide a definitive answer to and that aren't answered in a standard dictionary or encyclopedia either."
Author: Gareth B. Matthews
17. "I know that John Adams has had a very hard time directing French ensembles."
Author: Gavin Bryars
18. "If a woman can by careful selection of a father, and nourishment of herself produce a citizen with efficient senses, sound organs and a good digestion, she should clearly be secured a sufficient reward for that natural service to make her willing to undertake and repeat it. Whether she be financed in the undertaking by herself, or by the father, of by a speculative capitalist, or by a new department of , say, the Royal Dublin Society, or (as at present) by the War Office maintaining her ‘on the strength' and authority under a by-law directing that women may under certain circumstances have a year's leave of absence on full salary, or by the central government, does not matter provided the results be satisfactory."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
19. "So if I keep making mistakes on Broadway or tape or film, producing, directing or acting, I can go along and do it - so long as I'm not investing too much capital in these things."
Author: Jackie Cooper
20. "Directing, editing, and everything about filmmaking has definitely changed me as an actor."
Author: James Franco
21. "But I didn't know much about directing a movie."
Author: Jason Alexander
22. "I do love directing. It's probably my favorite thing that I do."
Author: Jeff Garlin
23. "It's such a strange combination that I'd be unhappy to make anything like that without Landis directing."
Author: Jenny Agutter
24. "Our right brain perceives the big picture and recognizes that everything around us, about us, among us and within us is made up of energy particles that are woven together into a universal tapestry. Since everything is connected, there is an intimate relationship between the atomic space around and within me, and the atomic space around and within you - regardless of where we are. On an energetic level, if I think about you, send good vibrations your way, hold you in the light, or pray for you, then I am consciously sending my energy to you with a healing intention. If I meditate over you or lay my hands upon your wound, then I am purposely directing the energy of my being to help you heal."
Author: Jill Bolte Taylor
25. "I act here and there but you have to commit so far out in advance when you're directing that you - I'm kind of booked six months out, so it's hard."
Author: Joanna Kerns
26. "I used to dream about presenting a comedy show and also about directing films."
Author: Joe Cornish
27. "Fundamentally, whether directing in the theatre or a film, you have to be a good storyteller, regardless of the form. The thing I had to work hardest at was thinking in shots."
Author: John Crowley
28. "Casting is 65 percent of directing."
Author: John Frankenheimer
29. "Being a doctor has taught me a lot about directing. You're doing the same thing: You're reconstructing the manifold of behavior to the point where an audience says, yes, that's exactly like people I know."
Author: Jonathan Miller
30. "The holy spirit means the invisible power of Jehovah, holy because he is holy. This power of Jehovah operated upon the minds of honest men who loved and who were devoted to righteousness, directing them in the writing of the Bible."
Author: Joseph Franklin Rutherford
31. "I suppose that if I could have quit, I would have, because in those days I never wanted to be an actress, the acting was something to do while I waited for a chance to study writing and directing. But I guess I was just meant to be an actress. Because, here I am."
Author: Judy Holliday
32. "Choreography is amazing. I'm still a dancer, yet I transitioned into choreography then as a Creative Director. All of these creative elements are brought out of being a dancer. Directing is something that comes out of understanding movement and choreography. Directing movement is directing a dance piece."
Author: Laurieann Gibson
33. "It's so funny, actors usually have a directing ambition. I've got no ambition for directing."
Author: Majandra Delfino
34. "Part of Washington keeping its promises is a focus on directing more dollars into our local classrooms."
Author: Mark Kennedy
35. "I studied directing prior to acting and I've done music videos and documentaries and things that were sort of well-received."
Author: Matthew Gray Gubler
36. "I had a philosophy, which may have been proven right, that directing isn't as hard as everyone says it is."
Author: Matthew Vaughn
37. "I keep saying this, but the most important part of directing is casting, and the rest of it is pretty easy."
Author: Max Winkler
38. "Fear is a matter of misplaced attention. Focus on redirecting it."
Author: Patricia Ryan Madson
39. "Through the wholesale destruction of the representatives of a class that from the beginning of history had been the directing and creative force in civilization, a process began which was almost mechanical."
Author: Ralph Adams Cram
40. "In an agricultural society, or during a time of exploration and settlement, or hunting and fathering--which is to say, most of mankind's history--energetic boys were particularly prized for their strength, speed, and agility. [...] As recently as the 1950s, most families still had some kind of agricultural connection. Many of these children, girls as well as boys, would have been directing their energy and physicality in constructive ways: doing farm chores, baling hay, splashing in the swimming hole, climbing trees, racing to the sandlot for a game of baseball. Their unregimented play would have been steeped in nature."
Author: Richard Louv
41. "The hardest part about directing is getting everyone on the same page."
Author: Rob Marshall
42. "Whether I'm acting, writing, or directing, I want to tell the truth about human beings, especially my folk."
Author: Ruben Santiago Hudson
43. "I never had any master plan about directing, and I don't really write."
Author: Steve Buscemi
44. "I've only had good experiences with actors. Starring next to them and directing them, for the most part they're all inspiring, special people."
Author: Steve Guttenberg
45. "I can't tell you if one day I'll be standing up there with an Oscar or directing, but I am going to be the best human being I possibly can."
Author: Terrence Howard
46. "Here were these two, bandying little phrases, drawing purses, looking at cards, and both unconscious of how inarticulate all their real feelings were. Neither was wise enough to be sure of the working of the mind of the other. He could not tell how his luring succeeded. She could not realized that she was drifting, until he secured her address. Now she felt that she had yielded something - he, that he had gained a victory. Already he took control in directing the conversation. His words were easy. Her manner was relaxed."
Author: Theodore Dreiser
47. "Directing is creating a whole. You're able to combine different elements and create a film that is unique and true to your vision."
Author: Tim Robbins
48. "I'm no Kenneth Branagh or Ben Stiller. I'm not that single-minded, 'I'm producing it, directing it, and starring in it' kind of person; that's not me."
Author: Tom Hollander
49. "Never did he once consider directing his hatred toward the hunters. Such an emotion would have destroyed him ... His subconscious knew what his min did not guess-that hating them would have consumed him, burned him up like a piece of soft coal, leaving only flakes of ash and a question mark of smoke."
Author: Toni Morrison
50. "I look for an interesting and often times, fresh character. Something different that what is done all the time or than I've done recently. I look at who is directing. Those two variables as well as a third, which is the content and the quality of the screenplay. I look at the arcs of the scenes and characters and relationships."
Author: William Baldwin

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