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45+ Stanley Kubrick Quotes That All Movie Buffs Should Read

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Stanley Kubrick is a renowned American director, cinematographer, producer, editor, screenwriter, and photographer born in 1928 in New York.

As a student, Kubrick's IQ was above average, but he had low attendance in school. He showed great interest in literature, photography, and films from a young age and learned various film-making aspects by himself.

Stanley Kubrick started as a photographer in 'Look' magazine and went on to make his first feature film, 'The Killing', in 1956, followed by 'Paths of Glory' (1957) and 'Spartacus' (1960), which brought him a good name in the film industry. In 1961, Kubrick moved to the United Kingdom, where he made legendary films like 'Lolitha' (1962) and 'Dr. Strangelove' or 'How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (1964).

In collaboration with the well-known author, Arthur C Clarke, Kubrick made the Academy Award-winning film for best visual effects '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968). 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), 'Barry Lyndon' (1975), 'The Shining' (1980), and 'Full Metal Jacket' (1987) are a few of Stanley Kubrick's well-known films. His last movie was 'Eyes Wide Shut' in 1999, completed shortly before his death at 70.

Dive into the world of film-making with these awesome Stanley Kubrick quotes. You may also enjoy our similar articles on Alfred Hitchcock quotes and 'The Shining' quotes.

Stanley Kubrick Quotes About Film

Stanley Kubrick was one of the most phenomenal filmmakers of all time. He is known for his distinctive style, attention to detail, and genre-defying films. Get motivated by these best Stanley Kubrick quotes on film-making.

1."A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what 's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later."

-Stanley Kubrick.

2."Bad films gave me the courage to try making a movie."

-Stanley Kubrick.

3."One man writes a novel. One man writes a symphony. It is essential that one man make a film."

-Stanley Kubrick.

4."Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all."

-Stanley Kubrick.

5."The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle."

-Stanley Kubrick.

6."If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed."

-Stanley Kubrick.

7."If you really want to communicate something, even if it's just an emotion or an attitude, let alone an idea, the least effective and least enjoyable way is directly."

-Stanley Kubrick.

8."A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper."

-Stanley Kubrick.

9."A film needs more than you can give it in a lifetime."

-Stanley Kubrick.

10."The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not in the think of it."

-Stanley Kubrick.

11."There's something in the human personality which resents things that are clear, and conversely, something which is attracted to puzzles, enigmas, and allegories."

-Stanley Kubrick.

12."Don't get obsessed with not liking a movie."

-Stanley Kubrick.

13."I would not think of quarreling with your interpretation nor offering any other, as I have found it always the best policy to allow the film to speak for itself."

-Stanley Kubrick.

14."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.

14."The best education in film is to make one."

-Stanley Kubrick.

Stanley Kubrick Movie Quotes

Best Stanley Kubrick quotes.

Being passionate about the art of film-making, Kubrick believed that films must have a progression of moods and feelings and preached that the theme behind the emotion comes later. Find below Stanley Kubrick quotes from some of his best movies.

15."When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man."

-'A Clockwork Orange', 1971.

16."Take a stress pill and think things over."

-'2001: A Space Odyssey', 1968.

17."All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

-'The Shining', 1990.

18."I didn't want murder. It's all gone wrong."

-'Killer's Kiss', 1955.

19."Nothing is as dangerous as a sure thing."

-Stanley Kubrick.

20."The dead know only one thing, it is better to be alive."

-'Full Metal Jacket', 1987.

21."Like the man said, can happiness buy money?"

-'Killer's Kiss', 1955.

22."You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot."

-'Paths of Glory', 1957.

23."Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the war room!"

-'Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb', 1964.

24."The man you stabbed in the back is a soldier."

-'Paths of Glory', 1957.

25."The mission is too important to allow you to jeopardize it."

-'2001: A Space Odyssey', 1968.

26."He thinks I don't have enough respect for him. He's right."

-'Paths of Glory', 1957.

27."You climb obstacles the way old people freak, you know that, Private Pyle?"

-'Full Metal Jacket', 1987.

28."Shoot, a fellow could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

-'Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb', 1964.

29."We had some ham and eggs and took our time saying goodbye to the bright lights."

-'Killer's Kiss', 1955.

30."I don't suppose you have any idea what the dang thing is?"

-'2001: A Space Odyssey', 1968.

31."Don't you think he fits my shoes very well, your ladyship?"

-Lord Bullingdon, 'Barry Lyndon', 1975.

Quotes About Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick quotes.

Just as he quoted, Stanley Kubrick's films are more like music than like fiction. The award-winning director's writings, dialogues, and words are often taken as quotes. Here are some of Stanley Kubrick's quotes from his interviews.

32."I'm just an old man and I smell bad, remember?"

-Stanley Kubrick.

33."My reputation has grown slowly."

-Stanley Kubrick.

34."I am alive and I am not afraid."

-Stanley Kubrick.

35."I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old."

-Stanley Kubrick.

36."Private Joker is silly and he's ignorant but he's got guts and guts is enough."

-Stanley Kubrick.

37."This was some time before I had ever touched a movie camera and it opened my eyes to cutting and montage."

-Stanley Kubrick.

38."I'm a slave to my imagination in terms of making narrative films."

-Stanley Kubrick.

39."Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines things."

-Stanley Kubrick.

40."I've got a peculiar weakness for criminals and artists. Neither takes life as it is. Any tragic story has to be in conflict with things as they are"

-Stanley Kubrick.

41."What do you take me for? A fourteen-karat sucker? "

-Stanley Kubrick.

42."However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."

-Stanley Kubrick.

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

-Stanley Kubrick.

44."It's a mistake to confuse pity with love."

-Stanley Kubrick.

45."If you can talk brilliantly about a problem."

-Stanley Kubrick.

46."The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning."

-Stanley Kubrick.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Stanley Kubrick quotes, then why not take a look at Steven Spielberg quotes, or '2001: A Space Odyssey' quotes.

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