"We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment. How many people can boast as much?"
"It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass."
("The Optimist's Daughter")
"The only way to enjoy golf is to be a masochist. Go out and beat yourself to death."
"I don't want to change the thinking of the world. My purpose is to make people laugh."
"If we remade Singin' in the Rain today, when Gene Kelly sings in the rain, I think he'd be looking around to make sure he wasn't going to get mugged."
US director, choreographer
"I don't really trust a sane person."
US football player
"I'll walk through fire to do what I do because the movie business, when it's right, is the coolest art form ever invented."
("Beauty and the Beast")
"The decent docent doesn't doze;
He teaches standing on his toes.
His student dassn't doze and does,
And that's what teaching is and was."
("Odds Without Ends")
"Art is accusation, expression, passion. Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper."
("The Tin Drum")