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The guy quote – Roald Dahl

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” (The Witches)

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

“Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

“The life of a writer is absolute hell compared to the life of a businessman. The writer has to force himself to work He has to make his own hours and if he doesn’t go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him…A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it”

“I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.” (Fantastic Mister Fox)

“Fiona has the same glacial beauty of an iceburg, but unlike the iceburg she has absolutely nothing below the surface.” (Matilda)

“You seemed so far away,” Miss Honey whispered, awestruck.
Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings,” Matilda said. “It was wonderful.” (Matilda)

“I was already beginning to realize that the only way to conduct oneself in a situation where bombs rained down and bullets whizzed past, was to accept the dangers and all the consequences as calmly as possible. Fretting and sweating about it all was not going to help.” (Going Solo)

And this one, which is beautiful:


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The Guy Quote – Alfred Hitchcock

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

Actors are cattle.

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.

I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.

In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.

Self-plagiarism is style.

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.

There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’


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The Guy Quote – Carl Sagan, the 4th dimension, and an apple

Clarity is one of the toughest things to learn and apply, yet some people are blessed with an extraordinary knack for helping others understand things.

Even if I already know the basics of what something is or how it might work, it’s always fascinating to see a real expert explain it in their own way. I always learn something more from it.

Take a few minutes to watch this video of the American astronomer Carl Sagan explaining the 4th dimension (and his little soap opera about the square from the second dimension going on a mind bending trip and seeing inside his friends).

Sagan sounds amazing. He wrote and spoke about the dangers of nuclear winter during the Reagan days, was UFO-sceptic, had legal wranglings with Apple, all sorts. Turns out he also used to teach a course on critical thinking, which would have been fascinating. Check his biog on Wikipedia too – he must have been a truly inspirational character.

Some things he said:

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.