William Goldman Quotes (65 Quotes)





    It's one of my biggest memories of my father reading. I had pneumonia, remember, but I was a little better now, and madly caught up in the book, and one thing you know when you're ten is that, no matter what, there's gonna be a happy ending. They can sweat all they want to scare you, the authors, but back of it all you know, you just have no doubt, that in the long run justice is going to win out.

    The tears that kept Buttercup company the remainder of the day were not at all like those that had blinded her into the tree trunk. Those were noisy and hot; they pulsed. These were silent and steady and all they did was remind her that she wasn't good enough. She was seventeen, and every male she'd ever known had crumbled at her feet and it meant nothing. The one time it really mattered, she wasn't good enough.









    Life is pain, highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.








    Sonny, true love is the greatest thing, in the world -- except for a nice MLT -- mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe.

    Being a screenwriter is not enough for a full creative life.

    Fact Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is, no question, the most popular thing I've ever been connected with. When I die, if the Times gives me an obit, it's going to be because of Butch.

    What are we going to do about Billy That was the phrase that haunted me those first ten years. I pretended not to care, but secretly I was petrified. Everyone and everything was passing me by. I had no real friends, no single person who shared an equal interest in all games. I seemed busy, busy, busy, but I suppose, if pressed, I might have admitted that, for all my frenzy, I was very much alone.

    One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.

    Writing is finally about one thing going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.

    Never argue with your wife about hostility when she's a certified Freudian.

    Studio executives are intelligent, brutally overworked men and women who share one thing in common with baseball managers they wake up every morning of the world with the knowledge that sooner or later they're going to get fired.

    There is one crucial rule that must be followed in all creative meetings. Never speak first. At least at the start, your job is to shut up.

    As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless - and absolutely essential.


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