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  • But love is many things, none of them logical.
    (William Goldman)

  • But this is life on earth, you can't have everything.
    (William Goldman)

  • You can never trust what you read.
    (William Goldman)

  • Nobody knows anything.
    (William Goldman)

  • The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.
    (William Goldman)


  • 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.
    (William Goldman)

  • Being a screenwriter is not enough for a full creative life.
    (William Goldman)

  • 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.
    (William Goldman)

  • 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.
    (William Goldman)

  • One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.
    (William Goldman)

  • 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.
    (William Goldman)

  • Never argue with your wife about hostility when she's a certified Freudian.
    (William Goldman)

  • 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.
    (William Goldman)

  • 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.
    (William Goldman)

  • As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless - and absolutely essential.
    (William Goldman)


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