Here’s a quick list of quotes that speaks to me right now….
“Changing how we see images is clearly one way to change the world……critically intervene in a way that challenges and changes.” – bell hooks
“I didn’t start making films until I was 34. But that wasted youth was probably the most valuable asset for what I’m doing now. You see the world, you end up in jail three or four times, you accumulate experience. And it gives you something to say. If you don’t have anything to say then you shouldn’t be making films. It’s nothing to do with what lens you’re using.” - Christopher Doyle
“A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection — not an invitation for hypnosis.” - Umberto Eco
“All I’ve ever wanted to do is take stills of people, or take documentaries about people, and try to express to an audience how somebody lives next door. You know what I mean? Just how similar we all are as individuals.” – Roger Deakins
“A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.”- Orson Wells
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel”- Socrates
“The first draft of anything is shit.”- Ernest Hemingway
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”” - Jim Jarmusch
“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” – Robert Bresson
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” – Confucious
If you have any more good ones please add them in the comments below…..