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Top 200 David Mamet Quotes (2023 Update)

David Mamet Quote: “Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee’s for closers only.”
David Mamet Quote: “Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.”
David Mamet Quote: “Every fear hides a wish.”
David Mamet Quote: “Worry is interest paid in advance on a debt that never comes due...”
David Mamet Quote: “Always be closing.”
David Mamet Quote: “We all hope. It’s what keeps us alive.”
David Mamet Quote: “We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
David Mamet Quote: “Always tell the truth – it’s the easiest thing to remember.”
David Mamet Quote: “Everybody makes their own fun. If you don’t make it yourself, it isn’t fun. It’s entertainment.”
David Mamet Quote: “Get into the scene late; get out of the scene early.”
David Mamet Quote: “Everyone needs money. That’s why they call it money.”
David Mamet Quote: “Do not internalize the industrial model. You are not one of the myriad interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better.”
David Mamet Quote: “What I value most in my friends is loyalty.”
David Mamet Quote: “The subject of drama is The Lie. At the end of the drama THE TRUTH – which has been overlooked, disregarded, scorned, and denied – prevails. And that is how we know the Drama is done.”
David Mamet Quote: “People ask me, ‘What do you do?’ And I tell them I’m a writer, but always with the silent reservation, ‘I am, of course, not really a writer. Hemingway was a writer.’”
David Mamet Quote: “As you all know first prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”
David Mamet Quote: “Opportunity may knock, but it seldom nags.”
David Mamet Quote: “There is no such thing as character other than the habitual action, as Mr. Aristotle told us two thousand years ago.”
David Mamet Quote: “A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.”
David Mamet Quote: “They say you can’t study Kabbalah until you are at least 40 years old. You know why? You have to have experienced at least one generation making the same mistakes as the previous one.”
David Mamet Quote: “The dream and the film are the juxtaposition of images in order to answer a question.”
David Mamet Quote: “Let the cut tell the story. Otherwise you have not got dramatic action, you’ve got narration.”
David Mamet Quote: “It’s not a lie. It’s a gift for fiction.”
David Mamet Quote: “Our job, as writers is to do our jobs.”
David Mamet Quote: “Welcome to Chicago. This town stinks like a whorehouse at low tide.”
David Mamet Quote: “When the three branches of government have failed to represent the citizenry and the mass of the media has failed to represent the citizenry, then the citizenry better represent the citizenry.”
David Mamet Quote: “Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.”
David Mamet Quote: “Anyone ever lost in the wild knows that nature wants you dead.”
David Mamet Quote: “They say the definition of ambivalence is watching your mother-in-law drive over a cliff in your new Cadillac.”
David Mamet Quote: “You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. It’s the Chicago way and that’s how you get Capone.”
David Mamet Quote: “We all die in the end, but there’s no reason to die in the middle.”
David Mamet Quote: “Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.”
David Mamet Quote: “The avant-garde is to the left what jingoism is to the right. Both are a refuge in nonsense.”
David Mamet Quote: “The purpose of technique is to free the unconscious. If you follow the rules ploddingly, they will allow your unconscious to be free.”
David Mamet Quote: “I hate vacations. There’s nothing to do.”
David Mamet Quote: “The study of acting consists in the main of getting out of one’s own way, and in learning to deal with uncertainty and being comfortable being uncomfortable.”
David Mamet Quote: “Forget narrative, backstory, characterisation, exposition, all of that. Just make the audience want to know what happens next.”
David Mamet Quote: “The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always, ‘What does the protagonist want?’ That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants.”
David Mamet Quote: “It’s upsetting to be a man in our society.”
David Mamet Quote: “War is tragedy. The great war stories are tragedies. It’s the failure of diplomacy. ‘War and Peace,’ ‘A Farewell to Arms,’ ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ Those are some of the greatest tragedies.”
David Mamet Quote: “All of us. All of us. We’re doomed.”
David Mamet Quote: “My dad was an immigrant kid and a Democrat and a Jew, and we didn’t know any Republicans in our group. So I grew up Democratic. My dad was a labor lawyer – a very hardworking guy, a one-horse labor lawyer – and then I went to hippie college and lived in the bubble.”
David Mamet Quote: “Every scene should be able to answer three questions: “Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?”
David Mamet Quote: “Before you can steal fire from the Gods you gotta be able to get coffee for the director.”
David Mamet Quote: “Art and mass entertainment and propaganda, they can all be plotted on the same graph, but there is a difference.”
David Mamet Quote: “There’s no such thing as talent; you just have to work hard enough.”
David Mamet Quote: “It is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs.”
David Mamet Quote: “Art is an expression of joy and awe. It is not an attempt to share one’s virtues and accomplishments with the audience, but an act of selfless spirit.”
David Mamet Quote: “No one enjoys being equal.”
David Mamet Quote: “Here is a sovereign talisman against regret: never do that which might engender it.”
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