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Robert McKee Quotes

Robert McKee Quote: “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”
Robert McKee Quote: “True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature.”
Robert McKee Quote: “All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Writing is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Do research. Feed your talent. Research not only wins the war on cliche, it’s the key to victory over fear and it’s cousin, depression.”
Robert McKee Quote: “To connect to people at the deepest level, you need stories.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Life is chaotic and meaningless, and you have to find your meaning. You must find the answer, you can’t just live. That’s the point of story: helping you find your meaning in life.”
Robert McKee Quote: “A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form.”
Robert McKee Quote: “To get the truth, you want to get your own heart to pound while you write.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Don’t be didactic – don’t write about poverty. Write about poor people. When you dramatize their lives and let life and characters be your inspiration, you will express the ‘idea’ dynamically and without preaching.”
Robert McKee Quote: “When you do enough research, the story almost writes itself. Lines of development spring loose and you’ll have choices galore.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Stories are how we remember; we tend to forget lists and bullet points.”
Robert McKee Quote: “When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Secure writers don’t sell first drafts. They patiently rewrite until the script is as director-ready, as actor-ready as possible. Unfinished work invites tampering, while polished, mature work seals its integrity.”
Robert McKee Quote: “We rarely know where we are going; writing is a discovery.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Ninety percent of what we create is not our best work.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Influence is just persuasion in slow motion.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Story is about eternal, universal forms, not formulas.”
Robert McKee Quote: “A culture cannot evolve without honest, powerful storytelling. When a society repeatedly experiences glossy, hollowed-out, pseudo-stories, it degenerates. We need true satires and tragedies, dramas and comedies that shine a clean light into the dingy corners of the human psyche and society.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Talent without craft is like fuel without an engine, it burns wildly but accomplishes nothing.”
Robert McKee Quote: “If you can’t play all the instruments in the orchestra of story, no matter what music may be in your imagination, you’re condemned to hum the same old tune.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Of all the reasons for wanting to write, the only one that nurtures us through time is love of the work itself.”
Robert McKee Quote: “In life two negatives don’t make a positive. Double negatives turn positive only in math and formal logic. In life things just get worse and worse and worse.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Stories are the currency of human relationships.”
Robert McKee Quote: “The mark of a master is to select only a few moments, but give us a lifetime.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Classical design is a mirror of the human mind. It’s how we see the world.”
Robert McKee Quote: “The dirty secret of art is you don’t have to show people your bad writing. That’s what we have the delete key for.”
Robert McKee Quote: “We often put off doing something for as long as possible, then as we finally make the decision and step into the action, we’re surprised by its relative ease. We’re left to wonder why we dreaded it until we realize that most of life’s actions are within our reach, but decisions take willpower.”
Robert McKee Quote: “No matter our talent, we all know in the midnight of our souls that 90 percent of what we do is less than our best.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Stories build cultures by answering the big questions.”
Robert McKee Quote: “The universal erosion of values has lead to the universal erosion of story.”
Robert McKee Quote: “What happens is fact, not truth. Truth is what we think about what happens.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Never sleep with anybody who has more problems than you do.”
Robert McKee Quote: “The material of literary talent is words; the material of story talent is life itself.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Leaders use story to author the future.”
Robert McKee Quote: “There is no screenplay-writing recipe that guarantees your cake will rise.”
Robert McKee Quote: “God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”
Robert McKee Quote: “No civilization, including Plato’s, has ever been destroyed because its citizens learned too much.”
Robert McKee Quote: “In a world of lies and liars, an honest work of art is always an act of social responsibility.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Boredom is the inner conflict we suffer when we lose desire, when we lack a lacking.”
Robert McKee Quote: “The weakest possible excuse to include anything in a story is: “But it actually happened.” Everything happens; everything imaginable happens. Indeed, the unimaginable happens. But story is not life in actuality. Mere occurrence brings us nowhere near the truth. What happens is fact, not truth. Truth is what we think about what happens.”
Robert McKee Quote: “In comedy laughter settles all arguments.”
Robert McKee Quote: “It seems to me that the civilized human being is a skeptic someone who believes nothing at face value.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Politics is the name we give to the orchestration of power in any society.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Oh, by the way, I tend to use a lot of profanities. I do that for a reason: I like it.”
Robert McKee Quote: “Story is metaphor for life and life is lived in time.”
Robert McKee Quote: “The Business story is designed to trigger the listener to take an effective action. If it doesn’t, the story fails.”
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