Samuel Goldwyn

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Samuel Goldwyn (August 17, 1879, Warsaw, Poland – January 31, 1974, Los Angeles, California, United States) was a major producer of motion pictures.


  • Include me out.
  • Keep a stiff upper chin.
  • They stayed away in droves.
  • I'll give you a definite maybe.
  • That’s our strongest weak point.
  • A hospital is no place to be sick.
  • Flashbacks are a thing of the past.
  • The harder I work the luckier I get.
  • God makes stars. I just produce them.
  • Tell them to put more life into dying.
  • Our comedies are not to be laughed at.
  • What we need now is some new, fresh clichés.
  • If I look confused it’s because I’m thinking.
  • A bachelor’s life is no life for a single man.
  • When I want your opinion I will give it to you.
  • A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
  • Never make forecasts, especially about the future.
  • Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.
  • It’s absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.
  • Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
  • A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
  • Don’t worry about the war. It’s all over but the shooting.
  • Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn’t go see it.
  • Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.
  • If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.
  • [A movie] should start with an earthquake and build to a climax.
  • Don’t pay any attention to the critics — don’t even ignore them.
  • Why did you name him Sam? Every Tom, Dick and Harry is named Sam!
  • Put it out of your mind. In no time, it will be a forgotten memory.
  • Anyone who would go to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined!
  • I never put on a pair of shoes until I’ve worn them at least five years.
  • Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.
  • Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
  • If I were in this business only for the business, I wouldn’t be in this business.
  • I hate a man who always says yes to me. When I say no I like a man who also says no.
  • From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.
  • I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth – even though it costs him his job.
  • Why should people go out and pay to see bad movies when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing.

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