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Bob Balaban Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bob Balaban.

Yes I try to do everything I can not to fail hideously.
- Bob Balaban

I've directed a fair amount of television series -
so I'm always trying to learn new things.
One episode was all hand-held and I'm trying to get
better at when you should do things and when you should
just shut up and watch what the people are saying.
- Bob Balaban

I'm from Chicago, my family started a chain of movie
theaters in Chicago that were around for 70 years and
then one of them became the head of Paramount and the
other was the head of production at MGM and we all came out of Chicago.
- Bob Balaban

And I think being a good director is being able to
be completely tyrannical and you?ve got to be an absolute
dictator while at the same time,
you have to listen and see everything because it can all change on a dime.
- Bob Balaban

 

My dad was born in Chicago in 1908...
his parents came from Russia.
They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little
tiny grocery store with eight or nine children -
in the backroom all together -
and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business.
- Bob Balaban

I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see -
you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing,
in a very special location.
- Bob Balaban

I'm from the Midwest, and I loved my family.
I had a very good time as a child, but I was also -
I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest,
that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things,
and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.
- Bob Balaban

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People so far have been very fond of the Robert Altman movie,
as I am, and when one things goes well it shines light
on your other projects and now I seem to have a number
of projects that are moving forward.
- Bob Balaban

I think some of the special effects in Close Encounters
hold up better than the new more expensive special
effects is because they were better actually.
- Bob Balaban

God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made
a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
- Bob Balaban

Maybe I was 7 - I probably am exaggerating a little -
and immediately was plunged into the fact that there
was an official place to put your fantasies.
Up until then I didn't know what I would do with them all.
It was very exciting for me, and I began very,
very early on.
- Bob Balaban

My dad was the baby.
When he was born they were already successful.
They sent him to business school - he probably would
have loved to have been a poet or a writer or something,
and he was very creative.
- Bob Balaban

I always think that a director who knows about the technical side,
but cares about the acting performances and casting as well,
is ahead of the game.
- Bob Balaban

I was born on Wellington Avenue and my family that
remains lives in the Lake Shore Drive area.
- Bob Balaban

I produced and directed a movie a couple years ago
that won some awards that Samuel Goldwyn released called 'The Last Good Time'.
I wrote, produced and directed it, but I wasn't in it.
- Bob Balaban

Oh, I was completely hooked on movies and plays and
theater from the time I was a day old -
I was very,
very early on in love with movies and I loved plays.
- Bob Balaban

I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully
who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and
a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often.
- Bob Balaban

But obviously as television began, it so undercut movies
that he was trying to think of a way to combine seeing these special things,
and the fact that people were just captivated by the magic box.
- Bob Balaban

I was very much in my room with my marionette stage,
you know, creating these incredibly boring things that
I felt were so fascinating,
and forcing my relatives to come, and charging money
for them to see my little productions.
- Bob Balaban

I loved being in Close Encounters, just to watch Steven
Spielberg working was exciting.
- Bob Balaban

My family was loving...
they were very supportive and very affectionate,
and basically I could do what I wanted,
and basically it wasn't anything dangerous,
thank God.
- Bob Balaban

If anyone would have been paying serious attention to my puppet shows,
I would have been sent to therapy very young.
- Bob Balaban

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As the evening beckons with the promise of tomorrow...
may your gratitude rise up and with strength answer, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

As you awaken,
may your dreams greet you by name,
and may you answer, "Yes!"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today, I say yes to forgiving.
I commit to being for-giving love
and for-giving compassion in all areas of my life.
- Sheri Rosenthal

I say "YES" to the opportunities life offers me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

Yes! it takes courage to act upon your dreams.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your informed, "no," to a particular service
allows another to offer their
gifted and unreserved, "yes."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

And yes, I loved.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Ideas, yes.
Inspiration, yes.
Creativity, yes.
Planning, yes.
Perseverance, yes.
More perseverance, yes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Oh yes, the past can hurt.
But, you can either run from it or, learn from it.
- the movie The Lion King

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful:
he makes saints out of sinners.
- Soren Kierkegaard

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

You can live the life you love -
even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles
in your path than you can handle,
you can always choose to be happy.
Yes, you are that powerful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I imagine that yes is the only living thing.
- e. e. cummings

Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say,
"Oh, if I have to, I'll skip my golf game
and watch my daughter play soccer," don't do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion
to make the free-will gift,
"I'd love to watch your game today, Sandy,"
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn't create happiness
for any of the parties involved.
An honest, "No" is preferable to a coerced "Yes."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch
a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

Yes, Mother.
I can see you are flawed.
You have not hidden it.
That is your greatest gift to me.
- Alice Walker

The Linux philosophy is 'Laugh in the face of danger'.
Oops.
Wrong One.
'Do it yourself'.
Yes, that's it.
- Linus Torvalds

Fear of the unknown is
the greatest fear of humankind,
and death the greatest unknown.
Acknowledging these doubts and the fears
is a powerful beginning.
It is liberating to say,
"Yes, I don't know, and yes, I am afraid."
Beyond that, the path to happiness
lies in living in the moment -
enjoying what you are doing today.
You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it,
as we are for war.
- John Andrew Holmes

My dad taught me true words you have to use in every relationship.
Yes, baby.
- Star Jones

Yes, disappointment over perceived unfairness,
injustice, promises not kept, tends to go hand in hand
with increasing prosperity.
Expectations are dashed.
What can I say!
- Mary Douglas

Yes, in fact, it's hard to believe this,
but it was almost 18 years ago when I first got the idea.
- Tim LaHaye

Yes, in my books I do edit myself to keep from becoming the Village Explainer.
- Thomas Perry

I hate violence, yes I do.
It's kind of a dilemma, huh?.
- Jackie Chan

I have a tendency to say yes to a script or no to a script.
Not yes based on a rewrite.
- William H. Macy

The problem with Bush is that yes, he's religious in
a fundamentalist sort of way,
they read the Old Testament as a sort of charter for
the chosen people to do what they like.
- Bruce Kent

Yes, I'm afraid the life over here is very different from N.Z.
but oh boy it's a grand life.
- Jack Lovelock

That's my curse, I see the politics within these things
and so I don't say yes to them.
- Alex Cox

Honestly, I've been very blessed.
Yes, I am cursed with this gift.
- Wilmer Valderrama

A nuclear weapon of some dimension, whether it's actually a nuclear weapon,
or a dirty bomb, or some kind of radiological device.
Yes, I think it's probably a near thing.
- Michael Scheuer

Yes, anally retentive men are my forte!
- Geoffrey Rush

So if diva means giving your best, then yes,
I guess I am a diva.
- Patti LaBelle

Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are trying to
do everything so that there will not be war on Earth.
This is what every Soviet man wants.
- Yuri Andropov

I certainly have some very strong libertarian leanings,
yes.
- Clarence Thomas

Yes, politics IS war without bloodshed;
and war is an extension of those politics.
- H. Rap Brown

It was just this crazy craziness, and the fact that it was shot in Paris,
and it had these incredible people in it.
It was an easy thing to say yes to.
- Dianne Wiest

The depths of the Depression.
You didn't ask what the job was, what the pay was,
you didn't ask about stock options, or -
you said yes.
- Art Linkletter


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