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Neil Jordan Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Neil Jordan.

I took two years away from making films to write a novel.
- Neil Jordan

Films have gotten leaner and leaner,
cutting out all variations from the story line.
- Neil Jordan

For me, the filmmaking has to be about the dramaturgy.
- Neil Jordan

It's the same thing in a way, although writing a book
is a very solitary thing.
- Neil Jordan

 

I can't do a film if I don't start with the writing.
- Neil Jordan

Well, Company of Wolves was about that literally,
about fairy tales.
- Neil Jordan

I'm less comfortable making American movies because
I don't know them so well.
- Neil Jordan

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Never make a promise - you may have to keep it.
- Neil Jordan

I do enjoy working with writers.
- Neil Jordan

The End of the Affair is almost like a play.
- Neil Jordan

It's nice to work with Hollywood because there is never
any question of resources put at your disposal to make
a film as long as it is the right thing to do.
- Neil Jordan

It's hard to know whether certain characters come to life or not,
they either come to have their own life or they don't.
I've written many things in which the characters just remain inert.
- Neil Jordan

I've also worked hard portraying an Ireland which is fast disappearing.
Ireland was a very depressed and difficult place in the 1980s,
and I've tried to include that in the script.
I worked really hard to find the heart of the book.
- Neil Jordan

Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling
and in stories that are about storytelling.
- Neil Jordan

Well, if you're talking about the current climate,
there's a lack of content in American film because
I think people are deeply confused about their emotions,
and they don't regret certain aspects of their own foreign policy.
- Neil Jordan

I mean I grew up in Ireland, so one would have to be
consciously blinkered not to have reflected on the
issue of political violence because that was the story
since I was 19 years old or 20.
- Neil Jordan

But everyone gets burnt, don't they? Certain things
are outside of your control.
I suppose the only thing you can learn as a director
is to not put yourself into situations where it can
get outside of your control.
And that's what happened.
- Neil Jordan

In Dreams...
well, I was slightly overcompensating with that.
I was a bit like a director for hire,
so maybe I was putting too much imagery that was familiar to me into it.
- Neil Jordan

There's no point in making a film out of a great book.
The book's already great.
What's the point?
- Neil Jordan

When you've written a movie, you then get together
with a whole lot of people and make it.
In many ways, I think it is far nicer to be with people
rather than being completely solitary.
- Neil Jordan

I've had three novels published, and I was working
a little bit in theater in Ireland.
I wrote one film script just to see what it would turn out like.
- Neil Jordan

For me now, it's about what you would write and what you wouldn't write,
and that's how I select what I am going to do.
It can be quite nice being brought a concept by a studio for me to work on.
- Neil Jordan

The Company of Wolves doesn't belong in any category,
so it's difficult to prepare an audience for it.
It's not a horror film, it's not a fantasy film,
it's not a children's film - so what is it?
- Neil Jordan

It is extremely difficult to get movies that cost more
than $40 million to be made these days.
- Neil Jordan

Why should a horror film be just a horror film? To me,
The Company of Wolves is a fairy tale;
it's got all those elements plus a lot more.
And we know that fairy tales aren't innocent any more.
- Neil Jordan

Initially with The Butcher Boy, there was this kid
growing up in this strange,
weird environment that I remember from when I was a kid.
And Patrick's vision was so complete there.
- Neil Jordan

The most difficult thing is the organization of people
and the expression of your intentions.
It's very easy to have a picture in your head and to
imagine that you've told everybody about what you need.
- Neil Jordan

No, I just thought of a story and wrote down what I saw.
It was about two kids in Ireland who went around killing people.
It was called Travelers, and it was made as an independent film.
- Neil Jordan

The Company of Wolves is about how society teaches
young women to look at themselves,
and what to be afraid of.
It's about a girl learning that the world of sensuality
and the unknown is not to be feared,
that it's worth getting your teeth into.
- Neil Jordan

It's the opposite journey from what I've usually done with films.
I find it very easy to go from, say,
a lit,
pleasurable environment, like what you see outside there,
to a very dark place.
But the opposite journey, which is what this movie takes,
is much more complicated.
- Neil Jordan

My conception of it was that in a normal film you have
a story with different movements that program,
develop, go a little bit off the trunk,
come back, and end.
- Neil Jordan

And I think I often choose to do something because
it's quite different from what I've done before.
- Neil Jordan

The highest result of education is tolerance.
Long ago men fought and died for their faith;
but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, -
the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren
and their rights of conscience.
- Helen Keller

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I washed a sock.
Then I put it in the dryer.
When I took it out, it was gone.
- Rod Schmidt

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

When I took office, only high energy physicists
had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web...
Now even my cat has its own page.
- William J. Clinton

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

I took some time out for life.
- James L. Brooks

Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
when he fell into the hands of robbers.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him
and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road,
and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite [religious leader],
when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan [Samaritans and Jews generally disliked
and were suspicious of each other] came where the man was;
and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds ... and ...
took him to an inn and took care of him. ...
Jesus [said] "Go and do likewise."
- Luke 10:25-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ...
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

Just got back from a pleasure trip: I took my mother-in-law to the airport.
- Henny Youngman

Pythagoras took the next important step by subordinating
the mere matter of nature to its essential principle of form and order,
identifying the latter with reason or the soul.
- James M. Baldwin

I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer.
In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.
- Len Wein

So I took it as a very positive sign that the club
came to me rather than the other way round.
- Dennis Bergkamp

Traveling to swimming meets took me beyond my small-town existence,
gave me a hint of the exciting world outside of my own home.
- Esther Williams

Our children were mostly brought up and educated in
the Churchill suburb east of Pittsburgh.
Each summer, we took them back to England for an extended period.
- John Pople

When you grow up on camera and in the public eye,
you feel you have to put forth this image.
I just took that to the extreme and there was a lot of pressure on me.
- Shannon Miller

From where we lived, to practise in St Louis was an
hour-and-a-half drive each way,
so that took a lot of the time.
So really, our lives just took different paths.
- Jimmy Connors

I've always just worked and tried to do as good a job
as possible so that the people who are watching me took notice.
That's what's helped me be successful today.
- Maria Bartiromo

To me, Sabbath was always JUSt a really heavy blues band.
That s all we were.
We just took those blues roots and made them heavier.
- Geezer Butler

I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot.
She took my breath away.
That had never happened to me in my life.
- Portia de Rossi

I took pleasure when I could.
I acted clearly and morally and without regret.
I'm very lucky.
- Jeanne Calment

My body grew hot, then cold.
I tried to eat the bed sheets.
My heart beat madly.
Every joint in my body ached.
When I took the cure they took it all away from me.
- Bela Lugosi

Then I thought I was going to be a photographer.
I tried a hand at darkroom technician.
I played in a band.
It took me quite some time to discover that I wanted to write.
- Guy Johnson

I took a lot of time off after Mobsters and although
I did something I had never done before,
which was to direct a play, The Laughter Epidemic,
it felt like a vacation.
- Christian Slater

I took Laura on a trip once where we followed the Immigrant
Trail for about six hundred miles.
She really learned a lesson.
People forget too often how it was back then.
- Bruce Dern

I think I ran so hard and so fast, in a lot of ways,
from my life and I kind of took a fall.
It was like - what do they call it? -
post-traumatic stress syndrome.
- Rose McGowan

I loved Alien, and I loved Carrie, and I loved The Exorcist -
those were big movies for me.
They were just brilliantly done, and unusual,
and they all took horror to some new place.
- Lawrence Kasdan

Warren Beatty took an interest in my career at one point.
- Courtney Love

The China game was the best because it took the effort
of everyone on the team to survive 120 minutes.
- Lorrie Fair

I never took any vocal training.
- Marvin Hamlisch

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart.
I am.
I am.
I am.
- Sylvia Plath

I took Bobby Kennedy through the delta and he cried like a baby.
- Charles Evers

It took them a while to catch on that Batman would be the greatest.
- Bob Kane

So evidently music was a killer app and is a killer
app for computer and the Internet;
it just took the tech industry a long time to hear that message.
- Thomas Dolby

I looked for a very long time, knowing that it had to happen,
but it took me a long time to find someone with the
same background and whatnot and I finally found him.
- Alton Brown

Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely
shaped flames of the fire,
the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place.
- Paul de Man

I must confess I took a couple or three jobs just for the money.
- Jessica Walter


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