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Quotations From STANLEY KUBRICK

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  • 1.
    The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. filmmaker. Guardian (London, June 5, 1963).
  • 2.
    The man you stabbed in the back is a soldier.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. General Mireau (George Macready), Paths of Glory, realizing he is to take all the blame for the execution of three innocent men (1957).

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  • 3.
    Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines things.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter, Peter George (1925-1966), U.S. screenwriter, and Terry Southern (1928-1995), U.S. screenwriter. General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, hearing about Soviet doomsday machine that will unleash deadly atomic radiation (1964). Adapted from Peter George's novel Red Alert, which he wrote under the pseudonym Peter Bryant.
  • 4.
    You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. General Broulard (Adolph Menjou), Paths of Glory, learning a subordinate has acted out of principle, rather than to earn a promotion (1957).
  • 5.
    He thinks I don't have enough respect for him. He's right.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Corporal Paris (Ralph Meeker), Paths of Glory, discussing a superior officer (1957).

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  • 6.
    I haven't had one sexual thought since the court martial.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Corporal Paris (Ralph Meeker), Paths of Glory, before being led to his execution (1957).
  • 7.
    The mission is too important to allow you to jeopardize it.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. HAL computer (voice of Douglas Rains), 2001: A Space Odyssey, explaining why he won't let the spaceship commander back on board (1968). Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel."
  • 8.
    Gentlemen! You can't fight in here! This is the war room!
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter, Peter George (1925-1966), U.S. screenwriter, and Terry Southern (1928-1995), U.S. screenwriter. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, breaking up a fight between an American general and the Soviet ambassador (1964). Adapted from Peter George's novel Red Alert, which he wrote under the pseudonym Peter Bryant.

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  • 9.
    When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Prison Chaplain (Godfrey Quigley), A Clockwork Orange, commenting on a rehabilitation process that programs criminals so they cannot behave violently (1971).
  • 10.
    I'm not afraid of dying tomorrow, only of being killed.
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Private Arnaud (Joe Turkel), Paths of Glory, the night before his unit goes into battle (1957).

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