David Mamet


David Mamet Quotes

  • ''Welcome to Chicago. This town stinks like a whorehouse at low tide.''
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, explanation of local police corruption to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) (1987).
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  • ''You want to get Capone? Here's how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. It's the Chicago way and that's how you get Capone.''
    David Mamet, U.S. screenwriter, and Brian DePalma. Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery), The Untouchables, advice to Elliot Ness (Kevin Costner) on how to stop Chicago's number one criminal, Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) (1987).
  • ''In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.''
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. "Notes for a Catalogue for Raymond Saunders," Writing in Restaurants (1986).
  • ''The Oscars demonstrate the will of the people to control and judge those they have elected to stand above them (much, perhaps, as in bygone days, an election celebrated the same).''
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. "Oscars," Writing in Restaurants (1986).
  • ''In a restaurant one is both observed and unobserved. Joy and sorrow can be displayed and observed "unwittingly," the writer scowling naively and the diners wondering, What the hell is he doing?''
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. "Some Thoughts on Writing in Restaurants," Writing in Restaurants (1986).
  • ''We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dreamlife.''
    David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. Writing in Restaurants, "A National Dream-Life," (1986).

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