Stanley Kubrick

(1928_1999 / Manhattan, New York City, New York)

Stanley Kubrick Quotes

  • ''How'd you like some ice cream, Doc?''
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Dick Halloran (Scatman Crothers), The Shining, sending this message telepathically to a clairvoyant boy in the room (1980). This scene establishes that the two characters have psychic powers.
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  • ''There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die.''
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. General Broulard (Adolph Menjou), Paths of Glory, after three men have been executed (1957).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''It's a mistake to confuse pity with love.''
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Gloria Price (Irene Kane), Killer's Kiss, to the man she barely knows who says he loves her (1955).
  • ''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).
  • ''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."
  • ''I don't suppose you have any idea what the damn thing is?''
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester), 2001: A Space Odyssey, discussing the obelisk found on Jupiter (1968). Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel."
  • ''See, it's okay. He saw it on the television.''
    Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), The Shining, after describing a violent murder in front of his son and the mother is concerned (1980).

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