"The very reasons sometimes that you make a film are the reasons for its failure."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Sydney Pollack on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Sydney Pollack on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Sydney Pollack on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Sydney Pollack on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Sydney Pollack on Steve Jobs
"I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way."
"I didn't grow up thinking of movies as film, or art, but as movies, something to do on a Saturday afternoon."
"I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business."
"Every single art form is involved in film, in a way."
"When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea."
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