"Directing has only increased my admiration and respect for what it is that actors do."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Eric Stoltz on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Eric Stoltz on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Eric Stoltz on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Eric Stoltz on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Eric Stoltz on Abraham Lincoln
"You know, you grow up with the image of John Travolta being super cool - 'Saturday Night Fever,' Brian De Palma, handsome young god... he, in reality, is a very silly man. And I mean that in a good way. He'll walk around the set talking in little weird voices, making people laugh."
"My parents moved to American Samoa when I was three or four years old. My dad was principal of a high school there. It was idyllic for a kid. I had a whole island for a backyard. I lived there until I was eight years old and we moved to Santa Barbara."
"I think violence, cynicism, brutality and fashion are the staples of our diet. I think in the grand history of story-telling, going back to people sitting around fires, the dark side of human nature has always been very important. Movies are part of that tradition."
"My perfect day is constantly changing. Right now, it would be to lie around in a hammock reading with a portable phone and a table of food next to it. I would spend all day there. And that's all that I can possibly come up with on the spur of the moment."
"My first film as an actor was 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High,' a glorious experience that spoiled me for future films."