"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Eric Stoltz on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Eric Stoltz on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Eric Stoltz on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Eric Stoltz on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Eric Stoltz on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"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."
"I can relate to historical characters or imaginary ones. It doesn't matter if a story takes place in the future or in the present, as long as the story is compelling."