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Harold Ramis Quotes

A psychologist said to me, there are only two important questions you have to ask yourself. What do you really feel? And, what do you really want? If you can answer those two, you probably can leave your neuroses behind you.

Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it.

As much as we'd like to believe that our work is great and that we're infallible, we're not. Hollywood movies are made for the audience. These are not small European art films we're making.

Billy Crystal knows how to make people laugh. He's got 30 years on stage... there's no telling him what's funny.

First and foremost, you have to make the movie for yourself. And that's not to say, to hell with everyone else, but what else have you got to go on but your own taste and judgment?

How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.

I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work.

I believe things happen that can't be explained, but so many people seem intent on explaining them. Everyone has an answer for them. Either aliens or things from the spirit world.

I feel a big obligation to the audience, almost in a moral sense, to say something useful. If I'm going to spend a year of my life on these things, I want something that I feel that strongly about.

I had a lot of fun working with John Candy. We had a pretty good rapport.

I never read Playboy before I started working there and stopped reading it the day I quit.

I never work just to work. It's some combination of laziness and self-respect.

I used to be married to a woman who pursued every spiritual trend with tremendous passion and dragged me along. I don't believe in anything. I'd seen mediums and readers.

I'd like to think I'd never do a gratuitous fart joke.

I'm not a believer in the pratfall. I don't think it's funny just to have someone fall down.

I've been directing for 25 years almost, and I've only directed nine films in that time because I like to be careful.

If Chevy Chase had not been an actor, he might have been a very popular guy in advertising or whatever field he would have gone into, because of his charisma.

It's like the old rule-if you introduce a gun into the first act of a play, it's going to be used in the third act. So if you do a movie about criminals, you have to accept there's going to be Some action.

Multiplicity was a movie that tested really well. People seeing the movie really liked it, but then the studio couldn't market it. We opened on a weekend with nine other films.

My characters aren't losers. They're rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else's rules.