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John Milius Quotes

A lot of directors don't know what they want to do. Every director I've seen that was a good director that I've admired knew exactly what he wanted to do. They didn't sit there and think about it.

A lot of people thought of me as a threat to Western civilization.

Also, they don't understand - writing is language. The use of language. The language to create image, the language to create drama. It requires a skill of learning how to use language.

Egotism is not a good quality. It's not something to be admired or even tolerated. It wouldn't be tolerated in a field commander and it shouldn't be tolerated in a movie director.

Everybody's a filmmaker today.

Films are always pretentious. There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.

I also thought of myself as the Sonny Barger of the film industry.

I became a loner. I became a mountain man. A lot of those things are very good qualities and they help you do your work, help you be singular and keep the artistic integrity of your work intact, but they don't make it very easy to live your life.

I felt that the Star Wars series became very pretentious as time went on. Just heavy and leaden.

I find that screenwriting is at best kind of a hackwork in some ways.

I hardly said a word to my wife until I said 'yes' to divorce.

I mean, the old film critics just excoriated me.

I suppose when I started out I would have liked to have been the darling of critics or something, but everybody wants to be loved and admired.

I think Francis at half form is better than anybody else by 50%, you know? I think it's just that he has never... he has a late pick of the things that are ambitious enough for him.

I've always been able to survive by writing, though.

I've always had trouble with authority.

'm a general, I do something. I go out and fight wars and win them.

Matter of fact, the style that people use today, I invented in a way.

Most artists think they're frauds anyway.

Most of the good executives do pretty well. Because to be a good executive you have to be strong, and you have to have a simple attribute that people have forgotten about - courage.