The Best Steven Spielburg quotes

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Who is Steven Spielberg? He is one of the most successful filmmakers of all time, with hits such as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park. But his road to success was not always easy. This quotes compilation of Steven Spielberg explores his life and work, and offers advice for entrepreneurs who want to achieve great things.

Discover the best Making, Films, Director, Time, Movies, Science quotes from Steven Spielburg, and much more.


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About Steven Spielburg

birth of the author

December 18, 1946

college of the author

Alma Mater:
California State University, Long Beach

occupation of the author

Director, Producer, Screenwriter

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When I grow up, I still want to be a director. — Steven Spielberg


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I am a very impatient director. — Steven Spielberg

One of the gratuities about being a director is that you can volunteer yourself out of difficult details. — Steven Spielberg

And I may often question choices I make as a producer. But I’ve never questioned the choices I make as a director. — Steven Spielberg

Fathering is a major job, but I need both things in my life: my job to be a director, and my kids to direct me. — Steven Spielberg

The Color Purple’ is the kind of character piece that a director like Sidney Lumet could do brilliantly with one hand tied behind his back. — Steven Spielberg


I’m not really interested in making money. — Steven Spielberg

I was making a lot of 8mm home movies, since I was twelve, making little dramas and comedies with the neighborhood kids. — Steven Spielberg

I think producers are more interested in backing concepts than directors and writers. I don’t think that’s the right way of making a decision about whether you’re going to back a film or not. — Steven Spielberg

Tracking action without cutting is the least jarring method of placing the audience into a real–time experience where they are the ones making the subtle choices of where and when to look. — Steven Spielberg

I love to go to a regular movie theater, especially when the movie is a big crowd–pleaser. It’s much better watching a movie with 500 people making noise than with just a dozen. — Steven Spielberg

Making a movie and not directing the little moments is like drinking a soda and leaving the little slurp puddle for someone else. — Steven Spielberg

If Bush, as I believe, has reliable information on the fact that Saddam Hussein is making weapons of mass destruction, I cannot not support the policies of his government. — Steven Spielberg


If I weren’t a director, I would want to be a film composer. — Steven Spielberg

You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it! — Steven Spielberg

I like the smell of film. I just like knowing there’s film going through the camera. — Steven Spielberg

I thought film was more important than life itself for many years. But I was naive to the world until my first child was born in 1985. — Steven Spielberg

You know, I don’t really do that much looking inside me when I’m working on a project. Whatever I am becomes what that film is. But I change; you change. — Steven Spielberg

I have a choice–I can either watch all the dailies, or I can follow the social media. I can’t do both. — Steven Spielberg


I want to be the Cecil B. DeMille of science fiction. — Steven Spielberg

There is no such thing as science fiction, there is only science eventuality. — Steven Spielberg

Science fiction really is the only genre that lets you use your imagination without limitations. — Steven Spielberg

Because television doesn’t offer the kind of budget that a movie offers, you’ve got to be a little more careful where you spend the money to put the fiction in science. — Steven Spielberg

I just had a crazy, wild imagination all my life, and science fiction is the greatest outlet for me. — Steven Spielberg


I don’t really have a schedule of when I want to show my children my movies. — Steven Spielberg

I love history, so I do a lot of movies about history. — Steven Spielberg

Television has a different biorhythm than movies. I love the biorhythm of TV. — Steven Spielberg

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Whether in success or in failure, I’m proud of every single movie I’ve ever directed. — Steven Spielberg

Even if I’d had a really happy relationship with my father and there was no emotional hiatus for a decade and a half, I probably would still have made some of the same choices for movies that I’ve made. — Steven Spielberg

I made ‘Empire of the Sun’ in Shanghai in the 1980s and want to come back one day to make a movie in China. — Steven Spielberg

I even get inspired by movies that aren’t very good, because there’s always something good in movies that are collectively thought of as a failure. There’s good in everything, I find. — Steven Spielberg

Bloated budgets are ruining Hollywood–these pictures are squeezing all the other types of movies out of Hollywood. It’s disastrous. — Steven Spielberg

Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to and I see another movie I want to make. — Steven Spielberg

You can’t start a movie by having the attitude that the script is finished, because if you think the script is finished, your movie is finished before the first day of shooting. — Steven Spielberg

I don’t think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today. But it’s certainly worth a try. — Steven Spielberg

My dad took me to my first movie. It was ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ in 1952, a movie of such scale it was actually a traumatic experience. — Steven Spielberg

I think that a movie can only be an adjunct or only a supplement to books, to different points of view, to scholars, historians and your own teachers. — Steven Spielberg

Most of my presumptions about a production are usually wrong. — Steven Spielberg


I had a great time creating the future on ‘Minority Report,’ and it’s a future that is coming true faster than any of us thought it would. — Steven Spielberg

I think in terms of chapters. Every time I finish a movie, it’s a chapter. When one of my kids graduates from school, that’s a chapter. — Steven Spielberg

History opens up new worlds to film–makers all the time. — Steven Spielberg

So I try to re–invent my own eye every time I tackle a new subject. But it’s hard, because everybody has style. You can’t help it. — Steven Spielberg

I once said that CGI makes you less inventive. At the time I was bemoaning the loss of the practical stunt. If a stunt can be done practically and safely, I’d rather do it old–style. — Steven Spielberg

I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back. — Steven Spielberg

I’m always in favor of Israel responding strongly when it’s threatened. At the same time, a response to a response doesn’t really solve anything. It just creates a perpetual–motion machine. — Steven Spielberg

I get that same queasy, nervous, thrilling feeling every time I go to work. That’s never worn off since I was 12 years–old with my dad’s 8–millimeter movie camera. — Steven Spielberg

All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives. — Steven Spielberg


Steven Spielburg once said, “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters. And it seems like he was onto something; a recent study found that people who are happy live longer. So how do we go about achieving happiness? While the answer may not be as simple as one would hope, there are definitely some things we can do to increase our chances of finding lasting joy in our lives. Check out some of our courses on happiness and well-being for more information on how you can start living a happier life today.

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