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Spike Lee Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Spike Lee

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Fight the power that be.
Fight the power.
- Spike Lee

Right now a lot of people are still choosing to go
to Toronto instead of shooting in New York City,
something I haven't done and something I hope I'll never have to do.
- Spike Lee

Any film I do is not going to change the way black
women have been portrayed,
or black people have been portrayed,
in cinema since the days of D.W.
Griffith.
- Spike Lee

Everything I do is always scrutinised.
But that's all I'll say about that.
- Spike Lee

 

I get offered to do stuff where the money's nice but
it's not something I want to do -
I get offered a lot of commercials too.
- Spike Lee

I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that
African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish.
Culture is for everybody.
- Spike Lee

My cousin Malcolm Lee is also a filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

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Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer,
it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.
- Spike Lee

I live in New York City, the stories of my films take place in New York;
I'm a New York filmmaker.
- Spike Lee

I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking,
entertaining films.
I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people,
from music, novels, the streets.
- Spike Lee

I don't dictate, you don't dictate to Stevie Wonder,
not successfully.
- Spike Lee

We grew up in a very creative environment and were
exposed to the arts at a very young age,
so it's not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts.
- Spike Lee

A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there.
- Spike Lee

I like to work with the same people when I can,
and you want to get people with the same interests that you have,
and the same aesthetic.
- Spike Lee

I think it is very important that films make people
look at what they've forgotten.
- Spike Lee

There's a lot of Americans, black and white,
who think that we've arrived where we need to be and
nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled.
- Spike Lee

All directors are storytellers, so the motivation was
to tell the story I wanted to tell.
That's what I love.
- Spike Lee

Don't think that because you haven't heard from me
for a while that I went to sleep.
I am still here, like a spirit roaming the night.
Thirsty, hungry, seldom stopping to rest.
- Spike Lee

I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting
than people who are perfect.
- Spike Lee

There's an unwritten law that you cannot have a Jewish
character in a film who isn't 100 percent perfect,
or you're labeled anti-Semitic.
- Spike Lee

Any time you talk about the look of the film,
it's not just the director and the director of photography.
You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.
- Spike Lee

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies
you didn't intend to be there.
- Spike Lee

It comes down to this: black people were stripped of
our identities when we were brought here,
and it's been a quest since then to define who we are.
- Spike Lee

I think it would be very boring dramatically to have
a film where everybody was a lawyer or doctor and had no faults.
To me, the most important thing is to be truthful.
- Spike Lee

Violence is a part of America.
I don't want to single out rap music.
Let's be honest.
America's the most violent country in the history of the world,
that's just the way it is.
We're all affected by it.
- Spike Lee

I always give the example, if you turn on the radio today,
black radio, Lenny Kravitz is not black.
Bob Marley wasn't black: in the beginning,
only white college stations played Bob Marley.
- Spike Lee

If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have
young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now.
Young black men would not be impregnating young black
women at the rate going on now.
We'd not have the drugs we have now,
or the alcoholism.
- Spike Lee

I think my work shows that I love women.
I understand where these types of criticisms are coming
from because black people have been so dogged out in the media,
they're just extra sensitive.
- Spike Lee

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain PHOTO

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith PHOTO

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Don't fight forces, use them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Let your sympathies and your compassion
be always with the under dog in the fight -
this is magnanimity;
but bet on the other one - this is business.
- Mark Twain

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world.
- Eugene V. Debs

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier...
I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
- Steven Wright

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
- Plato

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

There are only two things we should fight for.
One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
- Smedley Butler

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
- Ansel Adams

I don't want to fight aging; I want to take good care of myself,
but plastic surgery and all that? I'm not interested.
- Christine Lahti

If you don't have any fight in you, you might as well be dead.
- Scott Caan

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
- William Congreve

Through leadership of the fight against French colonialism,
Ho Chi Minh had made a name for himself in the international political arena.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

Trust me, you have to fight.
When people are wrong, you've got to let them know it.
- Orlando Cepeda

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum
cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover.
- Germaine Greer

I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect
the rights of the unborn my entire career.
I will continue to fight for this cause because I value
the sanctity of all human life.
- Rob Bishop

Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
- Mother Jones

I don't write polite letters.
I don't like to plea-bargain.
I like to fight.
- Roy M. Cohn

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A life of reaction is a life of slavery,
intellectually and spiritually.
One must fight for a life of action,
not reaction.
- Rita Mae Brown

I never met a man I didn't want to fight.
- Lyle Alzado

I got to meet Mark Hamill.
He signed some Star Wars posters for us.
I saw the fight scenes he had.
He was really into making fun of himself and Star Wars.
- Shannon Elizabeth

We put our life on the line to fight for them,
put on a show and these guys take our money so whatever happens to Bob Arum,
Don King or anyone else is fine with me.
- Larry Holmes

Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.
- Woodrow Wilson

I've got a little fight in me, but I think that's good.
- Scott Caan

I don't like guys who will lie down and take it.
I want someone who'll fight back.
I like people who can argue well.
- Sandra Bullock

Art is accusation, expression, passion.
Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.
- Gunter Grass

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Must not fight simply to win; no holds barred is not the way;
you must win by the rules.
- John Graham Chambers

Thank God I never got in a fight.
All of the jock dudes hated me, but all of their girlfriends
thought I was nice so they wouldn't touch me.
It was infuriating to them.
- Mark Hoppus

When rich people fight wars with one another,
poor people are the ones to die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

I'd stop in the middle of a gun fight and sing a song.
- Ken Curtis


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