It's quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.
He took me from not being able to write a word in terms of writing screenplays to being the king of wooden dialogue.
My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted. Its temperature varies. It may receive an ink stain. One of its legs may be broken. It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part. But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write.
What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yourself indispensable.
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
In difficult situations when hope seems feeble, the boldest plans are the safest.
Among the letters my readers write me, there is a certain category which is continuously growing, and which I see as a symptom of the increasing intellectualization of the relationship between readers and literature.
I don't know if I see myself as really an action hero, but I like doing physical movies and I like doing movies where the writing is very lean.
One of the most difficult times in my life was when I escaped from Romania in November of 1989.
Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
I've always considered myself a filmmaker who writes stuff for himself to do.
I could write six songs in one day with everything that's going on.
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
Painting is damned difficult - you always think you've got it, but you haven't.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.
Now, all the movies are for teenagers. It's very difficult for an actress to find really deep, beautiful characters to play.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
You'll find individuals agreeing on this, but when they get into collective societies and larger groups they find it difficult to achieve group agreement.
Young directors had no choice but to throw themselves into writing scripts. That did not have a positive effect on the quality of Polish cinema.
Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all.
Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.