Even in high school I was very interested in history - why people do the things they do. As a kid I spent a lot of time trying to relate the past to the present.
It's interesting, the more successful you become the more people want to give you stuff for nothing.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world. Why don't I see a Frank Capra today? Because people aren't like this anymore? People haven't changed that much in 60 years.
France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster.
I don't believe war is a way to solve problems. I think it's wrong. I don't have respect for the people that made the decisions to go on with war. I don't have that much respect for Bush. He's about war, I'm not about war - a lot of people aren't about war.
There is a lot I haven't said that I actually could say. I hope people would find it interesting. I know a lot of people could relate to it.
I think that London is very much like that. I find there's humour in the air and people are interesting. And I think that it's a place which is constantly surprising. The worst thing about it? I think it can be smug and aggressive.
I was very interested in art and art history. I probably would have pursued that somehow - working in a gallery or an auction house.
There are movies where we are interested in seeing people's lives without agreeing with what they're doing.
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.
There must be people who remember World War II and the Holocaust who can help us get out of this rut.
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
I think that many people in history who had power were bumped off because they had power.
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.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
People always make war when they say they love peace.
I don't feel the need to direct. I tried to get other people to direct Dances, but they wouldn't do it. They all thought it was too long. One director wanted to cut the Civil War sequence. Another thought the white woman was very cliched.
You want to have a critical success and you want people to go see it. It's disappointing if something's well reviewed and no one goes to see it.