Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Samuel Goldwyn

Polish-born American Motion-Picture Producer

"No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life."

"I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead."

"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on."

"Don’t pay attention to the critics – don’t even ignore them!"

"A bachelor's life is no life for a single man."

"A hospital is no place to be sick."

"A verbal contract is worth about as much as the paper it's written on."

"A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad."

"Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined."

"Can she sing? She's practically a Florence Nightingale."

"Coffee isn't my cup of tea."

"Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white."

"Don't improve it into a flop!"

"Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting."

"Even if they had it in the streets, I wouldn't go. -- On Mardi Gras."

"Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg."

"Flashbacks are a thing of the past."

"For your information, just answer me one question!"

"From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you."

"Gentlemen, include me out."

"Gentlemen, listen to me slowly."

"Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success."

"Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day."

"Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn't go see it."

"Go see that turkey for yourself, and see for yourself why you shouldn't see it."

"God makes stars. I just produce them."

"He treats me like the dirt under my feet."

"Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words."

"I can give you a definite perhaps."

"I don't care if it doesn't make a nickel. I just want every man, woman, and child in America to see it."

"I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs."

"I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it."

"I hate a man who always says yes to me. When I say no I like a man who also says no."

"I have been laid up with intentional flu."

"I never liked you, and I always will."

"I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years."

"I paid too much for it, but it's worth it."

"I read part of it all the way through."

"I seriously object to seeing on the screen what belongs in the bedroom."

"I want everyone to tell me the truth, even if it costs him his job."

"I want to make a picture about the Russian secret police -- the GOP."

"I was always an independent, even when I had partners."

"If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive!"

"If I look confused it's because I'm thinking."

"If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you."

"If I were in this business only for the business, I wouldn't be in this business."

"If people don't want to go to the picture, nobody can stop them."

"If Roosevelt were alive today, he'd turn over in his grave."

"If you've got a message, send a telegram."

"I’ll give you a definite maybe."