George Lucas Quotes


Although I write screenplays I don't think I'm a very good writer. I'm very interested in studying cultures and social issues but as an academic I don't think I would have been too successful.

Kurosawa was one of film's true greats... His ability to transform a vision into a powerful work of art is unparalleled. So it seemed appropriate to name the new digital studio for him.

So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.

Working hard is very important. You're not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.

I grew up in San Francisco. And so I'm informed in a certain kind of way about you know believing in democracy and believing in America. And I'm a very ardent patriot.

All art is dependent on technology because it's a human endeavour so even when you're using charcoal on a wall or designed the proscenium arch that's technology.

I've come to the conclusion that mythology is really a form of archaeological psychology. Mythology gives you a sense of what a people believes what they fear.

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

A movie is never finished only abandoned.

I like to say that films are never finished they're only abandoned.

There wasn't anything in my life that was going to stop me from making movies.

I started out in anthropology so to me how society works how people put themselves together and make things work has always been a big interest.

I wanted to make abstract films that are emotional and I still do.

Sound is 50 percent of the movie going experience and I've always believed audiences are moved and excited by what they hear in my movies at least as much as by what they see.

Art is the retelling of certain themes in a new light making them accessible to the public of the moment.

Don't avoid the cliches - they are cliches because they work!

The technology keeps moving forward which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories and paint the pictures they want.

I am a giant proponent of giant screens. But I accept the fact that most of my movies are going to be seen on phones.

Sometimes you must let go of your pride and do what is asked of us. Anakin Skywalker Episode 2: Attack of the Clones

You have the most important job of anyone today. Our kids need you to advocate for their futures.

The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene it adds 10 million to the box office.

Digital technology is the same revolution as adding sound to pictures and the same revolution as adding color to pictures. Nothing more and nothing less.

Although I write screenplays I don't think I'm a very good writer.

The first movies they just put up a camera and had a train come into a train station and everybody was amazed. That was sort of all technology.

Always remember your focus determines your reality.

People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.

None of the films I've done was designed for a mass audience except for 'Indiana Jones.' Nobody in their right mind thought 'American Graffiti' or 'Star Wars' would work.

All the religions are true they just see a different part of the elephant.

If you look at 'Blade Runner ' it's been cut sixteen ways from Sunday and there are all kinds of different versions of it.

I'm lucky enough that there is never a blank canvas in front of me... I have hundreds of projects that I want to do but I am running out of time.

You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.

Emotionally involving the audience is easy. Anybody can do it blindfolded: get a little kitten and have some guy wring its neck.

To be renewed is everything. What more could one ask for than to have one's youth back again?

Any society begins by realizing that together by helping each other you can survive better than if you fight each other and compete with each other.

From kindergarten to college certain teachers engaged my curiosity and motivated me to learn. While I was not the best student their efforts left a lasting impact.

The best way to truly understand narrative art is to experience it.

In my films all the great things are put together. It's not like one kind of ice cream but rather a very big Sundae.

There is no why. We are. Life is beyond reason.

I am simply trying to struggle through life; trying to do God's bidding.

It was the money from 'Star Wars' and 'Jaws' that allowed the theaters to build their multiplexes which allowed an opening up of screens.

There wasn't much as a kid that inspired me in what I did as an adult but I was always very interested in what motivates people and in telling stories and building things.

If you can tune into the fantasy life of an 11-year-old girl you can make a fortune in this business.

If I had time and a hammer I'd track down every bootleg copy and smash it.

A special effect is a tool a means of telling a story. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.

I'm here and every day now is an extra day. I've been given an extra day so I've got to make the most of it.

There wasn't much as a kid that inspired me in what I did as an adult.

May the Force be with you.

I put all of my resources into pushing the evolution in an industry that is notoriously backwards and I enjoy pushing that envelope .

Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals but that's one of the hardest things to do because you don't always know exactly where you're going and you shouldn't.

I've always been a follower of silent movies. I see film as a visual medium with a musical accompaniment and dialogue is a raft that goes on with it.

We seemed to be drifting as a society - losing touch with the basic concepts of right and wrong.

When you are a beginning film maker you are desperate to survive. The most important thing in the end is survival and being able to get to your next picture.

Good luck has its storms.

Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

Being in Washington is more fictional than being in Hollywood.

I was never interested in being powerful or famous. But once I got to film school and learned about movies I just fell in love with it. I didn't care what kind of movies I made.

But having a really good understanding of history literature psychology sciences - is very very important to actually being able to make movies.

Luminous beings are we not this crude matter.

If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavor I think perseverance is one of the key qualities.

They were at the wrong place at the wrong time naturally they became heroes

I live a reasonably simple life off the beaten track.

There's no difference between movies and television. None at all. Except in a lot of cases television's much better than movies.

I thought it was too wacky for the general public. On his original opinion of his movie's chances for success 1997.

The one way the world hasn't changed: teaching is still the most important job.

Our system of education is locked in a time capsule. You want to say to the people in charge 'You're not using today's tools! Wake up!'

Star Wars has always struck a chord with people. There are issues of loyalty of friendship of good and evil... The theme came from stories and ideas that have been around for thousands of years.

It's not a matter of how well can you make a movie. It's how well can you make it under the circumstance because there's always circumstances. You cannot use that as an excuse.

The story being told in 'Star Wars' is a classic one. Every few hundred years the story is retold...

You can't do it unless you can imagine it.

We are all living in cages with the door wide open.

Making a film is like putting out a fire with sieve. There are so many elements and it gets so complicated.

American Graffiti' was unpleasant because of the fact that there was no money no time and I was compromising myself to death.

From the outset I conceived Star Wars as a series of six films or two trilogies.

Once you start down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny consume you it will...

I wanted to make a kids' film that would strengthen contemporary mythology.

I'm not in a contest. I make movies. I'm not a racehorse...

Today it is an amazing if unexpected legacy of Star Wars that so many gifted writers are contributing new stories to the Saga.

Young people don't have a fantasy life anymore not the way we did. All they've got is Kojak and Dirty Harry. There's all these kids running around wanting to be killer cops.

I loved photography and everybody said it was a crazy thing to do because in those days nobody made it into the film business. I mean unless you were related to somebody there was no way in.

I've never been that much of a money guy. I'm more of a film guy and most of the money I've made is in defense of trying to keep creative control of my movies.

I was always extremely curious about why people did the things they do.

I grew up in the era 'Don't trust anybody over 30.' And you know I still feel that. Don't trust me.

If this were a fantasy world there would be ten of me and we would each be doing what we wanted to do.

Everybody has talent it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is.

I'm extremely grateful that I discovered my passion. I love movies. I love to watch them I love to make them.

Star Wars is a saga of Good vs. Evil divided into nine parts.

There should be a point to movies. Sure you're giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit but at the same time you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.

Impressive most impressive. (Darth Vadar)

I'm not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.

Whenever you're making a movie especially when you're writing you always have self-doubts.

The script is what you`ve dreamed up-this is what it should be. The film is what you end up with.

We were always dreaming of how it was going to be.

The ideals and principles for which Dr King fought have never been forgotten and are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago.

Film is not an easy occupation. There's a lot of occupations that are difficult and film is one of them.

Success is a very difficult thing. It's much more difficult than one might think.

Everyone seems to think that digital technology devoids the medium of content but that is not true at all. If anything it broadens the content.

Digital technology allows us a much larger scope to tell stories that were pretty much the grounds of the literary media.

I'm aware that dialogue isn't my strength. I use it as a device. I don't particularly like dialogue which is part of the problem.

He took me from not being able to write a word in terms of writing screenplays to being the king of wooden dialogue.

I made lots of movies while in school while everybody else was running around saying "Oh I wish I could make a movie. I wish they'd give me some film.

Star Wars' is fun its exciting its inspirational and people respond to that. It's what they want.

Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.

The easiest job you'll ever get is to try to make your first film. That's the easy one to get is the first film because nobody knows whether you can make a film or not.

Education is the single most important job of the human race.

Teachers are the most important individuals in our society - nothing is as powerful as the human touch in education.

In my experience there's no such thing as luck.

You must let go of your past and embrace your future and figure out what path you're going to go down

I would like to see our society mature and become more rational and more knowledge-based less emotion-based.

It's hard work making movies. It's like being a doctor: you work long hours very hard hours and it's emotional tense work. If you don't really love it then it ain't worth it.

The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.

You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks.

Oh my. I'd forgotten how much I hate space travel.

Train yourself to let go of the things you fear to lose.

Su carencia de fe resulta molesta. – Darth Vader

I'd be the first person to say I can't write dialogue. My dialogue is very utilitarian and is designed to move things forward. I'm not Shakespeare. It's not designed to be poetic.

One of the most telling things about film school is you've got a lot of students wandering around saying "Oh I wish I could make a movie. I wish I could make a move.

Film is a very tight little box. If you don't fit in that box you're gone. Television there's more room to move around.

I like racing. I love the speed and I'm a very kinetic person in terms of filmmaking. I love the movement of film more than anything else.

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.

I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public.

For 'Star Wars' I had to develop a whole new idea about special effects to give it the kind of kinetic energy I was looking for. I did it with motion-control photography.

Han Solo: Wonderful girl. Either I'm going to kill her or I'm beginning to like her.

As a Western 'The Magnificent Seven' was a pretty good film. I don't think it was as interesting or as multi-faceted as 'Seven Samurai.'

You really have to focus on what you're doing and just plow ahead no matter what hurdles are thrown in front of you.

'Young Indiana Jones' was one of the happiest times I ever had so I love television.

That had always been my purpose: to get people back in touch with what makes us so valuable as a human race.

If America is the pursuit of happiness the best way to pursue happiness is to help other people.

Part of the reason my friends and I became successful is that we were always helping each other.

The way I define 'intelligent design' is that when people started out we wanted to make sense of the world we lived in so we created stories about how things worked.

Because we [people] have an intellect part of what we do is try to understand the "intelligent design." Everything we don't know is "intelligent design." Everything we do know is science.

I must admit I suffered a bit when I first came to England. But then I realised that there was nothing to be intimidated by everybody had two legs.

Success is when you try to achieve your inward vision externally and have it come off the way you see it. Then YOU feel successful about it; that's how success is measured.

The older you get the less seriously you take criticism. I've gotten to a point now where I ignore it completely. It's just not relevant to me anymore.

Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.

I regret not the things I have done only those I have yet to do.

Time is more important to me than money.

These Are Not The Droids You Are Looking For.

Ultimately the Force is the larger mystery of the universe. And to trust your feelings is your way into that.

I want to live where I want to live and I will make films because I love to make films.

Luke: Boy it's lucky you have these compartments. Han: I use them for smuggling. I never thought I'd be smuggling myself in them. This is ridiculous.

I've always tried to be aware of what I say in my films because all of us who make motion pictures are teachers - teachers with very loud voices.

It's okay to lose; just don't lose the lesson.

You don't see the struggle part of a person's life. You only see the success they have.

A director makes 100 decisions an hour. Students ask me how you know how to make the right decision and I say to them 'If you don't know how to make the right decision you're not a director.'

You have to have a thick enough skin to cope with the criticism. I'm very self-critical and I have a lot of friends that I trust who are film directors and writers and people in my profession.

You may make something you don't think is very important during your lifetime and it'll last for a thousand years.

My success wasn't based on how I could push down everybody that was around me. My success was based on how much I could push everybody up.

I'm moving away from the business from the company from all this kind of stuff.

Never tell me the odds!

After a lot of struggling and sort of reflection I realized that the time you have to give is now regardless of how old you are.

It's very important not to do what your peers think you should do not do what your parents think your teachers or even your culture. Do what's inside of you.

Storytelling is about two things; it's about character and plot.

When I was making 'Star Wars ' I wasn't restrained by any kind of science. I simply said 'I'm going to create a world that's fun and interesting makes sense and seems to have a reality to it.'

Someday you're going to have to learn to separate what seems to be important from what really is important.

Changes are not unusual - I mean most movies when they release them they make changes. But somehow when I make the slightest change everybody thinks it's the end of the world.

One thing about 'Star Wars' that I'm really proud of is that it expands the imagination. That's why I like the 'Star Wars' toys.

I like Star Wars it's fun and I enjoy doing it. But it's definitely not my life. I'm a bigger movie fan than I am Star Wars fan. I like making movies.

For the third trilogy I don't know if I will still be alive when it comes the time to make them.

My life is making movies. I like storytelling and I've got a lot of stories that are stored up in my head that I hope to get out before my time is up.

No! Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

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.