65 Steven Spielberg Quotes On Success In Life

These Steven Spielberg quotes will inspire you. Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Steven Spielberg quotes, Steven Spielberg sayings, and Steven Spielberg proverbs.

Best Steven Spielberg Quotes

  1. “All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  2. “All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  3. “Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding. Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  4. “I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for living.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  5. “Failure is inevitable. Success is elusive.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  6. “From a very young age, my parents taught me the most important lesson of my whole life: They taught me how to listen. They taught me how to listen to everybody before I made up my own mind. When you listen, you learn. You absorb like a sponge – and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  7. “The work that I’m proudest of is the work that I’m most afraid of.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  8. “You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!” ~ Steven Spielberg
  9. “I’ve always been very hopeful which I guess isn’t strange coming from me. I don’t want to call myself an optimist. I want to say that I’ve always been full of hope. I’ve never lost that. I have a lot of hope for this country and for the entire world. . .” ~ Steven Spielberg
  10. “Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?” ~ Steven Spielberg

  11. “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” ~ Steven Spielberg , Steven Spielberg quotes mentor
  12. “It is important to know who your friends are and to stay, remain loyal to your friends, despite what you hear, despite the mistakes that are made in friendships and misunderstandings that commonly occur, to be able to forgive and to move on, you have to be able to remember the values of friendship.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  13. “When you listen, you learn, You absorb like a sponge – and your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  14. “The love we do not show here on Earth is the only thing that hurts us in the after-life.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  15. “Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  16. “Before I go off and direct a movie, I always look at four films. They tend to be The Seven Samurai, Lawrence Of Arabia, It’s A Wonderful Life and The Searchers.” ~ Steven Spielberg , Steven Spielberg quotes about movies
  17. “Audience members are only concerned about the story, the concept, the bells and whistles, and the noise that a popular film starts to make even before it’s popular. So audiences will not be drawn to the technology; they’ll be drawn to the story. And I hope it always remains that way.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  18. “Tracking action without cutting is the least jarring method of placing the audience into a real-time experience where they are the ones making the subtle choices of where and when to look.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  19. “The person I enjoy working for more than anyone else is George Lucas. He’s the best boss I ever had because he’s the most talented boss I ever had.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  20. “The only time I’m totally happy is when I’m watching films or making them.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  21. “You can’t start a movie by having the attitude that the script is finished, because if you think the script is finished, your movie is finished before the first day of shooting.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  22. “Movies are always in a state of locomotion. You start with a general idea of how it should feel and then you find you’ve got a runaway train. You have to race to catch up: the movie is telling you what it wants to become, and when that happens there’s no greater feeling.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  23. “When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  24. “Audiences are harder to please if you’re just giving them effects, but they’re easy to please if it’s a good story.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  25. “I dream for a living.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  26. “I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends’ lives.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  27. “People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end anymore. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  28. “You never really know how good of a leader you are until there is something there is lead us to, toward or through or to overcome.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  29. “I don’t really distinguish between a fictional hero and a real life hero as a basis for any comparison. To me, a hero is a hero. I like making pictures about people who have a personal mission in life or at least in the life of a story who start out with certain low expectations and then overachieve our highest expectations for them. That’s the kind of character arc I love dabbling in as a director, as a filmmaker.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  30. “Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  31. “A lot of the films I’ve made probably could have worked just as well 50 years ago, and that’s just because I have a lot of old-fashion values.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  32. “The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  33. “The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  34. “The internet is watching us now. If they want to. They can see what sites you visit. In the future, television will be watching us, and customizing itself to what it knows about us. The thrilling thing is, that will make us feel we’re part of the medium. The scary thing is, we’ll lose our right to privacy. An ad will appear in the air around us, talking directly to us.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  35. “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  36. “You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  37. “When I grow up, I still want to be a director.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  38. “My problem is that my imagination won’t turn off. I wake up so excited I can’t eat breakfast. I’ve never run out of energy. It’s not like OPEC oil; I don’t worry about a premium going on my energy. It’s just always been there. I got it from my mom.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  39. “I thought film was more important than life itself for many years. But I was naive to the world until my first child was born in 1985.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  40. “People have forgotten how to tell a story.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  41. “The essence of what it is to be American is the deep moral urge to be free, to freely express yourself and have the right to do so, and to look at all people as equals.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  42. “I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  43. “Lincoln’s leadership is based on a number of precepts, but my favorite one is that he acted in the name, and for the good, of the people.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  44. “And I may often question choices I make as a producer. But I’ve never questioned the choices I make as a director.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  45. “‘E.T.’ began with me trying to write a story about my parents’ divorce.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  46. “The costume the actors wear and if they’re in stylized makeup and wigs in a live-action movie let’s say, in a big costume drama, even though it does give them a sense of great ambiance and environment and they kind of feel like they’re in a great court, or if they feel like they’re in the old west, or if they feel like they’re being chased by hobbits or dinosaurs, it all comes down to the actors looking each other in the eye.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  47. “I love creating partnerships; I love not having to bear the entire burden of the creative storytelling, and when I have unions like with George Lucas and Peter Jackson, it’s really great; not only do I benefit, but the project is better for it.” ~ Steven Spielberg , Steven Spielberg quotes creativity
  48. “I dream for a living. Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to, and I see another movie I want to make.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  49. “The turning point in my career was Jaws. It was a turning point because I was a director-for-hire before Jaws and because it was such a big hit I could do any movie I wanted and Hollywood just wrote me a cheque.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  50. “One of the gratuities about being a director is that you can volunteer yourself out of difficult details.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  51. “I go out and look for a good story to tell and if I like it enough and I decide to direct it, I become dangerously involved in becoming a part of that story.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  52. “I think one of the worst things that happened to me was, you know, my voluntary fallout with my father. And then the greatest thing that happened to me was when I saw the light, and realized I needed to love him in a way that he could love me back.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  53. “All through my career I’ve done what I can to discover new talent and give them a start.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  54. “I want to be the Cecil B. DeMille of science fiction.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  55. “I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  56. “Some movies I make for myself. I just sort of make them for myself. I do that sometimes when the subject matter is very sensitive and very personal and I really can’t imagine I’m an audience.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  57. “We all feel that if we have a crazy idea that might get laughed at, there’s nothing wrong with seeing if there’s a crazy writer out there who agrees with us and can take it to a crazy network and somehow bring something that’s a little bit daft and edgy to life.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  58. “I was a scared kid… I think I was born a nervous wreck, and I think movies were one way to find a way transferring my own private horrors to everyone else’s lives. It was less of an escape and more of an exorcism.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  59. “Twenty years from now, there will still be a square screen, maybe even larger, and people will be sitting in a large, dark space, and they won’t know each other unless they bring friends along.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  60. “All those horrible, traumatic years I spent as a kid became what I draw from creatively today.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  61. “I was afraid of small spaces and I was afraid of the tree outside my window, and I had all these phobias. I think many kids have those phobias, but I probably had more than most.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  62. “[The way Stanley Kubrick] tells a story is antithetical to the way we are accustomed to receiving stories.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  63. “I have made almost as many films in England as I have in America. I will come back to England again and again.” ~ Steven Spielberg

  64. “Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend.” ~ Steven Spielberg
  65. “My filmmaking really began with technology. It began through technology, not through telling stories because my 8mm movie camera was the way into whatever I decided to do.” ~ Steven Spielberg

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