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    How do I respond to criticism? Critically. I listen to all criticism critically.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: criticism 
     
    I don't miss scenes at all the way that I used to miss them when I was younger making a film. It's actually quite fun to get rid of them now.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: fun  film 
     
    I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    You have to be a brat in order to carve out your parameters, and you have to be a monster to anyone who gets in your way. But sometimes it's difficult to know when that's necessary and when you're just being a baby, throwing your rattle from the cage.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    I've never been a fan of whimsical or confusing storytelling.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: storytelling 
     
    The films that I love are very straightforward stories, like really old-fashioned stuff.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: film  stories 
     
    But I'd be lying if I didn't say that every time you go to make a film, you're desperate to either do it better than you did it last time or to not repeat yourself.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: time  lying  film 
     
    If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: people  live  world  master 
     
    Well I'd really love to work with Robert De Niro, because he's still the most talented actor out there.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: work 
     
    I am always looking for that nuance, that moment of truth, and you can't really do that fast.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: truth  moment 
     
    We're all children of Kubrick, aren't we? Is there anything you can do that he hasn't done?
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: children  child 
     
    I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: movie 
     
    I'm completely aware of the fact that I'm a control freak.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: control  facts 
     
    There's a lot for screenwriters to steal from songwriters, in terms of getting to the point.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    You write who you are. But you also cheat, and youwrite what you want to be. It's embarrasing to be the guy who madethe movie, knowing you're not exactly who you want to be.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: knowing  movie  write 
     
    Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: film  school 
     
    I remember being taught in school that you would underline things that you liked. I remember just underlining everything as a kid, thinking, 'This has all gotta be important!' I would just underline the whole thing!
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: thinking  school  kids 
     
    I always had a dream about trying to make a movie that had no dialogue in it, that was just music and pictures. I still haven't done it yet, but I tried to get close in the beginning.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: movie  music  dreams 
     
    It's a gamble you take, the risk of alienating an audience. But there's a theory - sometimes it's better to confuse them for five minutes than let them get ahead of you for 10 seconds.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: risk 
     
    My writing has a lot to do with who I am, and what my life is like, and my relationships to people.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    I'll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: time  power 
     
    Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film's abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y'know, that's great. But I hope it involves an audience.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: people  film  hope 
     
    As I have got older and become a father, there's less and less time for films.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: time  film  father 
     
    I don't think the competition's so rough, within the majority of movies made in Hollywood.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    You know, I'm really not that competent at describing things musically.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    I didn't have any desire I might have had 10 years ago to shoot every single word that I wrote.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: desires  year 
     
    I don't want to be the angry guy.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    Clinton used to like to get out of the White House a lot. He would take night trips to McDonald's, and stuff like that. I think he wanted to get out of the house.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: night 
     
    So with 'There Will Be Blood,' I didn't even really feel like I was adapting a book. I was just desperate to find stuff to write.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: blood  book  write 
     
    Of course, I'm no dummy.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    I'm not really a Sundance baby, but they helped me so much I feel I have to acknowledge it.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    It felt like the first thing, but when I first started out, I got a job adapting a book by Russell Banks called 'Rule Of The Bone.' I didn't do a very good job. I didn't really know what I was doing in general, let alone how to adapt a book.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: alone  job  rules  book 
     
    I had the standard movie geek childhood, because for as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was make movies.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    I don't think it's a director's job to peek behind the curtain too much.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: job 
     
    My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: culture  father  marriage 
     
    Crazy is so hard to play, there's nothing you can really tell an actor.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: crazy 
     
    I write from my stomach.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: write 
     
    No matter how many times you do it, you don't get used to the sadness - for me at least - of coming to the end of a film.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: time  sadness  film 
     
    To make a film, the final big collaborator that you have is the composer.
    — Paul Thomas Anderson
    tags: film 
     
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