Samuel Goldwyn Quotes

Samuel Goldwyn, 1882 – 1974

Born: 17 August 1882, Warsaw, Poland
Died: 31 January 1974, Los Angeles, California

Born Shmuel Gelbfisz at Warsaw, Poland. While living with relatives in England he adopted a less imposing name, Samuel Goldfish. He moved to the US in 1899 and became a very successful glove salesman, but ended up making movies — over seventy of them. Five years after his first picture he adopted the name we recognize: Samuel Goldwyn. Between his high energy and English being his second language, he said some wonderfully absurd things. Some are just absurd, some manage to be profoundly true in their absurdity.

Samuel Goldwyn quotes:

A bachelor’s life is no life for a single man.
    Samuel Goldwyn

A hospital is no place to be sick.
    Samuel Goldwyn

A verbal contract is worth about as much as the paper it’s written on.
    Samuel Goldwyn

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Color television! Bah, I won’t believe it until I see it in black and white.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Don’t pay any attention to the critics — don’t even ignore them.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Don’t worry about the war. It’s all over but the shooting.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Flashbacks are a thing of the past.
    Samuel Goldwyn

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

Gentlemen, include me out.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Give me a couple of years, and I’ll make that actress an overnight success.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.
    Samuel Goldwyn

Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn’t go see it.
    Samuel Goldwyn

God makes stars. I just produce them.
    Samuel Goldwyn

God makes stars. I just produce them.

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

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

Samuel Goldwyn
I don’t think anyone should write his autobiography until after he’s dead.

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

Samuel Goldwyn
I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it.

Samuel Goldwyn
I paid too much for it, but it’s worth it.

Samuel Goldwyn
I read part of it all the way through.

Samuel Goldwyn
I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it… The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.

Samuel Goldwyn
I was always an independent, even when I had partners.

Samuel Goldwyn
If I could drop dead right now, I’d be the happiest man alive!

Samuel Goldwyn
If I look confused it’s because I’m thinking.

Samuel Goldwyn
If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.

Samuel Goldwyn
I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.

Samuel Goldwyn
In two words: im-possible.

Samuel Goldwyn

It’s absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.

Samuel Goldwyn
It’s more than magnificent, it’s mediocre.

Samuel Goldwyn
Let’s have some new clichés.

Samuel Goldwyn
Never make forecasts, especially about the future.

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

Samuel Goldwyn
Our comedies are not to be laughed at.

Samuel Goldwyn
Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.

Samuel Goldwyn
Please write music like Wagner, only louder.

Samuel Goldwyn
Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.

Samuel Goldwyn
Television has raised writing to a new low.

Samuel Goldwyn
That’s our strongest weak point.

Samuel Goldwyn
That’s the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.

Samuel Goldwyn
The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Samuel Goldwyn
The next time I send a damn fool for something, I go myself.

Samuel Goldwyn
The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.

Samuel Goldwyn

The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.

Samuel Goldwyn
There is a statue of limitation.

Samuel Goldwyn
They stayed away in droves.

Samuel Goldwyn
Too caustic? To hell with the costs, we’ll make the picture anyway.

Samuel Goldwyn
We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.

Samuel Goldwyn
What we need now is some new, fresh clichés.

Samuel Goldwyn
When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.

Samuel Goldwyn
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?

Samuel Goldwyn
You’ve got to take the bitter with the sour.

Samuel Goldwyn

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