Best Quotes by Elia Kazan

By | March 5, 2016

Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it.

Elia Kazan

You have no idea how fragile an actor’s self-worth is.

Elia Kazan

Every fighter has one fight that makes or breaks him.

Elia Kazan

The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.

Elia Kazan

I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.

Elia Kazan

The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end.

Elia Kazan

Anybody who informs on other people is doing something disturbing and even disgusting.

Elia Kazan

I’m small, but I’m neither compliant nor agreeable.

Elia Kazan

A good director’s not sure when he gets on the set what he’s going to do.

Elia Kazan

The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate.

Elia Kazan

The more ambivalent you are and the more uncertain you are, then you can get something that you cannot anticipate.

Elia Kazan

I may be getting old, but not foolish.

Elia Kazan

I spoke without fear of contradiction. I simply did not suffer self-doubt.

Elia Kazan

The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal.

Elia Kazan

To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but is bitter and unforgettable.

Elia Kazan

I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.

Elia Kazan

I joined the Communist Party late in 1934. I got out a year and a half later.

Elia Kazan

The Communists automatically violated the daily practices of democracy to which I was accustomed.

Elia Kazan

I was even superior to the Communists and when they didn’t go along with me, I quit them.

Elia Kazan

I was the true future. I understood Communism better than they did.

Elia Kazan

A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We’re desperate people.

Elia Kazan

I’ve lost many of my best friends… I’m going to satisfy myself now, not the critics, not even my friends.

Elia Kazan

I value peace when it is not bought at the price of fundamental decencies.

Elia Kazan

I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political film ever made in Hollywood.

Elia Kazan

Very often the Group actor is a critic when he’s acting and an actor when he’s criticizing.

Elia Kazan

There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.

Elia Kazan

Every picture that is successful has one little miracle in it.

Elia Kazan

I would rather do what I did than crawl in front of a ritualistic Left and lie the way those other comrades did betray my own soul.

Elia Kazan

I hate the Communists and have for many years and don’t feel right about giving up my career to defend them. I will give up my film career if it is in the interests of defending something I believe in, but not this.

Elia Kazan

Hey, you must be doin’ good, ’cause I never hear from you.

Elia Kazan

I have no spy stories to tell, because I saw no spies. Nor did I understand, at that time, any opposition between American and Russian national interest.

Elia Kazan

I was taken in by what might be called the Hard Times version of the Communists’ advertising or recruiting technique.

Elia Kazan

I was an outsider… but I was also sympathetic with people that were struggling to get up, because I struggled to get up.

Elia Kazan

I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist.

Elia Kazan

I was the hero of the young insurgent working class art movement.

Elia Kazan

Acting… was the biggest charge I ever had. What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?

Elia Kazan

I was always a self-conscious person.

Elia Kazan

I wouldn’t go up on a stage now if you paid a thousand dollars for one minute of acting. It’s a nasty experience. You’re up there all by yourself. You’re so damn exposed.

Elia Kazan

I was not what you’d call a first-class actor, but I did all right.

Elia Kazan

I was very intense. I think it’s a privilege to be an actor.

Elia Kazan

You can’t just sit there and do the lines. You have to do something revealing or unusual.

Elia Kazan

You have to remind people of their own struggles. It’s a responsibility.

Elia Kazan

For years after I resigned, I was still faithful to their way of thinking. But not in the American Communists.

Elia Kazan

I gave my life to the Group Theatre, because in it I’m building something for myself. What I build, I am.

Elia Kazan

There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors… and that is their competitive sense.

Elia Kazan

I owe Bankhead a gift; she made a director out of me.

Elia Kazan

I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action.

Elia Kazan

I didn’t have that much confidence. Maybe it looks that way. I’m glad it does.

Elia Kazan

The makers of entertainment must try, in our field, to be honest and grown-up.

Elia Kazan

Our relationship was cursed by the fact that we agreed on everything.

Elia Kazan

I question the value of stars. I think they’re overrated. They get too much money, too much praise.

Elia Kazan

The belief that the good in American society will finally win out… I don’t believe any more.

Elia Kazan

I like directors who come on the set and create something that’s a little dangerous, difficult or unusual.

Elia Kazan

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