Damon Lindelof quotes

  • I've always been fascinated by Disneyland and Disney World, and my favorite part of the park was always Tomorrowland.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #World #Parks #My Favorite

  • I've always been really interested in the future, and I feel like all of the movies that I've been exposed to, over the course of the last 20 to 30 years, have shown me a future that I don't really want to be living in.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Years #Want #Lasts

  • It's television. The reality of it is, if you go on the boards and people are saying, "I saw that coming," or "This is lame," or "I can't believe they're doing this again..." Having been one of those people myself, I know better, and try to avoid it.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Believe #Reality #People

  • At some point, you can't take a risk just to take a risk because that's a betrayal, in and of itself.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Betrayal #Risk

  • You can watch an episode of Friends or an episode of Law & Order and just drop in, but you're not going to in the middle of Season 4, Episode 5 of Lost. It's like picking up a Harry Potter book and flipping to a chapter. You have to read it from beginning to end.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Book #Order #Law

  • For us, there's an inherent process when you're ending something to be thinking about the beginning, as writers.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Process #Inherent

  • Part of the fun of the movie is understanding exactly why we called it Prometheus. And also, it sounds really pretentious, like Inception, so we were just like, "Yeah, that makes the movie sound really smart!" It's so much better then my original title, Explosion. Well, there might be an explosion in the movie.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Fun #Smart #Understanding

  • Suffice it to say, there are some very big ideas in Prometheus and, therefore, it covers a very vast expanse of time.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Ideas #Bigs #Prometheus

  • One of the things I've learned is there's no lesson to be learned. You have to resign yourself to the fact that mistakes are going to be made at any time in the creative process.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Mistake #Creative #Facts

  • Sometimes diehard fans expect so much that they're never happy no matter what they get.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Fans #Matter #Sometimes

  • I'm a huge Star Trek fan. I've seen all the shows, I've seen all the movies, but ultimately I just want a 2-hour movie that takes me to another time and place - something that entertains me.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Stars #Fans #Want

  • I don't think it's hubris for me to say I'm a Trek fan. So, I don't treat Trek fans as somebody who's separate than I am. The only thing that separates them is, I'm one of the people responsible for the story in this movie and they're not. But we're all Trek fans. I can hang.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #People #Fans

  • I promised myself I would never be one of those people who complained about "Oh man, lots of people are interested in our movie and now I gotta talk about it."
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Men #People

  • When you're a writer and you're a producer, traditionally the junkets are really focused on the beautiful people and nobody wants to talk to you.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Beautiful #People #Want

  • Lost is a mystery show, so I think that would be stripping the franchise of sort of its essential nature.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Essentials #Would Be

  • As cliched as it sounds, if you have an original voice and an original idea, then no matter what anybody says, you have to find a way to tell that story.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Ideas #Voice #Matter

  • I'm not sitting around thinking of ideas for TV shows.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Tv Shows #Ideas

  • I've always felt that really good prequels should be original movies.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Should

  • In really, really good science fiction, the line between the science and the fiction is blurry.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Fiction #Lines #Blurry

  • My gravestone will say,'Here Lies Damon Lindelof - Or Does He?
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Lying #Doe #Gravestone

  • Star Wars' is a galaxy a long time ago, far, far away. 'Star Wars' is not about our future.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Stars #War #Long

  • I look at myself more as a storyteller than a screenwriter, as pretentious as that may sound, but that's what really attracts me to TED Talks. For me, the really effective ones are being presented by expert storytellers.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Experts #Looks #May

  • I remember what it was like to be doing 'Lost' and how creatively immersive it was. I just couldn't really engage on anything else, other than 'Lost;' I was just thinking about it all the time, and then there was just the pure workload, the 70- or 80-hour weeks.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Remember #Hours

  • I was born in 1973, so I did not see 'Alien' when it was released theatrically. I saw 'Alien' when it was on Home Box Office. I think I was probably 10.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Home #Thinking #Office

  • The year that 'Lost' started and premiered was, without a doubt, the most miserable year of my life. The level of despair and anguish that I was feeling; I was clinically depressed, and anyone that you talked to who knew me at the time will tell you that.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Years #Feelings #Doubt

  • I would say that my fatal flaw, as a human being, is that I need people to like me, and if they don't like me, I will obsess over it - and try to change my personality until they like me - even if they don't like me for reasons that have nothing to do with me, and even if they're strangers.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #People #Personality #Trying

  • When someone says something that really hurts me, I have to retweet it to let it go.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Hurt #Let It Go #Retweet

  • There is a reason behind life. There is some connectivity between living beings. Whether you want to call that 'God' or 'The Force' or whatever word you use for it, I do believe in a spiritualized mechanism.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Believe #Use #Want

  • I feel like great TED Talks are ones that are a little bit subject to interpretation, that do provoke further conversation - and potentially controversy.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Littles #Interpretation #Conversation

  • The interpretive element of 'Lost' - the fact that you immediately need, as soon as the episode is over, to seek out a community of people to express your own thoughts about it, understand what they thought about it and form an opinion - that's the bread and butter of the show.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #People #Community #Needs

  • I think that 'The Shield' was a phenomenal series finale.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Shields #Phenomenal

  • I love finding new creative partnerships but then continuing the partnerships I'm already in.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Creative #Partnership #Continuing

  • Hindsight is 20/20, but the moral of the writing is that when you're feeling very scared about something and convinced that it could be a massive disaster, that's exactly the idea that you should do.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Writing #Ideas #Feelings

  • I stand by the Lost finale. It's the story that we wanted to tell, and we told it. No excuses. No apologies. I look back on it as fondly as I look back on the process of writing the whole show. And while I'll always care what you think, I can't be a slave to it anymore. Here's why: I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really … I was alive.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Writing #Apology #Thinking

  • Once you spend more than $100 million on a movie, you have to save the world,
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #World #Save The World

  • Sometimes we get frustrated ourselves and decide it's time to download a big chunk of mythology. And then the audience says, 'I find this confusing and alienating and too weird.' So then we pull back, and they say, 'You're not giving us enough'.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Giving #Confusing #Frustrated

  • Michael Arndt, that guy - you're just supposed to say nice things about other writers, but I worship Michael Arndt.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Nice #Guy #Worship

  • There is no suspense in inevitability.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Suspense #Inevitability

  • I think 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy has a very satisfying ending, and there's not really that deep of a mythological construct.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Lord #Trilogies

  • All great sci-fi is: Be careful what you wish for.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Wish #Sci Fi #Be Careful

  • I'll never be immune to criticism, and that's okay, and I'm very comfortable with that.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Criticism #Okay

  • Connecting dots is not that rewarding of an experience.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Dots #Connecting The Dots

  • Essentially, there's no scientific evidence whatsoever that could ever be presented to me that would wipe out my fundamental spiritual beliefs.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Spiritual #Fundamentals #Wipe

  • I always remember liking school.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #School #Remember

  • I don't think anybody wants to see a dour 'Star Trek' movie.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Stars #Thinking #Want

  • I have found, unfortunately, that if I take on too many projects at one time, there is a higher probability of those projects sucking.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Projects #Found #Probability

  • I love collaborating with different people.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #People #Different

  • I've always believed that a good twist is one that, when it is presented to the audience, half of them say, 'I saw that coming.' And half of them are completely and totally shocked. Because if you don't have the half that saw it coming, then it wasn't fair: You never gave the audience a chance to guess it.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Twists #Half #Saws

  • Good twists are enormously hard to come by, and I think the best ones are earned ones. The idea that a story can take a left turn on you, it's easy to do, but it has to be done very, very carefully, or else you risk losing the audience's trust.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Ideas #Risk

  • The fun thing about doing origin stories is you are introducing the audience to characters.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Fun #Character #Stories

  • The fundamental law of nature is to not know too much about yourself.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Law #Too Much #Fundamentals

  • We all look at ourselves in the mirror and think, 'Am I good?
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Thinking #Mirrors #Looks

  • When someone says something in an interview, the beauty of Twitter is that it's a platform for instantaneous response.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Interviews #Platforms #Response

  • My father - until the day that my dad died - didn't know how many points you scored in a touchdown. He could say there were nine innings in baseball, but no intricacies of the sport.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Sports #Baseball #Dad

  • A lot of writers whom I love, admire and call friends share this feeling, which is this fundamental idea that we're frauds. That we will be pushed out on to the stage, and it will be revealed that the emperor has no clothes.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Ideas #Clothes #Feelings

  • I think that, at the end of the day, I'm drawn to a certain level of ambiguous storytelling that requires hard thought and work in the same way that the 'New York Times' crossword puzzle does: Sometimes you just want to put it down or throw it out the window, but there's a real rewarding sense if you feel like you've cracked it.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #New York #Real #Thinking

  • When I saw 'Blade Runner,' my understanding was that 'Blade Runner' and 'Alien' were sequels to each other - or they were related. They were set in the same world.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Understanding #Blade Runner #World

  • From my own internal fanboy perspective, there's nothing that I hate more than seeing a three minute trailer for a movie where I feel like it's shown me the entire movie.
    -- Damon Lindelof

    #Hate #Perspective #Three