Kevin Smith quotes

  • Im gonna try to pay for CLERKS III myself. As much as I love the crowd-funding model, thats an advancement in indie film that belongs to the next generation of artists. I started on my own dime, and if Im allowed, I should finish on my own dime.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Artist #Trying #Clerks

  • For years, my job was to make the movie inexpensively. And I could bring it in. What I can't control are the costs of marketing.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Jobs #Years #Marketing

  • In this life, if you don't celebrate yourself, nobody will.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Celebrate #This Life

  • T-shirts and long pants make me easier to find in a crowd, but also easy to disappear in a crowd because if I am wearing this and suddenly I am not, it's like a Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Long #Potters #Crowds

  • I feel like if you're in Jersey, you have to be a Jersey Devils fan. Anybody born within the confines of the border of the state of New Jersey, I feel, should be a Jersey Devils fan.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Devil #Jersey #Fans

  • One of the reasons I always looked up to [George] Carlin is he looked like your grandfather but, acted like your best friend. Most of the adults in my world were adults and acted like adults and had job-type jobs and bills and pressures and stopped playing a long time ago. And George Carlin was a guy that the more he aged the younger he seemed. It was odd because he was still sagely and wise. But he was such a role model for me.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Wise #Role Models #Long

  • Storytelling is my currency. It's my only worth. The only thing of value I have in this life is my ability to tell a story, whether in print, orating, writing it down or having people acting it out.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Writing #People #Acting

  • If you're alive, kick into drive. Chase whimsies. See if you can turn dreams into a way to make a living, if not an entire way of life.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Dream #Alive #Whimsy

  • People are bursting out of the closet, rejecting their parents' wishes to keep the faith. Atheism is becoming mainstream.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #People #Parent #Wish

  • More often than not, a hero’s most epic battle is the one you never see; it’s the battle that goes on within him or herself.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Hero #Epic #Battle

  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Writing #Intelligent #Interesting

  • People always ask me if I hate the nuns. Do I make my movies extra dirty to piss them off? I always say no, that's not the point. To a Catholic, a movie is only dirty if it makes you want to have sex more. If it makes you feel sick, disgusted, ashamed of your own body, then it's not a dirty movie at all. It's a Catholic movie. And I make very Catholic movies.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Sex #Hate #Dirty

  • If you're lucky, you go from being a movie fan to a movie maker.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Fans #Lucky #Makers

  • I didn't get into film to win Academy Awards. I wanted to have a conversation with the audience.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Winning #Awards #Film

  • In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Dream #Trying #Faces

  • All these people who say success changes people; well, no, it just magnifies what's there.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #People #Wells

  • Sometimes the path you're on is not as important as the direction you're heading.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Goal #Important #Path

  • Don't let anybody tell you different, man: The main goal in life careerwise should always be to try to get paid to simply be yourself.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Being Yourself #Men #Goal

  • Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Love #Song #Artist

  • Long time no see. I only pray the caliber of your questions has improved.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Long #Praying #Caliber

  • I grew up in a pretty gay world - my brother's gay and he's been married to a man for 20 years, which is like 60 in straight-people years.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Brother #Gay #Men

  • I know what it feels like to carry a lot of weight in a society that's very image-conscious. It's a thin person's world, and we try to navigate within it without being made fun of.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Fun #Trying #World

  • Don't go where the puck's been; go where it's gonna be
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Puck

  • It's silly that anyone in this world tells you that there are only certain people that can marry you.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Silly #People #World

  • Based on the timely and helpful responses to my support issues, I feel that I made the right decision to become a customer earlier this year. LuxSci is definitely a quality, customer-oriented business.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Years #Issues #Support

  • We love dirty oral on the Down Low, but no going steady.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Dirty #Lows #Steady

  • In Hollywood you kind of fail upwards
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Hollywood #Kind #Failing

  • Is man indeed a walrus at heart?
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Heart #Men #Walrus

  • People like to set the bar high. I like to put the bar on the ground and barely step over it. I like to keep the expectations really low.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #People #Expectations #Bars

  • This is not an industry in which you curl up in a ball and shy away from the realities. It's a time to scream to the clouds that we're here and we've got great values and great prices. What better time to do that than the Super Bowl?
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Reality #Clouds #Curls

  • People tend to romanticize this job. So, it's fun to let the air out of it.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Jobs #Fun #Air

  • It's too expensive, that's the thing nobody wants to talk about. It is too expensive to make movies. That's not true, it is too expensive to market movies. Making movies is not.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Want #Movie Making

  • I'm always cribbing from real life. I'm not a very creative filmmaker.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Real #Real Life #Creative

  • Stoners are cute; junkies are sad.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Cute #Stoners #Junkie

  • If there was no Internet, my career would have ended in 1995.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Careers #Internet

  • One man's frankness is another man's vulgarity.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Men #Language #Vulgarity

  • My Father taught me to weigh my words carefully, and speak up only when I had something insightful to add to the proceedings, or something really funny to say. He also taught me that if I couldn’t be that kind of guy in real life, that I could earn a healthy living pretending to be that guy in the movies – particularly when paired up with a long haired stoner.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Father #Real #Long

  • I've always kind of ripped from real life to some degree or at least how I'm feeling in the moment. In fact, maybe that's really it. In anything I've ever written, all the characters sound like me, which I don't think is a bad thing.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Real #Character #Thinking

  • It's like a dream come true. When somebody is paying you to talk about yourself, you've won.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Dream #Dreams Come True #About Yourself

  • It's taken me 15 years to step behind a camera and make something everyone agrees looks like a movie.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Taken #Years #Cameras

  • It takes nothing to encourage an artist.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Artist

  • The writer crafts their ideal world. In my world, everyone has really long conversations or just picks apart pop culture to death and everyone talks in monologue.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Long #Culture #World

  • Live a "Why not?" life, man. Take the shot. The shot is always worth taking.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Men #Why Not #Shots

  • So often, over the course of our day-to-days, we forget the details of what shapes us most in life. Sure, we'll pay through the nose to have our weddings videotaped, but can we say the same thing about the first time we discovered masturbation, or the moment we realized that the true nature of the opposite sex is to lie and humiliate (and I'm not just talking about women here)? Usually not.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Sex #Lying #Talking

  • People have been telling me I'm a failure and that I'm doing it all wrong for 20 years now. Never trust anybody when they tell you how your story goes. You know your story. You write your own story.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Writing #Years #People

  • Generally, I wake up, honestly it's creepy, but I wake up around 4:20.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Creepy #Wake Up #Honestly

  • I liked hockey, and I still like hockey.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Hockey #Stills

  • Everybody's got one killer story. It doesn't take talent to tell that story, it just takes experience.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Stories #Killers #Talent

  • Haven't two hundred years of failed missionary work overseas taught anybody anything? You can't convert people to anything - whether religion, or something as inane as our flicks.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Years #Two #People

  • Dudes know I'm not a threat. Chicks know I'm not a threat.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Chicks #Threat

  • Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Book #Self #Helping

  • There's something to be said for failing. It's not the failure you feel, it's the failure that people project when something disappoints. You're back to ground zero, where there's no expectations, and that's where I like to be.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Zero #People #Expectations

  • And George Carlin was a guy that the more he aged the younger he seemed.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Guy

  • I just love movies, so suddenly, you're political about movies, and that's dark. It's just not fun when something you love becomes calculated.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Fun #Dark #Movie Love

  • If you grow up fat, you have to try harder.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Growing Up #Trying #Fats

  • I'd see movies, comedies, and I loved 'Animal House', I loved all the John Hughes stuff, but I never saw me and my friends totally represented.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Animal #House #Stuff

  • I sympathize far more with heavier people than I ever will with thin. I'll never be thin. Let's be honest.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #People #Honest #Being Honest

  • I say what other people won't.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #People

  • I've always kind of ripped from real life to some degree or at least how I'm feeling in the moment.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Real #Feelings #Degrees

  • I always wanted to see if I could sell a movie to the public without doing any marketing because my philosophy was like, 'Hey man, I'm reaching my audience everyday. I'm twittering with them. I'm in direct contact with them on the podcast.'
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Philosophy #Men #Marketing

  • My Father taught me how to be a man – and not by instilling in me a sense of machismo or an agenda of dominance. He taught me that a real man doesn’t take, he gives; he doesn’t use force, he uses logic; doesn’t play the role of trouble-maker, but rather, trouble-shooter; and most importantly, a real man is defined by what’s in his heart, not his pants.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Inspirational #Real #Father

  • You can have 10 bucks to 10 million bucks and if you got a crew, imagination and a lot of people willing to turn in some work next to nothing, you going to have a feature. But you can't get beyond how expensive marketing the movie is, it's so crushing.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Crush #People #Imagination

  • Why take life seriously? No one gets out alive anyways.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Life #Alive

  • Stop…stop, that’s the next generation of fans… How dare you pass judgment on those 12-year-old girls who like vampires! They need to be encouraged because in six years they’ll be 18-year-old girls who like vampires and are into all sorts of goth-permissive and whatnot. Don’t Poo-poo it. There’s a plan, and it’s working.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Girl #Years #Vampire

  • I'm not even supposed to be here today.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Today

  • AZRAEL: No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Air #Azrael #Sin

  • I think the advent of the Internet gave us all a big boost, because by the time the Internet became mainstream and you could get it in your home, a lot of us were used to dealing in fan culture, writing to magazines or anything at the back of comic books.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Book #Home #Writing

  • When you're an artist, all you're trying to do is self-express.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Artist #Self #Trying

  • So I know how I watch movies which is on my laptop, man. And that's how I suspect a lot of people do it.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Men #People #Watches

  • Other filmmakers make their movies and put them out and that's that. For me, for some odd reason, it goes deeper than that.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Odd #Reason #Filmmaker

  • I saw Richard Linklater's film 'Slacker' for my twenty-first birthday. That was the moment when it all seemed possible. This guy gave me hope.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Birthday #Guy #Saws

  • When are you people going to learn? It's not about who's right or wrong. No denomination's nailed it yet, and they never will because they're all too self-righteous to realize that it doesn't matter what you have faith in, just that you have faith. Your hearts are in the right place, but your brains need to wake up. I have issues with anyone who treats faith as a burden instead of a blessing. You people don't celebrate your faith; you mourn it.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Heart #Blessing #Issues

  • You know, there's a million fine looking women in the world, dude, but they don't all bring you lasagna at work. Most of 'em just cheat on you.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Ems #World #Cheat

  • I know you're supposed to tell kids not to do drugs, but, kids, do it! Do weed! Don't do the other stuff, but weed is good
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Weed #Kids #Marijuana

  • Indie film isn't dead, it just grew up.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Film #Grew Up #Grew

  • There's a trick to being whatever you want to be in life. It starts with the simple belief that you are what or who you say you are.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Simple #Want #Belief

  • Don't be afraid to do weird stuff, so long as you do it cheaply and cover everyone's bets. Be bold. Be stupid, if you have to: so long as you don't hurt anybody, what's it matter how dopey your dream is? If I hadn't made TUSK? If I'd let it die as a podcast? I wouldn't have three other movies I'm now making within the span of a year. Some folks will try to shame you for trying something outside the norm; the only shame is in not trying to accomplish your dreams.
    -- Kevin Smith

    #Dream #Hurt #Stupid