David Milch Quotes

  • So much of what we do is shame-based, and when you're teaching, you have the opportunity to answer to the best parts of your nature, so I'm always grateful for that chance.
  • What cops are hired to do is to control people who will not abide by the social contract.
  • Ego suppression can be an act of ostentation.
  • Commercials were once TV's version of the church. Which is to say, you couldn't offend the sponsor; therefore, certain values had to be underscored in the subject matter.
  • There is not an amount of money that a writer can earn that I can't blow.
  • The kind of flinching from any form of art or experience that PETA seems to advocate is ultimately life-hating.
  • Apes beat their chests so they don't have to fight 24 hours a day.
  • For a long time, I felt that was actually the best I could ever hope for - to pretend to be a good person - because I was quite the opposite.
  • A person could look at me through ninety-five per cent of my experience and know that I had no shot. Because I was so unreliable. The only thing you could rely on me for was to betray you.
  • When someone is good at what he does but is a nonconformist, there is a temptation in horse racing, like in all kinds of other areas of human endeavor, to dismiss him for his nonconformity rather than to recognize him for his excellence.
  • When I was working on 'Deadwood', it was understood that the script was a work in progress, and when we got to set, everyone would kind of work on it together.
  • All I do is work and be with my family.
  • Learning to live with the given is the great humbling educational process of life.
  • I've been beaten. I know what that's like. They say, 'Who has been a nail can learn to be a hammer.' So I know what it is to beat people.
  • It's kind of an intuitive process. I wish that it were more systematic, but it just isn't.
  • When I was growing up, it was not the heyday of the western.
  • Your fundamental responsibility is to stay true to the deepest nature and intention of the materials.
  • With 'Nostromo', Joseph Conrad said that he had wanted to write a novel about the degradation of an idea. That's what we wanted to show in the case of Dustin Hoffman's character, Bernstein.
  • You want to harbor your resources and try not to make a mistake.
  • I'm no rose. I have been around a while, and you never know when something is going to be the last thing you do.
  • I think it's disrespectful to go onto a set without some clear idea of what your intentions are, because then you're hanging the director out to dry.
  • The predicate of modern medicine is, 'We invalidate your humanity, but we give you immortality, so you have to shut up and listen to us.'