Words matter. These are the best David Milch Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Most races are claiming races. For the lower-caliber horses, it’s a way the track has of forcing people to run their horses at approximately the price at which they would not mind having the horse bought.
All I do is work and be with my family.
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 had the erroneous conviction that all of history tended toward my birth and would diminish into chaos or inconsequence after I was gone. When you realize that’s not so, the proper humility is to defer.
Every man’s entitled to hope.
You want to harbor your resources and try not to make a mistake.
My relationship with the track was, I would say, at least fractionally as complicated as my relationship with my old man. So it kept me coming back.
When I was a kid, my dad used to take me out to the race track, and so many formative experiences have to do with associations like that.
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.
Someone asked me, ‘How long do you intend to do ‘Deadwood’?’ And part of my sociopathology, I say, ‘Well, when does my contract run out?’ And I realize my contract ran out at the end of four seasons.
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.
What part of 9/11 is big? If the future continues to reinterpret the past, it could be argued that 9/11 provides irrefutable proof that unless there is some other way that we learn to deal with our technology or deal with our brothers and sisters, it is goodbye as a species. That genie does not leave that bottle.
If you have a horse that can beat horses worth $20,000, typically you enter it in a $20,000 claiming race. Now there might be people who feel their horse is worth $20,000, and they say, ‘I wouldn’t mind seeing the horse get beat.’ So they’ll enter it for $40,000 so the horse looks like it’s performed badly.
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.
In any operation, what you have to do is to persuade the patient to grant access to the patient’s energy. The purest form of that is when you’re trying to help a woman through labor: when you’re saying, ‘Push, push!’ and you’re rhythmically with the woman.
When I was growing up, it was not the heyday of the western.
Time will tell whether I am a wing nut or a megalomaniac. The difference between a cult and faith is time.
Your fundamental responsibility is to stay true to the deepest nature and intention of the materials.
Faulkner speaks to us on the questions of race, the challenges of modernity, and modern man’s dilemma in all of its aspects. That he is able to specify among those and bring those themes alive is one of his great gifts. There are so many different kinds of pleasures one gets from encountering those materials.
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.
Humility has to do with trying to be a vessel of purposes you’re content to understand as not your own.
I am an instrument of purposes that I don’t fully understand.
The whole idea of going out to a movie was really a secularized version of going to church.
My process is very disempowering to the director anyway, so it’s essential that you be respectful. Once we’ve sort of found the scene, I have to get out of there, because you don’t want to split the actor’s idea of who’s in charge.
Faulkner wrote for film, and his ear is just impeccable.
The truth is I try to show up each day available to do the work that God or whatever it is that’s making, you know, the solar system work wants me to do. And I expect when he wants me to stop, I’ll be the first to find out.
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.
The kind of flinching from any form of art or experience that PETA seems to advocate is ultimately life-hating.
It may be, for one reason or another, if I’m not able to work, that would be a cause for distress. But I’m still pitching. Thank God, I’m still in possession of my gift. And I have the love of my family.
What constitutes – where are we when we sleep? What is our sense of reality at that moment? It’s, you know, science now suggests to us that what has been perceived as matter for a long time is, in fact, energy.
Ego suppression can be an act of ostentation.
I had proposed to HBO a series about the city cops in Rome at the time of Nero. What had interested me was the idea of order without law. The Praetorian Guard, who were the emperor’s guards, understood how they were to proceed. But for the city cops, who were called the Urban Cohorts, there was no law at all.
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.