Will Eisner was an american comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. I want to celebrate his birthday in our own way, sharing Will Eisner Quotes.
A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.
Humor has historically been tied to the mores of the day. The Yellow Kid was predicated on what people thought was funny about the immigrant Irish. When you’re different in a society, you’re funny.
I want to point out to adults that there is a world of good material available to you now in comic form – in this medium – and learn to give it your support because the more you support it, the better the material will be as it comes out.
I’ve spent my whole life working in a medium that was regarded with contempt largely because of historical reasons.
The work we do is as demanding as any of the great painters because nothing that happens on the page of a comic is accidental. It has to be imagined first in your mind before you do it. Those of us who know something about the art of painting know that working on a canvas, very often a lot of serendipitous things happen that work to the advantage of the painter ultimately.
All professionals should teach at some time in their career because they are obliged to pass on what they have learned.
As for me, I am in pursuit of excellence. I have no time to get old.
Bessie Braddock: Sir, you are drunk.
Churchill: And you, madam, are ugly. But in the morning, I shall be sober.
Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.
Lady Nancy Astor: Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea.
Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it.
The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.
The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
I am prepared to meet my maker; whether my maker is prepared to meet me is entirely another matter.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
I have taken more good from alcohol than alcohol has taken from me.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.’ We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940).
Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war. To Neville Chamberlain in the House of Commons, after the Munich accords (1938).
We are waiting for the long-promised invasion. So are the fishes. (1940-10-21)
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.
As you think, so shall you become.
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.
I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Real living is living for others.
Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.
Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
– “Even when I’m not directing, that doesn’t stop Owen from having ideas for what I should be doing.”
– “Fashion is so over the top.”
– “I don’t devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.”
– “I don’t have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor. I don’t have a master plan in that way.”
– “I don’t think know if anything’s going to translate anywhere. You’re making a movie, you hope it’s going to be funny, you can’t think about how it’s going to go over.”
– “I don’t think the public is dying to see me necessarily be funny all the time.”
– “I enjoy the work I do in comedies. It’s a valid test of your creative abilities.”
– “I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.”
– “I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.”
– “I just watched Paul Michael Glaser. He was the reason I wanted to do the movie because as a kid I was such a big fan of his. I watched all the episodes and tried to get a feeling for what he was doing.”
– “I love New York. I was sad, depressed and incredibly moved by our fellow countrymen and what they’ve done. I wanted to give people a chance to see something funny, have a distraction.”
– “I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face.”
– “I think people will be curious to see what I can do as a dramatic actor.”
– “I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people’s expectations of me as a comic actor.”
– “I’m always willing to endure humiliation on behalf of my characters.”
– “I’m not an expert on the Malaysian sense of humor.”
– “I’ve had a very good career and I’m grateful that the public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.”
– “If you look at my eyes when I’m dancing, you’ll see that glazed look.”
– “It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents. It was tough to go to auditions and be bad, since I couldn’t be anonymous.”
– “Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming the public’s desire for him to be funny simply because he’s so good at it.”
– “Don’t have sex man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to start talking to them.” – Steve Martin
– “I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.” – Steve Martin
– “I believe you should place a woman on a pedestal – high enough so you can look up her dress.” – Steve Martin
– “I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.” – Steve Martin
– “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” – Steve Martin
– “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” – Steve Martin
– “A celebrity is anyone who looks like he spends more than two hours working on his hair.” – Steve Martin
– “You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.” – Steve Martin
– “I believe in eight of the ten commandments; and I believe in going to church every Sunday unless there’s a game on.” – Steve Martin
– “There is one thing I would break up over, and that is if she caught me with another woman. I won’t stand for that.” – Steve Martin
– “There are some people that will not pick up a phone and call you, but if you knock on a door and talk to them, they’ll talk back to you.” – Steve Martin
– “College totally changed my life. It changed what I believe and what I think about everything. I majored in philosophy.” – Steve Martin
– “I believe in equality. Equality for everybody. No matter how stupid they are or how superior I am to them.” – Steve Martin
– “I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.” – Steve Martin
– “We’ve had some fun tonight…considering we’re all gonna die someday.” – Steve Martin