James Cameron Quotes

“Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.”

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”

“Your only competitors are your past achievements.”

“Your imagination can create a reality.”

“Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move.”

“The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make.”

“The magic doesn’t come from within the director’s mind; it comes from within the hearts of the actors.”

“When you have the feeling that anything’s possible, sometimes you wind up acting on it.”

“If you want to move through a virtual reality, it’s called a video game. It’s been around forever.”

“There seems to be a lot of excitement around something that, to me, is a yawn frankly.”

“You can’t really call yourself an environmentalist if you’re still consuming animals. You just can’t.”

“There’s a vast frontier that’s going to take us a while to understand it was very lunar, a very desolate place isolated.”

“The nation that leads in renewable energy will be the nation that leads the world 10 20 years from now.”

“The quickest way to destroy ocean science is to take human explorers out of the water.”

“Don’t get seduced by your own stuff. Work hard to keep a blank slate state of mind each time you watch your film.”

“We have a great responsibility. Whatever we make will become the truth, the visual reality that a generation will accept.”

“I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to study the ocean before we destroy it.”

“Broken horse is an artistic triumph beautifully written acted and imaged. This film wraps slowly around you like a king snake and squeezes.”

“Hate is a disease, and in 1930, I became sick with hatred.”

“That worst evil of long dictatorships, the loss of all political experience.”

“If it was up to the studio, everything would be shot with a camcorder.”

“I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean under the ocean. I live next to the ocean.”

“I had pictured myself as a filmmaker, but I had never pictured myself as a director, if that makes any sense at all.”

“My mother was a housewife, but she was also an artist. My father was an electrical engineer.”

“You don’t rest well. As long as you’re seeking vengeance, I feel sad justice wasn’t done, but it’s time to move on and sleep well.”

“The laurels in the world I have young filmmakers come up to me and say you know give me some advice for doing this and I say don’t put limitations on yourself other people will do that for you don’t do it to yourself don’t bet against yourself and take risks.”

“NASA has this phrase that they like failure is not an option, but failure has to be an option in art and in exploration.”

“No important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks.”

“Whatever you’re doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.”

“A lot of stuff comes to me in dreams, and I remember it. Sometimes I write it down. Sometimes it’s an image and I’ll go draw or paint that image.”

“The one that says just do it, just pick up a camera and start shooting something don’t wait to be asked because nobody’s going to ask you and don’t wait for the perfect conditions because they’ll never be perfect.”

“If you wait until the right time to have a child, you’ll die childless and I think filmmaking is very much the same thing.”

“I mean, for me, I would say it’s all driven by curiosity and the desire to be personally challenged. Those two things I can somewhat sum it all up.”

“I’m very curious. I want to know more. I choose projects that I’m going to learn from. I choose projects that are challenging. I don’t want to do the same thing twice.”

“In filmmaking, the excellence is how excellent can the entertainment experience be for the audience and I’ll pull out all stops to do that.”

“These are storyboards for the terminator was actually my best-prepared film that I’ve ever shot because I story boarded every shot myself.”