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Wikipedia Summary for Samuel Goldwyn

Samuel Goldwyn (born Szmuel Gelbfisz; Yiddish: שמואל געלבפֿיש‎; August 27, 1882 – January 31, 1974), also known as Samuel Goldfish, was a Polish-American film producer. He was best known for being the founding contributor and executive of several motion picture studios in Hollywood. His awards include the 1973 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1947, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1958.

Quote: No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of cute dog on street night scene wallpaper
Photo Credit: Yura Ryzhov

No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.


Quote: From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of two women hugging each other
Photo Credit: Matthew Henry

From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.


Quote: The harder I work, the luckier I get. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of clear drinking glass with beer on black table
Photo Credit: Thais Do Rio

The harder I work, the luckier I get.


Quote: I left home at 15 because Hollywood isn't the best place to grow up. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I left home at 15 because Hollywood isn't the best place to grow up.


Quote: I don't want any yes-men around me, I want everyone to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I don't want any yes-men around me, I want everyone to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.


Quote: I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.


Quote: Don't let your opinion sway your judgment. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Don't let your opinion sway your judgment.


Quote: If I look confused it's because I'm thinking. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.


Quote: I'll take fifty percent efficiency to take 100 percent loyalty. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I'll take fifty percent efficiency to take 100 percent loyalty.


Quote: I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks, but everyone also has opportunities. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.


Quote: That is the kind of ad I like, facts, facts, facts. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

That is the kind of ad I like, facts, facts, facts.


Quote: Just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I'm disagreeable. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I'm disagreeable.


Quote: The A-bomb is dynamite. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

The A-bomb is dynamite.


Quote: He treats me like the dirt under my feet. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

He treats me like the dirt under my feet.


Quote: I have been laid up with intentional flu. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I have been laid up with intentional flu.


Quote: To hell with the cost, if it's a good story, I'll make it. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

To hell with the cost, if it's a good story, I'll make it.


Quote: Having integrity...means being completely true to what is inside you -- to what you know is right...what you feel you must do, regardless of the immediate cost of sacrifice...to be honorable and to behave decently. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Having integrity...means being completely true to what is inside you -- to what you know is right...what you feel you must do, regardless of the immediate cost of sacrifice...to be honorable and to behave decently.


Quote: Include me out. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Include me out.


Quote: Enthusiasm is the key not only to the achievement of great things but to the accomplishment of any thing that is worthwhile. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Enthusiasm is the key not only to the achievement of great things but to the accomplishment of any thing that is worthwhile.


Quote: It's more than magnificent; it's mediocre. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

It's more than magnificent; it's mediocre.


Quote: What nerve. Not even a modicum of originality. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

What nerve. Not even a modicum of originality.


Quote: Ninety per cent of the art of living consists of getting on with people you can't stand. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Ninety per cent of the art of living consists of getting on with people you can't stand.


Quote: The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime twittering -- anon Twitter has raised writing to a new low. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime twittering -- anon Twitter has raised writing to a new low.


Quote: Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Spare no expense to make everything as economical as possible.


Quote: Never make forecasts, especially about future. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Never make forecasts, especially about future.


Quote: Forecasts are difficult to make-particularly those about the future. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Forecasts are difficult to make-particularly those about the future.


Quote: A Hospital isn't any place to end up being sick. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

A Hospital isn't any place to end up being sick.


Quote: Chaplin is no business man -- all he knows is that he can't take anything less. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Chaplin is no business man -- all he knows is that he can't take anything less.


Quote: Keep a stiff upper chin. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Keep a stiff upper chin.


Quote: In picture-making the writer is the most important cog in the wheel. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

In picture-making the writer is the most important cog in the wheel.


Quote: Be drug-free and smoke some crack. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Be drug-free and smoke some crack.


Quote: Tell them to stand closer apart. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Tell them to stand closer apart.


Quote: If a young man is going to get ahead, if he is going to reach the top, he must be all wrapped up in what he is doing. He has to give his job -- whatever it is -- not only his talent but every bit of his enthusiasm and devotion. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If a young man is going to get ahead, if he is going to reach the top, he must be all wrapped up in what he is doing. He has to give his job -- whatever it is -- not only his talent but every bit of his enthusiasm and devotion.


Quote: Ninety percent of the art of living consists of getting along with people you cannot stand. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Ninety percent of the art of living consists of getting along with people you cannot stand.


Quote: Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words.


Quote: My horse was in the lead, coming down the home stretch, but the caddie fell off. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

My horse was in the lead, coming down the home stretch, but the caddie fell off.


Quote: Gentlemen, listen to me slowly. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Gentlemen, listen to me slowly.


Quote: I don't care if it doesn't make a nickel. I just want every man, woman, and child in America to see it. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I don't care if it doesn't make a nickel. I just want every man, woman, and child in America to see it.


Quote: We have that Indian scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

We have that Indian scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.


Quote: I want to make a picture about the Russian secret police -- the GOP. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I want to make a picture about the Russian secret police -- the GOP.


Quote: My wife's hands are very beautiful. I'm going to have a bust made of them. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

My wife's hands are very beautiful. I'm going to have a bust made of them.


Quote: Yes, but that's our strongest weak point. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Yes, but that's our strongest weak point.


Quote: Let's bring it up to date with some snappy nineteenth century dialogue. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Let's bring it up to date with some snappy nineteenth century dialogue.


Quote: I've gone where the hand of man has never set foot. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I've gone where the hand of man has never set foot.


Quote: The Oscars are a lot different when you are a nominee. You walk around with this big smile on your face, and everyone, even people who work for rival film companies, tells you they voted for you. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

The Oscars are a lot different when you are a nominee. You walk around with this big smile on your face, and everyone, even people who work for rival film companies, tells you they voted for you.


Quote: There is a statue of limitation. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

There is a statue of limitation.


Quote: The independents who were our fiercest competitors all succumbed to the one-hit-makes-you-a-genius philosophy. It is a mistake to think you have the magic touch. Show business is roulette. If you start to play for stakes you can't afford, there's no way you can survive. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of Samuel Goldwyn quote; white text on black background

The independents who were our fiercest competitors all succumbed to the one-hit-makes-you-a-genius philosophy. It is a mistake to think you have the magic touch. Show business is roulette. If you start to play for stakes you can't afford, there's no way you can survive.


Quote: I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was four years old. And what was always important was writing, writing, writing. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was four years old. And what was always important was writing, writing, writing.


Quote: If I did that, I'd be sticking my head in a moose. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If I did that, I'd be sticking my head in a moose.


Quote: This book has too much plot and not enough story. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

This book has too much plot and not enough story.


Quote: You've got to take the sour with the bitter. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

You've got to take the sour with the bitter.


Quote: If you don't dissagree with me, how will I know I'm right? by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If you don't dissagree with me, how will I know I'm right?


Quote: People always say to me, 'It must have been wonderful coming from old Hollywood, with all those movie stars,' but I never knew anyone. I didn't even know who Charlie Chaplin was. My parents really kept me away from it all. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

People always say to me, 'It must have been wonderful coming from old Hollywood, with all those movie stars,' but I never knew anyone. I didn't even know who Charlie Chaplin was. My parents really kept me away from it all.


Quote: Coffee isn't my cup of tea. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Coffee isn't my cup of tea.


Quote: Don't pay any attention to the critics; don't even ignore them. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Don't pay any attention to the critics; don't even ignore them.


Quote: Can she sing? She's practically a Florence Nightingale. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Can she sing? She's practically a Florence Nightingale.


Quote: A Hospital is no place to be sick. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

A Hospital is no place to be sick.


Quote: I was always an independent, even when I had partners. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I was always an independent, even when I had partners.


Quote: I hate a man who always says yes to me. When I say no I like a man who also says no. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I hate a man who always says yes to me. When I say no I like a man who also says no.


Quote: I can give you a definite perhaps. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I can give you a definite perhaps.


Quote: Ill give you a definite maybe. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Ill give you a definite maybe.


Quote: Modern dancing is old fashioned. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Modern dancing is old fashioned.


Quote: I want everyone to tell me the truth, even if it costs him his job. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I want everyone to tell me the truth, even if it costs him his job.


Quote: Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.


Quote: God makes stars. I just produce them. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

God makes stars. I just produce them.


Quote: I seriously object to seeing on the screen what belongs in the bedroom. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I seriously object to seeing on the screen what belongs in the bedroom.


Quote: Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.


Quote: A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.


Quote: Too caustic? To hell with the costs, we'll make the picture anyway. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Too caustic? To hell with the costs, we'll make the picture anyway.


Quote: If people don't want to go to the picture, nobody can stop them. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If people don't want to go to the picture, nobody can stop them.


Quote: It's more than magnificent -- it's mediocre. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

It's more than magnificent -- it's mediocre.


Quote: If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.


Quote: This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it.


Quote: Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.


Quote: I read part of it all the way through. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I read part of it all the way through.


Quote: For your information, I would like to ask a question. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

For your information, I would like to ask a question.


Quote: Don't pay any attention to the critics -- don't even ignore them. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Don't pay any attention to the critics -- don't even ignore them.


Quote: You've got to take the bitter with the sour. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

You've got to take the bitter with the sour.


Quote: I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.


Quote: If I look confused it is because I am thinking. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

If I look confused it is because I am thinking.


Quote: I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.


Quote: I hate a man who always says 'yes' to me. When I say 'no' I like a man who also says 'no.' by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I hate a man who always says 'yes' to me. When I say 'no' I like a man who also says 'no.'


Quote: That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.


Quote: We're overpaying him, but he's worth it. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

We're overpaying him, but he's worth it.


Quote: It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.


Quote: Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.


Quote: Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.


Quote: A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.


Quote: Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white.


Quote: When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.


Quote: Spare no expense to save money on this one. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Spare no expense to save money on this one.


Quote: I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years.


Quote: A hospital is no place to be sick. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

A hospital is no place to be sick.


Quote: Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing? by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?


Quote: The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.


Quote: I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job.


Quote: Please write music like Wagner, only louder. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Please write music like Wagner, only louder.


Quote: Our comedies are not to be laughed at. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

Our comedies are not to be laughed at.


Quote: We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.


Quote: The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying. by author Samuel Goldwyn overlaid on photo of photo of author Samuel Goldwyn with quote

The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.


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