We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Screw Quotes from Marvin Minsky, Angela Duckworth, Jake Roberts, Adam Duritz, Rachel Riley. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
General fiction is pretty much about ways that people get into problems and screw their lives up. Science fiction is about everything else.
Some of the things we do are great, but they often have these iterations that are not great. We screw up sometimes. We get rejected.
Miserable is a good thing, though. If you start the day miserable, nobody else can screw up your day.
When so much money is involved in these movies, someone somewhere is going to try to screw you.
More than other subjects, there’s a myth that you have to be an absolute genius to be good at maths and to enjoy it, so I think it’s less accessible for people. Even the word ‘maths’ makes people screw their face up. They do the maths face.
Trump doesn’t have a plan. There’s a screw loose, and he’s got a really short fuse. Do you really want the leader of the free world with his finger on the button to have a short fuse?
I still talk incessantly about ‘SCTV,’ and I say, ‘Screw the kids!’
My whole family is missing that sports gene. I hope I didn’t screw that up by marrying a great golfer.
Introductions are always weird for me because my name is Hari and it’s constantly mispronounced . ‘Hurry’, ‘Hairy’ – there are different ways to screw it up, and it leads to these awkward conversations.
Actors, I have to say, most of the time, they elevate things; they don’t screw things up most of the time.
I became a qualified machinist at Vauxhall. For some reason it’s been erroneously reported that I used to screw on hubcaps, but that’s not true. You can’t screw on a hubcap, anyway, so I have no idea where that came from.
Though they don’t always have to be set in fog, weather is incredibly important in ghost stories. As is suspense: you’ve got to turn the screw very, very slowly.
At the end of the day, what difference does it make if you made 10 films or 18 films? You made 10 films, but you had a great relationship with your kids, or at least you did your best not to screw them up irrevocably, or you made 18, and they don’t return your phone calls.
I think it was at 16 when I forced myself because my dad had nagged me for an entire year. Like, ‘Come on, sing for people. You have a nice voice,’ and I just wouldn’t do it. One evening, I just decided, ‘Screw it, I’ll do it.’ I remember it was really bad. But I did it. So that was good.
I went to engineering school, I went to physics class. I said, ‘Screw this, I don’t want to be here. I’d much rather be at a club playing music.’
I do love ‘The Turn of the Screw’ – I just think that one’s always so disturbing.
It can kind of screw up things if you’re trying to overwork something.
I’m a bit of a Luddite, really: I don’t use email much, as I started drowning in it. So I said ‘screw this’ and dumped my laptop, though I’ve begun to re-engage with it.
We all assume that if you’re weak and poor, you’re never going to win. In fact, the real world is full of examples where the exact opposite happens, where the weak win and the strong screw up.
I am a misanthrope and yet utterly benevolent, have more than one screw loose yet am a super-idealist who digests philosophy more efficiently than food.
This life of ours, this is a wonderful life. If you can get through life like this and get away with it, hey that’s great. But it’s very predictable. There’s so many ways you can screw it up.
To become a doctor, you spend so much time in the tunnels of preparation – head down, trying not to screw up, trying to make it from one day to the next – that it is a shock to find yourself at the other end, with someone shaking your hand and asking how much money you want to make.
One thing I learned from the ’88 Olympics: It’s not a question of if they can screw you over: it’s a question of if they will. It’s not the gold medal they took away from me. The medal doesn’t mean anything. It’s that they said I lost. That experience is well and alive in my mind.
We forget the little things, so it’s no wonder some of us screw up the big things.
Of course, screwed up families are not the exclusive province of the famous. Still, most families get to screw up in private.
I’d rather get up early and go out and do something than stay up late and screw up my body.
I think people would be suprised at how much we curse when we screw up. I’m like somebody with Tourette’s Syndrome.
I think if we did ‘Stargate’ right, the fans would like it, and we could do something really good. But if we screw it up, they’ll reject it. As they should.
Know that you’re gonna screw up, and be OK with it, and do better next time.
You only notice long snappers when they screw up.
About 25 years ago, my wife and I bought Kenny Loggins’ house in Santa Barbara. It was way out of our price range, but we said, ‘Screw it, let’s go for it.’ We’ve raised our family there. We overextended ourselves at the perfect time in our lives, and it worked out for the best.
As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ’em anyway, you don’t belong in office.
If you think marriage is gonna be easy, don’t do it because when there are children involved, you screw up the rest of society.
I think it has sullied his presidency. As brilliant a politician as Bill Clinton is, as magnetic a personality as he can be, there is one little screw loose somewhere.
I’ve got this weird thing where I screw my face up. I don’t know what it is, but I do it a lot.
You know what, when you screw up in the ring, it’s so embarrassing.
Of course I’ve got lawyers. They are like nuclear weapons, I’ve got em ’cause everyone else has. But as soon as you use them they screw everything up.
I really love making movies. I just have this yearning in my stomach to go back and somehow subversively screw up television a little bit again.
They’re guys who want to screw around all the time, which interests me not at all. God knows we’ve done that, been there, and we don’t want to do that any more.
I’d rather deal with a Mob guy shaking hands on a deal than a Hollywood lawyer, who, the minute you get the contract signed, is trying to figure out how to screw you.
I screw up on the delay settings, so pretty much everything is manually done by me – I don’t have those presets like the Edge has.
My job is not to save ‘The Wheel of Time’, to fix ‘The Wheel of Time’, or anything like that. My job is not to screw it up.
The decline of practical skills, some of them very day-to-day, among a generation of British men is very worrying. They can’t put up a shelf, wire a plug, countersink a screw, iron a shirt. They believe it’s endearing and cute to be useless, whereas I think it’s boring, and everyone’s getting sick of it.
The thing to me about this sport, all the fans, everyone that watches, everyone that has a career has had a bad day at work. If you have a project, you have a quota that you have to meet, you can screw up at it. At the end of the day, you get to go home to your family; you can bring your work home with you or not.
A friend of mine once told me that I can’t screw up when I play my own music. I also take voice lessons, play other peoples’ songs out of music books, and occasionally figure out how to play other people’s music from records. This keeps my ears, fingers, and mind working.
Seeing the rich and famous screw up makes us feel superior, or at least not quite so inferior.
Stage is much more intimidating than going before the cameras, because you can really screw up, and can’t do a retake.
I have only read very classic traditional English ghost stories, other than Henry James, who wrote some magnificent short ones as well as the longer ‘Turn of the Screw.’ He, Dickens, and M.R. James are my influences.
If I screw up then everyone’s paying attention and I’ll hear about it.
When I was a CEO, the books on management that I read weren’t very much help after the first few months on the job. They were all designed to give you directions on how not to screw up your company.
It’s easy to write a short story and frighten people for five pages, but to work at length, when you do it as in ‘The Turn Of The Screw’ or ‘A Christmas Carol,’ it’s different; you have to build it and build it.
You can either look at things in a brutal, truthful way that’s depressing, or you can screw around and have fun.
A manager’s job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December.
Up until my first book was published, I had all this potential, people would say, and I screwed up. After it, I could say: ‘No, I didn’t screw up.’
It’s hard for me to be happy because I’m always worried about something going awry or what could happen to screw it up. It’s hard for me to sit and look around, going, ‘Ah, I’m really happy.’ I’m not that kind of person.
As an actor, you always think that whatever job you have is going to be your last. In some way, shape or form, you think you’re going to screw it up and you’re never going to work again.
It’s quite possible that the end of us will not be the end of the Earth. Even if we really screw things up and things go badly for us and our civilization, the Earth is pretty resilient.
Regardless of what you feel about Obama and his politics – screw all that. The fact of the matter is, he was the first black guy to be the president of the United States. The history is still being made.
At first blush, it seems odd that loser lit books are rejected initially, then go on to be fiercely loved by legions of readers. This apparent contradiction might be due to the fact that if they didn’t screw up their lives, most losers would be the kind of power-elite, Type A go-getters whom readers love to hate.
The addict will screw you over and lie to you and do all kinds of things.
The most terrifying thing I ever saw in a cinema, thanks to the carefully built-up drama, was in the ancient black-and-white film ‘The Innocents,’ based on Henry James’s ‘The Turn Of The Screw.’ My skin actually crawled with horror.
If you are a superstar, or whatever you want to call yourself, a person who’s had outrageous success, and you decide to go indie and tell the record companies to screw themselves? That takes a certain amount of courage. And bullheadedness, really.
Young people can be disruptive and screw up classes. But even if they are being a pain in the arse it’s a cry for help – they don’t feel like they are being listened to.
When I took off on nearly vertical waves that no one else would touch, people assumed I had no fear. When they watched me suffer epic wipeouts then come up smiling, it was decided I had a screw loose.
I can’t change the preconceived notions a reader brings to a work, but I can do my best to be aware of, address, and subvert tropes and expectations that readers may have as best I can and hope I don’t screw it up too much.
I have too much respect for the characters I play to make them anything but as real as they can possibly be. I have a great deal of respect for all of them, otherwise I wouldn’t do them. And I don’t want to screw them by not portraying them honestly.
I think musical theater fans – obsessive fans – are very much like Comic Con fans in our personalities. We’re very possessive, and we’re very obsessive, and we’re very critical. So don’t screw with our stuff.
To be a stunt person you kind of have to have a screw loose like you do in wrestling.
I know the guru route, I know you go sit on a mountain. But screw India. I ain’t going there.
Sometimes if you jump into something too quickly, you can screw up something that might have been good two years down the road.
I think interventions tend to be wrong. That doesn’t mean to say that every intervention has been a disaster, but it does mean that generally they tend to screw up.
I’d like to have a kid, but I’d probably get a Frank Sinatra Jr. instead of a Gilbert Gottfried Jr. I’d totally screw up like that.
I’m not funny in person. I mean I’m really not. I’m one of those people who always screw up anecdotes.
I like Pixie Sticks. Yeah, screw the middle man. Just a tube of sugar… I’d pour two of those in a big 12 ounce coke. And I’d go out to catechism class and try to concentrate on the priest. I saw Jesus several times. I swear I did.
I want to keep doing as much work as I can, and I want to keep the level high. I’m wondering if something is going to happen to me to screw it up.
If you screw up and do something, don’t lie about it; come clean.
I gave my life for Styx and I’m really very proud of it and I didn’t want to perform that music and screw it up.
Guys just don’t care. We don’t take the time to plan behind each other’s back. We just say, If you don’t like me, screw you’. If a guy doesn’t like you, you know because you have a black eye.
Cham is the only thing to screw one up when one is down a peg.
You’re torn between wanting to fill in all the spaces and knowing that’s really going to screw up the screenplay. And yet, how are you going to communicate it to people who really don’t understand the process?
When you screw with somebody’s sense of ownership of something, that’s when they react.
I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.
I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.
When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw your taxes.
Also, I plan to screw something up on every movie I do so that I can learn from my mistakes and become a better director with each project.
Being under the microscope meant I was never given any slack. I still managed to screw up plenty in life, mind you, but in the things I really cared about – the legal work, or the stories I was telling as a writer, or the office I built in government – I wasn’t left a lot of margin for error. It’s kept me driven.
To enjoy being famous, you need to have a screw loose.
The more confidence you get as far as games under your belt, time spent with the guys, time in an offense, dealing with all the bull crap that you deal with in this profession. At some point you’re kind of like, ‘Screw it. I’m going to be me and do everything I can to win and if they don’t like it, then oh well.
It takes two to make a relationship, but only one to screw it up.
I am incredibly, incredibly fortunate about the opportunities I’ve had. But at the same time, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to screw it up, too. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is ‘No…’ and not feel the need to do everything. It’s about doing what rings true to me.
You know, you don’t need a leader to sort of administer something that’s going very well. In fact, in one sense, an overly ambitious person in that circumstance can probably screw it up.
We don’t have sources who are dissidents on other sources. Should they come forward, that would be a tricky situation for us. But we’re presumably acting in such a way that people feel morally compelled to continue our mission, not to screw it up.
If you don’t have the confidence in baking, commit to making the recipe three times. The first two, do it exactly the way I’ve told you to make it. Twice. The first time you’ll screw it up. The second time it will come out pretty good, and then the third time, make your adjustments.
Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level.
In our system of government, an opposition party doesn’t have the ability to pass legislation, but it has the ability to massively screw things up.