Themes Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Themes Quotes from Sean Baker, Lecrae, Harvey Weinstein, Tracy Chapman, John DiMaggio. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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Route 192 is its own thing, and you can’t find that anywhere else. The colors and shapes of the buildings, the way that all the small businesses in a way feed off of the parks and sort of rip off the themes of Disney – you’re not going to find that anywhere else.
Sean Baker
I try to produce music that is life-giving and inspires people to hope, but it isn’t just for the super-religious. I want to address themes that people who aren’t Christian can appreciate.
I think audiences can deal with these mature themes.
Harvey Weinstein
I see some recurring themes: things that feel threaded together, some symbolic references, and songs about some of the big questions, like death. There are a lot of references to weather, too!
Tracy Chapman
I love nothing better than a dirty cartoon. I think that it’s really, really funny to see adult themes in a genre that’s usually directed towards children.
John DiMaggio
Family is so central to Afghan life that all Afghan stories are family stories. Family is something I simply can’t resist because all the great themes of human life – duty, grief, sacrifice, love, envy – you find all those things within families.
Khaled Hosseini
When I look back over my novels what I find is that when I think I’m finished with a theme, I’m generally not. And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd, new guises.
Richard Russo
We never dealt with satire or suggestive material. Although some of our films were broad parodies or burlesques of popular dramatic themes, there was no conscious attempt at being either sarcastic or offensive.
Stan Laurel
After 9/11, I knew I wanted to write about power and identity and the way Americans on all sides of the political spectrum often mythologize our leaders, which are themes that the superhero genre has always handled really well.
Brian K. Vaughan
A lot of the emotions we portray are universal themes that resonate with everyone, so the fact that people feel invested in our partnership is truly remarkable.
Tessa Virtue
You can get anything from Mozilla Firefox-based themes to nature themes to your own photographs.
Mitchell Baker
I think a melody is a melody. And the way I usually start is I start writing my themes without even writing to picture to just try to find the tone for the movie or the TV show.
Ramin Djawadi
It’s just hard. I wish the studios felt there was more value in these themes and these pieces of material – that they’re worth protecting more. Because then it just wouldn’t happen. If the studios cared, the stuff would be stopped in a second.
Danny Elfman
I’m always writing across the same themes. But with short stories, I’m doing something different than with novels. In some ways, they’re coming from a much deeper place.
Lynn Coady
‘Hill St.’ was very good, but it was very impersonal work for me. I wrote about that place as if I was a visitor. It wasn’t what my life was like. It was a great place to learn the craft of how to shape a scene, but I wanted a chance to write about more personal themes and obsessions.
Mark Frost
I found it amazing people can think that art must be connected to religion. Religion may give art themes, but there would still be art without religion. Bach is not proof that art exists.
Michel Onfray
Climbing has a lot of themes that are applicable to people, no matter who you are.
Kevin Jorgeson
I’ve always been attracted to themes of isolation in my work – in my independent work and my DC work.
Jeff Lemire
I think horror films in the past maybe touched on social themes having to do with whatever era in which they were made, but in the end, it’s definitely an escapist form of entertainment.
Brooke Nevin
Some months ago, while I was preparing a new work, I told a young cinema executive my intention of including in a soundtrack two themes from Bach. But when he asked me which has been the last hit from that Bach?, then I knew that I had no longer place in cinema.
Maurice Jarre
We need games like ‘A Closed World’ for many reasons. When you hear another developer talk about how games need to grow up, they need to tackle adult themes, and how they need to embrace that ability to transport the player into a different world, this is that game that they want other developers to make.
Rob Manuel
Interest in certain themes doesn’t mandate a personal stake or personal experience of those themes. I’ve killed people in plays, but no one asks me what it’s like to kill people.
Billy Crudup
The mere existence of ‘Buffy’ proves the declinists wrong about one thing: Hollywood commercialism can produce great art. Complex and evolving characters. Playful language. Joy and sorrow, pathos and elation. Episodes that dare to be different – to tell stories in silence or in song. Big themes and terrible choices.
Virginia Postrel
I don’t consciously go out looking for themes. They attach themselves to me.
Gillian Armstrong
Most horror films fail to scare me. I think ‘The Ring’ plays more as a psychological thriller. It’s smarter, there’s more character development and some of the themes explored go a little deeper.
Martin Henderson
I studied Paul Simon’s ‘Slip Slidin’ Away’ and ‘Still Crazy After All These Years.’ I wanted to explore adult themes, portraying the hurt that’s in even a good relationship.
One of the big themes – if not the big theme – of ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’ is the battle of the airwaves. I don’t think teenagers really understand the role propaganda has in our lives in terms of politics, advertising, and the general manipulation of imagery.
Francis Lawrence
I’m starting to realise that there are certain themes that I return to, those being that there is no such thing as normal, and people finding their voice and living authentically. And also that you can be influenced and helped through an extended family.
Toni Collette
Our life is a book that writes itself and whose principal themes sometimes escape us. We are like characters in a novel who do not always understand what the author wants of them.
Julien Green
For me, life and death are very important themes. There is no life without death. That’s why it’s very important to me.
Tite Kubo
Always when you are doing films, the themes swallow you in one way or another.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
I can’t imagine writing something that didn’t address Jewish themes and questions. It’s such a big part of my life, a lot of the way in which I experience the world.
Molly Antopol
Film scores are often based on short themes, and it helps if you’ve got some way of developing these themes and making them sometimes last 4 minutes and sometimes last 40 seconds. One ends up doing it subconsciously.
Anne Dudley
The themes and ideas embedded in ‘Into the Woods’ always spoke to me.
Marc Platt
You never make all things for all people and can’t always pander to the broadest denominator. I keep an eye toward doing the themes that interest me. Do they move me? Interest me? Make me think? When I run across something that is provocative in an unsettling way, it appeals to me.
Edward Norton
There is more to Indian cinema than just Bollywood. I think regional cinema, especially Tamil and Marathi cinema, are exploring some really bold themes.
Anurag Kashyap
People don’t call them horror movies, but Hitchcock, for me, is my favorite storyteller. He was really exploring dark themes, and I don’t know what category you put his movies in. Thriller? Horror? Some of them go in either one.
Jason Blum
Mr. Trump’s election has caused a tectonic shift in advertising – just as it has in media more generally – and themes that might have once seemed innocuous or patriotic have suddenly become politically charged, controversial, and divisive.
James B. Stewart
There are millions and billions of atoms of memory of all kinds of musical themes in me.
Erykah Badu
The weak economy, widening income inequality, gridlock in Congress and a presidential election: Those were perhaps the dominant economic and political themes of 2012.
Steven Rattner
Every day I fantasise about situations and little themes I see in front of me that would make a good beginning of a story. But one has to be disciplined and just sit down and do it.
Emilia Fox
I think books with spiritual themes simply point to the deeper mysteries of life – to what lies beyond us, to what’s hidden inside of us, or perhaps to an understanding of what truly matters.
Sue Monk Kidd
The fantastic thing about ‘Jasper Jones’ is that although it’s set in 1969, the themes are still so topical. We’re still struggling with racism and sexism and domestic violence and abuse.
Angourie Rice
Everyone asks me, ‘Why do you choose such subversive or shocking themes?’ but when I’m alone in my office, I’m not like, ‘OK I’m going to shock.’ I want to write about a character who fascinates me, someone who I don’t understand.
Leila Slimani
The body of work I create combines traditional storylines and postmodern narrative strategies to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics and conflict, as well as the push towards – and resistance against – modernization.
Aman Mojadidi
I’m always writing something. I’ve got so much stuff, I don’t know what to do with it. Some of it will be Strokes, some of it will be I don’t know what – stuff for pop singers. TV themes. I’ve got a jar stuffed with songs, all these ideas that are just me humming into a recording device.
Julian Casablancas
Any underrepresented audience loves to see themselves on TV, but what’s more important is that we’re writing about universal themes – good versus evil, can you change yourself? These themes resonate for everyone.
Courtney A. Kemp
In my writing with Extreme, there are heavy themes. The cover photo has me with a gun to my neck. I am not advocating suicide. I am taking the philosophy that man is the measure of his own fate.
Gary Cherone
‘I Am Number Four’ definitely borrows from a whole bunch of genres and has a whole bunch of different themes throughout. And I think if it was just one stale two-dimensional thing then it would be kind of boring. And I think they did a fantastic job.
Callan McAuliffe
Like Rodgers and Hammerstein, I’m not afraid to deal with themes about the ups and downs of life, yet which are still entertaining, and you still feel these stories.
Harvey Weinstein
I think comedy and satire are the strongest ways to deal with very serious themes and very painful themes.
Colman Domingo
The 1930s birthed two great agrarian novels: ‘Gone with the Wind’ from the viewpoint of the ruling class, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ for the underclass. And both were turned into movies that dared to be true to the books’ controversial themes.
Richard Corliss
I believe the biggest themes of life are put into the best focus when held up against the very sharp light of mortality.
Mitch Albom
I think some of the best music throughout the actual history of music itself came from cultures where they’re not really looking for outside themes. It’s developed from their hometowns – it’s what they love and what they love to do.
Jon Bellion
I started realising that the themes running through all of my novels were really haunting and obsessing me about my own life.
Dani Shapiro
Some broad themes brought me where I am today. At a very young age, my hobby became thinking and finding connections.
Dean Kamen
I’m always thinking about time. That’s one of themes I return to in my work, the way the past bears on the present, the way that time is not linear, and how that expresses itself in people’s everyday lives.
Jesmyn Ward
Thanksgiving is a season that is very much in accord with the themes and teachings of Jesus Christ.
John Clayton
The themes Poe used were universal and timeless. As long as the English language exists at all, we will be able to appreciate what he did. It will not age! It will not become dated!
John Astin
I have a vision of artists putting into film, drama, literature, music, and paintings great themes and great characters from the Book of Mormon.
Ezra Taft Benson
In almost all my work, I try to re-invent Christian images and stories and themes. You’d be amazed by the letters I get from young Christians who recognise this and enjoy it.
Chuck Palahniuk
Too many politicians are shifting the critical themes of our national conversations from a ‘big ideas’ American Brand Platform to narrowly focused, polarizing sound bites that put party philosophy before what used to be heralded as the common good. These ideas, more often than not, divide us rather than serve to bind us.
Alan Siegel
I always thought of vampires, especially the young-adult ones, as a metaphor for sex – sucking blood, forbidden, taboo. I think they just ooze sex. Vampires are all the big themes in life in one attractive, bloodsucking package.
Melissa de la Cruz
I also believe that you are what you have to defend, and if you’re a black man that’s always going to be the bar against which you are judged, whether you want to align yourself with those themes or not. You can think of yourself as a colourless person, but nobody else is gonna.
Don Cheadle
What I write is very personal, but not autobiographical. It’s more ‘thematically personal’ – what’s up in my life in terms of themes at the moment.
Josh Radnor
There’s been a great development with scale on TV, but my approach is always the same across projects, whether it’s a video game, a movie, or a TV show: I always try to set up my sounds and my themes. I really try to stay with the characters and do the storytelling through the music.
Ramin Djawadi
Tribeca Film Festival Doha will promote Middle Eastern themes and filmmakers, but not exclusively. Approximately 40 films will be presented at the new Museum of Islamic Art and in cinemas across Doha. Innovative work by established filmmakers will be shown alongside the debuts of newly discovered directing talents.
Craig Hatkoff
I like the beauty of Faulkner’s poetry. But I don’t like his themes, not at all.
Manuel Puig
I never maligned the sanctity of cinema in my career. I always selected themes and made films with the fervent hope that they will never demoralise viewers.
Balachandra Menon
I’m no songwriter because all of my popular songs have just been outgrowths of themes for the various pictures.
Henry Mancini
The thing that I love about working at ‘GMA’ the most is the storytelling – there are so many different genres on that show and themes you can cover, so it’s been a lot of fun.
Jesse Palmer
I look at ‘Straw Dogs’ as a very imperfect movie. It’s a little bit slow, and its themes are a little bit murky.
Rod Lurie
Working on the themes I was interested in, through the context of a particular family, was a very economical way of dealing with a lot of the issues I was concerned with.
Atom Egoyan
I used to love comic books, and I love American comedy, and neither are afraid to tackle big themes.
Jamie Hewlett
More generally, I made an effort to leave out things that weren’t relevant to the main narrative themes of the book, namely that there were two sides to Steve Jobs: the romantic, poetic, countercultural rebel on one side, and the serious businessperson on the other.
Walter Isaacson
I’m a take-no-prisoners type of comic, and I’m lucky because my fans get me and never have a problem with the politically incorrect themes of my act. But I am continually amazed by how a certain section of our society seems to be so freakin’ sensitive about jokes.
Lisa Lampanelli
I think it is one of the common themes for many Japanese people to choose where to live: Tokyo or their hometown.
Makoto Shinkai
I know the Bible pretty well. I’m not one of those guys who can immediately start quoting every book, but usually I know where to look to find certain themes.
John Darnielle
After a few days with the iPhone X, I can begin to make out its themes. It’s a step towards fading the actual physical manifestation of technology into a mist where it’s just there – a phone that’s ‘all screen,’ one that turns on simply by seeing you, one that removes the mechanics of buttons and charging cables.
Steven Levy
I usually give a book 40 pages. If it doesn’t grab me by then, adios. With young adult books, you can usually tell by Page 4 if it’s worth the time. The author establishes the conflict early, sometimes in the first sentence. The themes of hope, family, friendship and overcoming hardship appeal to most everyone.
Regina Brett
There’s never really been a tradition of making films about Jewish themes or using Judaism as a constant.
James Gray
I do seem to have a lot of family secrets in my novels. I guess I’m one of those writers who is often writing about the same sort of themes, but taking different angles on them.
Nancy Werlin
French architecture always manages to combine the most magnificent underlying themes of architecture; like Roman design, it looks to the community.
Stephen Gardiner
Art is built on the deepest themes of human meaning: good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death, love and hate. No other story has incarnated those themes more than the story of Jesus.
John Ortberg
With couture, the great thing is that each piece has its own character, and you have space to explore and continue themes season after season.
Giles Deacon
We personally don’t try to follow industry trends or themes. We just try and make something that we think would be cool and we want to make.
Hidetaka Miyazaki
Writing for children, you do bear a responsibility to not include overt or graphic adult content that they are not ready for and don’t need, or to address adult concepts or themes from an oblique angle or a child’s limited viewpoint, with appropriate context, without being graphic or distressing.
Garth Nix
You want comedic themes to be recogniseable life truths that we all battle with, and with that comes the healing properties of comedy.
Miranda Hart
I like the stories with the historical themes.
Sarah Sutton
I get very driven by certain themes and ideas.
Alex Winter
For me, the biggest thing was writing memorable themes for the new characters so that ultimately people would have the same identification with ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ as they do with the Harry Potter films.
James Newton Howard
‘Filk’ is the folk music of the science fiction and fantasy community – you get parodies, you get traditional music that’s had the words slightly modified, and you’ll also get just original works that have been written about science fiction and fantasy works, or with science fiction and fantasy themes.
Seanan McGuire
We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama.
Rachel Griffiths
I adore themes of hope and courage and the ways we find meaning through suffering.
Ruta Sepetys
If I spend time at the front of the process worrying about connecting themes, then I won’t write the best songs.
Jason Isbell
Angels and Airwaves is a complete, pure reflection of who I am. The philosophy, the spiritualism, the esotericism, the idea of hope and space and the themes about life and grandeur… that’s all me.
Tom DeLonge
One of the themes in my novels is that our crises can turn into blessings. We can feel like our world has crumbled, but ten years down the road when we look back on that time, we can see God’s hand at work. I love writing that theme into my books.
Terri Blackstock
The problem with themes is that writers don’t realise they are themes until someone points them out.
Tobias Hill
You know, a vampire book is not a book to be the vehicle for big themes and stuff, where sometimes when you’re dealing with art or the life of Christ or the oeuvre of Shakespeare, you know, it’s a little more ambitious.
Christopher Moore
The most difficult part of any crime novel is the plotting. It all begins simply enough, but soon you’re dealing with a multitude of linked characters, strands, themes and red herrings – and you need to try to control these unruly elements and weave them into a pattern.
Ian Rankin
All of the Flying Lotus records are exploring similar themes: These questions in my mind about what’s next and what’s beyond.
Flying Lotus
The media thinks that you have to make science sexy and concentrate on themes such as rivalry and the human issues.
James Dyson
Because kids are physically smaller, there’s an assumption by people who haven’t read a kids’ book for a long time that their ideas and themes and problems and ambitions must be commensurately smaller and less important. I would venture that sometimes the opposite is true.
Morris Gleitzman
The themes in WordPress drive a lot of design trends. It democratizes design… You make a theme, and suddenly it’s on hundreds and thousands of sites.
Matt Mullenweg
I want readers turning pages until three o’clock in the morning. I want the themes of books to stick around for a reader. I’m always trying to find a way to balance characters and theme.
Guy Gavriel Kay
Musical themes developing is a lot of what classical music is based on, and exposition and recapitulation – these kinds of things I find oppressive.
Julia Holter
I knew I wanted to write on religious themes when I was a GI in World War II. I saw and experienced so much violence that I thought I could express my outrage best with music.
Dave Brubeck
There are resurrection themes in every society that has ever been studied, and it is because not just only do we fantasize about the possibility of resurrection and recovery, but it actually happens. And it happens a lot.
Sherwin B. Nuland
I did a cake for the 60th birthday of Elton John, for Britney Spears’ 27th birthday and for the ‘Circus’ album she put out – the cake had circus themes. I prepared a cake for a surprise 82nd birthday event for the architect Frank Gehry; the cake was comprised of mini-replicas of his buildings.
Ron Ben-Israel
The idea of the museum is to show my work since the start, and I wanted to show all of it, not just to choose between different pieces. They are grouped together in themes – minimalism, androgyny, black and white, graphic, flowers, and so on – from the earliest designs to the most recent ones.
Giorgio Armani
In ‘Ratatouille,’ there are two different themes that express the two sides of Remy’s personality: the creative side: the chef, and the ‘thief’ side: his nature as a mouse.
Michael Giacchino
In terms of the themes, I love gray areas. The show is really about what makes someone truly good or what makes someone truly bad, and are we either of those things? ‘Loki’ is in that gray area.
Kate Herron
I strongly believe film should create conversations around themes we are grappling with as a society.
Stacy Martin
Sometimes, I have themes that interest me or that touch on larger issues but, really, I’m just trying to figure out the plot, or how the characters work. I’m trying to make the best story I possibly can.
Brian Selznick
It goes without saying that a good Catholic novel should be good craftsmanship, good writing skills. The creative person must always be engaged in the long labor of perfecting the tools of his art. Yet the work itself need not be explicitly evangelical in its themes and plots.
Michael O’Brien
Yes, I’ve heard of the ‘Mad Men’ comparisons, but I like to think ‘The Hour’ has its own distinctive voice. Although it is set in 1956, I have tried to give it a contemporary edge, and its themes of love, passion, romance, fury, professional jealousy, and personal failure are universal, I think.
Abi Morgan
You have to think of your brand as a kind of myth. A myth is a compelling story that is archetypal, if you know the teachings of Carl Jung. It has to have emotional content and all the themes of a great story: mystery, magic, adventure, intrigue, conflicts, contradiction, paradox.
Deepak Chopra
Sam Peckinpah’s movies probably say more about him than anybody’s body of work says about that person. There are running themes in his films that I find eminently fascinating, disturbing, exhausting, and exhilarating.
Rod Lurie
Occasionally, I hear grumbles about everything being a series or a trilogy, but apart from the question of them maybe selling more books, I think that there’s a real problem in trying to introduce a new world or a new concept while also getting your reader to pay close attention to your characters and themes.
Ann Leckie
Along the way I have been able to choose some themes which ask questions – not necessarily force a message on anyone, but at least invite the audience to question things: jury service, dignity in dying, Ireland – and not least because they force me to ask myself questions. Where do I stand?
Julie Walters
As an actor, I am meant to dabble with different themes and genres.
Sanjay Dutt
Sometimes people think Y Combinator has big ideas about themes. But really, we just fund the best startups.
Sam Altman
‘Elect the Dead’ is a rock record that takes you on a journey with different types of genres integrated, different lyrical themes digested, and many fun and colorful moments to enjoy.
Serj Tankian
You never know when some small thing will lead to a big idea. Travel is very inspirational – but it’s in the ordinary that I find my themes of love and work and family.
Adriana Trigiani
American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others – partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions.
Todd Gitlin
I think when you’re writing films that just come fresh out of your own imagination – I think probably anyone who’s done that, there are certain themes or styles.
Lisa Cholodenko
I believe there are so many other disciplines and themes that we still haven’t explored yet. It’s infinite what we can apply our creativity to.
Guy Laliberte
I’m not sure if it’s easier to address tough themes through humor, but I do think it’s more fun and makes such themes easier to digest for the reader.
Camille Perri
After this, I took private lessons in Italian from an elementary school teacher. He gave me themes to write about, and some of them turned out so well that he told me to publish them in a newspaper.
Grazia Deledda
My mum used to tell me to never boil my cabbages twice, and I think it’s artistically valid. While I do find myself on similar themes in my books, I try not to repeat myself, and that’s something which is all too easy to do in series books.
Geraldine McCaughrean
I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes.
Dario Argento
I think the only consistent thing is that I like projects that explore different social themes. ‘Our Family Wedding’ is a comedy, but it deals with two different cultures coming together. It’s also about people letting go.
Forest Whitaker
As I was finding my musical style, I found my personal style as well, and moving from Germany to L.A. was part of that, raiding the secondhand stores in L.A. trying out different beauty themes, finding my love for huge lashes and big, long hair extensions.
Kim Petras
I’m interested in themes that endure from generation to generation.
David Guterson
‘Nowhere Man’ embodies one of my favorite themes – the hero completely out of his element. It’s really near and dear to my heart.
Ruth Glick
I had worked for George Bush as a speechwriter, and I read a lot of White House memoirs. They all have two themes: ‘It Wasn’t My Fault’ and ‘It Would Have Been Much Worse if I Hadn’t Been There.’
Christopher Buckley
Variety of characters and themes bring out the best in me.
I don’t know if it’s a sadistic side or whatever, but you take characters and put them in really awful situations and make them go through that. And it’s very satisfying as a director to explore that, to tell those stories and to explore those themes, because it is so human.
Morten Tyldum
There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen.
Edward Zwick
I always thought of ‘Lost’ as a psychotic opera. Because there were so many characters, it was important for me to track them with themes.
Michael Giacchino
With ‘The Chi,’ it’s me observing my own city and also pulling some things from themes I’ve dealt with in my life.
Lena Waithe
In general, the main themes emerge early for each book, even before the storyline and characters, as I research the time and place I want to draw upon. Having said that, every single book so far has offered me surprises en route, and these include motifs that come forward as I am writing.
Guy Gavriel Kay
Demonic figures and occult themes have disappeared from modern magic.
David Copperfield
Fame is everywhere; the 15 minutes are now the dominant themes of our times.
Nick Mancuso
Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don’t then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.
Chinua Achebe
We may play in a contemporary rock vein, use standard bebop themes, and many other things besides.
Chuck Mangione
I’m hoping to see some minorities in executive offices in positions of power, people who see the merit of projects with minority themes. That may or may not happen.
Bill Duke
I think one of the major themes in ‘Escape Fire,’ really, if you break it down, is that huge institutions, the military, the Safeway Corporation and others, are being forced to change.
Matthew Heineman
I don’t have a real plan when I do an interview. I have some themes that I want to hit. But I don’t have a set list of questions that I knock off.
George Stroumboulopoulos
While many of my musicals deal with big themes and ideas, I don’t intentionally go looking to write shows like that. A story will interest me, and then somewhere along the way, I discover that hidden inside are these epic themes.
Stephen Schwartz
Shakespeare is all big themes, like the most amazing love, or the most scary war.
Anna Torv
The thing that interested me, there are so many filmmakers I admire – like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino – they have these themes where there’s not much going on, but they were suspenseful.
Bobcat Goldthwait
The privilege I’ve had over 15 movies over a very long time has been to make movies that were ambitious or grown-up, complex, that had themes in them that were sometimes political, sometimes challenging, to make these movies on a scale.
Edward Zwick
I think as the largest democracy in the world, we have self-conscious filmmakers who can handle sensitive themes.
Shoojit Sircar
The themes in ‘Violet’ are universal: accepting yourself with all of your flaws, moving on, and the forgiveness and freedom that comes along with that.
Joshua Henry
Many times, the way I write my themes or melodies is that I hear it, and then I sing into my phone or something, or I’ll scribble down on a piece of paper.
Ramin Djawadi
In the past, like for the last Rilo Kiley record, ‘Under the Blacklight,’ I wore exclusively hot pants because the themes in that record were the underbelly of Los Angeles.
Jenny Lewis
I think my music’s more disturbing than Tupac’s – or at least I thought some of the themes of ‘The Downward Spiral’ were more disturbing on a deeper level – you know, issues about suicide and hating yourself and God and people and everything else.
Trent Reznor
Essentially, you know, one of the great advantages of working in science fiction is it does give you an opportunity to talk about interesting and somewhat controversial themes and social issues and in a way that doesn’t really threaten the audience, because I’m not challenging their particular points of view.
Ronald D. Moore
I haven’t written about an immigrant experience because I haven’t experienced that before and am focused on existential themes.
Tao Lin
I try to watch a movie a day, if not more, and through movies, I learned about so many different political themes I hadn’t been interested in and cultural things I hadn’t been aware of and economic factors I hadn’t thought about.
Hideo Kojima
A good headline is far more than a summary. It has to characterize, in a few brief words, the most important themes and news items of the article it accompanies.
Parker Conrad
Themes recur again and again in my work.
Eve Arnold
People like scary stories. There’s a fascination with fear themes, and we want to face those things in a weird, subconscious way.
Mel Gibson
I’ve always had the wish, the nostalgia to be able to write detective novels. At heart, the principal themes of detective novels are close to the things that obsess me: disappearance, the problems of identity, amnesia, the return to an enigmatic past.
Patrick Modiano
One of the themes of ‘The Longest War,’ my book, which came out before the Arab spring happened, was how al-Qaida and bin Laden was losing the war of ideas in the Muslim world, not because the United States was winning them, but because al-Qaida was simply losing them.
Peter Bergen
Throughout the ages, stories with certain basic themes have recurred over and over, in widely disparate cultures; emerging like the goddess Venus from the sea of our unconscious.
Joan D. Vinge
The works I made at the start of my career rely on the themes of war, atomic power, and outer space.
Takashi Murakami
And of course Marc Cherry heightens it and makes it hilarious. But there’s so many universal themes in the show, and he made it so funny. We knew he was onto something if he could keep it up and, thankfully, he did.
James Denton
Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’ is an enthralling study of doubles, doubling and duplicity. Its twinned themes are obsession and the Secret: the Secret as objet-a, that which inspires, but which can never satisfy, obsession.
Mark Fisher
In an age when stagecraft, gauzy themes, and sound-bites have too often been substituted for leadership, Bill Clinton as a candidate made it essential to campaigning to take the specifics of governance seriously. Practical solutions were ‘in;’ ideology was ‘out.’
Sylvia Mathews Burwell
The themes, ideas and the characters from ‘Skyfall’ can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story.
John Logan
I have a baby that is 21 months old, and I watch Disney Junior with him. A lot of those shows are about pirates. Even the T-shirts and pajamas I buy for him have pirate themes like, ‘Aye-aye, argh and mate.’ But, I definitely grew up watching pirates.
Yasmine Al Masri
Themes only arise after a novel is written, and people begin to try to talk about it.
Rachel Kushner
It’s important for me to talk about my life as a gay man, not gay themes per se, in my work.
Tituss Burgess
I think, along with the great joy and excitement of having a child, it seems to be that the common themes are also a lot of doubt and fear and uncertainty about being a parent – and about how you might not live up to those expectations.
Chris Sullivan
What gets us excited about any movie is the social relevance and the character themes and the character journeys and like the adventure story.
Anna Boden
I love Narcy, he’s such a good artist. I know him personally, he’s a friend. He’s of my generation – he puts out a lot of stuff through music that are themes I like to hit on in my writing and comedy.
Ramy Youssef
I don’t think writers really choose their subjects. I think the subjects, the topics, the themes, choose us, and then we make the most of what we have. For Trollope, society; for Roth, Jews. For me, apparently, love. Why hide it?
Amy Bloom
But it’s much more exciting to make Die Hard. One of the reasons that I think that movie is so successful is it deals with those very important blue-collar relationship themes. But it’s more visually beautiful to show things blowing up. It just gives you more on the screen.
Penn Jillette
You have so much more time to observe and learn with a documentary because of the time between the shoots. You get a much deeper understanding of day-to-day life and its themes. It’s also much more of a mess after three years; you have to comb it out carefully and see what fits together and makes sense.
Debra Granik
If someone were to call me ‘the next Amy Tan,’ it would not be because – or not primarily because – we have similar themes or subjects or styles. Let’s be honest: it would be because we are both Chinese American.
Celeste Ng
I don’t reinvent myself in any major way. It seems to be a slow evolution. I go back and visit certain themes that I feel strongly about and resonate with me emotionally.
James Taylor
I think one of the primary themes in my work is the paradox of memory, at once fundamental to our sense of who we are and yet elusive, ever-changing, fragmentary. One way to look at this is to say that, therefore, we ourselves are elusive, ever-changing and fragmentary to ourselves.
Floyd Skloot
I prefer to write books for children instead of reading them. But I do strongly believe in childhood and in respecting childhood innocence. I don’t like books for children that deal with adult themes.
Philip Kerr
Well I didn’t actually see the Matrix but I’ve seen other movies where with similar sorts of themes.
Roger Penrose
In my family history, there are generations of women who were abandoned by men. It’s one of the themes of my family.
Lynn Nottage
While we can all access articles and information in so many places now – across blogs, in newspapers, on video – there is something very powerful about putting it all together into an edited format in a single issue that has a narrative stretching across the themes.
Michael Wolf
A lot of the themes that I write about are an affirmation of our existence on earth and making people feel like they are not alone, and making them feel like it is OK to be a little bit insane. That has always been sort of my credo in life.
Grace Potter
It’s interesting that these themes of crime and political corruption are always relevant.
Martin Scorsese
We used the Western style to express our own themes and stories. But don’t forget that our heritage includes The Thousand and One Nights.
Naguib Mahfouz
I was the Playmate editor for ‘Playboy’ for two years. I produced two years’ worth of centerfolds. I did everything on that, from picking the girls to designing the sets to picking the wardrobe, coming up with themes, assigning the photographer, down to editing the photos and approving the retouching.
Holly Madison
The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it’s not all about characters, relationships and themes, it’s also about place and the poetry of place. It’s about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.
Mike Leigh
Change and renewal are themes in life, aren’t they? We keep growing throughout life.
Susan Minot
As a screen composer or film-music writer, I need something that I can work with in the body of the score. Like ‘Charade,’ ‘Moon River,’ ‘Wine and Roses,’ ‘Dear Heart’ – they were all just themes that grew out of the picture.
Henry Mancini
I don’t want to deal with big, grand themes in my stories; art has nothing to do with themes. When you deal with themes, you are not creating; you are lecturing.
Tatyana Tolstaya
Themes rise and fall. Kingdoms rise and fall. Religions rise and fall.
Fab Moretti
Is it good, bad, or neutral to recognize thematic patterns in your own work? When it comes to recurring themes, I’m of the mind that knowledge is probably not power, at least in terms of the work.
Sara Zarr
The stories are there first, and they come from my experiences wandering around in the world. They will resonate into bigger things, forces sweeping the planet, themes and archetypes, but I’m not smart enough to have lucid integration of all that in my head as I’m writing.
Bob Shacochis
Country music tends to be so sentimental and homespun, it’s easy to stumble into self-parody, but Haggard has brought a freshness to the themes that places him alongside Hank Williams and Willie Nelson as one of the greatest country music writers.
Robert Hilburn
If one wants to go on living, one must evolve. Before, when we composed, we would start by a series of music themes. Once created, we would hire writers and lyricists to make up the text and the story line. I was the first to do this backwards with ‘Man of La Mancha.’
Mitch Leigh
They say great themes make great novels. but what these young writers don’t understand is that there is no greater theme than men and women.
John O’Hara
I want to re-mythologize ‘The Green Hornet’ in a contemporary context, with an emphasis on story and character, while at the same time incorporating themes that speak to my heart.
Gavin O’Connor
Well the themes for me were and remain sex and love and grief and death – the things that make us and undo us, create and destroy, how we breed and disappear and the emotional context that surrounds these events.
Thomas Lynch
I think vampires are different from human beings, but they’re sentenced to eternity on this planet. They have the same confusion about love and permanence, integrity, and denial. These qualities really are the same in vampire characters as in humans. I think they’re universal themes.
Alexandra Cassavetes
I think if you look at the themes that are presented in the film, some are inherently social, and I think that any film which deals with the family is dealing with the smallest social unit in our society – and in a sense it is a question of scope.
Atom Egoyan
‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired me. I wanted to take those themes and try to bring it into a more 21st story with aliens.
Tony DiTerlizzi
In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. ‘Work hard. Don’t quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.’
Michael Keaton
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.
David Milch
Malayalis tend to be nostalgic about rustic storylines, pastoral themes and ordinary folk who lead a simple way of life.
Biju Menon
In the century-long history of Chinese science fiction, apocalyptic themes were mostly absent. This was especially true in the period before the 1990s, when Chinese science fiction, isolated from the influence of the West, developed on its own.
Liu Cixin
I feel it’s our responsibility to keep our ear tuned to public discourse. There’s a lot of noise out there, and our responsibility is to pick up on the themes and issues that work their way through all of society.
Nina Tassler
Well, I never got into the young adult headspace. With ‘Twilight,’ they are pretty adult themes, aside from maybe the first one, but even that. They’re very adult themes, actually, particularly as the characters age. I never wrote for young adults. I wrote for myself, as an audience.
Melissa Rosenberg
I like the idea of experimenting with all sorts of themes and just feeling free creatively.
Though many of Obsidian’s games have featured wry, sardonic humor, the developer has stuck to more serious fantasy and sci-fi themes.
Jason Schreier
I was making big paintings with mythological themes. When I started painting black figures, the white professors were relieved, and the black students were like, ‘She’s on our side.’ These are the kinds of issues that a white male artist just doesn’t have to deal with.
Kara Walker
There are a number of parallels between the slums of Brazil and those found in my hometown, Karachi. The dichotomy that exists in Brazil is uncannily similar to that found in Pakistan, and I hope to one day make a film that follows similar themes.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
I do read some of the scripts from America and, even though the themes or subject of the film is very interesting, and some of the scenes are very interesting, there is a tendency that they have to explain everything. There will be no dilemma.
Mads Mikkelsen
Obviously, the ‘Rocky’ theme is one of the most recognizable themes in film.
Ludwig Goransson
But I’m a fairly mechanical worker – I tend not to think about themes so much as plot. I want to get the feeling right. If it’s moving through tunnels, I ask myself, what is it like to move through tunnels?
Brian Selznick
Fiscal responsibility and government reform are going to be good themes for governing, well at any time, but particularly coming out of a recovery.
Bob McDonnell
My songs have always been frustrating themes, relationships that I’ve had. And now that I’m in love, I expect it to be really happy, or at least there won’t be half as much anger as there was.
Kurt Cobain
I’m a big believer in ‘Trojan horses’ – There are certain themes that are more palatable when wrapped in something fun or distracting.
Marti Noxon
Ab-Souls Outro’ serves as a jazzy, spoken summation of ‘Section.80’s themes. Guest cohort Ab-Soul opens the song with one urgent verse after another: Flowing freely like the saxophone behind him, his words advocate veering outside life’s most predictable pathways.
Anthony Fantano
I started collecting aerial photographs of Native American and South Pacific architecture; only the African ones were fractal. And if you think about it, all these different societies have different geometric design themes that they use. So Native Americans use a combination of circular symmetry and fourfold symmetry.
Ron Eglash
I like to have recognizable themes and sounds that really connect to the project and that you can identify with that particular project. My goal is always, ‘When that theme comes on – even if you’re not in the room – you hear it and say, ‘Oh my show is starting, I gotta watch.’
Ramin Djawadi
I think as far as themes, ‘Hedwig’ is about what music meant to you as a kid and how rock n’ roll can save you; that is definitely part of it.
John Cameron Mitchell
I don’t necessarily set out to teach or say anything in particular in my writing. Morals and themes come out as I’m telling the tale.
Victoria Aveyard
‘A Perfect Place’ is character-driven. The director for that wanted a couple of identifiable themes with a bunch of variations. That is what I did. The director for ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’ did not want that at all.
Mike Patton
It is a very beautiful story, ‘The Crow.’ It is a very tragic story with huge emotional themes.
Luke Evans
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is a great piece of filmmaking and does a valuable public service by raising difficult questions most Hollywood movies shy away from, but as of this writing, it seems that one of its central themes – that torture was instrumental to tracking down bin Laden – is not supported by the facts.
Peter Bergen
I feel that people really feel they’ve got a part of me when they listen to my albums and the themes just show themselves.
Sarah Brightman