William Goldman Quotes

Home / Novelist / William Goldman Quotes
William Goldman

Goldman at the 2008 Screenwriting Expo
Born (1931-08-12) August 12, 1931 (age 85)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Pen name S. Morgenstern
Occupation Non-fiction author, novelist, playwright, screenwriter
Alma mater

Oberlin College (BA 1952)
Columbia University (MA 1956)

Genre Drama, fiction, literature, thriller
Spouse Ilene Jones (1961–1991; divorced; 2 children, Jenny Rebecca and Susanna)
Relatives James Goldman (brother)

The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.

We are men of action, lies do not become us.
Never argue with your wife about hostility when she's a certified Freudian.
William Goldman
Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.
Nobody knows anything.
Yes, I am a failed playwright. I had three shows on Broadway by the time I was 30. They all flopped, and I fled.
William Goldman
Being a screenwriter is not enough for a full creative life.
There is one crucial rule that must be followed in all creative meetings. Never speak first. At least at the start, your job is to shut up.
William Goldman
You can never trust what you read.
We are men of action, lies do not become us.
As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless – and absolutely essential.
William Goldman
One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.
William Goldman
Life is pain, highness. Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.
William Goldman
But this is life on earth, you can't have everything.