Quotes by: Lee Daniels

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Lee Daniels
Daniels at the 2013 Outfest Legacy Awards
Born Lee Louis Daniels
(1959-12-24) December 24, 1959 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York City, US
Occupation Film producer, film director
Years active 1986–present
Children 2
Website leedanielsentertainment.com

I see the world from a very specific perspective. It is how I grew up. It is what I am proud of, and I vocalize it. And for those who have not experienced my experience, it is odd, and it's not mainstream.
Lee Daniels
I'm not really vegan. I'm vegan-ish. I have a piece of lamb every now and then.
Lee Daniels
I've never done a studio movie, let alone worked for a network. Every one of my films has been independently financed.
Lee Daniels
I love actors, and I'm very protective of them. I trust them. It's a mutual trust.
Lee Daniels
I'm not Tyler Perry. I'm not Dino De Laurentis. I think it's a bit much to put one's name in front of the film. It makes me uncomfortable.
Lee Daniels
Some of my friends don't have a cell phone. Patti LaBelle doesn't have a cell phone.
Lee Daniels
I want to live in my truth. Tell me you don't like me, and I know it. But when you don't tell me, and you work behind my back, it's a lie, and I don't know how to fight that.
Lee Daniels
Theater was always in the backdrop. Nursing was a way to pay the bills. I wasn't a nurse; I had a nursing agency.
Lee Daniels
What attracts me to material are characters that I know - characters that I know people don't know but I know - and bringing them to the screen. Spotlighting voices that have not been heard before on screen.
Lee Daniels
I knew that I'd end up directing because I'm so hands-on with my films.
Lee Daniels
I always question if somebody else is going to love my films. I think that's what art is about - it's so individual.
Lee Daniels
I look at my movies; I call my movies 'the kid.' It's like I'm giving birth. I'm in the cocoon, you know?
Lee Daniels
Here's the thing: I think the media underestimates the intelligence of the moviegoer. We need to be fulfilled. People want to sit down and think, and I try to make people think.
Lee Daniels
While I am not a musician, I love music. I have over 15,000 songs on my iPod. Everything from hard core rap to the soundtrack from the original 'Cinderella.'
Lee Daniels
I want to see movies I can walk away from and say, 'Wait, what happened there? Hold up, what did I just see? What?' and then it connects to something that you personally, unequivocally know to be truth.
Lee Daniels
To come into my world, I've got some M&Ms and some potato chips, and I'm asking you to move furniture. We're making a movie. We're making it like we're putting on a play.
Lee Daniels
I'm not going to be labeled a black filmmaker. I am not here to just tell black stories. I'm here to tell all kinds of stories, musicals and dramas.
Lee Daniels
It's hard for me to accept love. I wish I could lie to you and tell you that it's easy for me, but it's not.
Lee Daniels
I want to learn. I want to stretch my muscles as a director and work under different circumstances.
Lee Daniels
I don't profess to be Shonda Rhimes by any stretch of the imagination, or Dick Wolf. They're icons. I'm a filmmaker.
Lee Daniels
There are servers, and there are people that are served. There's something contradictory about that in a democracy, certainly.
Lee Daniels
I went back-to-back from 'Paperboy' to 'Butler,' literally with no break.
Lee Daniels
My kids tell me to Instagram, so I do that. I have a few thousand followers.
Lee Daniels
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