40 Sensational & Enlightening Cameron Crowe Quotes

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Which are your favorite Cameron Crowe quotes?

Cameron Crowe is an American director, producer, screenwriter, author, journalist, and actor. He is one of the most notable directors in Hollywood.

Crowe is best recognized through his films ‘Jerry Maguire’ and ‘Almost Famous’ which successfully became his biggest hits and won him many prestigious film awards, including Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.

Crowe started out his career as a contributing editor for the internationally popular magazine The Rolling Stone which he still frequently writes until now. He then authored his first book ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ which marked his screenwriting debut and his breakthrough in the film industry.

Here’s a collection of the best Cameron Crowe quotes:


40 Sensational & Enlightening Cameron Crowe Quotes

1. “I used to see a lot of cocaine. There were journalists who used cocaine and didn’t write about it and I didn’t write about it. I would never do drugs, so I would always get the same response from people: “Smart kid, more for me.” Whether it was a joke or sincere or both, but I was just happy not to be in there partying with the band like some of these other journalists.” – Cameron Crowe

2. “Conception of a film starts with the music. Always. I hear the movie before I can ever write it. I would say that 80% of the time, that’s the successful stuff. It’s the other stuff I have to work for to get right, and sometimes it doesn’t work out, but the music is always the beginning. So I’m still a music journalist.” – Cameron Crowe

3. “So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future.” – Cameron Crowe

4. “You will never know the exquisite pain of the guy who goes home alone. Cause without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.” – Cameron Crowe

5. “What you believe one day isn’t what you believe the next day and I think every writer secretly believes that they may never be able to do write good song or script again, but they can.” – Cameron Crowe

6. “I always loved songwriters who wrote songs in the first person, so it’s kind of like that.” – Cameron Crowe

7. “You just never know if people out there will relate to things when you write them; it matters to you, and to some people it doesn’t. Some people are ‘I’m not in the mood for that; thanks.'” – Cameron Crowe

8. “I wanted to make a comment on the obsession with success and failure that we see a lot in America.” – Cameron Crowe

9. “RRC remains the best publication to hit my mailbox” – Cameron Crowe


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10. “That’s how I am as a director – if somebody does a really good take, I can’t help it, I’m not even aware of it. Actors really, really need positive reinforcement.” – Cameron Crowe


11. “I always loved movies, but I never thought I would presume to be a screenwriter and definitely not a director. I spent a lot of time for no money trying to teach myself how to write a script. It always felt like everybody was looking the other way and sneaking that script through the system, but it did well later on video and got another chance.” – Cameron Crowe

12. “When you listen to the music, you can also see the film or read the article, and it’s all part of the same journey that you get to take with the artist you’re interested in. It’s a balancing act.” – Cameron Crowe

13. “Probably having fallen in love with music and movies at a young age and then first learning about writing by kind of following the path of writers like Dave Marsh and Lester Bangs and being a rock journalist.” – Cameron Crowe

14. “The battered idealist. It’s just my favorite character … To me, a hero is somebody who is able to accept the environment of the world, deal with the stuff that’s thrown in their path … and somehow keep their heart.” – Cameron Crowe

15. “The power of music is still with me, every day. It’s one of the most inspiring things available in the world. I write with music. I write scenes in movies that hopefully can earn the use of some songs that are powerful to me. But, I think it just came from being affected by strong, personal art.” – Cameron Crowe

16. “Great music is its own movie, already. And the challenge, as a music fan, is to keep the song as powerful as it wants to be, to not tamper with it and to somehow give it a home.” – Cameron Crowe

17. “Sometimes things you write are messages to yourself. Even though I think my stuff has a particular voice because you are who you are, it’s good to switch it up, professionally and personally. The dare to be great situation is always going to be the one that matters the most.” – Cameron Crowe

18. “The current state of music journalism is not bad, but it’s not great at all. Some of the hip-hop stuff people get into is exciting because there’s a passion and there’s something to explain to a more mainstream audience, so you get these passionate writers who want to express their love for rap and hip-hop, which is cool. But there are too many magazines, and the access has been diminished, so the quality of profiles has gone way down. Internet stuff can be really good, though. I like the dialogue between fans on the Internet. I think that’s the best rock writing that’s going on right now.” – Cameron Crowe

19. “The future isn’t just something that happens. It’s a brutal force, with a great sense of humor, that’ll steamroll you if you’re not watching.” – Cameron Crowe


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20. “I try and direct environmentally. So that people don’t feel like everything is going to depend on what happens when someone says, ‘Action’. So that they can literally be swimming in the warm water and at some point, the race begins, and at some point, the race ends, but it is about being free to swim.” – Cameron Crowe


21. “If you try to write something that’s memorable, you’ll never get it. Sometimes it’s the way the actor says the words that make it memorable.” – Cameron Crowe

22. “I write with music. I write scenes in movies that hopefully can earn the use of some songs that are powerful to me.” – Cameron Crowe

23. “There’s several ways to be a journalist. One way is to be combative and take the person to task and what you have is a portrait of somebody defending themselves, which is interesting. The other thing is to slip into their world and really be a representative for all the people that love the experience of that artist, and have them get so comfortable that you become invisible and they’re themselves.” – Cameron Crowe

24. “I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.” – Cameron Crowe

25. “And I liked that whole idea that energy comes from not disseminating your ideas and talking about them.” – Cameron Crowe

26. “My dream is to do exactly what I’m doing. I love writing and directing, and being somebody that can write about an artist I love or make a film about it. That’s great. I would leave the other stuff to those who do it much better.” – Cameron Crowe

27. “Well it kind of is project to project because as a writer I think you always write to some degree about things that you know or things that happened – but my favorite filmmakers, my favorite movies of theirs tend to be the personal movies.” – Cameron Crowe

28. “Take it from your own life, write what you believe in.” – Cameron Crowe

29. “People dance and we have a lot of music and… this might be the closet I get for a while.” – Cameron Crowe


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30. “I just love when a movie takes a break and gives you a poetic moment, but sometimes it’s good when they just happen randomly. If your actors are really comfortable and you let the camera roll, sometimes things happen and you just see something that’s visually iconic, or emotionally that way.” – Cameron Crowe


31. “I remember that, before John Lennon died, everyone was saying that Rolling Stone couldn’t do good reporting anymore. But when he died, they wrote this amazing issue, as they should have about Lennon. They did that when Elvis died, too.” – Cameron Crowe

32. “Be positive, be positive. It’s rough out there, but don’t succumb. Don’t succumb to the cynicism in the world.” – Cameron Crowe

33. “Many people don’t have an outlet for their feelings or how they can express life and not everybody in a relationship is the kind of person who wants to. But if you can write, you can find a good way to do it.” – Cameron Crowe

34. “Time puts things in proper perspective.” – Cameron Crowe

35. “Hey, I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.” – Cameron Crowe

36. “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” – Cameron Crowe

37. “I always tell the girls never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously you never get hurt, if you never get hurt you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely just go to the record store and visit your friends.” – Cameron Crowe

38. “I wanted to follow the path of music and feel that power, and I couldn’t turn back.” – Cameron Crowe

39. “We tried to present an emotional scrapbook of what it felt like to be a band member on this 20-year journey.” – Cameron Crowe

40. “In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.” – Cameron Crowe



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