Category: Quotes


Posted on September 25th, by Iván in Motion, Quotes. 1 Comment

“Poor people’s dreams are very deep things.”

—The mother of Ricardo Rodriguez

I’m currently working through a documentary series called The New Americans which follows  a number of immigrants from different countries as they leave their homes and come to America. It is massive in scope, taking place over four years, and I think that if schools ever became progressive enough to have required viewings, and were progressive enough to chose the right films for required viewing, this would be mandatory.

So far in the series there is a family of Nigerian refugees, a Palestinian woman engaged to a Palestinian-American, and two Dominican teenagers hoping to make it into America by being recruited by a major league baseball team. The above quote is spoken right after one of the boys discovers that he has been selected to attend training in America, putting him that much closer to his dream.

It is a beautiful and moving work, and especially in the context of my upcoming project it is inspiring as I’ll get out. My film professor has mentioned to me numerous times that there are certain stories that are so compelling that the cinematography really doesn’t matter. This is one of those films, and if you watch it you’ll agree.

Get a hold of this. It is available via iTunes and is far more valuable than it costs.


Posted on September 19th, by Iván in Quotes. 1 Comment

A preview for an upcoming book about Polaroid.

“Marketing is what you do if your product is no good.”

—Edwin Land

Wisdom from a Master

Posted on September 6th, by Iván in Quotes. No Comments

“Without good taste, you cannot make good food.”

—Jiro Ono, in Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Secret Sauce

Posted on August 20th, by Iván in Quotes. No Comments

“That’s another technical term: so you have sauce, and then secret sauce.”

—Jesse Rosten, in a tutorial about kinetic type

The Destiny of Despereaux

Posted on July 30th, by Iván in Quotes. No Comments

“Reader, you must know that an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone, mouse or man, who does not conform.”

—The Tale of Despereaux