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  1. George Lucas: Introduction
  2. George Lucas: Early Life and Education
  3. George Lucas: Success Story
  4. George Lucas: Net Worth
  5. George Lucas: Famous or Infamous
  6. George Lucas: Most Influential Quotes

George Lucas created the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Here are some of his choice sayings about life and success.

George Lucas on Creativity

“Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is.” Lucas on finding one’s way in the world.

“None of the films I've done was designed for a mass audience, except for 'Indiana Jones.' Nobody in their right mind thought 'American Graffiti' or 'Star Wars' would work.” Lucas on working against the grain, thinking outside the box, and the potential rewards that await those who succeed at doing so.

“Even in high school I was very interested in history – why people do the things they do. As a kid I spent a lot of time trying to relate the past to the present.” Lucas on his studies.

“'American Graffiti' was unpleasant because of the fact that there was no money, no time, and I was compromising myself to death.” Lucas on his experience creating the first real success of his career.

“There should be a point to movies. Sure, you're giving people a diversion from the cold world for a bit, but at the same time, you pass on some facts and rules and maybe a little bit of wisdom.” Lucas on what he hopes to derive from and communicate through the medium of film.

“You can't do it unless you can imagine it.” Lucas on the primary role of the imagination as an ignition switch to action.

“If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.” Lucas on how the narrative qualities of a film can be dictated by the market. (For more, see: Top 10 Successful Movie Franchises.)

George Lucas on Work

“It's hard work making movies. It's like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it's emotional, tense work. If you don't really love it, then it ain't worth it.” Lucas on the need to love your work in order to both stay sane and do the work properly.

“When you are a beginning filmmaker you are desperate to survive. The most important thing in the end is survival and being able to get to your next picture.” Lucas on how larger ambitions sometimes need to wait.

“Working hard is very important. You're not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.” Lucas on the paramount importance of hard work.

“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.” Lucas on ignoring critics and other distractions.

“Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.” Lucas on the aesthetic and even spiritual dimension of his career.

“I realized why directors are such horrible people  in a way – because you want things to be right, and people will just not listen to you, and there is no time to be nice to people, no time to be delicate.” Lucas on the personality that authority demands of a director. (For more, see: Why Is The Star Wars Franchise So Valuable?)

George Lucas on Luck and Grit

“Good luck has its storms.” Lucas on the way that happy accidents tend to come in clusters.

“The secret is not to give up hope. It's very hard not to because if you're really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.” Lucas on the immense difficulty of doing anything of lasting value, and the absolute necessity of ignoring all doubt in the pursuit of such goals.

“A director makes 100 decisions an hour. Students ask me how you know how to make the right decision, and I say to them, 'If you don't know how to make the right decision, you're not a director.'” Lucas on directing films, and by extension, leadership of any enterprise.

“A film is sort of binary – it either works or it doesn't work. It has nothing to do with how good a job you do. If you bring it up to an adequate level where the audience goes with the movie, then it works, that is all.” Lucas on how the overall effect of something outstrips the individual parts. (See also: 7 Real-Life Ways To Become A Billionaire.)

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