"The only safe thing is to take a chance." ~ Mike Nichols
"There's nothing better than discovering, to your own astonishment, what you're meant to do. It's like falling in love."
"I love to take actors to a place where they open a vein. That's the job. The key is that I make it safe for them to open the vein."
"The reason you do this stuff - comedy, plays, movies - is to be seized by something, to disappear in the service of an idea."
"Directing is mystifying. It's a long, long, skid on an icy road, and you do the best you can trying to stay on the road... If you're still here when you come out of the spin, it's a relief. But you've got to have the terror if you're going to do anything worthwhile."~ Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director Dies at 83