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Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up. They have retained bubbling-over boyishness. They have relished wit, they have indulged in humor. They have not allowed ‘dignity’ to depress them into moroseness. Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism, and optimism is the stuff of which American business success is fashioned. Resist growing up!
Humor is really one of the hardest things to define, very hard. And it’s very ambiguous. You have it or you don’t. You can’t attain it. There are terrible forms of professional humor, the humorists’ humor. That can be awful. It depresses me because it is artificial. You can’t always be humorous, but a professional humorist must. That is a sad phenomenon.
I’m not saying that I made a film to make young people feel great, not such a simple message, but I really felt that I will not go back to do something depressing. I had to make something happy and funny, and show that there are always many ways to continue – even when you’re feeling ugly, or you are forgotten by your parents.
When I see a cheerful young man shrieking about how full of life he is, banging on a drum, and blowing on a tin trumpet, and speaking of his good spirits, it depresses me, since naturally it gives the contrary impression. It can’t be real. It ought to be but it isn’t. If the noisy person meant what he said, he wouldn’t say it.