A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
When you are down and out something always turns up and it is usually the noses of your friends.
I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch.
In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce The cuckoo clock.
I have the terrible feeling that, because I am wearing a white beard and am sitting in the back of the theatre, you expect me to tell you the truth about something. These are the cheap seats, not Mount Sinai.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
The ideal American type is perfectly expressed by the Protestant, individualist, anti-conformist, and this is the type that is in the process of disappearing. In reality there are few left.
I'm not bitter about Hollywood's treatment of me, but of its treatment of Griffith, von Sternberg, Buster Keaton, and a hundred others
A good artist should be isolated. If he isn't isolated, something is wrong.
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
I have a great love and respect for religion, great love and respect for atheism. What I hate is agnosticism, people who do not choose.
Now I'm an old Christmas tree, the roots of which have died. They just come along and while the little needles fall off me replace them with medallions.
We made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends
If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
The word genius was whispered into my ear, the first thing I ever heard, while I was still mewling in my crib. So it never occurred to me that I wasn't until middle age.
Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up
The basic and essential human is the woman
Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
I drag my myth around with me