"I don't think about technique. The ideas dictate everything. You have to be true to that or you're dead."
"I like the idea of making films about ostensibly absolutely nothing. I like the irrelevant, the tangential, the sidebar excursion to nowhere that suddenly becomes revelatory. That's what all my movies are about. That and the idea that we're in possession of certainty, truth, infallible knowledge, when actually we're just a bunch of apes running around. My films are about people who think they're connected to something, although they're really not."
"The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world."
"Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure."
"When you start you want to make the greatest film in the world, but when you get into it, you just want to get it done, let it be passable and not embarrassing."
"The director is simply the audience. So the terrible burden of the director is to take the place of that yawning vacuum, to be the audience and to select from what happens during the day which movement shall be a disaster and which a gala night. His job is to preside over accidents."
"You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates."
"The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't."
"Film as dream, film as music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul."
"The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed."