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" I like and I love everything that has to do with cinema: writing, directing, editing, creating music, and even acting. "
" Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates. "
" I'm a very professional man. I'm not out for the experience of adventure. "
" If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn't matter whether you're bold or cowardly, or whether you're stupid or intelligent. Doesn't get you anywhere. "
" Let's put it this way: art house theaters are vanishing. They have almost disappeared completely, and that means there's a shift in what audiences want to see. And they have to be aware of that and be realistic. It's as simple as that. "
" I travel without barely any luggage. Just a second set of underwear and binoculars and a map and a toothbrush. "
" Life on our planet has been a constant series of cataclysmic events, and we are more suitable for extinction than a trilobite or a reptile. So we will vanish. There's no doubt in my heart. "
" I'm not an interviewer. I have conversations. "
" You must live life in its very elementary forms. The Mexicans have a very nice word for it: pura vida. It doesn't mean just purity of life, but the raw, stark-naked quality of life. And that's what makes young people more into a filmmaker than academia. "
" The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot. "
" I live my life outside of the glitz and glamour of the red carpet events, and so you'll never see me there. I'm never at parties. "
" The universe is monstrously indifferent to the presence of man. "
" Why go to Antarctica, why do a film like 'Grizzly Man'? It's the sheer joy of storytelling - it's the urge. "
" I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews. "
" I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard. "
" There are certainly laws and elements that make a film more accessible to mainstream audiences. If you've got Tom Cruise as a strongman, I'm sure it would have larger audiences, but it wouldn't have the same substance. "
" The universe is not harmonious: you know that by looking outside. "
" I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment. "
" I think the worst that can happen in filmmaking is if you're working with a storyboard. That kills all intuition, all fantasy, all creativity. "
" Technology has a great advantage in that we are capable of creating dinosaurs and show them on the screen even though they are extinct 65 million years. All of a sudden, we have a fantastic tool that is as good as dreams are. "
" Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness. "
" I have nothing against 3D films but I do not need to see them. "
" Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It's an ego trip, and I'm not on an ego trip. I don't have ambitions - I have a vision. "
" If an actor knows how to milk a cow, I always know it will not be difficult to be in business with him. "
" I'm the last one who would do self-analysis. "
" I never have searched for a subject. They always just come along. They never come by way of decision-making. They just haunt me. I can't get rid of them. I did not invite them. "
" I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk. "
" I find it interesting that there are impostors out on the Internet pretending to be Werner Herzog. "
" Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life. "
" I'm simply not afraid. It's not in my dictionary of behaviour. "
" You should bear in mind that almost all my documentaries are feature films in disguise. "