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" I'm not an activist. "
" I have a great map of the Tibesti Mountains in the southern Sahara or Northern Chad. It's a dream of mine to go there, but it's such a volatile area, you have to be prudent. "
" I'm the last one who would do self-analysis. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The universe is monstrously indifferent to the presence of man. "
" I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment. "
" Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates. "
" 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 think it is a quest of literature throughout the ages to describe the human condition. "
" I'm not into digital marketing, downloading, or streaming - I've always been a man of the theaters. "
" The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot. "
" If an actor knows how to milk a cow, I always know it will not be difficult to be in business with him. "
" I think there should be holy war against yoga classes. "
" I'm not very eager to sit and look at my films all the time. "
" I'm politically interested, but I have no particular talent as a political beast, stepping out and running for office. "
" Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable. "
" I find it interesting that there are impostors out on the Internet pretending to be Werner Herzog. "
" I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews. "
" Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness. "
" I do other sorts of things. I act in other people's movies. I direct operas. I write books. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I think there are specific times where film noir is a natural concomitant of the mood. When there's insecurity, collapse of financial systems - that's where film noir always hits fertile ground. "
" I know whenever it comes to be really dysfunctional and vile and base and hostile on screen, I'm good at that! "
" Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault. "
" I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard. "
" I have nothing against 3D films but I do not need to see them. "