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Alfred Hitchcock Quotes and Sayings

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We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time
capsules in order to give those people living in the
next century or so some idea of what we are like.
- Alfred Hitchcock

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The length of a film should be directly related to
the endurance of the human bladder.
- Alfred Hitchcock

A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Television has brought back murder into the home -
where it belongs.
- Alfred Hitchcock

 

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was
all actors should be treated like cattle.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Self-plagiarism is style.
- Alfred Hitchcock

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There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat:
cut it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it,
as well as contributing to the need for it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character,
I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says,
'But what's my motivation?, ' I say,
'Your salary.'
- Alfred Hitchcock

I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I am a typed director.
If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately
be looking for a body in the coach.
- Alfred Hitchcock

In feature films the director is God;
in documentary films God is the director.
- Alfred Hitchcock

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
- Alfred Hitchcock

The paperback is very interesting but I find it will
never replace the hardcover book -
it makes a very poor doorstop.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline -
production: 1: small children,
2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie
will not be as good as the last one.
- Alfred Hitchcock

If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the
audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
- Alfred Hitchcock

There is nothing to winning, really.
That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye,
an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs,
so I don't want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.
- Alfred Hitchcock

This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Disney has the best casting.
If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms.
And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I'm full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties
and any kind of complications.
I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.
- Alfred Hitchcock

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life,
but a piece of cake.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic,
performed with tenderness in simple,
homey places like the kitchen table.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when
they wake up from a nightmare.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Blondes make the best victims.
They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds,
just something that comes out of the mouths of people
whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing.
It didn't change people's habits.
It just kept them inside the house.
- Alfred Hitchcock

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Actors are cattle.
- Alfred Hitchcock

In films murders are always very clean.
I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the American toaster,
you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
- Alfred Hitchcock

There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea.
It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.
- Alfred Hitchcock

Luck is everything...
My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person.
I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear,
because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
- Alfred Hitchcock

These are bagpipes.
I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired
when he saw a man carrying an indignant,
asthmatic pig under his arm.
Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the
purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
- Alfred Hitchcock

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you seem to be, be really.
- Benjamin Franklin

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Things are seldom what they seem.
- William S. Gilbert (Gilbert and Sullivan: HMS Pinafore)

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you,
but it is most important that you do it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I find that the harder I work,
the more luck I seem to have.
- Thomas Jefferson

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...
there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart...
I'll always be with you.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

In all things and in all ways,
choice impacts virtually every element of our life.
It bears repeating that even those things
which seem out of reach of our choice
are governed by how we choose to perceive them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

If you would convince others,
seem open to conviction yourself.
- Lord Chesterfield

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love
Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.
- Rumi

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does.
Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- James A. Baldwin

Don't fall for looks, they can deceive.
Don't fall for wealth, in the end it fades away.
Find someone who makes you smile
because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
- Anonymous

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he's
obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders.
He's got a kind of presence.
- Nick Price

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
- Roger Ebert

The world is governed more by appearance than realities
so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
- Daniel Webster

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

If I seem to boast more than is becoming,
my excuse is that I brag
for humanity rather than for myself.
- Henry David Thoreau

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does
any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

I've got to go.
That's one of the penalties of being a doctor.
I never seem to finish a conversation.
- Robert M. Fresco

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious
as to have friends at a distance;
they make the latitudes and the longitudes.
- Henry David Thoreau

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable, and then,
when we summon the will,
they soon become inevitable.
- Christopher Reeve


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