Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature.
Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.
But each time I seemed to be climbing into a roller coaster and finding myself coming through the downhill run with that sort of dazed feeling that we all know.
When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
At least I know that one film-maker in my career has had the initiative to come to me and thought of me as being capable of doing interesting and complicated work, and so I have a new-found belief that other film-makers will see me in a different way, the way that Patty did.
Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
Each new film is like a trial. Before I step in front of the camera, I do not know whether I am going to fall or whether I am going to fly - and that is exactly the way I want it to stay.
To know that everything we say and do to this new little human being may have a profound effect on him or her is a daunting obligation.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop.
Don't you know that silence supports the accuser's charge?
I was coming home from kindergarten - well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It's good for a kid to know how to make gloves.
No one makes a revolution by himself; and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes without quite knowing how, because it is everybody who takes them in hand.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.
If you have white walls, human beings look better in a room than if you have red walls.
Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence, and nothing too much.
No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so.
I wanted to make an Indian character who wasn't either a) the savage that must be eliminated, the force of nature that's blocking the way for industrial progress, or b) the noble innocent that knows all and is another cliche. I wanted him to be a complicated human being.
If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don't want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.
When it comes to controlling human beings, there is no better instrument than lies. Because you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
However, anyone to whom this happens should not leave his room upon awakening, should speak to no-one, but remain alone and sober until everything comes back to him, and he recalls the dream.