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32 Quotes from the "Master of Suspense" Alfred Hitchcock

English filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was born in London, England on August 13, 1899. Widely regarded as England's best director during his times and nicknamed the "Master of Suspense,", Hitchcock created more than 50 films including classics Rear Window, Vertigo and Psycho, and winning an Academy Award for best picture for his first American film, Rebecca (1940). On his birthday, we compiled 32 things that Alfred Hitchcock said:

 

On being yourself:

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"If I won't be myself, who will?"

 

On his motivation:

"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."

 

On creativity:

"When all these (negative emotions) are removed and you can look forward and the road is clear ahead, and now you're going to create something - I think that's as happy as I'll ever want to be."

 

On ideas:

"Ideas come from everything."

 

On reading:

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"I can't read fiction without visualizing every scene. The result is it becomes a series of pictures rather than a book."

 

On books:

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

 

On puns:

"Puns are the highest form of literature."

 

On fear:

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"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them."

"Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual."

"A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality."

 

On eggs:

"I'm frightened of eggs, worse than frightened; they revolt me. That round white thing without any holes, and when you break it, inside there’s that yellow thing, round, without any holes… Brrr! Have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it."

 

On food:

"My wife is an excellent cook, and I could die eating. The things that make me happiest in the world are eating, drinking, and sleeping. I sleep like a newborn babe. I drink like a fish, have you seen what a red face I have? And I eat like a pig. Even if it does make me look more and more like a porker myself."

 

On happiness:

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"(Happiness is) a clear horizon - nothing to worry about on your plate, only things that are creative and not destructive... I think hated is wasted energy, and it's all non-productive."

 

On marriage:

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"In a good marriage each is the others better half."

 

On drama:

"What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out."

 

On his film philosophy:

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"Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare."

"Always make the audience suffer as much as possible."

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

"A woman who spends all day washing and cookin and ironing doesn't want to go to the movies to watch a film about a woman who spends all day washing and cooking and ironing."

 

On motivating his actors:

"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.'"

 

On improvising:

"Do you remember the fun we had when we started out all those years ago? We didn't have any money then, did we? We didn't have any time, either. But we took risks... We experimented. We invented new ways of making pictures because we had to."

 

On cinema:

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"The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema."

"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."

 

On length of movies:

"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."

 

On crimes:

"I'm sure anyone who likes a good crime, provided it is not the victim."

 

On authorities:

"I'm not against the police; I’m just afraid of them."

 

On humanity:

"Man does not live by murder alone. He needs affection, approval, encouragement and occasionally, a hearty meal."

 

On sensuality:

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"I've never been very keen on women who hang their sex round their neck like baubles. I think it should be discovered. It’s more interesting to discover the sex in a woman than it is to have it thrown at you, like a Marilyn Monroe or those types. To me they are rather vulgar and obvious."

 

On revenge:

"Revenge is sweet and not fattening."

 

On youth:

"I am pro-young. I wrote my first script at the age of 22 and directed my first film at 25. So I'm for the young. And when people today say I'm 70, I say that's confounded lie. I'm twice 35, that's all. Twice 35."

 

On his funeral:

"There is nothing so good as a burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating."

 

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I am not perfect nor will i ever be I am a work in progress and that is definitely good enough

I am not perfect nor will i ever be I am a work in progress and that is definitely good enough

Let someone love you just the way you are as flawed as you might be as unattractive as you sometimes feel and as unaccomplished as you think you are

Let someone love you just the way you are as flawed as you might be as unattractive as you sometimes feel and as unaccomplished as you think you are

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