65 Alfred Hitchcock Quotes On Success In Life

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an English film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is one of the most influential and widely studied filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as the “Master of Suspense”, he directed over 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well known as any of his actor’s thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting and producing of the television anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–65). His films garnered 46 Academy Award nominations including six wins, although he never won for Best Director despite having had five nominations. These Alfred Hitchcock quotes will motivate you.

Famous Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

  1. “There is something more important than logic: imagination” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  2. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “The ideal husband understands every word his wife doesn’t say.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s somebody nobody knows about” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  5. “Never judge a country by its politicians.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  6. “If I won’t be myself, who will?” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  7. “Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock , Alfred Hitchcock quotes on suspense
  8. “Drama is life with the dull bits left out. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. I believe in putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen. The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock , Alfred Hitchcock quotes about film
  10. “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  12. “Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  13. “Drama is real life with all the boring parts cut out.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  14. “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.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  15. “Making a film means, first of all, to tell a story. That story can be an improbable one, but it should never be banal. It must be dramatic and human. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  16. “Mystery is an intellectual process… But suspense is essentially an emotional process.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  17. “Reality is something that none of us can stand, at any time.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  18. “People don’t always express their inner thoughts to one another; a conversation may be quite trivial, but often the eyes will reveal what a person really thinks or feels.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  19. “I enjoy playing the audience like a piano.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  20. “Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  21. “I always try to look at things as though I were remembering them three years later.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  22. “The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  23. “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  24. “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
  25. “Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock , Alfred Hitchcock quotes on happiness
  26. “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  27. “Ideas come from everything” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  28. “I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  29. “A woman who spends all day washing and cooking 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.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  30. “The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  31. “I try to offset any tendency towards the macabre with humor. As I see it, this is a typically English form of humor. It’s a piece with such jokes as the one about the man who was being led to the gallows to be hanged. He looked at the trap door in the gallows, which was flimsily constructed, and he asked in some alarm, ‘I say, is that thing safe?” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  32. “The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  33. “Self-plagiarism is style.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  34. “For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  35. “Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  36. “Actually, I have no regard for money. Aside from its purchasing power, it’s completely useless as far as I’m concerned.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  37. “One must never set up a murder. They must happen unexpectedly, as in life.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  38. “In a good marriage each is the others better half.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  39. “A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  40. “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
  41. “Man does not live by murder alone. He needs affection, approval, encouragement and, occasionally, a hearty meal.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  42. “A woman, I always say, should be like a good suspense movie: The more left to the imagination, the more excitement there is. This should be her aim – to create suspense, to let a man discover things about her without her having to tell him.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  43. “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 , Alfred Hitchcock quotes about script
  44. “Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  45. “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.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  46. “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
  47. “I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  48. “I’ve become a body of films, not a man, I am all those films.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  49. “Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  50. “I would almost say that the best screen actor is the man who can do nothing extremely well.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  51. “I don’t understand why we have to experiment with film. I think everything should be done on paper. A musician has to do it, a composer. He puts a lot of dots down and beautiful music comes out. And I think that students should be taught to visualize. That’s the one thing missing in all this. The one thing that the student has got to do is to learn that there is a rectangle up there – a white rectangle in a theater – and it has to be filled.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  52. “Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock , Alfred Hitchcock quotes about actors
  53. “Never turn your back on a friend.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  54. “Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement. … The conventional big-bosomed blonde is not mysterious. And what could be more obvious than the old black velvet and pearls type? The perfect ‘woman of mystery’ is one who is blonde, subtle and Nordic. … Although I do not profess to be an authority on women, I fear that the perfect title [for a movie], like the perfect woman is difficult to find.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  55. “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.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  56. “It’s only a movie, and, after all, we’re all grossly overpaid.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

  57. “Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  58. “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
  59. “Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  60. “I like stories with lots of psychology.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock , Alfred Hitchcock quotes about psycho
  61. “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  62. “When you can look forward, and the road is clear ahead, and now you are going to create something – that’s as happy as I’d want to be.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  63. “In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don’t want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  64. “A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock
  65. “A woman of mystery is one who also has a certain maturity and whose actions speak louder than words. Any woman can be one, if she keeps those two points in mind. She should grow up-and shut up.” ~ Alfred Hitchcock

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