Paul Thomas Anderson Quotes

There's a lot for screenwriters to steal from songwriters, in terms of getting to the point.

Writers Quotes

I remember being taught in school that you would underline things that you liked. I remember just underlining everything as a kid, thinking, 'This has all gotta be important!' I would just underline the whole thing!

Important Quotes, Thinking Quotes

Well I'd really love to work with Robert De Niro, because he's still the most talented actor out there.

Love Quotes, Work Quotes, Talent Quotes


No matter how many times you do it, you don't get used to the sadness - for me at least - of coming to the end of a film.

Time Quotes, Sadness Quotes

My writing has a lot to do with who I am, and what my life is like, and my relationships to people.

Life Quotes, Relationship Quotes

I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day.

American Quotes, Pride Quotes, Happiness Quotes

I'll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will.

Time Quotes, Power Quotes

You know, I'm really not that competent at describing things musically.

Music Quotes

I always had a dream about trying to make a movie that had no dialogue in it, that was just music and pictures. I still haven't done it yet, but I tried to get close in the beginning.

Beginning Quotes, Music Quotes

I think my job is to try and be as honest as I can with what is in my mind and how I feel - I think that's what you're supposed to do, if you're a good writer. So I try to do that. I know I do that. I do do that.

Mind Quotes

My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture.

Marriage Quotes

But I'd be lying if I didn't say that every time you go to make a film, you're desperate to either do it better than you did it last time or to not repeat yourself.

Time Quotes, Lying Quotes

The films that I love are very straightforward stories, like really old-fashioned stuff.

Love Quotes

I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life.

Life Quotes, Feeling Quotes

I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film's abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y'know, that's great. But I hope it involves an audience.

Great Quotes, Hope Quotes

I didn't have any desire I might have had 10 years ago to shoot every single word that I wrote.

Desire Quotes

How do I respond to criticism? Critically. I listen to all criticism critically.

Criticism Quotes

I'm completely aware of the fact that I'm a control freak.

Control Quotes

I don't think the competition's so rough, within the majority of movies made in Hollywood.

Competition Quotes

I am always looking for that nuance, that moment of truth, and you can't really do that fast.

Truth Quotes

As I have got older and become a father, there's less and less time for films.

Time Quotes

It's a gamble you take, the risk of alienating an audience. But there's a theory - sometimes it's better to confuse them for five minutes than let them get ahead of you for 10 seconds.

Risk Quotes

I'm not really a Sundance baby, but they helped me so much I feel I have to acknowledge it.

Knowledge Quotes

I don't miss scenes at all the way that I used to miss them when I was younger making a film. It's actually quite fun to get rid of them now.

Fun Quotes

It felt like the first thing, but when I first started out, I got a job adapting a book by Russell Banks called 'Rule Of The Bone.' I didn't do a very good job. I didn't really know what I was doing in general, let alone how to adapt a book.

Banks Quotes