"I must have fallen asleep, because I woke up with the stars in my face. Sounds of the countryside were drifting in. Smells of night, earth, and salt air were cooling my temples. The wondrous peace of that sleeping summer flowed through me like a tide."
— The Stranger by Albert Camus
"In the course of my work I have noticed time and again, that if the external emotional structure of a film is based on the author’s memory, when impressions of his personal life have been transmuted into screen images, then the film will have the power to move those who see it. But if a scene has been devised intellectually, following the tenets of literature, then no matter how conscientiously and convincingly it is done, it will still leave the audience cold. In fact even though it may strike some people as interesting and compelling when it first comes out, it will have no vital force and will not stand the test of time."
— Andrei Tarkovsky
"I grew up in an era that was a golden age of the blockbuster, when something we might call a family film could have universal appeal. That’s something I want to see again. In terms of the tone of the film, it looks at where we are as a people and has a universality about human experience."
— Christopher Nolan
"I’m deadly serious about cinema and I feel a responsibility to it every time I pick up a camera, but that’s my role. The audience must fly with me, must go where the images take them. The film, as all good films should be, is rooted in realism, but you must not ignore the poetry, the fiction, the story. Film is abstract, not definite. It is a dream."
— Jacques Audiard
"Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
— Muhammad Ali