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Alfred Hitchcock quotes

Self-plagiarism is style.

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

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

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.'

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.

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.

These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

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.

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.

Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

Television has brought back murder into the home - where it belongs.

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

Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don't want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.

I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.

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.

This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.

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