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Alfred Hitchcock quotes

Self-plagiarism is style.

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

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.

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

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.

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.

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

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.

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

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

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

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