"All the different nations in the world, despite their differences of appearance and religion and language and way of life, still have one thing in common, and that is what's inside of all of us. If we X-rayed the insides of different human beings, we wouldn't be able to tell from those X-rays what the person's language or background or race is."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Abbas Kiarostami on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Abbas Kiarostami on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Abbas Kiarostami on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Abbas Kiarostami on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Abbas Kiarostami on Albert Camus
"I would be too selfish if I said everyone should see my movies more than once. To say that would mean I'm just marketing my work!"
"Some movies bring out the creativity in you. Every single audience member can become creative in the face of a particular movie. If you happen to like my films, it's because my films provide a bed for you on which you can find your creativity. The Hollywood movies do not provide that for you."
"In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you."
"Poetry always runs away from you - it's very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it."
"I would say that no film is apolitical. There are politics in all films. Any film that is anchored in a society, any film that deals with humanity is necessarily political."