"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Abbas Kiarostami on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Abbas Kiarostami on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Abbas Kiarostami on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Abbas Kiarostami on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Abbas Kiarostami on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"Religion works on some people but not on everyone, because it says, 'Stop thinking and accept what I tell you.' That's not valid for people who want to think and reflect."