"In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Abbas Kiarostami on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Abbas Kiarostami on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Abbas Kiarostami on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Abbas Kiarostami on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Abbas Kiarostami on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"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."