"I don't feel despair because I am able to make the films I want to make, and that gives me hope."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Alexander Payne on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Alexander Payne on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Alexander Payne on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Alexander Payne on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Alexander Payne on Dalai Lama
"You just never know when you're living in a golden age."
"I get asked, 'How can you have such failures in your films?' Well, what else is life about? There's some sense of constant failure in something. Humor gives you a distance from it."
"Anytime you cast a movie and you need someone famous in the lead part, you're a prisoner of whoever happens to be famous in the six-month window in which you're trying to get a film financed."
"The biggest fear I have is to die with regrets, and of course that will come true."
"Hollywood films have become a cesspool of formula and it's up to us to try to change it... I feel like a preacher! But it's really true. I feel personally responsible for the future of American cinema. Me personally."