"Joe E. Lewis said, 'Money doesn't buy happiness but it calms the nerves.' And that is how I feel about a film being well-received."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Alexander Payne on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Alexander Payne on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Alexander Payne on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Alexander Payne on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Alexander Payne on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."