"You just never know when you're living in a golden age."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Alexander Payne on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Alexander Payne on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Alexander Payne on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Alexander Payne on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Alexander Payne on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."