"As a writer, or as a filmmaker, you have to present yourself, and part of what yourself is is what you're interested in, or what you think is funny, or what you think is sad, or what you think is horrible."
"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."Charlie Kaufman on Lana Turner
"I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party."Charlie Kaufman on Ron White
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."Charlie Kaufman on Bill Cosby
"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes."Charlie Kaufman on Jim Carrey
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."Charlie Kaufman on Elbert Hubbard
"There's no way to approach anything in an objective way. We're completely subjective our view of the world is completely controlled by who we are as human beings, as men or women, by our age, our history, our profession, by the state of the world."
"If you create something that is asking for people to respond as they're going to respond, you have to allow them to respond as they're going to respond. Some of the people are going to be uninterested and some people are going to be mad for some reason, which is their business. That's just the way the world is."
"I think generally I'm kind of interested in subjective experience, what goes on inside someone's head, that being all they really know of the world."
"Directing is a more pragmatic experience, where you have to deal with the restrictions of time and money that force you to make certain decisions you don't have to make when you're writing."
"When I'm writing, I'm trying to immerse myself in the chaos of an emotional experience, rather than separate myself from it and look back at it from a distance with clarity and tell it as a story. Because that's how life is lived, you know?"