"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Charlie Kaufman on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Charlie Kaufman on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Charlie Kaufman on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Charlie Kaufman on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Charlie Kaufman on Mark Twain
"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."
"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?"
"I think you just assume that your memory is just sort of a video playback of your experience, but it's nothing like that at all. It's a complete refabrication of an event and a lot of it is made up, because you're filling in spaces."