"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."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."Charlie Kaufman on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."Charlie Kaufman on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."Charlie Kaufman on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Charlie Kaufman on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."Charlie Kaufman on Abraham Lincoln
"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."
"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?"
"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."