"I'm interested in trying to explore what I think is the truth at a given time in my life, and part of the process of being honest is - in my mind - talking about the idea that you're watching a movie. You're sitting here watching a movie. And I like that. It appeals to me intellectually, and also in a way I can't even explain."
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."Charlie Kaufman on Marcus Aurelius
"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."Charlie Kaufman on Albert Einstein
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."Charlie Kaufman on Buddha
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."Charlie Kaufman on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."Charlie Kaufman on Winston Churchill
"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?"