"I think any spiritual experience that's worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, 'If you're not laughing, then you're not getting it.'"
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."David O. Russell on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."David O. Russell on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."David O. Russell on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."David O. Russell on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."David O. Russell on Mark Twain
"I've done my best to work from a place of humility - always looking over your shoulder saying, 'Does this suck?' and I think that's a good way to work. The other way to work is where you start to think, 'I'm on fire, I'm amazing!' and I don't think that's the way to work."
"I got a nomination for director, which means the world to me it's just the most exciting thing for me and my family. You do the good hard work, and the rest of it is something you shouldn't get too caught up in, but when it happens - boy! I respect it."