"Even when you're making a movie about life, death is a presence, and I guess it's part of my dramatic viewpoint. I'm not sure why exactly. Maybe I'm drawn to it as a story element."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Gus Van Sant on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Gus Van Sant on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Gus Van Sant on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Gus Van Sant on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Gus Van Sant on Helen Keller
"If you don't have the story and the unfolding of the trajectory of the saga, it's like getting in a car and not having any gas."
"Death Valley is really wide-open - it's bigger than Rhode Island - and it's less a part of California than an ungoverned territory, so there's lots of weird cops-and-robbers stuff going on."
"Even when you're making a movie about life, death is a presence, and I guess it's part of my dramatic viewpoint. I'm not sure why exactly."
"With 'Good Will Hunting,' Miramax made certain the recruited audience wasn't expecting to laugh at Robin Williams like they normally do. From my limited experience, you can really blow test screenings by conducting them in the wrong way."
"I've told people who have just started to make a film that the one thing you might experience is this feeling that everybody is conspiring against you, because you're not necessarily able to tell what's real and what's not."