"Gay marriage is the last bastion of, to me... as a legal, ceremonial, sentimental and religious side, it's one of the last steps. Retaining your job being one of the earlier steps, like, not getting kicked out of your job because you're gay."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Gus Van Sant on Mignon McLaughlin
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."Gus Van Sant on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Gus Van Sant on Friedrich Nietzsche
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being."Gus Van Sant on Oscar Wilde
"Don't marry the person you think you can live with marry only the individual you think you can't live without."Gus Van Sant on James C. Dobson
"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."
"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."
"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."