"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Gus Van Sant on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Gus Van Sant on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Gus Van Sant on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Gus Van Sant on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Gus Van Sant on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."