"Mainstream cinema raises questions only to immediately provide an answer to them, so they can send the spectator home reassured. If we actually had those answers, then society would appear very different from what it is."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Michael Haneke on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Michael Haneke on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Michael Haneke on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Michael Haneke on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Michael Haneke on Mahatma Gandhi
"To be perfectly honest, I think that as I'm growing older, I'm just growing more impatient. I'll be very happy if at some point people say, 'Michael's grown wiser and softer in his old age.' But we'll have to wait and see what my next project is."
"Films for TV have to be much closer to the book, mainly because the objective with a TV movie that translates literature is to get the audience, after seeing this version, to pick up the book and read it themselves. My attitude is that TV can never really be any form of art, because it serves audience expectations."
"Of course, we avoid death. To know something is inevitable is one thing. To accept, to truly feel it... that's different."
"Films that are entertainments give simple answers but I think that's ultimately more cynical, as it denies the viewer room to think. If there are more answers at the end, then surely it is a richer experience."
"You can use your means in a good and bad way. In German-speaking art, we had such a bad experience with the Third Reich, when stories and images were used to tell lies. After the war, literature was careful not to do the same, which is why writers began to reflect on the stories they told and to make readers part of their texts. I do the same."