"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Michael Haneke on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Michael Haneke on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Michael Haneke on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Michael Haneke on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Michael Haneke on Mark Twain
"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."
"I've never let producers tell me what to do. Even when I was making television, I always did what I wanted to do, and if I couldn't, I didn't do it. It was a freedom that, these days, young directors starting out don't have."