"I had the standard movie geek childhood, because for as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was make movies."
"Film spectators are quiet vampires."Paul Thomas Anderson on Jim Morrison
"Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic."Paul Thomas Anderson on Johnny Depp
"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."Paul Thomas Anderson on Steve Martin
"This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country."Paul Thomas Anderson on Clint Eastwood
"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."Paul Thomas Anderson on Walt Disney
"It felt like the first thing, but when I first started out, I got a job adapting a book by Russell Banks called 'Rule Of The Bone.' I didn't do a very good job. I didn't really know what I was doing in general, let alone how to adapt a book."
"My dad was this sort of avant-garde guy who did all kinds of weird things. He was a true original and anybody who met him never forgot him."
"I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day."
"I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film's abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y'know, that's great. But I hope it involves an audience."
"My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture."