"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."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Paul Thomas Anderson on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Paul Thomas Anderson on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Paul Thomas Anderson on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Paul Thomas Anderson on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Paul Thomas Anderson on Dalai Lama
"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."
"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."
"I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life."