"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."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Paul Thomas Anderson on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Paul Thomas Anderson on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Paul Thomas Anderson on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Paul Thomas Anderson on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Paul Thomas Anderson on Friedrich Nietzsche
"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."
"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."
"I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life."