"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."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Paul Thomas Anderson on Mignon McLaughlin
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."Paul Thomas Anderson on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Paul Thomas Anderson on Friedrich Nietzsche
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being."Paul Thomas Anderson on Oscar Wilde
"Don't marry the person you think you can live with marry only the individual you think you can't live without."Paul Thomas Anderson on James C. Dobson
"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."
"I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life."