Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

 

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

I’m full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.

— Alfred Hitchcock

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.

— Alfred Hitchcock

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.

— Alfred Hitchcock

These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Luck is everything… My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

— Alfred Hitchcock

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’

— Alfred Hitchcock

There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.

— Alfred Hitchcock

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

— Alfred Hitchcock

I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.

— Alfred Hitchcock

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

— Alfred Hitchcock

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.

— Alfred Hitchcock

The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.

— Alfred Hitchcock

I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up.

— Alfred Hitchcock

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.

— Alfred Hitchcock

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.

— Alfred Hitchcock

There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.

— Alfred Hitchcock

I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Self-plagiarism is style.

— Alfred Hitchcock

This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.

— Alfred Hitchcock

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.

— Alfred Hitchcock

This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.

— Alfred Hitchcock

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don’t want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.

— Alfred Hitchcock

I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline – production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.

— Alfred Hitchcock

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.

— Alfred Hitchcock

In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.

— Alfred Hitchcock

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.

— Alfred Hitchcock

What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.

— Alfred Hitchcock

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.

— Alfred Hitchcock

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