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Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault.
I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk.
I think psychology and self-reflection is one of the major catastrophes of the twentieth century.
I prefer to be alive, so I'm cautious about taking risks.
I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard.
You must live life in its very elementary forms. The Mexicans have a very nice word for it: pura vida. It doesn't mean just purity of life, but the raw, stark-naked quality of life. And that's what makes young people more into a filmmaker than academia.
I could not become an American citizen. I would not like to become a citizen of a country that has capital punishment.
If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn't matter whether you're bold or cowardly, or whether you're stupid or intelligent. Doesn't get you anywhere.
I think there are specific times where film noir is a natural concomitant of the mood. When there's insecurity, collapse of financial systems - that's where film noir always hits fertile ground.
The universe is monstrously indifferent to the presence of man.
Life on our planet has been a constant series of cataclysmic events, and we are more suitable for extinction than a trilobite or a reptile. So we will vanish. There's no doubt in my heart.
Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It's an ego trip, and I'm not on an ego trip. I don't have ambitions - I have a vision.
I think there should be holy war against yoga classes.
The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.
I find it interesting that there are impostors out on the Internet pretending to be Werner Herzog.
I like and I love everything that has to do with cinema: writing, directing, editing, creating music, and even acting.
I travel without barely any luggage. Just a second set of underwear and binoculars and a map and a toothbrush.
I'm politically interested, but I have no particular talent as a political beast, stepping out and running for office.
You should bear in mind that almost all my documentaries are feature films in disguise.
Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honour and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes.
I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews.
I think the worst that can happen in filmmaking is if you're working with a storyboard. That kills all intuition, all fantasy, all creativity.
Yes, the pyramids have been built, but if you give me 300,000 disciplined men and give me 30 years, I could build a bigger one.
Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.
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