95+ Best Alfred Hitchcock Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an English film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is one of the most influential and extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema. Profoundly inspirational Alfred Hitchcock quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

Cary Grant is the only actor I ever loved in my whole life. — Alfred Hitchcock

I was an uncommonly unattractive young man. — Alfred Hitchcock

All love scenes started on the set are continued in the dressing room. — Alfred Hitchcock

A woman of mystery is one who also has a certain maturity and whose actions speak louder than words. Any woman can be one, if she keeps those two points in mind. She should grow up-and shut up. — Alfred Hitchcock

It seems to me that television is exactly like a gun. Your enjoyment of it is determined by which end of it you’re on. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

Everything’s perverted in a different way. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

Actually, I have no regard for money. Aside from its purchasing power, it’s completely useless as far as I’m concerned. — Alfred Hitchcock

Here’s a choice item, very rare. Only 740,000 were ever made! — Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. — Alfred Hitchcock

I’ve become a body of films, not a man, I am all those films. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

A movie should be as long as one can hold their bladder — Alfred Hitchcock

Claude Jade is a brave nice young lady. But I don’t give any guarantee what she will do on a taxi’s back seat. — Alfred Hitchcock

Puns are the highest form of literature. — 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

Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

Self-plagiarism is style. — Alfred Hitchcock

Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement. — Alfred Hitchcock

I can’t read fiction without visualizing every scene. The result is it becomes a series of pictures rather than a book. — Alfred Hitchcock

The picture’s over. Now I have to go and put it on film. — 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

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

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

One must never set up a murder. They must happen unexpectedly, as in life. — Alfred Hitchcock

For me, suspense doesn’t have any value if it’s not balanced by humor. — Alfred Hitchcock

The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema — Alfred Hitchcock

In reference to the murder scene in ‘Dial M for murder’ As you have seen on the screen the best way to do it is with a scissor. — Alfred Hitchcock

Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual. — Alfred Hitchcock

There are several differences between a footballl game and a revolution. For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms. Also there are more injuries at a football game. — Alfred Hitchcock

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible. — Alfred Hitchcock

I always take the audience into account. — Alfred Hitchcock

I enjoy playing the audience like a piano. — Alfred Hitchcock

Seeing a murder on television can help us unload the feelings of hate themselves. If you do not have feelings of hatred, may be obtained in the advertising interval. — Alfred Hitchcock

It has been rumored that Psycho is so terrifying that it will scare some people speechless. Some of my men hopefully sent their wives to a screening. The women emerged badly shaken but still vigorously vocal. — Alfred Hitchcock

Never judge a country by its politicians. — Alfred Hitchcock

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director. — Alfred Hitchcock

In a good marriage each is the others better half. — Alfred Hitchcock

If I won’t be myself, who will? — Alfred Hitchcock

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

Really, the novelist has the best casting since he doesn’t have to cope with the actors and all the rest. -Alfred Hitchcock — Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

Our original title, you know, was The Man in Lincolns Nose. Couldnt use it, though. They also wouldnt let us shoot people on Mount Rushmore. Cant deface a national monument. And it`s a pity, too, because I had a wonde. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

The Birds could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

You think she’s pretty, you ought to see my slingshot! — Alfred Hitchcock

Give them pleasure the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare — Alfred Hitchcock

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture. — Alfred Hitchcock

That is the most frightening sight I have ever seen. — Alfred Hitchcock

I’m not much into rear window ethics. — 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

I like stories with lots of psychology. — Alfred Hitchcock

Paramount functions practically as a studio setup for him. — 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

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen. — Alfred Hitchcock

In the documentary the basic material has been created by God, whereas in the fiction film the director is a God; he must create life. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

There is nothing so good as a burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating. — Alfred Hitchcock

One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes. — Alfred Hitchcock

I always try to look at things as though I were remembering them three years later. — 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

To me Psycho was a big comedy. Had to be. — Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime. — 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. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like. — Alfred Hitchcock

I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks. — 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’m sure anyone who likes a good crime, provided it is not the victim. — Alfred Hitchcock

Kicking is very important in football. In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally. — 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 a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

It’s only a movie, and, after all, we’re all grossly overpaid. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

A woman who spends all day washing and cooking and ironing doesn’t want to go to the movies to watch a film about a woman who spends all day washing and cooking and ironing. — Alfred Hitchcock

The best actor is the man who can do nothing extremely well…. — Alfred Hitchcock

Man does not live by murder alone. He needs affection, approval, encouragement and, occasionally, a hearty meal. — 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

When accepting the American Film Institute Life Achievement award: I beg permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter Pat (Patricia Hitchcock), and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville. — 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

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

San Francisco would be a good location for a murder mystery. — Alfred Hitchcock

Reality is something that none of us can stand, at any time. — Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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