94+ 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

There is something more important than logic imagination. Alfred Hitchcock

Puns are the highest form of literature. Alfred Hitchcock

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

The ideal husband understands every word his wife doesn’t say. Alfred Hitchcock

Ideas come from everything. Alfred Hitchcock

I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s somebody nobody knows about. Alfred Hitchcock

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

Never judge a country by its politicians. Alfred Hitchcock

Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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

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

Drama is life with the dull bits left out. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. I believe in putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen. The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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

When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. Alfred Hitchcock

I’ve never been very keen on women who hang their sex round their neck like baubles. I think it should be discovered. It’s more interesting to discover the sex in a woman than it is to have it thrown at you, like a Marilyn Monroe or those types. To me they are rather vulgar and obvious. Alfred Hitchcock

Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders. Alfred Hitchcock

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat cut it. Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is real life with all the boring parts cut out. Alfred Hitchcock

I’m a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character. 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

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

Making a film means, first of all, to tell a story. That story can be an improbable one, but it should never be banal. It must be dramatic and human. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out? 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

Mystery is an intellectual process. But suspense is essentially an emotional process. 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

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

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

People don’t always express their inner thoughts to one another; a conversation may be quite trivial, but often the eyes will reveal what a person really thinks or feels. Alfred Hitchcock

I have a feeling that inside you somewhere,there’s somebody nobody knows about. Alfred Hitchcock

I enjoy playing the audience like a piano. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement. The conventional big bosomed blonde is not mysterious. And what could be more obvious than the old black velvet and pearls type? The perfect woman of mystery is one who is blonde, subtle and Nordic. Although I do not profess to be an authority on women, I fear that the perfect title for a movie, like the perfect woman is difficult to find. 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

I’m sure anyone who likes a good crime, provided it is not the victim. 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

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen. 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

Revenge is sweet and not fattening. Alfred Hitchcock

In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema they are mostly what I call photographs of people talking. When we tell a story in cinema we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise. I always try to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between. Alfred Hitchcock

Ideas come from everything. 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

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat cut it. Alfred Hitchcock

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

If you can’t do it naturally, then fake it. Alfred Hitchcock

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

I understand that the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, astatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man made sound never equaled the purity of sound achieved by the pig. Alfred Hitchcock

I try to offset any tendency towards the macabre with humor. As I see it, this is a typically English form of humor. It’s a piece with such jokes as the one about the man who was being led to the gallows to be hanged. He looked at the trap door in the gallows, which was flimsily constructed, and he asked in some alarm, I say, is that thing safe? Alfred Hitchcock

I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

Self plagiarism is style. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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

I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them? 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

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

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

Twenty to life, she got, with time off for good behavior. You come around next spring. I’ll introduce you. Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality. Alfred Hitchcock

Content, I am not interested in that at all. I don’t give a damn what the film is about. I am more interested in how to handle the material so as to create an emotion in the audience. I find too many people are interested in the content. If you were painting a still life of some apples on a plate, it’s like you’d be worrying whether the apples were sweet or sour. Who cares? 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

Weren’t you ever booed at by your mother?! Alfred Hitchcock

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

I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s somebody nobody knows about. Alfred Hitchcock

A woman, I always say, should be like a good suspense movie The more left to the imagination, the more excitement there is. This should be her aim to create suspense, to let a man discover things about her without her having to tell him. Alfred Hitchcock

I can’t forget what it’s done to you. I’ve been thinking of nothing else since it happened. It’s gone forever, that funny young, lost look I loved won’t ever come back. I killed that when I told you about Rebecca. It’s gone. In a few hours, you’ve grown so much older. Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time. Alfred Hitchcock

By and large, I feel that the more interesting work in the field of murder is done by amateurs. They are people who perform their work with dignity and good taste, leavened with a sense of the grotesque. There is polite and wholesome mayhem, practiced by civilized people, and I personally enjoy it. Alfred Hitchcock

I’ve never been very keen on women who hang their sex round their neck like baubles. I think it should be discovered. It’s more interesting to discover the sex in a woman than it is to have it thrown at you, like a Marilyn Monroe or those types. To me they are rather vulgar and obvious. Alfred Hitchcock

I’m frightened of my own movies. 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 don’t want to appear disloyal to television, but I think reading will be good for you. 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

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

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