34+ Best Hayao Miyazaki Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of animated feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished filmmakers in the history of animation. Profoundly inspirational Hayao Miyazaki quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Hayao Miyazaki Quotes

I’m not a collector. — Hayao Miyazaki

Animators can only draw from their own experiences of pain and shock and emotions. — Hayao Miyazaki

I create women characters by watching the female staff at my studio. Half the staff are women. — Hayao Miyazaki

I never read reviews. I’m not interested. But I value a lot the reactions of the spectators. — Hayao Miyazaki

I like underwater life. — Hayao Miyazaki

It would be wonderful if I could see the end of civilization during my lifetime. — Hayao Miyazaki

It seems like everything that we see perceived in the brain before we actually use our own eyes, that everything we see is coming through computers or machines and then is being input in our brain cells. So that really worries me. — Hayao Miyazaki

When a man is shooting a handgun, it’s just like he is shooting because that’s his job, and he has no other choice. It’s no good. When a girl is shooting a handgun, it’s really something. — Hayao Miyazaki

I get inspiration from my everyday life. — Hayao Miyazaki

I’d like more of the world go back to being wild. — Hayao Miyazaki

Plants exist in the weather and light rays that surround them – waving in the wind, shimmering in the sunlight. I am always puzzling over how to draw such things. — Hayao Miyazaki

I am an animator. I feel like I’m the manager of a animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I’m rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work. — Hayao Miyazaki

We get strength and encouragement from watching children. — Hayao Miyazaki

I think we should stop using nuclear power plants because it’s an old system that we can’t control. — Hayao Miyazaki

All my films are all my children. — Hayao Miyazaki

I’ve never studied psychology. — Hayao Miyazaki

We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights to movies than to make them. — Hayao Miyazaki

My process is thinking, thinking and thinking – thinking about my stories for a long time. — Hayao Miyazaki

I don’t like games. You’re robbing the precious time of children to be children. They need to be in touch with the real world more. — Hayao Miyazaki

I think it’s really good for a family or children to have a dog, cat, bird or whatever to grow up with. — Hayao Miyazaki

Watching John Lasseter’s films, I think I can understand better than anyone that what he’s doing, is going straight ahead with his vision and working really hard to get that vision into film form. And I feel that my understanding this of him is my friendship towards him. — Hayao Miyazaki

I do all my work by storyboard, so as I draw the storyboard, the world gets more and more complex, and as a result, my North, South, East, West directions kind of shift and go off base, but it seems like my staff as well as the audience, doesn’t quite realize that this has happened. Don’t tell them about it. — Hayao Miyazaki

Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same. — Hayao Miyazaki

I don’t intentionally make deep movies. — Hayao Miyazaki

If you’re going to retire, retire early. — Hayao Miyazaki

I wish I was better at art. I love some of the great artists of the 19th century and, compared to them, I just feel I lack this technique that they had. They have so much skill. — Hayao Miyazaki

Sometimes I test myself saying, ‘If I get a death sentence if I don’t make this movie, would I still make this movie?’ — Hayao Miyazaki

I can’t stand modern movies. The images are too weird and eccentric for me. — Hayao Miyazaki

To have a film where there’s an evil figure and a good person fights against the evil figure and everything becomes a happy ending, that’s one way to make a film. But then that means you have to draw, as an animator, the evil figure. And it’s not very pleasant to draw evil figures. — Hayao Miyazaki

I can’t do a film after having debated it. I am unable to do a film while discussing it with my team. I issue directives. I do not achieve it otherwise. — Hayao Miyazaki

Currently computer graphics are used a great deal, but it can be excessive. — Hayao Miyazaki

I think Tokyo is going to sink under water soon. All those stupid high-rise buildings will sink and maybe all the traffic will be gone. And everything will be peaceful and quiet. — Hayao Miyazaki

People in Japan have experienced many tsunamis and various earthquakes throughout the ages. — Hayao Miyazaki

Humans have both the urge to create and destroy. — Hayao Miyazaki