98+ Best Tim Burton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Timothy Walter Burton is an American director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. Profoundly inspirational Tim Burton quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Tim Burton Quotes

3D is great, but I just think of it as another tool, like colour or music or sound. It has the potential to add another emotional layer to certain things if you use it right. But it’s not the saviour [of the movies], the be all and end all, the reason to do something. – Tim Burton

He can’t fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is leaving a nasty stain! – Tim Burton

Now 3D is no longer a fad but I don’t get all crazy about it and say that everything has got to be in 3D. It is a nice tool, like color or sound or whatever. I was quite intrigued and I learned, 3D opened up a lot of questions about how to use it. I think it is great. It’s like if a movie needs to be in black and white then that’s how I will shoot it. I see color as just another character or black and white as a character. – Tim Burton

I had never really done something that was more of a horror film, and its funny, because those are the kind of movies that I like probably more than any other genre. The script had images in it that I liked. – Tim Burton

A lot of things you see as a child remain with you you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience. – Tim Burton

And I Jack, the Pumpkin King, have grown so tired of the same old thing. – Tim Burton

I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they’d still say I’m a dark personality. – Tim Burton

Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child. – Tim Burton

There was one moment, and it happened in school. I had a big final exam – we were supposed to write a 20-page report on this book about Houdini. I probably would have loved reading it, but I didn’t, so I just decided to make a little super-8 movie based on it. I tied myself to the railroad tracks and all that. I mean, this is kid stuff, but it impressed the teacher, and I got an A. And that was maybe my first turning point, when I said, ‘Yeah, I wouldn’t mind being a filmmaker.’ – Tim Burton

I like actors who like to change and transform to other things. – Tim Burton

I never sort of really regret anything because you make your choices and I like to stand by them. – Tim Burton

My name is Jimmy, but my friends just call me the hideous penguin boy. – Tim Burton

I like the challenge of doing things you know that you maybe shouldn’t do. – Tim Burton

In Hollywood, they think drawn animation doesn’t work anymore, computers are the way. They forget that the reason computers are the way is that Pixar makes good movies. So everybody tries to copy Pixar. They’re relying too much on the technology and not enough on the artists. – Tim Burton

I always felt that Hollywood has a way of making you feel outside. – Tim Burton

I am not a dark person and I don’t consider myself dark. – Tim Burton

I was never interested in what everybody else was interested in. I was very interiorized. I always felt kind of sad. – Tim Burton

But she knows she has a curse on her, a curse she cannot win. For if someone gets too close to her, the pins stick further in. – Tim Burton

Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination. – Tim Burton

I don’t know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies. – Tim Burton

I always said that I’m not into mass-marketing things. If there’s one thing that looks cool, that’s fine by me. I’m not interested in a whole bunch of stuff. – Tim Burton

Don’t worry about how you ‘should’ draw it. Just draw it the way you see it. – Tim Burton

Half the fun is plan to plan. – Tim Burton

No matter what you go through with the business side or the Hollywood side at the end of it all, when you are there on the set, it is your thing. So it is your own private world and that’s great. That’s where you have that bubble to create something in. – Tim Burton

One of the things I loved about the musical was that you listened to the soundtrack and it told you the story. – Tim Burton

I always liked strange characters. – Tim Burton

Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are. – Tim Burton

I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words. – Tim Burton

I feel any time you enter a dream world it’s like you’re working out things, it’s all inside your mind and you’re working it out, be it Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, or the kids in Narnia, they go through this weird journey that’s not real, and they’re going through this journey psychologically. It’s that journey of discovery, of getting onself together, that fantasy and fairy tales are so good at. And while some people still look upon them as completely unrealistic, for me they’re more real than most things that are perceived as real. – Tim Burton

Most people say about graveyards: Oh, it’s just a bunch of dead people. It’s creepy. But for me, there’s an energy to it that it not creepy, or dark. It has a positive sense to it. – Tim Burton

I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was. – Tim Burton

When you don’t have many friends and you don’t have a social life you’re kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There’s a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you’re part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships. – Tim Burton

Some people get therapy, some people get to make movies. – Tim Burton

For me, fantasy has always been a means of exploring reality: it explores the fact that your internal life, your dreams and the weird images and the things that come to you are things that are actually important tools for dealing with real issues. – Tim Burton

If you ever had a pet, with me it was a dog, with that sort of unconditional love that only dogs can give, people can’t do that; that sort of thing where it’s very powerful, it’s kind of your first love and your first real relationship, and usually your first experience with death. – Tim Burton

Even if you’re doing something that the studio sends you, or something that’s based on a book or story, at the end of it all, you try to make whatever it is your own. This is based on my love of horror movies. Everything is based on something, in some way. – Tim Burton

I wasn’t a big comic book reader. I always had trouble knowing which box to read next. I was always reading from the wrong box. I was like, this is a comic book that doesn’t make any sense! I think I was reading them all out of sequence. – Tim Burton

Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way. – Tim Burton

Mayor: How horrible our Christmas will be! Jack Skellington: No. [the Mayor switches to his upset face] Jack Skellington: How jolly! Mayor: Oh. How jolly our Christmas will be. – Tim Burton

I’ve always liked monster movies and I’ve always been fascinated by – again, growing up in a culture where death was looked upon as a dark subject and living so close to Mexico where you see the Day of the Dead with the skeletons and it’s all humor and music and dancing and a celebration of life in a way. That always felt more of a positive approach to things. I think I always responded to that more than this dark, unspoken cloud in the environment I grew up in. – Tim Burton

When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it. – Tim Burton

I try not to go back in retrospect and say oh, I shouldn’t have done this or shouldn’t have done that. You make your decisions and you live by them. – Tim Burton

Johnny Depp is somebody I really love working with because he doesn’t care how he looks. He wants to become weird characters and I like that. – Tim Burton

I don’t really dream, I space out during the day – that’s one of my problems wonder off when someone’s talking to me. I can’t remember any dreams in my life. There’s so much strange in real life that it often seems like a dream. – Tim Burton

Mr. Smith yelled at the doctor, What have you done to my boy? He’s not flesh and blood, he’s aluminum alloy! The doctor said gently, What I’m going to say will sound pretty wild. But you’re not the father of this strange looking child. You see, there still is some question about the child’s gender, but we think that its father is a microwave blender. – Tim Burton

I always wonder why some people see things as weird and some people don’t. – Tim Burton

It’s really nice to work with people who understand and really love the artistry of building sets, it’s great. – Tim Burton

People told me I couldn’t kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice. – Tim Burton

Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way. – Tim Burton

Stick Boy liked Match Girl, He liked her a lot. He liked her cute figure, he thought she was hot. But could a flame ever burn for a match and a stick? It did quite literally; he burned up quick. – Tim Burton

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? – Tim Burton

I remember early in my career with Disney, which was a very strange time in the company – there were a couple of executives who were very supportive of me and kind of let me do my own thing. – Tim Burton

I always treated the science thing and the art thing as quite similar thematically. – Tim Burton

And in that one grey hair I saw my whole life and I said I think I need a hair. – Tim Burton

It’s great when you know somebody and they keep surprising you. – Tim Burton

If youve ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you. – Tim Burton

Good morning starshine the earth says hello. – Tim Burton

I am the shadow on the moon at night/Filling your dreams to the brim with fright. – Tim Burton

You know, those kinds of things in your life…movies you try to work out your issues, then you realize those kinds of traumatic issues just stay with you forever and they just keep reoccurring, and no matter how hard I try to get them out of my head, they just sort of stay there. – Tim Burton

The Boy with Nails in His Eyes put up his aluminum tree. It looked pretty strange because he couldn’t really see. – Tim Burton

Adults forget that kids are their own best censors. – Tim Burton

People always think I get really good reviews, but I don’t. That’s why I don’t go on the Internet much – because you can go down a dark hole looking at stuff. Once, I clicked on my name and freaked out. It’s too bizarre, it’s too weird, it’s too unsettling. – Tim Burton

It’s like getting into film – I didn’t say early on, ‘I’m going to become a filmmaker,’ ‘I’m going to show my work at MoMA.’ When you start to think those things, you’re in trouble. – Tim Burton

I don’t have a dog, because I travel too much. I don’t want to just leave it abandoned. – Tim Burton

I wouldn’t know a good script if it bit me in the face. – Tim Burton

The problem with film is you never know when you’re going to be able to make a film so you can’t have people waiting around for you. Sometimes it’s fun to work with the same people and work with new people and mix it up. – Tim Burton

The Girl With Many Eyes One day in the park I had quite a surprise. I met a girl who had many eyes. She was really quite pretty (and also quite shocking!) and I noticed she had a mouth, so we ended up talking. We talked about flowers, and her poetry classes, and the problems she’d have if she ever wore glasses. It’s great to know a girl who has so many eyes, but you really get wet when she breaks down and cries. – Tim Burton

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. – Tim Burton

If you want people to leave you alone then appearing to be crazy is a good thing. If you’re walking down the street talking to yourself people tend to give you a wide berth! But I’ve always been blessed with being easily ignored or avoided. I think maybe it’s because people think I look a little crazy. – Tim Burton

There’s something about taking a classic movie that people love and doing another version of that, you’re setting yourself up for a mistake. – Tim Burton

I don’t look at my films or my old drawings much, so that was an interesting way to kind of reconnect with myself a bit. – Tim Burton

I get so tired of people saying, ‘Oh, you only make fantasy films and this and that’, and I’m like, ‘Well no, fantasy is reality’, that’s what Lewis Carroll showed in his work. – Tim Burton

I grew up watching monster movies and horror movies, which I felt were like fairy tales and I think this always spoke to me. Something about that is symbolism – the beauty and the magic which helps me work with film and start making modern fairy tales. – Tim Burton

Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith. – Tim Burton

I have no idea what happens, but I do respond to other cultures that treat life with a much more positive approach. It teaches – especially when you’re a child – it teaches you to be afraid of everything, you feel like something bad is always going to happen. As to where that other way seems a much more spiritual and positive approach. – Tim Burton

First of all, you make a movie that you want to see and then you just hope for the best. – Tim Burton

We all know interspecies romance is weird. – Tim Burton

Things you grew up watching, they just stay with you. They form what you like to do. – Tim Burton

It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way. – Tim Burton

I never really consider myself as a great artist. I just always like to draw. – Tim Burton

You can learn a lot from children because they see things new every day. That’s the beauty of what you want to achieve as an artist – seeing things in a different way. Kids are constantly saying things that are funny and surprising and their observations are just… you know, they’re like little artists themselves. – Tim Burton

I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn’t the greatest sports person. – Tim Burton

The good thing about animation is that you can affect it. If something is not working, then you just fix it. – Tim Burton

I worked at Disney many years ago. They just let me sit in a room for a couple of years and draw whatever I wanted to draw, so it’s a very personal thing to me. Drawing and everything you do there is something meaningful and personal. – Tim Burton

That’s why I like old monster movie actors, because they transform into different characters or creatures. – Tim Burton

I’m gonna go live in a cave, just completely live in my interior world. – Tim Burton

I’ve found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world and people who play heroes are jerks. – Tim Burton

Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself, am strange and unusual. – Tim Burton

It’s very nice to have someone that you can have a completely abstract conversation with and leave the room, feel like everything’s fine, and then realize that if you pick it apart, you have absolutely no idea what either of you said. – Tim Burton

It’s hard to find logic in things sometimes. That’s why I can’t analyze things too much, because it often doesn’t make much sense. – Tim Burton

Staring Girl I once knew a girl who would just stand there and stare. At anyone or anything, she seemed not to care She’d stare at the ground, She’d stare at the sky. She’d stare at you for hours, and you’d never know why. But after winning the local staring contest, she finally gave her eyes a well-deserved rest. – Tim Burton

I’m a happy-go-lucky manic-depressive. It does get very deep and dark for me, and it gets scary at times when I feel I can’t pull out of it. But I don’t consider myself negative-negative. I’m positive-negative. – Tim Burton

I’ve always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don’t think like that because I get uncomfortable. – Tim Burton

When I was a kid I always wanted to be a mad scientist. I don’t know… a regular scientist just was no one. – Tim Burton

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me. – Tim Burton

Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible. But, that would be called canibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies. – Tim Burton

I think the thing is that you’re very affected by your early life, and I think that if you ever had that feeling of outsider, or loneliness or whatever, it just doesn’t leave you. You can be happy and successful, whatever, but I think that thing stays inside of you. It doesn’t ever really leave you. You kind of always will have that. – Tim Burton

Stain Boy Of all the super heroes, the strangest one by far, doesn’t have a special power, or drive a fancy car. next to Superman and batman, I guess he must seem tame. But to me he is quite special, and Stain Boy is his name. He can’t fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is to leave a nasty stain. Sometimes I know it bothers him, that he can’t run or swim or fly, and because of this one ability, his dry cleaning bill is sky-high. – Tim Burton

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