Top 40 Best Inspiring Hitchcock Quotes

Hitchcock Quotes: Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an English film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is one of the most influential and widely studied filmmakers in the history of cinema. We hope you enjoy our pick of the best Alfred Hitchcock quotes below.

Common Questions about Alfred Hitchcock

What is Alfred Hitchcock most famous for?

Known as the “Master of Suspense”, he directed over 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades.

When and where did Hitchcock die?

Hitchcock died peacefully in his sleep in Bel Air, California on April 29, 1980.

Our Favorite Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

“Ideas come from everything”

“Puns are the highest form of literature.”

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

“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”

“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.”

“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”

“If I won't be myself, who will?”

“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

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

“I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.”

“Revenge is sweet and not fattening.”

“The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book -- it makes a very poor doorstop.”

“I can't read fiction without visualizing every scene. The result is it becomes a series of pictures rather than a book.”

“Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.”


“A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.”

“I have a feeling that inside you somewhere,there's somebody nobody knows about”

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

“T.V. has brought murder back into the home where it belongs.”

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

“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.”

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


“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The picture's over. Now I have to go and put it on film.”

“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.”

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

“I never said actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

“If you can't do it naturally, then fake it.”

“You think she's pretty, you ought to see my slingshot! ”

“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.”

“Twenty to life, she got, with time off for good behavior. You come around next spring. I'll introduce you.”

“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?”

“Love those wrongdoers, they need it more than you.”

“Some films are slices of life, mine are slices of cake”

“Logic is dull.”

“The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.”

“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?”

Weren't you ever booed at by your mother?!”

“An actor who improvises becomes a writer, not an actor.”

“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.”

“Once the screenplay is finished, I'd just as soon not make the film at all ... I have a strongly visual mind. I visualise a picture right down to the final cuts. I write all this out in the greatest detail in the script, and then I don't look at the script while I'm shooting. I know it off by heart, just as an orchestra conductor needs not look at the score ... When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception”