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110 Alfred Hitchcock Quotes for When We All Go a Little Mad


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Every Alfred Hitchcock fan can attest — the director is a creative genius.

The twists and turns in films like The 39 Steps, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and dozens more are pretty much guaranteed to keep you up at night. Whether you’ve been a lifelong Hitchcock lover or you’ve recently discovered his iconic thrillers, his suspense-packed storylines are impossible to forget.

Just as his films are memorable, his wisecracks and wisdom about movies, life, and even eggs (yes, eggs) are just as unforgettable. You may even want to use them as motivational mottos or unique desk decor.

Keep reading for 110 Alfred Hitchcock quotes about everything from movies to murder. They’re sure to have you laughing, crying, or even screaming in the shower — Psycho-style.


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Alfred Hitchcock Quotes About Film

Since he directed more than 50 feature films, Hitchcock has a lot to say about movies and movie-making. Aspiring filmmakers and casual moviegoers alike can take inspiration from his thoughts about the industry. For those who like to write, you might even want to use his quotes as notebook ideas for your next story. 

Here are some insightful Alfred Hitchcock quotes all about filmmaking and storytelling: 

  1. “Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” —Alfred Hitchcock 
  2. “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “I’m a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  5. “In feature films the director is God. In documentary films, God is the director.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  6. “Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  7. “I always try to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  8. “The picture’s over. Now I have to go and put it on film.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema. They are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’” —Alfred Hitchcock
  10. “The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “I believe in putting the horror in the minds of the audience, and not necessarily on the screen.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  12. “I don’t understand why we have to experiment with film. I think everything should be done on paper.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  13. “Self-plagiarism is style.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  14. “For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  15. “The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema.” —Alfred Hitchcock

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  1. “The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  2. “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
  3. “I enjoy playing the audience like a piano.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “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
  5. “I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  6. “Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  7. “I would almost say that the best screen actor is the man who can do nothing extremely well.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  8. “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.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “I’ve become a body of films, not a man. I am all those films.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  10. The Birds could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “I always take the audience into account.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  12. “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.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  13.  “There is a distinct difference between suspense and surprise, and yet many pictures continually confuse the two.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  14. “To me, Psycho was a big comedy. Had to be.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  15. “In the old days, villains had mustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don’t want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face.” —Alfred Hitchcock

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Alfred Hitchcock Movie Quotes

Hitchcock films have (arguably) some of the most famous quotes of all time. Some are amusing, and others are just downright creepy. The range of clever and hair-raising one-liners make perfect T-shirt designs for Hitchcock fans. 

Check out these unforgettable Alfred Hitchcock quotes from The Birds, Rear Window, and his countless other legendary scripts:

  1. “I know what it is to feel lonely and helpless and to have the whole world against me.” —The 39 Steps
  2. “We all go a little mad sometimes.” —Psycho
  3. “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” —Psycho
  4. “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!” —The Birds
  5.  “It’s the end of the world.” —The Birds
  6. “Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.” —Rear Window
  7. “I’m not much into rear window ethics.” —Rear Window
  8. “When two people love each other, they come together — wham — like two taxis on Broadway.” —Rear Window
  9. “Only one is a wanderer. Two together are always going somewhere.” —Vertigo
  10. “You shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn’t have been that sentimental.” —Vertigo
  11. “What’s the use of looking backward? What’s the use of looking ahead? Today’s the thing.” —Shadow of a Doubt
  12. “I can’t face the world in the morning. I must have coffee before I can speak.” —Shadow of a Doubt
  13. “Women make the best psychoanalysts until they fall in love. After that, they make the best patients.” —Spellbound
  14. “My dear girl, you can not keep bumping your head against reality and saying it is not there.” —Spellbound

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  1. “I didn’t realize you were an art collector. I thought you just collected corpses.”  —North by Northwest
  2. “How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?” —North by Northwest
  3. “Good and evil, right and wrong, were invented for the ordinary average man, the inferior man because he needs them.” —Rope
  4. “Nobody commits a murder just for the experiment of committing it. Nobody except us.” —Rope
  5. “I may be old-fashioned, but I thought murder was against the law.” —Strangers on a Train
  6. “My theory is that everyone is a potential murderer.” —Strangers on a Train
  7. “I have the perfect weapon right here: these two hands.” —Strangers on a Train
  8. “People don’t commit murder on credit.” —Dial M for Murder
  9. “Do you really believe in the perfect murder?” —Dial M for Murder
  10. “Never climb a fence if you can sit on it.”—The Lady Vanishes
  11. “If you should find one perfect thing, or place or person, you should stick to it.” —Rebecca
  12. “There’s nothing like a love song to give you a good laugh.” Notorious
  13. “A man doesn’t tell a woman what to do. She tells herself.” Notorious

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Alfred Hitchcock Funny Quotes 

Sure, Alfred Hitchcock is full of profound insight, but he also has a ton of humor. During his career, he’s made amusing remarks about topics ranging from movies and literature to birds and football. These humorous hot takes make amusing selfie captions for those who don’t take social media too seriously.

If you’re in for a good laugh, read these funny Alfred Hitchcock quotes:

  1. “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  2. “I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “Television is like the American toaster. You push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  5.  “I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  6. “Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  7.  “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission, and the babysitter were worth it.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  8. “I never said all actors are cattle. What I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “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
  10.  “Even my failures make money and become classics a year after I make them.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  12.  “Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  13. “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
  14. “It’s only a movie, and after all, we’re all grossly overpaid.” —Alfred Hitchcock

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  1. “Puns are the highest form of literature.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  2. “I was an uncommonly unattractive young man.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “Television has brought back murder into the home, where it belongs.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “I don’t want to appear disloyal to television, but I think reading will be good for you.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  5.  “For me, suspense doesn’t have any value if it’s not balanced by humor.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  6. “The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book. It makes a very poor doorstop.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  7. “There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  8. “Really, the novelist has the best casting since he doesn’t have to cope with the actors and all the rest.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “To make a great film you need three things: the script, the script, and the script.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  10.  “Kicking is very important in football. In fact some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “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
  12. “Besides, I get into each picture I make, if only for a couple of seconds, so I’m probably a frustrated actor at heart myself.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  13. “Let us say, rather, that actors are a necessary evil. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t work if I weren’t on friendly terms with them. I’ll bend over backward every time.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  14. “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
  15. “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

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Alfred Hitchcock Quotes About Life

For a man who makes movies about murder, Hitchcock sure has a lot to say about life. His reflections on marriage, confidence, and fears can give you all the inspiration you need to go out and live your best life — before an angry flock of birds takes it from you, of course. Plus, his life quotes make thought-provoking wall art ideas for thriller fans.

Check out these Alfred Hitchcock quotes to get you thinking about life more deeply than ever:

  1. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  2. “If I won’t be myself, who will?” —Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “There is something more important than logic: imagination.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “I have a feeling that inside you somewhere, there’s somebody nobody knows about.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  5. “The ideal husband understands every word his wife doesn’t say.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  6. “Never judge a country by its politicians.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  7. “Reality is something that none of us can stand, at any time.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  8. “I always try to look at things as though I were remembering them three years later.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “In a good marriage, each is the other’s better half.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  10. “Deep inside, I am a shy man. And in the presence of colorful characters, I am a clam. I never try to out-eccentric the eccentrics!” —Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “I can’t read fiction without visualizing every scene. The result is that it becomes a series of pictures rather than a book.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  12. “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

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  1. “When you can look forward, and the road is clear ahead, and now you are going to create something — that’s as happy as I’d want to be.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  2. “Actually, I have no regard for money. Aside from its purchasing power, it’s completely useless as far as I’m concerned.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  3. “Everything’s perverted in a different way.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  4. “Ideas come from everything.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  5. “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
  6. “A glimpse into the world proves that horror is nothing other than reality.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  7. “If you can’t do it naturally, then fake it.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  8.  “Never turn your back on a friend.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  9. “Mystery is an intellectual process. But suspense is essentially an emotional process.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  10. “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.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  11. “Love those wrongdoers. They need it more than you.” —Alfred Hitchcock
  12. “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.” —Alfred Hitchcock

Whether you’re looking for clever social media captions or short, meaningful quotes to write in a movie lover’s card, there are Alfred Hitchcock quotes for every occasion. If you’re looking for more out-of-this-world quotes, our Star Trek quotes list has you covered.

After reading some of his most memorable sayings, Hitchcock fans are probably itching to binge his classic thrillers. As you rewatch, be sure to rep some comfy Hitchcock-themed clothing and keep track of your own favorite quotes.

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