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Akira Kurosawa Quotes

Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “In a mad world, only the mad are sane.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “I can’t afford to hate anyone. I don’t have that kind of time.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “If you want to be a great director, be a great screenwriter.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Man is a genius when he dreams. Dream what you are capable of. The harder you dream it, the sooner it will come true.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “It is the power of memory that gives rise to the power of imagination.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The great appeal of film is its relatability.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “I am not a special person, I am not especially strong; I am not especially gifted. I simply do not like to show my weakness, and I hate to lose, so I am a person who tries hard. That’s all there is to me.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Take me, subtract movies, and you get zero.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The characters in my films try to live honestly and make the most of the lives they’ve been given. I believe you must live honestly and develop your abilities to the full. People who do this are the real heroes.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The truth is in the mystery.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “If you look at everything straight on, there is nothing to be afraid of.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means to never look away.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “I suppose all of my films have a common theme. If I think about it, though, the only theme I can think of is really a question: Why can’t people be happier together?”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “A truly good movie is enjoyable too. There’s nothing complicated about it.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The root of any film project for me is this inner need to express something. What nurtures this root and makes it grow into a tree is the script. What makes the tree bear flowers and fruit is the directing.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “If I were to write anything at all, it would turn out to be nothing but talk about movies. In other words, take ‘myself,’ subtract ‘movies,’ and the result is ‘zero.’”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “I have no idea who the characters are, later, their personalities take over anything I might want to do. I end up writing not from my own will, but from theirs-they come alive as I write and make me do things that I couldn’t have planned.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The role of the artist is to not look away.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The Japanese see self-assertion as immoral and self- sacrifice as the sensible course to take in life.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “I like unformed characters. This may be because, no matter how old I get, I am still unformed myself.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “For me, filmmaking combines everything. That’s the reason I’ve made cinema my life’s work. In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “In order to find reality, each must search for his own universe, look for the details that contribute to this reality7 that one feels under the surface of things. To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means never to look away.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Page 61: No matter where I go in the world, although I can’t speak any foreign language, I don’t feel out of place. I think of earth as my home. If everyone thought this way, people might notice just how foolish international friction is and the would be put an end to it.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “The films an audience really enjoys are the ones that were enjoyable in the making. Yet pleasure in the work can’t be achieved unless you know you have put all of your strength into it and have done your best to make it come alive. A film made in this spirit reveals the hearts of the crew.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “But I prefer to think of my brother as a negative strip of film that led to my own development as a positive image.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Granting that there is some truth to the theory that defects in society give rise to the emergence of criminals, I still maintain that those who use this theory as a defense of criminality are overlooking the fact that there are many people in this defective society who survive without resorting to crime. The argument to the contrary is pure sophistry.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “Ignorance is a kind of insanity in the human animal.”
Akira Kurosawa Quote: “This is probably true of human life everywhere – a light exterior hides a dark underside.”
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