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Top 50 Billy Wilder Quotes (2024 Update)

Billy Wilder Quote: “God save me from myself.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “If there’s anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it’s being taken too seriously.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “An actor entering through the door, you’ve got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you’ve got a situation.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “If something smells bad, why put your nose in it?”
Billy Wilder Quote: “One’s too many and a hundred’s not enough.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “On Ernst Lubitsch: He could do more with a closed door than other directors could do with an open fly.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Marilyn was mean. Terribly mean. The meanest woman I have ever met around this town. I have never met anybody as mean as Marilyn Monroe or as utterly fabulous on the screen.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Hollywood didn’t kill Marilyn Monroe, it’s the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “The best director is the one you don’t see.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “If you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I just always think, ‘Do I like it?’ And if I like it, maybe other people will come and like it too.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “You’re as good as the best thing you’ve ever done.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “It was a hot afternoon and I can still remember the smell of honeysuckle all along the street. How can I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I don’t go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I’ve met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you’re twenty minutes.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can’t tear the toilet paper.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Make subtlety obvious.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre...”
Billy Wilder Quote: “The only pictures worth making are the ones that are playing with fire.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “My English is a mixture between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Archbishop Tutu.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I just made pictures I would’ve liked to see.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “You know, that stuff about pink elephants, that’s the bunk. It’s little animals. Little tiny turkeys in straw hats. Midget monkeys coming through the keyholes.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I’d worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Money makes even bastards legitimate.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Everyone in the audience is an idiot, but taken together, they’re a genius.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “I hate that word. It’s return – a return to the millions of people who’ve never forgiven me for deserting the screen.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “The forest of Compiegne. Look at it. Like a kind grandmother dozing in her rocking chair. Old trees practicing curtsies in the wind because they still think Louis XIV is king.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “The ultimate trick is to convince, persuade. Every single person out there is an idiot, but collectively they’re a genius.”
Billy Wilder Quote: “When Chaplin found a voice to say what was on his mind, he was like a child of eight writing lyrics for Beethoven’s Ninth.”
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