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Top 120 Werner Herzog Quotes (2024 Update)

Werner Herzog Quote: “Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I believe the common denominator of the universe is not harmony; but chaos, hostility and murder.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Life in the oceans must be sheer hell. A vast, merciless hell of permanent and immediate danger. So much of a hell that during evolution some species – including man – crawled, fled onto some small continents of solid land, where the Lessons of Darkness continue.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Do you not then hear this horrible scream all around you that people usually call silence.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Tourism is a mortal sin.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity. It is a kind of bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity. They are the most horrifying, cannibalistic and nightmarish creatures in the world.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “If you don’t read, you will never be a filmmaker.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “May I propose a Herzog dictum? those who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I have never been one of those who cares about happiness. Happiness is a strange notion. I am just not made for it. It has never been a goal of mine; I do not think in those terms.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it’s not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it’s not your fault.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Get used to the bear behind you.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn’t matter whether you’re bold or cowardly, or whether you’re stupid or intelligent. Doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I think it is a quest of literature throughout the ages to describe the human condition.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Film is not analysis, it is the agitation of mind; cinema comes from the country fair and the circus, not from art and academicism.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion. Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I am torn between the beauty of the natural world, which you see all around us, and the idea that some dumb tornado could blow a telephone pole onto my sweet Camaro.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I prefer to be alive, so I’m cautious about taking risks.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I think psychology and self-reflection is one of the major catastrophes of the twentieth century.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “In the Chauvet Cave, there is a painting of a bison embracing the lower part of a naked female body. Why does Pablo Picasso, who had no knowledge of the Chauvet Cave, use exactly the same motif in his series of drawings of the Minotaur and the woman? Very, very strange.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I love nature, but against my better judgment.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “For me a true landscape is not just a representation of a desert or a forest. It shows an inner state of mind, literally inner landscapes, and it is the human soul that is visible through the landscapes presented in my films.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I’m not into the culture of complaint. I roll up my sleeves and somehow I get it together.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “You will learn more by walking from Canada to Guatemala than you will ever learn in film school.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I would travel down to Hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It’s an ego trip, and I’m not on an ego trip. I don’t have ambitions – I have a vision.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “We live in a society that has no adequate images anymore, and if we do not find adequate images and an adequate language for our civilization with which to express them, we will die out like the dinosaurs.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I am fascinated by the idea that our civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Martin Luther was asked, what would you do if tomorrow the world would come to an end, and he said, ‘I would plant an apple tree today.’ This is a real good answer. I would start shooting a movie.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I think there should be holy war against yoga classes.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “We ought to be grateful that the Universe out there knows no smile.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Fact creates norms, and truth illumination.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “When you look at the paintings at Chauvet Cave, they’re not primitive or like children’s little scribbles, it bursts on the scene fully accomplished and when you look through the faces of cultural history, art history, it has never gotten any better.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Friendship is possible with mice.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I am someone who takes everything very literally. I simply do not understand irony, a defect I have had ever since I was able to think independently.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “People think we had a love-hate relationship. Well, I did not love him, nor did I hate him. We had mutual respect for each other, even as we both planned each other’s murder.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I have a great map of the Tibesti Mountains in the southern Sahara or Northern Chad. It’s a dream of mine to go there, but it’s such a volatile area, you have to be prudent.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Everyone who makes films has to be an athlete to a certain degree because cinema does not come from abstract academic thinking; it comes from your knees and thighs.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “If I had to climb into hell and wrestle the devil himself for one of my films, I would do it.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation, I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence in a cheap novel.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “I do not believe in the Cinema verite. Sometimes a really good lie is better than any truth.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “A fairly young, intelligent-looking man with long hair asked me whether filming or being filmed could do harm, whether it could destroy a person. In my heart the answer was yes, but I said no.”
Werner Herzog Quote: “There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.”
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