Alfred Hitchcock was a British film director known most notably for his work in suspense and horror. Here are some of his famous quotes.

  1. Some movies are slices of life. Mine are slices of cake...
  2. The Birds could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made
  3. I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
  4. Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
  5. One of television’s great contributions is that it brought murder back into the home, where it belongs.
  6. Seeing a murder on television can … help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
  7. Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.
  8. 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.
  9. Give them pleasure — the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
  10. Self-plagiarism is style.
  11. Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
  12. I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.
  13. In the documentary the basic material has been created by God, whereas in the fiction film the director is the god; he must create life.
  14. Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
  15. A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
  16. A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
  17. Drama is life with the dull bits left out.
  18. Even my failures make money and become classics a year after I make them.
  19. For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
  20. I beg permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter Pat, and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville.
  21. I enjoy playing the audience like a piano.
  22. I have the perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it
  23. I was an uncommonly unattractive young man.
  24. It's only a movie, and, after all, we're all grossly overpaid....
  25. 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.
  26. In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
  27. 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.
  28. In the old days villains had moustaches 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. They want an ordinary human being with failings.
  29. In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
  30. I'm a philanthropist: I give people what they want. People love being horrified, terrified.
  31. I never said actors were cattle. All I said is that actors should be treated as cattle.
  32. Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table
  33. The length of the film should be directly related to the endurance of human bladder.
  34. There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.
  35. There are several differences between a footballl game and a revolution. For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms. Also there are more injuries at a football game.
  36. Then Madam I suggest you have her dry cleaned.
  37. They like to put their toe in the cold water of fear.
  38. This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book -- it makes a very poor doorstop.
  39. To me Psycho was a big comedy. Had to be.
  40. Thank you.
  41. There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.
  42. 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.
  43. Walt Disney has the best casting system. If he don't like an actor, he just tears him up.
  44. 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.'
  45. I'm a philanthropist: I give people what they want. People love being horrified, terrified.
  46. A murder without gleaming scissors is like asparagus without the hollandaise sauce - tasteless.
  47. Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.