I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
Your reality, isn’t restricted by this cell we live in. If you read something, if you study something, you transcend any cell you’re inside of
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
Writers are not meant for action.
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.
The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe, to his or her own point of view. If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view, it's impossible to be a creator.
Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.
If a spectator with a philosophical mind, somebody accustomed to reading books, gets the same kind of information in a movie, he might not fully understand it.
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.
I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you.
It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
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