Alfred Hitchcock quotes

Born
13 August 1899 Leytonstone, Essex, England.

Died
29 April 1980.

Occupation
Director, producer.

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as “the Master of Suspense”, he directed 53 feature films in a career spanning six decades.

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
– Alfred Hitchcock

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
– Alfred Hitchcock

For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
– Alfred Hitchcock

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.
– Alfred Hitchcock

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
– Alfred Hitchcock

What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
– Alfred Hitchcock

In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
– Alfred Hitchcock

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.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Self-plagiarism is style.
– Alfred Hitchcock

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
– Alfred Hitchcock

Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
– Alfred Hitchcock

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
– Alfred Hitchcock

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.
– Alfred Hitchcock

This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.
– Alfred Hitchcock

I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.
– Alfred Hitchcock

This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.
– Alfred Hitchcock