David Lynch quotes

Born
January 20, 1946, Missoula, Montana, U.S.

Occupation
Director.

David Lynch is an American director.

Negativity is the enemy of creativity.
– David Lynch

I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath.
– David Lynch

This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top.
– David Lynch

A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity.
– David Lynch

I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it.
– David Lynch

I love super crispy, almost burned, snapping-crispy bacon.
– David Lynch

Film can’t just be a long line of bliss. There’s something we all like about the human struggle.
– David Lynch

Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way.
– David Lynch

There are only 24 hours in a day, and my top priority is working on my films, but I love short film experiments.
– David Lynch

I have no problem getting financing. I have a problem catching ideas that I fall in love with for the next feature.
– David Lynch

Life should be blissful, and blissful doesn’t mean just a small happiness. It’s huge. It is profound.
– David Lynch

Cinema is a medium that can translate ideas.
– David Lynch

Life is very, very complicated, and so films should be allowed to be, too.
– David Lynch

A filmmaker doesn’t have to suffer to show suffering. You just have to understand it. You don’t have to die to shoot a death scene.
– David Lynch

Stories hold conflict and contrast, highs and lows, life and death, and the human struggle and all kinds of things.
– David Lynch

I like things to be orderly.
– David Lynch

The concept of absurdity is something I’m attracted to.
– David Lynch

I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.
– David Lynch

I don’t paint the town red. But when I do go out, people always want to touch my hair. It happens every time.
– David Lynch

Some things we forget. But many things we remember on the mental screen, which is the biggest screen of all.
– David Lynch

To make the script, you need ideas, and for me a lot of times, a final script is made up of many fragments of ideas that came at different times.
– David Lynch

What I really like is to be at home, working.
– David Lynch

I don’t like Thomas Edison. I’m a fan of Nikola Tesla.
– David Lynch

The greatest thing my father left me was a love for cutting wood – my love for sawing, especially pine wood.
– David Lynch

I love the quality, feel and history of film. I love the pictures of the giant cameras and the way it was.
– David Lynch

Sometimes I get an idea for cinema. And when you get an idea that you fall in love with, this is a glorious day.
– David Lynch

Francis Bacon is one of my giant inspirations. I just love him to pieces.
– David Lynch

Transcendental meditation is like a car, a vehicle that allows you to go within. It’s a mental technique.
– David Lynch

Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there’s humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.
– David Lynch

Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open the door to a future that didn’t even exist. It’s kind of nice sometimes to set up something to encourage or allow happy accidents to happen.
– David Lynch

Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.
– David Lynch

I’ve said many, many, many unkind things about Philadelphia, and I meant every one.
– David Lynch

My cow is not pretty, but it is pretty to me.
– David Lynch

The mantra that you’re given in Transcendental Meditation you keep to yourself. The reason being, true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within.
– David Lynch

I love Bob Dylan. Who doesn’t? He tapped into some kind of vein and it keeps on keeping on. There’s nobody like him. He’s unique, and just… way out cool.
– David Lynch

I’m not a musician, but I play music. So it’s a strange thing.
– David Lynch

Somehow, the French got this idea of the starving artist. Very romantic, except it’s not so romantic for the starving artist.
– David Lynch

I didn’t really grow up listening to blues, because I grew up in the Northwest. It wasn’t really the center for blues.
– David Lynch

I’ve loved music always, and my music fire was lit by Elvis Presley, really, and all that was happening back then.
– David Lynch