Guillermo del Toro quotes

Born
October 9, 1964, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Occupation
Director.

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director.

You give yourself to the world for people to either praise or destroy.
– Guillermo del Toro

Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.
– Guillermo del Toro

For me, lost causes are the only ones that are worth fighting for. The other stuff is not worth fighting for.
– Guillermo del Toro

When I was a teenager there was no video in my country. Betamax came to Mexico very slowly.
– Guillermo del Toro

Your heart is uncomplicated. It knows what it knows and acts accordingly. Greater wisdom is hard to find.
– Guillermo del Toro

There is beautiful in the grotesque.
– Guillermo del Toro

I’m a huge David Fincher fan, and to me, ‘Zodiac‘ is a masterpiece. I re-watch that movie all the time.
– Guillermo del Toro

I really believe that in the larger sense, not only today but at all times, you only find yourself when you disobey. Disobedience is the beginning of responsibility, I think.
– Guillermo del Toro

I have a sort of a fetish for insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things.
– Guillermo del Toro

If you’re not operating on an instinctive level, you’re not an artist…. Reason over emotion is bullshit, absolute bullshit… We suffocate ourselves in rules. I find fantasy liberating.
– Guillermo del Toro

You can always go back to not making any money, and then you get the freedom. And I’m going to continue doing it, because it really is a fantastic sense of liberation.
– Guillermo del Toro

Night is real. Night is not an absence of light, but in fact, it is daytime that is a brief respite from the looming darkness.
– Guillermo del Toro

Films are fantastic – they are one of the peaks of human narrative. But I’m sorry to break the news to the movie industry: So is a video game.
– Guillermo del Toro

My favorite novel in the world is Frankenstein. I’m going to misquote it horribly, but the monster says, “I have such love in me, more than you can imagine. But, if I cannot provoke it, I will provoke fear.”
– Guillermo del Toro

You have to believe the magic to see it.
– Guillermo del Toro

What we read and why we do so defines us in a profound way. You are what you read, I suppose. Browsing through someone’s library is like peeking into their DNA.
– Guillermo del Toro

In a world where we are so pragmatic and materialistic, fear is the only emotion that allows even a sophisticated person to believe in something beyond.
– Guillermo del Toro

You only find yourself when you disobey. Disobedience is the beginning of responsibility, I think.
– Guillermo del Toro

When you see something or experience something extraordinary, you can’t go back to normal… I think that that’s the way I see the supernatural-as happening in mundane circumstances or to people who are unprepared.
– Guillermo del Toro

I think part of making movies is dealing with restrictions of freedom and budget. I’d rather deal with restrictions of budget. It’s better to feel free within any budget.
– Guillermo del Toro

When I see a short schedule, my question to the director is, are you really comfortable with this, or are you doing it to be a good boy? At the end, you only win the medal if the film is good, you don’t win a medal if the movie is on time.
– Guillermo del Toro

I believe that the physical effect, the physical set, whenever you can, is ten times better than the digital effect.
– Guillermo del Toro

Studios look backward. Filmmakers look forward.
– Guillermo del Toro

There’s nothing that defines who you are more than boundaries, whether you cross them or not, in every aspect of your life, and horror is a really great boundary.
– Guillermo del Toro

You can’t explain success in retrospect. The moment you leap into the void, that moment is impossible to negate, after success.
– Guillermo del Toro

I see horror as part of legitimate film. I don’t see it as an independent genre that has nothing to do with cinema.
– Guillermo del Toro

I really wanted the house to be a character. And I knew, I said, I’ll produce that one, but if I direct it, I need to build a house.
– Guillermo del Toro