We all exist in our own personal reality of craziness.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

The most delightful Alejandro Jodorowsky quotes that are new and everybody is talking about

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.

And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.


Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.


You live in the image you have of the world.

Every one of us lives in a different world, with different space and different time.


Maybe if literature was prohibited the same way as cocaine, people out of pure curiosity would try to get a couple of lines


Most directors make films with their eyes; I make films with my testicles.


Normality is to be different. Every person is a different person. And one day you need to be aware of your difference. Aware that you are not the same as the others. That is to be normal.


Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together.


I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest. I dont believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Religion is too old now; its from another century, its not for today.


My writing routine is everyday I put a record on, the same one since 20 years.

Then I burn a stick of incense, I put perfume here on the insides of my soles, I paint my left testicle red, and I write.


You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.


For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.


If art is not a medicine for the society, it is a poison.


About Alejandro Jodorowsky

Quotes 82 sayings
Profession Filmmaker
Birthday February 17, 1929

You are engaging in madness. I feel obliged to accompany you.


You can't have a masterpiece without madness.


The planet is ill, everyone knows that.

But I need to be optimistic, otherwise I would just be adding to the negativity. So every night I come on Madrid TV and read a piece of good news.


I don't regret any past. I am not there. I am not sorry not to make pictures, because I know one day I will do it. I intend to live 150 years.


You need to fight in order to count. Don't be afraid to believe the impossible and then fight with yourself to ameliorate yourself. Do it. Believe in yourself. Let a good seed be a good seed now, and then we'll have a good tree.


Life is a way of perfection. You need to work on yourself. You become a good person. If you do your work you will discover sublime feelings.


The imagination wants to construct the new worlds, no? Creativity is a solution.

If I ask you, "What is your goal in life? How many years do you have to live before to die? How many years do you have? And what you will do with these years you have?" You have pressure there. "How you will realize a good life? How? Tell me!" Then, you start to open your mind.


I think Twitter is the literature of the 21st century.

I think it's an incredible art because when you make a book, you don't know who reads it. But every line, I write a million people, they read it, and then they insult me, they love me, they discuss, they give an opinion instantly, immediately. They are completely in communication, immediately. That is a real art.


Every person has a talent, but not the same one.

Every person has to discover his personal talent and go with his talent. And then you are you, and what you do, you do because you love what you do, not because you want to be famous or because you're making money. You do the work because you love it.


I grew up in the north of Chile, and this is why there are a lot of religious symbols in my pictures, because the Catholic Church in Latin America is very strong. If I was born in Japan, I would speak about Buddhism, but I was born in South America.


Don't make your living with cinema because Hollywood will take you, will eat you, will destroy you. This is the reality. You have a good picture, have success, you take the person and they destroy you.


When the bull's-eye becomes as big in your mind as an elephant, you are sure to hit it.


Every one of us is a perfect human being, deformed by the family, the society and the culture.


I have an ambition to live 300 years.

I will not live 300 years. Maybe I will live one year more. But I have the ambition. Why you will not have ambition? Why? Have the greatest ambition possible. You want to be immortal? Fight to be immortal. Do it. You want to make the most fantastic art or movie? Try. If you fail, is not important. We need to try.


I don't think of an actor. I think in the character, and then I search for the actor. Usually I'm thinking without names, because they will change my idea. No big egos. If I want egos - just mine. That is enough.


My consciousness is without limits more than when I was 40 or 50.


I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry.

When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul.


I live making comics. Comics is an industrial art but less suffering, because comics are for young people who are more adventurous. I do that. I live off comics, and then I write books, but when you want movies, you cannot make movies without money.


Let the inner god that is in each one of us speak.

The temple is your body, and the priest is your heart: it is from here that every awareness must begin.


The world is how we see the world. Some people see the world good, the other people see the world bad. Every person has an idea of the world with a subjective [viewpoint].


This is the thing: Art is more important than making a show, something that amuses people. Art is something that needs to give to the public, to the actors, to the artist - to give something that makes life the paradise it can be. Life can be a paradise. Still, I believe that. Even if there is Trump, there can be a paradise.


Words don't heal. Art heals!


I am not a commercial industry creator. I don't believe in making art to make money.


In Chile they have no movies. They have awful popular movies. I am not a Latin American creator.


I am like the rain, I go where I'm needed.


Every artist - even if they do Superman, they do Batman, and things like that - they are speaking about his life. Every person, every artist makes his life an artwork.


Birds born in cages think that flying is a disease.


What is an artistic picture? An artistic picture is very simple.

The creator is not the producer. The creator is not the star. The creator is the director, the person who realizes the picture, like a poet, like an artist. The creator of the picture is free to do whatever he wants, how he wants to do it. That is an artistic picture.


I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest.


I shoot in Mexico, but I can shoot in India, anywhere.

I have no nationality myself. My nationality is the planet.


I don't see myself as a movie maker only.

When I can do a picture, I do. But I don't work like a business, in pictures. I am not obliged to make one picture after the other in order to live. I write books, I write for comic books, I give lectures... I live. And when the opportunity comes to do a picture, I do a picture.


I don't want to make a style. Not tragedy, not comedy. Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together.


I never know if my picture is a good picture or a bad picture, because I'm not making pictures thinking of the public, I'm making pictures to realize myself.


I am an artist. For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul. And you are like in some kind of possession, where you are doing anything to get the visual. You become another person. You're becoming an artist in action. And then a lot of miracles come. A lot of discovering. It's a very complicated thing.


The mole is an animal that digs passages searching for the sun.

Sometimes he reaches the surface. When he looks at the sun he goes blind.


Have a dream. Fight to do a dream. Don't ask if it is possible to do something or if not possible. Try to do it!


Every mind has another vision of reality.

There is not a common reality. Every person thinks he is like the others, but every person is different, living in his own psychology.