Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.

We must keep both our femininity and our strength.

When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears.

American capitalism finds its sharpest and most expressive reflection in the American cinema.

The profession of film director can and should be such a high and precious one;

that no man aspiring to it can disregard any knowledge that will make him a better film director or human being.

This fascination with the human face has never left me.

.. Every face I see seems to hide and sometimes, fleetingly, to reveal the mystery of another human being... Capturing this revelation became the goal and passion of my life.

No photographer should be blamed when, instead of capturing reality, he tries to show things he has seen only in his imagination. Photography is the youngest art form. All attempts to enlarge its frontiers are important and should be encouraged.

In a jump, the subject, in a sudden burst of energy, overcomes gravity.

He cannot simultaneously control his expressions, his facial and his limb muscles. The mask falls. The real self becomes visible. One only has to snap it with the camera.

We women must listen to our inner voice.

It is easier for women to do this as they are not afraid to say what they feel.

Yoga is the art and science of living.

In my serious work I am striving for the essence of things and for goals which are possibly unobtainable. On the other hand, everything humorous has great attraction for me, and a childish streak leads me into all kinds of frivolous endeavour.

Yoga means union, in all its significances and dimensions.

Men have to descend from their pedestal and learn how to be more broadminded and spiritual.

It becomes necessary to learn how to clear the mind of all clouds, to free it of all useless ballast and debris by dismissing the burden of too much concern with material things.

Tell your husbands any bad news when everything is calm, not just as they come through the door.

Most people stiffen with self-consciousness when they pose for a photograph.

Lighting and fine camera equipment are useless if the photographer cannot make them drop the mask, at least for a moment, so he can capture on his film their real, undistorted personality and character.

Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects?

I know of few actresses who have this incredible talent for communicating with a camera lens. She would try to seduce a camera as if it were a human being.

With a woman I try to photograph her beauty;

with a man I try to show his character. Once I photographed a man with a big nose (Jimmy Durante), and emphasized his nose, and he was very pleased with the picture. That could not happen with a woman. The most intelligent woman will reject a portrait if it doesn't flatter her.

[Revealing character] can't be done by pushing the person into position or arranging his head at a certain angle. It must be accomplished by provoking the victim, amusing him with jokes, lulling him with silence, or asking impertinent questions which his best friend would be afraid to voice.

Books are attracted to me. They make a beeline for me, and stick to me. I have been so fond of them that at last they have begun to reciprocate. In my hands books burst like ripe fruit. Like magic flowers they unfold their petals to show me the vital thought, the suggestive word, the confirming quotation, the decisive illustration.

Women must not shout back when their husbands come home and shout at them for any reason.

For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation.

Even in a less exaggerated description, any verbal account of a person is bound to find itself employing an assortment of waterfalls, lightning rods, landscapes, birds, etc.

A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, the Testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was.

Laughter drives shouting away.

It is art's task to make manifest the contradictions of Being

The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special techniques.

A good portrait is incredibly hard to create, there is too much temptation to pander to the individual rather than portray them as they really were

Marilyn was history's most phenomenal love goddess.

The head of the photographer is more important than his camera

I make the woman look at the camera as a symbol of all the eyes that will see the picture I am making.

I drifted into photography like one drifts into prostitution.

First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and eventually I did it for the money.

The word "photography" can be interpreted as "writing with light" or "drawing with light." Some photographers are producing beautiful photographs by drawing with light.. Some other photographers are trying to tell something with their photographs. They are writing with light.

Freedom is living without chains.

Sri Krishnamacharya used to tell me: 'Do the Headstand when you are tired and in need of a tonic; when you are unable to fall asleep; when you are hungry, nervous and unhappy. Do it when in need of relaxation, when the brain is clouded, when you are in low spirits. Do it when your thoughts are distracted and you cannot concentrate properly or meditate.'

I do not belong to any religion. Everything is between God and myself.

Tranquillizers do not change our environment, nor do they change our personalities. They merely reduce our responsiveness to stimuli. They dull the keen edge of the angers, fears, or anxiety with which we might otherwise react to the problems of living. Once the response has been dulled, the irritating surface noise of living muted or eliminated, the spark and brilliance are also gone.

I am often asked which picture is my favorite.

This is like asking a mother which child she likes the most.

Dali likes me taking his picture because he is interested in pictures that do not simply reproduce reality. Even in photos he prefers to appear outside reality .That is surrealistic!

Herein lies the main objective of portraiture and also its main difficulty.

The photographer probes for the innermost. The lens sees only the surface... .

Language is much closer to film than painting is.

Of the thousands of people, celebrated and unknown, who have sat before my camera, I am often asked who was the most difficult subject, or the easiest, or which picture is my favorite. This last question is like asking a mother which child she likes the most.