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.

In my opinion, animation is best when it communicates without words, because it is the perfect medium through which to make shortcuts to meaning. When actors are not talking, just acting out, it looks kind of weird. But in animation, mime is constant, and you accept it.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

[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.

This is not a problem. I'm making everybody very calm, distracted by my bad results and then I'm going to shoot. One good result and I'm coming back. This is a distraction, it's the calm before the storm.

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.

The goalie is like the guy on the minefield.

He discovers the mines and destroys them. If you make a mistake, somebody gets blown up.

I think every person should go to jail once.

You know, I used to say that it's really tough to get out of the top 100, you know? So I proved to everybody that it's not so tough, it's pretty easy.

In your lifetime, at what point do you stop being an idiot? I'm 24. Enough is enough!

I guess I'm interested in the behind-the-surface feelings of the human condition, in my own way. I was always struck by the gap - at least in the books I was reading - between what people tell stories about and what I actually feel. I started thinking about a gap between fantasy and reality.

I am often asked which picture is my favorite.

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

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.

We must all live so that our children do not have to pay for our deeds.

Those accept an obligation lightly who feel lightly about letting it drop.

Laughter drives shouting away.

I sign so many autographs, my hand hurts every day.

Capablanca used to talk calmly and moderately about everything.

However, when our conversation turned to the problems of the battle for the world championship, in front of me was a quite different person: an enraged lion, although with the fervour typical only of a southerner, with his temperamental patter, which made it hard to follow the torrent of his indignant exclamations and words.

Europe needs a clear and more collective and cohesive policy on security and energy supply. Today the issue of security of energy supply is only really considered at a national member-state level, but in reality we need a much greater European-wide approach on this issue.

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.

When you have a true ambition for something, you will not give up hope.

Giving up hope is a sign that you are lacking ambition to achieve that goal!

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.'