He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.

โ€” Jean-Luc Godard

The most staggering Jean-Luc Godard quotes that will transform you to a better person

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.


A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.


Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.


In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!


I don't think you should feel about a film.

You should feel about a woman, not a movie. You can't kiss a movie.


To live in society today is like living in one enormous comic-strip.


Killing a man in defense of an idea is not defending an idea; it is killing a man.


What is your greatest ambition in life?' 'To become immortal... and then die.


When we talked, I talked about me, you talked about you, when we should have talked about each other.


I pity the French Cinema because it has no money.

I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.


Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection.


When you photograph a face . . .you photograph the soul behind it.


About Jean-Luc Godard

Quotes 147 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

Sometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.


There is no such thing as intellectual property.


First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now weโ€™re entering the Age of the Ass.


Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami.


We once believed we were auteurs but we weren't.

We had no idea, really. Film is over. It's sad nobody is really exploring it. But what to do? And anyway, with mobile phones and everything, everyone is now an auteur.


There is no point in having sharp images when you've fuzzy ideas.


One must confront vague ideas with clear images.


My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.


I learned from Rossellini that you are rich even if you have a little money.


Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus.


The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second.


The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life.


To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body - both go together, they can't be separated.


To be or not to be. That's not really a question.


You have to continue and discover the grammar of things, of what we can see.


I had the feeling that Sarajevo was the perfect place to shoot the film I wanted to shoot. It is the perfect illustration of purgatory.


Self-portraits have been done in painting, but never in music or literature.

It has no meaning, it makes no sense. And in movies I was wondering if it could. And how.


American pictures usually have no subject, only a story.

A pretty woman is not a subject. Julia Roberts doing this and that is not a subject.


Words and action in movies are the spirit or the mind.

And these days the body is almost completely forgotten. In the beginning the body - nature - was more part of the action.


It makes me laugh when you bring two things together which have nothing to do with one another.


In movies, comedy and tragedy are all the same.


If you want to make a documentary you should automatically go to the fiction, and if you want to nourish your fiction you have to come back to reality.


The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.


There is a new world coming and this new world is very rude.


Even with painting, even abstract paintings, you need the incoming of, light on the canvas.


I am still associated with a heroic period in French cinema, and my name remains linked to this period.


To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema.


I have no desire to vote for French politicians, and I'm not entitled to vote in Switzerland.


Photography could have been invented in color. Colors existed.


I don't think I've succeeded in making any really good films.

There are moments, scenes, whole movements that sing. It has all added up to a cinema of sorts, even though I'm still learning my art.


The projector will soon disappear. The camera, not really. OK, it depends... it depends on change.


I have a large number of cassettes, but I look at them mainly for reference purposes.


When Yeats said the center cannot hold, he was talking for himself, but it was true for the rest of us as well.


There are two kinds of homeland: one that is given is like a negative, and one that you have to conquer is like the positive.


You can't transmit a landscape, happily enough.


All our thinking constitutes the new world, but all our thoughts are older and older.


Cinema is movement, after all.