110+ Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Movies, Filmmaking And Writing

Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Quotes (BEST)

  1. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my fingers upon thee!
  2. When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, 'no, I went to films.'
  3. My plan is to have a theatre in some small town or something and I'll be manager. Ill be the crazy old movie guy.
  4. Just because I was at an anti-police brutality protest, doesn't mean I'm anti-police. We want justice, but stop shooting unarmed people.
  5. Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.
  6. In real life there are no bad guys. Everybody just has their own perspective.
  7. Hamburgers! The corner-stone of any nutritious breakfast.
  8. If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.
  9. I'm a big collector of vinyl - I have a record room in my house - and I've always had a huge soundtrack album collection.
  10. I steal from every movie ever made.

Quentin Tarantino Short Quotes

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  • Just because you are a character doesn't mean you have character.
  • Sergio Leone was a big influence on me because of the spaghetti westerns.
  • The easiest way to kill a cult is to make that cult accessible.
  • The good ideas will survive.
  • If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.
  • I was trying to do like a spaghetti western but using World War II iconography.
  • I am not going to tell you how I believe, but I do believe in God.
  • Even Christoph Waltz's character, Colonel Landa in 'Inglourious Basterds', I never judged him.
  • To be a novelist, all I need is a pen and a piece of paper.
  • I want to top expectations. I want to blow you away.

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Movies

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To me, movies and music go hand in hand. When I'm writing a script, one of the first things I do is find the music I'm going to play for the opening sequence. — Quentin Tarantino

I'm not a Hollywood basher because enough good movies come out of the Hollywood system every year to justify its existence, without any apologies. — Quentin Tarantino

If the film isn't suspenseful, i.e. the pressure cooker situation of what's going on in the movie, if that's not part of it, if the threat of violence and the temperature isn't always going up a notch every scene or so, then the movie is going to be boring. It's not going to work. — Quentin Tarantino

Sure, Kill Bill is a violent movie. But it's a Tarantino movie. You don't go to see Metallica and ask the fuckers to turn the music down. — Quentin Tarantino

You don't have to know how to make a movie. If you truly love cinema with all your heart and with enough passion, you can't help but make a good movie. — Quentin Tarantino

If a Million People See My Movie, I Hope They See a Million Different Movies. — Quentin Tarantino

Some of the inspirations I had as far as following that story would be, like, say, "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," the way they use the Civil War in that, or even the idea that - the movie that Leone was going to do before he died was going to be a movie about the battle of Stalingrad. — Quentin Tarantino

I wasn't trying to top Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown. I wanted to go underneath it and make a more modest character study movie. — Quentin Tarantino

Violence in real life is terrible; violence in movies can be cool. It's just another colour to work with. — Quentin Tarantino

When you gotta go out and make a movie to pay for the kid's private school and for the three ex-wives, don't talk to me about your artistry. It's their job. It's not my job. It's my calling. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Life

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I don't think there's anything to be afraid of. Failure brings great rewards - in the life of an artist. — Quentin Tarantino

Movies are not about the weekend that they're released, and in the grand scheme of things, that's probably the most unimportant time of a film's life. — Quentin Tarantino

You can do all these kinds of things that are up close and personal, but you really have to bring your strength, and really - you have to really be committed to actually strangle the life out of somebody, to crush their larynx and just squeeze every drop of life out of them. — Quentin Tarantino

The only other animals that would be in the ballpark to be able to do it would be a gorilla, but it's not going to occur to a gorilla to strangle the life out of somebody. They might rip their head off, all right, but it wouldn't occur to a gorilla to just, I'm going to cut off your air. — Quentin Tarantino

I have loved movies as the number one thing in my life so long that I can't ever remember a time when I didn't. — Quentin Tarantino

It's my job to look at other people's humanity and it's my job to, 24/7, look at my life and listen to everything everyone says, watching their faces, the little idiosyncratic aspects of human beings - it's like a sponge, I take it in. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Filmmaking

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I've always considered myself a filmmaker who writes stuff for himself to do. — Quentin Tarantino

When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it. — Quentin Tarantino

What if a kid goes to school after seeing Kill Bill and starts slicing up other kids? You know, I'll take that chance! Violent films don't turn children into violent people. They may turn them into violent filmmakers but that's another matter altogether. — Quentin Tarantino

I don't have any bone to pick with critics. In fact, if I wasn't a filmmaker I would probably be a film critic. Most of my bone is I would be a better film critic than most of the film critics I read. — Quentin Tarantino

I don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker, making old-man movies, and I don’t want to be the one not to know when to leave the party. — Quentin Tarantino

My only obligation is to my characters. And they came from where I have been. — Quentin Tarantino

I don't really consider myself an American filmmaker like, say, Ron Howard might be considered an American filmmaker. If I'm doing something and it seems to me to be reminiscent of an Italian giallo, I'm gonna to do it like an Italian giallo. — Quentin Tarantino

Leni Riefenstahl was the one person Goebbels had no control over in the filmmaking community of Nazi Germany, and they despised each other. But because she was Hitler's favorite, she could do what she wanted. She was the only filmmaker that did not have to cow down to Joseph Goebbels. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Writing

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I write movies about mavericks, about people who break rules, and I don't like movies about people who are pulverised for being mavericks. — Quentin Tarantino

I think that's, it's my way of writing, it's my, it's part of you know for lack of a better word, God-given talent that I have that I'm really good at that kind of dialogue. — Quentin Tarantino

I try not to get analytical in the writing process. I try to just kind of keep the flow from my brain to my hand as far as the pen is concerned and go with the moment and go with my guts. — Quentin Tarantino

What I would do is I would just remember the scene and I'd go home and I'd write out the scene from memory. And anything I didn't remember I would just fill in the blanks myself and then go and give it to a classmate and then we'd do it. — Quentin Tarantino

A thing when I was writing the movie 'The hateful eight' was, I hate The Confederate cause. I've always felt that they are our Nazis and the rebel flag was our swastika. So I totally have no love for that whole romance for that Antebellum time period. — Quentin Tarantino

I've always equated the writing process with editing, sort of like when I get through editing the movie, that's like my last draft of the screenplay. — Quentin Tarantino

That's how it always is with me: the thing that sets me down to start writing is usually not what I end up doing. Because, as much as I love genre, and I try to deliver the goods, I go off from it. I go do my own thing. — Quentin Tarantino

If I'm doing my job right, then I'm not writing the dialogue; the characters are saying the dialogue, and I'm just jotting it down. — Quentin Tarantino

I think it almost all has to do with coming at writing from an acting perspective, because I didn't, like, study writing. I studied acting. — Quentin Tarantino

I really become the characters when I'm writing them. I'll become one or two of them more than others, I'm consistent that way. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Love

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I want to have the fun of doing anime and I love anime, but I can't do storyboards because I can't really draw and that's what they live and die on. — Quentin Tarantino

I love Elmore Leonard. To me, True Romance is basically like an Elmore Leonard movie. — Quentin Tarantino

I've always been passionate about these different (film) genres. Kung fu movies, samurai movies, Japanese movies, all this kind of stuff, and my love for it, and just trying to present it in a way that other people can love it as much as I do. — Quentin Tarantino

I totally have no love for that whole romance for that Antebellum time period. — Quentin Tarantino

My earliest childhood memories are of watching Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. I remember not liking Frankenstein then and going, "Who is this bald guy?" But I love it now. — Quentin Tarantino

If you love cinema as much as I do, and not many people do, and if you are focused and actually have something to offer, you will get somewhere with it. — Quentin Tarantino

I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Movie

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Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I'm lucky enough to be in the position where I don't make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it. — Quentin Tarantino

When I was on The View, Barbara Walters was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, 'Well, you know, that's a staple of Japanese cinema.' And then she came back, 'But this is America.' And I go, 'I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.' — Quentin Tarantino

As a viewer, the minute I start getting confused, I check out of the movie. Emotionally, I'm severed. — Quentin Tarantino

If I'm on an airplane, a Kate Hudson movie is what I'm looking for. I'll sit there and I'll cry. I think it's the altitude or something like that. — Quentin Tarantino

One thing I don't understand is that average American movie-goers cannot watch a movie for three hours, yet they'll watch a stupid, boring, horrific football game for four hours. Now, that is boredom at its most colossal. — Quentin Tarantino

I mean, of course "King Kong" is a metaphor for the slave trade. I'm not saying the makers of "King Kong" meant it to be that way, but that's what, that's the movie that they made - whether they meant to make it or not. — Quentin Tarantino

I am a genre lover - everything from spaghetti western to samurai movie. — Quentin Tarantino

You know, the art films would usually be more, I mean the exploitation movies would usually be more lurid, but not that much more. I mean, actually back in those days that was what foreign films had. They had sex, they were selling Laura Antonelli. — Quentin Tarantino

I've always thought John Travolta is one of the greatest movie stars Hollywood has ever produced. — Quentin Tarantino

I hope to give you at least 15 more years of movies. I`m not going to be this old guy that keeps cranking them out. My plan is to have a theater by that time in some small town and I will be the manager this crazy old movie guy. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Made

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Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the '80s. — Quentin Tarantino

ou know, if you want to see jackbooting Nazis in movies, you've got to watch American movies made at that time. — Quentin Tarantino

There is no other genre that deals with America better, in a subtextual way, than the Westerns being made in the different decades. The '50s Westerns very much put forth an Eisenhower idea of America, whereas the Westerns of the '70s were very cynical about America. — Quentin Tarantino

I'm not writing novels, the screenplays are my novels, so I'm gonna write it the best that I can. If the movie never gets made, it'd almost be okay because I did it. It's there on the page. — Quentin Tarantino

If I've made it a little easier for artists to work in violence, great! I've accomplished something. — Quentin Tarantino

I didn't want my script to get too out of control like that. So I actually made it a point not to do stuff like that, to pretty - to keep it more sparse than it's been in the last few years, or the last decade. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Watch

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Violence is one of the most fun things to watch. — Quentin Tarantino

To me, torture would be watching sports on television. — Quentin Tarantino

I don't think Pulp Fiction is hard to watch at all. — Quentin Tarantino

CGI has fully ruined car crashes. Because how can you be impressed with them now? When you watch them in the '70s, it was real cars, real metal, real blasts. They're really doing it and risking their lives. — Quentin Tarantino

I remember, like, literally saying - watching some cowboy-and-Indian movie with my mother, and I go, so, if we were back then, we'd be the Indians, right? She goes, yup, that's who we'd be. We wouldn't be those guys in the covered wagons. We'd be the Indians. — Quentin Tarantino

You're an actor, you want to do a scene in class. But one of the things I've always had is I've always had a really good memory. So I would go and watch a movie and then I would see a scene in the movie and I go, hey I'd like to do that in class this Wednesday. — Quentin Tarantino

I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I'm attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn't quite what I'm seeing - taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I've never seen before. — Quentin Tarantino

You get to be analytical about the process and now I can watch the movie and see all the different connection things and see all the things that are underneath the surface. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Quotes On Violence

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Spaghetti Westerns are really brutal and operatic with a surreal quality to the violence. — Quentin Tarantino

Violence is a form of cinematic entertainment. Asking me about violence is like going up to Vincente Minnelli and asking him to justify his musical sequences. — Quentin Tarantino

Violence is fun, man. — Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino Famous Quotes And Sayings

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I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it - if my work has anything it's that I'm taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together. If people don't like that, then tough titty, don't go and see it, all right? I steal from everything. Great artists steal; they don't do homages. — Quentin Tarantino

The children despise their parents until the age of when they suddenly become just like them - thus preserving the system. — Quentin Tarantino

I appreciate the female foot, but I've never said that I have a foot fetish. But I am a lower track guy. I like legs' I like booties'. I have a black male sexuality. — Quentin Tarantino

Emotion will always win over coolness and cleverness. It's when a scene works emotionally and it's cool and clever, then it's great. That's what you want. — Quentin Tarantino

As the acting class was going on, I just realized I just knew more about cinema than the other people in the class. I cared about cinema and they cared about themselves. But two, was actually at a certain point I just realized that I love movies too much to simply appear in them. I wanted the movies to be my movies. — Quentin Tarantino

Sometimes things need to get really bad before they can ever get better. Really bad can become untenable if enough people get sick of it. That was a big thing about why I ended up taking part in that rally [against police brutality] and ended up voicing my opinion and declaring what side I was standing on. — Quentin Tarantino

The film [Django] really has a lot of ups and downs, and taps into a lot of different emotions. To me, the trick was balancing all those emotions, so that I could get you where I wanted you to be by the very end. I wanted the audience cheering in triumph at the end. — Quentin Tarantino

Reservoir Dogs is a small film, and part of its charm was that it was a small film. I'd probably make it for $3 million now so I'd have more breathing room. — Quentin Tarantino

I don't believe in putting in music as a band aid to get you over some rough parts or bad film making. If it's there it's got to add to it or take it to another level. — Quentin Tarantino

I like a much more Japanese style of blood, where it's red and it almost has a paint kind of quality to it. You can put it on metal, and it has this vividness. Because, normally, what they use in Hollywood is this stuff that looks like strawberry pancake syrup or raspberry pancake syrup. — Quentin Tarantino

I found this really fantastic used record store in Japan, and I bought all these different records and different 45s, and one of the 45s was just, it had the theme, "Green Leaves of Summer," the theme to "The Alamo" on one side, and then on the flip side was a theme to, the theme to "The Magnificent Seven." — Quentin Tarantino

I definitely have some colleagues that I respect, and we get together from time to time. But I actually have just like genuine friends. Paul Thomas Anderson is a genuine friend. Robert Rodriguez is a genuine friend. Rick Richard Linklater is a genuine friend. Eli Roth is a genuine friend. And so is Edgar Wright. — Quentin Tarantino

When it came to a lot of these German actors with the English, they just couldn't do it. They couldn't get the poetry out of it. They couldn't own it and make it their own. And then Christoph [Waltz] came in, and I didn't know who Christoph was. — Quentin Tarantino

I don't believe in elitism. I don't think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience. — Quentin Tarantino

I've always thought my soundtracks do pretty good, because they're basically professional equivalents of a mix tape I'd make for you at home. — Quentin Tarantino

I like it when somebody tells me a story, and I actually really feel that that's becoming like a lost art in American cinema. — Quentin Tarantino

If you're a film fan, collecting video is sort of like marijuana. Laser discs, they're definitely cocaine. Film prints are heroin, all right? You're shooting smack when you start collecting film prints. So, I kinda got into it in a big way, and I've got a pretty nice collection I'm real proud of. — Quentin Tarantino

By the time I was doing "Kill Bill," it was so much filled with prose that, you know, I start seeing why people write a screenplay and make it more like a blueprint, because basically I had written - in "Kill Bill," I had basically written a novel, and basically every day I was adapting my novel to the screen on the fly, you know, on my feet. — Quentin Tarantino

I was kind of excited about going to jail the first time and I learnt some great dialogue. — Quentin Tarantino

It's a standard staple in Japanese cinema to cut somebody's arm off and have red water hoses for veins, spraying blood everywhere. — Quentin Tarantino

I'm not superstitious in my normal daily life but I get that way about writing, even though I know it's all bullshit. But I began that way and so, that's the way it is. My ritual is I never use a typewriter or computer. I just write it all by hand. It's a ceremony. I go to a stationary store and buy a notebook and then fill it up. — Quentin Tarantino

What the internet has done is destroy film criticism. I would never have guessed that the profession of film criticism would be going the way of the dodo bird. — Quentin Tarantino

I'm not saying it's a bad thing to do, but when you try to deal with prescient themes in the present, that is what you're doing. — Quentin Tarantino

One can be inclined to just say, "F this political correctness! I don't have time for that!" — Quentin Tarantino

If I wasn't a film-maker, I'd be a film critic. It's the only thing I'd be qualified to do. — Quentin Tarantino

Novelists have always had complete freedom to pretty much tell their story any way they saw fit. And that's what I'm trying to do. — Quentin Tarantino

He musta thought it was white boy day. It ain't white boy day, is it? — Quentin Tarantino

I see characters lying all the time in a lot of Hollywood movies. They can't do this because it would affect the movie this way or that or this demographic might not like it. To me a character can't do anything good or bad, they can only do something that's true or not. — Quentin Tarantino

You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences. — Quentin Tarantino

I just don't feel the whole white guilt and pussy-footing around race issues. I'm completely above all that. I've never worried about what anyone might think of me 'cause I've always believed that the true of heart recognize the true of heart. — Quentin Tarantino

Suddenly, Westerns, which were our action films and what the working man went to see to blow off steam and have a good time, became boring to most people growing up from the Eighties on, because they're kind of pastoral. — Quentin Tarantino

My writing's like a journey. I'll know some of the stops ahead of time, and I'll make some of those stops and some of them I won't. Some will be a moot point by the time I get there. You know every script will have four to six basic scenes that you're going to do. It's all the scenes where your characters really come from. — Quentin Tarantino

There was that last blast of Westerns that came out in the Seventies, those Vietnam/Watergate Westerns where everything was about demystification. And I like that about those movies. — Quentin Tarantino

To me "King Kong" is a metaphor for America's fear of the black male. And to me that's obvious. All right? So I mean that was one of the first things I said when I was talking to a friend of mine after he saw Peter Jackson's version of "King Kong." — Quentin Tarantino

Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race. — Quentin Tarantino

I've always wanted to work with Warren Beatty. — Quentin Tarantino

My mom took me to see Carnal Knowledge and The Wild Bunch and all these kind of movies when I was a kid. — Quentin Tarantino

I hate The Confederate cause. I've always felt that they are our Nazis and the rebel flag was our swastika. — Quentin Tarantino

To really get to know people and discover humanity, which is what I truly think writers and actors do, you've got to be interested in other human beings, you have to be interested in humanity in general, and you have to do some discovering of humanity and different people. — Quentin Tarantino

But the truth of the matter is, that was fairly, fairly early on in Goebbels' 800 movies that he made in Germany. The majority of them, especially once the war got going, you hardly saw Nazi officers in it at all. They were mostly musicals and comedies and melodramas and stories of great German men from the past. — Quentin Tarantino

I cut the scene out, but there was a moment where Christoph Waltz plays the piano in 'Django [Unchained]' - Jamie [Foxx] is a magnificent piano-player but there's never a moment where Django plays the piano. — Quentin Tarantino

The next movie will be in Mandarin. I enjoyed shooting all the Japanese stuff in Kill Bill so much that this whole film will be entirely in Mandarin. — Quentin Tarantino

Pigs are filthy animals. I don't eat filthy animals. — Quentin Tarantino

I laugh all the time. I'm an easy laugher. You can find me on any set, because I'm always laughing. — Quentin Tarantino

I always knew I wanted to do a Western. And trying to think of what that would be, I always figured that if I did a Western, it would have a lot of the aesthetics of Spaghetti Westerns, because I really like them. — Quentin Tarantino

I love thinking about things subtextually and I actually - like for instance when I write, I actually, I'm not very analytical about it. I don't ever deal with the subtext because I just know it's there so I don't have to deal with it. I just keep it about the scenario. I keep it on the surface, on my concerns. And one of the fun things is is when I'm done with everything, like now, for instance. — Quentin Tarantino

"Dukes of Hazzard" or something you could, you know that, your work is going to be made up of that - episodic television shows. Not that I got many of them, but that was where I - but actually oddly enough though, they were teaching camera terminology at the same time in this acting class, so I actually was able to understand what rack focus and whip pan and all that stuff meant. — Quentin Tarantino

Life Lessons by Quentin Tarantino

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  1. Quentin Tarantino's work emphasizes the importance of taking risks and pushing boundaries in order to stand out from the crowd.
  2. His films often contain unconventional story-telling techniques and unique dialogue that can inspire creativity.
  3. He also encourages the audience to think critically and challenge the status quo, making his work thought-provoking and inspiring.

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