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    If you put yourself in a group of people you cannot work with it's obviously going to be a disaster.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: people  work 
     
    When you're in the muck you can only see muck. If you somehow manage to float above it, you still see the muck but you see it from a different perspective. And you see other things too. That's the consolation of philosophy.
    — David Cronenberg
    Do you remember when you found out you wouldn't live forever? People don't talk about this, but everybody had to go through it because you're not born with that knowledge.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: people  live 
     
    Casting is really a black art. It's a huge part of directing and it's the most invisible. It's one that people don't really think about or talk about. But you can really destroy your movie by casting it badly before you've shot a foot of film. And yet there are no guidebooks for it, there's no rule book to tell you how to do it. It's all your own experience and your own sensibility and your own intuition.
    — David Cronenberg
    For example I don't work with William Hurt the same way that I will work with Viggo. They're different guys and they work in different ways. So a good sensitive director has his general style and technique and personality that he uses but you don't impose that on the actors.
    — David Cronenberg
    So not only can you not imagine dying, you can't really imagine existence before you were born.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: existence  dying  imagine 
     
    I'm simply a nonbeliever and have been forever. ... I'm interested in saying, 'Let us discuss the existential question. We are all going to die, that is the end of all consciousness. There is no afterlife. There is no God. Now what do we do.' That's the point where it starts getting interesting to me.
    — David Cronenberg
    I like to laze around. I think that's a huge part of creativity. You have to let your mind relax and then another part of your brain suddenly connects with the solution you're trying to find.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: brain  mind  creativity 
     
    Let's put it this way, when I was casting, I cast Viggo first and then found someone who could play his wife, rather than the other way around. So for me he's still the lead character.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: character  wife 
     
    I have a real aversion to ghosts because I don't believe in them. I think ghosts are actually a religious concept, because it means you believe in an afterlife. And I don't.
    — David Cronenberg
    For me, it's just a normal artistic endeavour to explore the dark side. Certainly, I'm not alone in it. Artists generally don't like to accept the version of reality that society and culture hand them. They want to know what's really going on. So you're always looking in the ceilings, under the floorboards and behind the walls, trying to find the mechanisms, the structures, and the truth. I find that often leads you into some dark places.
    — David Cronenberg
    For me, the first fact of human existence is the human body. But if you embrace the reality of the human body, you embrace mortality, and that is a very difficult thing for anything to do because the self-conscious mind cannot imagine non-existence. It's impossible to do.
    — David Cronenberg
    When I am creating art, I have absolutely no social responsibility. It's like dreaming.
    — David Cronenberg
    The way a child discovers the world constantly replicates the way science began. You start to notice what's around you, and you get very curious about how things work. How things interrelate. It's as simple as seeing a bug that intrigues you. You want to know where it goes at night; who its friends are; what it eats.
    — David Cronenberg
    Your'e seeing me develop, not only as a filmmaker if you've seen my earlier films, but you're seeing me kind of learn how to be a human, how my philosophy has evolved.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: human  seeing  film  philosophy  learn 
     
    Consciousness is the original sin: consciousness of the inevitability of our death.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: death 
     
    I can't imagine a life without humor. Especially if you have an existential understanding of life, you must acknowledge the absurdity of it all.
    — David Cronenberg
    Sex is the invention of a very clever venereal disease.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: sex 
     
    I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you're making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: horror  film 
     
    All stereotypes turn out to be true. This is a horrifying thing about life. All those things you fought against as a youth: you begin to realize they're stereotypes because they're true.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: true 
     
    I'm just observing the world. I was born into it, like you were, and then I found out there were some really disturbing aspects to being alive, like the fact that you weren't going to be alive forever - that bothered me.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: world  forever  facts 
     
    As a filmmaker, I ask questions but don't have answers. Moviemaking is a philosophical exploration. I invite the audience to come on the journey and discover what they think and feel.
    — David Cronenberg
    Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
    — David Cronenberg
    I don't have a moral plan, I'm a Canadian.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: morals 
     
    See, you can't rewrite, 'cause to rewrite is to deceive and lie, and you betray your own thoughts. To rethink the flow and the rhythm, the tumbling out of the words, is a betrayal, and it's a sin, Martin, it's a sin." -Hank (Kerouac)to Martin (Ginsberg) in the film Naked Lunch
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: betrayal  thoughts  lies  film  sin 
     
    You have to believe in God before you can say there are things that man was not meant to know. I don't think there's anything man wasn't meant to know. There are just some stupid things that people shouldn't do.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: men  people  believe  god 
     
    You need language for thought, and you need language to anticipate death. There is no abstract thought without language and no anticipation. I think the anticipation of death without language would be impossible.
    — David Cronenberg
    Art forms of the past were really considered elitist. Bach did not compose for the masses, neither did Beethoven. It was always for patrons, aristocrats, and royalty. Now we have a sort of democratic version of that, which is to say that the audience is so splintered in its interests.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: past 
     
    Technology is us. There is no separation. It's a pure expression of human creative will. It doesn't exist anywhere else in the universe. I'm rather sure of that.
    — David Cronenberg
    We are at a major epoch in human history, which is that we don't need sex to recreate the race. You can have babies without sex. This is the first time in human history that has been true, and it means, for example, we could do some extraordinary things.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: time  human  true  sex  race  example 
     
    I'm very anti-religious because religion tends to disembody you.
    — David Cronenberg
    The desire to be loved is really death when it comes to art.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: death  desires 
     
    The filmmaking process is a very personal one to me, I mean it really is a personal kind of communication. It's not as though its a study of fear or any of that stuff.
    — David Cronenberg
    All romances end in tragedy. One of the key people in a romance becomes a monster sooner or later.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: people  key  tragedy  romance 
     
    If the audience lets that stuff wash over them, you know - almost like music, rather than dialogue - and doesn't fight it, then they'll have a much easier time rather than being sort of frustrated and confused otherwise. But if you get in the right state of mind it really does work quite well,
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: time  work  fight  right  music  mind 
     
    To me it's very obvious there are huge cultural differences between Americans and Canadians. But a lot of what we are is American.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: american 
     
    I work with my dreams or nightmares.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: work  dreams 
     
    The artist's duty to himself is a combination of immense responsibility and immense irresponsibility. I think those two interlock.
    — David Cronenberg
    The idea of a mass audience was really an invention of the Industrial Revolution.
    — David Cronenberg
    tags: revolution  ideas 
     
    When we talk about violence, we`re talking about the destruction of the human body, and I don`t lose sight of that. In general, my filmmaking is fairly body-oriented, because what you`re photographing is people, bodies.
    — David Cronenberg
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