Awakening is not a thing. It is not a goal, not a concept. It is not something to be attained. It is a metamorphosis. If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae,’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains.
Failure doesn’t mean anything, it just means changing paths.
Words don’t heal. Art heals!
If art is not a medicine for the society, it is a poison.
I am like the rain, I go where I’m needed.
You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.
We all exist in our own personal reality of craziness.
I am not a normal person. I am living in a normal body, but my mind is not normal.
You live in the image you have of the world. Every one of us lives in a different world, with different space and different time.
The apocalypse is now! Americans know this, that the only hope is the flying saucers. Do you know how I see the world? Like a person who is dying. It’s a worm who is dying to make a butterfly. We must not stop the worm from dying, we must help the worm to die to help the butterfly to be born. We need to dance with death. This world is dying, but very well. We will make a big, big enormous butterfly. You and I will be the first movements in the wings of the butterfly because we are speaking like this.
I have an ambition to live 300 years. I will not live 300 years. Maybe I will live one year more. But I have the ambition. Why you will not have ambition? Why? Have the greatest ambition possible. You want to be immortal? Fight to be immortal. Do it. You want to make the most fantastic art or movie? Try. If you fail, is not important. We need to try.
Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
Most directors make films with their eyes; I make films with my testicles.
Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together.
One becomes wise only in measures, as he goes through his own insanity.
One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, “Is it half full or half empty?” So I drank the water. No more problem.
Maybe if literature was prohibited the same way as cocaine, people out of pure curiosity would try to get a couple of lines
Have a dream. Fight to do a dream. Don’t ask if it is possible to do something or if not possible. Try to do it!
Every one of us is a perfect human being, deformed by the family, the society and the culture.
Every mind has another vision of reality. There is not a common reality. Every person thinks he is like the others, but every person is different, living in his own psychology.
What I am trying to do when I use symbols is to awaken in your unconscious some reaction. I am very conscious of what I am using because symbols can be very dangerous. When we use normal language we can defend ourselves because our society is a linguistic society, a semantic society. But when you start to speak, not with words, but only with images, the people cannot defend themselves.
One does not go to the theater to escape from himself, but to reestablish contact with the mystery that we all are.
Normality is to be different. Every person is a different person. And one day you need to be aware of your difference. Aware that you are not the same as the others. That is to be normal.
Let the inner god that is in each one of us speak. The temple is your body, and the priest is your heart: it is from here that every awareness must begin.
The only thing a master can teach is how to learn about yourself. There are no secrets. They are only techniques to waken yourself.
Don’t make your living with cinema because Hollywood will take you, will eat you, will destroy you. This is the reality. You have a good picture, have success, you take the person and they destroy you.
I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest. I dont believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Religion is too old now; its from another century, its not for today.
My writing routine is everyday I put a record on, the same one since 20 years. Then I burn a stick of incense, I put perfume here on the insides of my soles, I paint my left testicle red, and I write.
When I was a young person I went to the university and I learned a rational language, to think with the left side of the brain. But in the right side of the brain you have intuition and imagination. Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words.
The imagination wants to construct the new worlds, no? Creativity is a solution. If I ask you, “What is your goal in life? How many years do you have to live before to die? How many years do you have? And what you will do with these years you have?” You have pressure there. “How you will realize a good life? How? Tell me!” Then, you start to open your mind.
When the bull’s-eye becomes as big in your mind as an elephant, you are sure to hit it.
For art to be art it has to cure.
People say I am mad. I am not mad. I am trying to heal my soul.
Birds born in cages think that flying is a disease.
My consciousness is without limits more than when I was 40 or 50.
If you are great, ‘El Topo’ is a great picture. If you are limited, ‘El Topo’ is limited.
Five cats and a woman. That is all I need in life.
You are engaging in madness. I feel obliged to accompany you.
For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.
Humanity are not individuals; we are collective. And if we have difference, we have wars all the time. We have crisis. We need to open our mind. This is the only solution we have.
I want to liberate my imagination and my mind with every kind of movie. That is what I wanted to do all my life.
I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It’s coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul.
And I imagine… with great pleasure… all the horrible stirrings of the nonmanifested to bring forth the scream which creates the universe. Maybe one day I’ll see you trembling, and you’ll go into convulsion and grow larger and smaller until your mouth opens and the world will come from your mouth, escaping through the window like a river, and it will flood the city. And then we’ll begin to live.
Art gives to you a new conception of reality, opens your mind, opens your heart, opens your desire of action.
I live making comics. Comics is an industrial art but less suffering, because comics are for young people who are more adventurous. I do that. I live off comics, and then I write books, but when you want movies, you cannot make movies without money.
I think the art of filmmaking is something you learn through actions, by doing it, not by learning theories. And as you do it, your mind starts to change.
You can’t have a masterpiece without madness.
I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal,
and you are your own temple
and your own priest.
Movies have heart. Have mind. Have power. Have ambition.
I don’t live in France; I live in myself.
I ask of cinema what most North Americans ask of psychedelic drugs.
Every artist – even if they do Superman, they do Batman, and things like that – they are speaking about his life. Every person, every artist makes his life an artwork.
My father was a monster. A monster! I cut with my family when I was 23 and I never see them again.
When you put a great amount of energy and hope in a big project, you can be destroyed if you don’t do it. But myself, I say: “To fail is only to see the way to fail.”
If the picture is not an artistic picture, it’s show, like television. Television series are very funny, but it’s a collective production. An industrial art. A car is not made by a person, it’s made by a group of creators, only to go to the market to buy your cigarettes. That is a car – they are not a big art, they are a little art.
The mole is an animal that digs passages searching for the sun. Sometimes he reaches the surface. When he looks at the sun he goes blind.
I don’t think of an actor. I think in the character, and then I search for the actor. Usually I’m thinking without names, because they will change my idea. No big egos. If I want egos – just mine. That is enough.
I think Twitter is the literature of the 21st century. I think it’s an incredible art because when you make a book, you don’t know who reads it. But every line, I write a million people, they read it, and then they insult me, they love me, they discuss, they give an opinion instantly, immediately. They are completely in communication, immediately. That is a real art.
The first thing I didn’t understand was my life. It’s a mystery. And today I don’t understand economy or politics. I don’t know why politics or economy are destroying the world, but I will understand after understanding.
A man doesn’t cry. In my life, I’ve never cried. I cannot do it. I am a man. How will I cry?
I don’t see myself as a moviemaker only, you know? When I can do a picture, I do. But I don’t work like a business, in pictures. I am not obliged to make one picture after the other in order to live.
I write books, I write for comic books, I give lectures… I live. And when the opportunity comes to do a picture, I do a picture.
The planet is ill, everyone knows that. But I need to be optimistic, otherwise I would just be adding to the negativity. So every night I come on Madrid TV and read a piece of good news.
I am not a commercial industry creator. I don’t believe in making art to make money.
Movies have an enormous power to open the mind and the heart and everything. You are sitting and seeing something moving in front of you, and then your mind goes into a trance. You are completely there. It’s a real great art; it’s not only a business. It’s to open the mind, to understand this mystery within reality. This is why we need it.
The world is how we see the world. Some people see the world good, the other people see the world bad. Every person has an idea of the world with a subjective [viewpoint].
I don’t regret any past. I am not there. I am not sorry not to make pictures, because I know one day I will do it. I intend to live 150 years.
My wife is 37 years younger than me. I don’t feel the difference.
What is an artistic picture? An artistic picture is very simple. The creator is not the producer. The creator is not the star. The creator is the director, the person who realizes the picture, like a poet, like an artist. The creator of the picture is free to do whatever he wants, how he wants to do it. That is an artistic picture.