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35 Famous Quotes By Billy Wilder

Famous As: One of the Most Brilliant and Versatile Filmmakers of 'Classic Hollywood Cinema' With a Career Spanning Five Decades
Born On: June 22, 1906
Died On: March 27, 2002
Born In: Sucha Beskidzka, Poland
Died At Age: 95
Billy Wilder was one of the most influential movie makers in the history of American cinema. His movies were more famous than him and he left behind an incredible celluloid legacy. ‘The Apartment’ was a remarkable movie and made him the first person to win the ‘Academy Award’ as a producer, director and screen writer for the same. The critics all over the world described his work as cynical. Many few knew that Billy was also a journalist. His movies have topped on the list of American Film Institute’s list of 100 funniest American movies. The list includes five of his movies and two other movies which he had co-written - ‘The Apartment’, ‘The Seven Year Itch’, ‘Ball of Fire’ and ‘Ninotchka’ are few of his movies on the list. William was also an outstanding director and managed to squeeze out an Oscar winning performance out of William Holden in ‘Stalag 17’. We made 60 films in his film career, but he is considered as one of the brilliant and versatile film makers. His life and films have been source of a lot of thoughts and quotes in the form of dialogues etc. We have gathered a few of quotes and saying of Billy Wilder on life, dreams, movie making and much more.
He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.

He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.

Billy Wilder
If there's anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.

If there's anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.

Billy Wilder
I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.

I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.

Billy Wilder
If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.

If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you.

Billy Wilder
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.

Billy Wilder
He has Van Gogh's ear for music.

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.

Billy Wilder
The best director is the one you don't see.

The best director is the one you don't see.

Billy Wilder
Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.

Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.

Billy Wilder
Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.

Don't be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.

Billy Wilder
We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.

We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.

Billy Wilder
Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting.

Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting.

Billy Wilder
Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.

Hollywood didn't kill Marilyn Monroe, it's the Marilyn Monroes who are killing Hollywood.

Billy Wilder
Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.

Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.

Billy Wilder
It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.

It was hell at the time, but after it was over, it was wonderful.

Billy Wilder
I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.

I've met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.

Billy Wilder
I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.

I'd worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.

Billy Wilder
My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?

My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?

Billy Wilder
France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.

France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can't tear the toilet paper.

Billy Wilder
An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.

An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.

Billy Wilder
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.

Billy Wilder
One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.

One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.

Billy Wilder
The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.

The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.

Billy Wilder
They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original.

They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original.

Billy Wilder
Jerry: Oh, you don't understand, Osgood! Ehhhh... I'm a man.
Osgood: Well, nobody's perfect.

Jerry: Oh, you don't understand, Osgood! Ehhhh... I'm a man. Osgood: Well, nobody's perfect.

Billy Wilder
An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.

An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.

Billy Wilder
You're as good as the best thing you've ever done.

You're as good as the best thing you've ever done.

Billy Wilder
If you don't like what you're doing, it's unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.

If you don't like what you're doing, it's unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.

Billy Wilder
You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.

You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.

Billy Wilder
I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.

I would rather sleep in a bathroom than in another hotel.

Billy Wilder
What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films.

What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films.

Billy Wilder
A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.

A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.

Billy Wilder
That's the trouble with you readers. You know all the plots.

That's the trouble with you readers. You know all the plots.

Billy Wilder
France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.

France is the country where the money falls apart and you can't tear the toilet paper.

Billy Wilder
That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise

That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise

Billy Wilder
Goodbye, Baby.
 Walter Neff (Fred McMurray) Double Indemnity

Goodbye, Baby. Walter Neff (Fred McMurray) Double Indemnity

Billy Wilder