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A collection of quotes and sayings by Jean-Luc Godard on French, breathless, movies, films, where, books, beautiful, cinema, truth, thought, art and simplicity.

36 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Jean-Luc Godard

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Famous As
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer, Film editor, Writer, Film critic, Television director, Television producer

Born On
03 December 1930 AD

Born In
Paris

Age
87

Jean-Luc Godard is a celebrated French-Swiss screenwriter, film critic and director who is often recognized with the ‘French New Wave’ or French film movement ‘La Nouvelle Vague’ in 1960s. He has been a critic of French cinema’s ‘Tradition Of Quality’, just like his New Wave peers, which lays emphasizes on craft over innovation. A number of his films and his thoughts have challenged the conventions of French cinema as well as Hollywood. Godard’s works, films, thoughts and writings have been an inspiration to many directors including ‘Quentin Tarantino’, ‘Jim Jarmusch’, ‘Brian De Palma’, ‘Pier Paolo Pasolini’, ‘Martin Scorsese’ and various others. Following is a corpus of quotations and sayings shared by the distinguished director which have been curated from his writings, interviews, films, dialogues, work, thoughts and life. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Jean-Luc Godard that will motivate and enlighten you.

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

- Jean Luc Godard

It's not where you take things from — it's where you take them to.

- Jean Luc Godard

Why must one talk? Often one shouldn't talk, but live in silence. The more one talks, the less the words mean. (Nana Kleinfrankenheim, Vivre Sa Vie)

- La Nouvelle Vague, Jean Luc Godard

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

- Jean Luc Godard

To be immortal and then die

- Breathless, Jean Luc Godard

The world isn't a sad place, it's just big.

- Jean Luc Godard

Objects exist and if one pays more attention to them than to people, it is precisely because they exist more than the people. Dead objects are still alive. Living people are often already dead.

- Jean Luc Godard

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

- Jean Luc Godard

First there was Greek civilization. Then there was the Renaissance. Now we’re entering the Age of the Ass.

- Jean Luc Godard

Mirrors should reflect before sending an image.

- Jean Luc Godard

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

- Jean Luc Godard

Photography is truth.

- Jean Luc Godard

Sometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.

- Jean Luc Godard

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.

- Jean Luc Godard

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

- Jean Luc Godard

There is no such thing as intellectual property.

- Jean Luc Godard

Le cinma, c'est vingt-quatre fois la vrit par seconde.

- Jean Luc Godard

Every edit is a lie.

- Jean Luc Godard

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.

- Jean Luc Godard

I am a painter with letters. I want to restore everything, mix everything up and say everything.

- Jean Luc Godard

I've always wanted, basically, to do research in the form of a spectacle.

- Jean Luc Godard

My aesthetic is that of the sniper on the roof.

- Jean Luc Godard

The cinema is truth 24 frames-per-second

- Jean Luc Godard

It's not where you take things from - it's where you take things to.

- Jean Luc Godard

Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.

- Jean Luc Godard

Patricia: Do you know William Faulkner? Michel: No. Who's he? Have you slept with him?

- Jean Luc Godard

Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho.

- Jean Luc Godard

Good films get smaller audiences, but more of the viewer.

- Jean Luc Godard

Cinema is capitalism in its purest form.... There is only one solution — turn one’s back on American cinema.

- Jean Luc Godard

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

- Godard on Godard: Critical Writings, Jean Luc Godard

It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to

- Jean Luc Godard

All you need for a movie is a gun and a cat.

- Jean Luc Godard

Every film is the result of the society that produced it. That’s why the American cinema is so bad now. It reflects an unhealthy society.

- Jean Luc Godard

It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to.

- Jean Luc Godard

Communism existed once, during two 45 minute half-times, when Honved, from Budapest, won over England by 6-3. The English played individually, and the Hungarians, collectively.

- Jean Luc Godard

Humane people don't start revolutions, they start libraries. And cemeteries.

- Jean Luc Godard