34 Total Quotes

Billy Wilder Quotes

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

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

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

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
Billy Wilder
#American Director

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

I never overestimate the audience, nor do I underestimate them. I just have a very rational idea as to who we're dealing with, and that we're not making a picture for Harvard Law School, we're making a picture for middle-class people, the people that you see on the subway, or the people that you see in a restaurant. Just normal people.
Billy Wilder
#Audience

Marilyn was mean. Terribly mean. The meanest woman I have ever met around this town. I have never met anybody as mean as Marilyn Monroe or as utterly fabulous on the screen.
Billy Wilder
#Celebrity

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

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

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

he was himself, with all the quirks that a human being has.
Billy Wilder
#Human

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
#American Director #Audience

It used to be that we in films were the lowest form of art. Now we have something to look down on. (Of Television)
Billy Wilder
#Art

I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Billy Wilder
#Churches

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

Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.
Billy Wilder
#American Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If there's anything I hate more than being taken seriously, it's being taken too seriously.
Billy Wilder
#American Director

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
#American Director

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