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Errol Morris quotes: I am profoundly skeptical about our abilities to predict the future in general, and human behavior in particular. I am profoundly skeptical about our abilities to predict the future in general, and human behavior in particular.
Errol Morris quotes: There is such a thing as truth, but we have a vested interest in not seeing it, in avoiding it. There is such a thing as truth, but we have a vested interest in not seeing it, in avoiding it.
Errol Morris quotes: Despite all of our efforts to control something, the world is much, much more powerful than us, and more deranged even than us. Despite all of our efforts to control something, the world is much, much more powerful than us, and more deranged even than us.
Errol Morris quotes: Interviews, when they are just simply an exercise in hearing what you want to hear, are of no interest. Interviews, when they are just simply an exercise in hearing what you want to hear, are of no interest.
Errol Morris quotes: Photographs can reveal something to us, and they can also conceal things. Photographs can reveal something to us, and they can also conceal things.
Errol Morris quotes: Maybe existence is ultimately a lonely thing. Maybe existence is ultimately a lonely thing.
Errol Morris quotes: Certain kinds of intimacy emerge on a phone call that might never occur if you were sitting right next to the other person. Certain kinds of intimacy emerge on a phone call that might never occur if you were sitting right next to the other person.
Errol Morris quotes: First of all, tabloid stories are some of the richest and most important stories that we have. There's nothing wrong, per se, with tabloid stories. First of all, tabloid stories are some of the richest and most important stories that we have. There's nothing wrong, per se, with tabloid stories.
Errol Morris quotes: You can't tell by looking at a film-clip whether it is a drama or a documentary without knowing how it was produced. You can't tell by looking at a film-clip whether it is a drama or a documentary without knowing how it was produced.
Errol Morris quotes: Truth and falsity is something that concerns language, it's a property of language. Truth and falsity is something that concerns language, it's a property of language.
Errol Morris quotes: There's this crazy thinking that style guarantees truth. You go out with a hand-held camera, use available light, and somehow the truth emerges. There's this crazy thinking that style guarantees truth. You go out with a hand-held camera, use available light, and somehow the truth emerges.
Errol Morris quotes: Those who cannot condemn the past repeat it in order to remember it. Those who cannot condemn the past repeat it in order to remember it.
Errol Morris quotes: One of the strengths of my interviews is that I really, honest to God, have no idea what people are going to say. One of the strengths of my interviews is that I really, honest to God, have no idea what people are going to say.
Errol Morris quotes: I like to think that I'm nonjudgmental, that I can listen and be engaged by almost anything. I like to think that I'm nonjudgmental, that I can listen and be engaged by almost anything.
Errol Morris quotes: I don't believe that you can talk about a photograph being true or false. I don't think such a claim has any meaning. I don't believe that you can talk about a photograph being true or false. I don't think such a claim has any meaning.
Errol Morris quotes: I've been writing a lot more, I believe, because of the Internet. I've been posting stuff that I've written and I've just been writing. I've been writing a lot more, I believe, because of the Internet. I've been posting stuff that I've written and I've just been writing.
Errol Morris quotes: A lot of stories that have fascinated me are tabloid stories that have come from other newspapers, like 'The New York Times.' A lot of stories that have fascinated me are tabloid stories that have come from other newspapers, like 'The New York Times.'
Errol Morris quotes: Nothing is so obvious that it's obvious. Nothing is so obvious that it's obvious.
Errol Morris quotes: Set up an arbitrary set of rules and then follow them slavishly. Set up an arbitrary set of rules and then follow them slavishly.
Errol Morris quotes: There are endless anxieties in putting a film together, and it's an enormous relief when you know it's working with an audience. There are endless anxieties in putting a film together, and it's an enormous relief when you know it's working with an audience.
Errol Morris quotes: I like to point out that people very often confuse the idea that truth is subjective with the fact that truth is perishable. I like to point out that people very often confuse the idea that truth is subjective with the fact that truth is perishable.
Errol Morris quotes: The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it. The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it.
Errol Morris quotes: A lot of the themes of my movies, the actual stories, come from tabloid stories. A lot of the themes of my movies, the actual stories, come from tabloid stories.
Errol Morris quotes: When you're working for yourself and your own obsession with finding the truth, you're at your own mercy. When you're working for yourself and your own obsession with finding the truth, you're at your own mercy.
Errol Morris quotes: The pursuit of truth, properly considered, shouldn't stop short of insanity. The pursuit of truth, properly considered, shouldn't stop short of insanity.
Errol Morris quotes: Do I like tawdry, sleazy stories? Yeah, I do. Do I like tawdry, sleazy stories? Yeah, I do.
Errol Morris quotes: The claim that everybody sees the world differently is not a claim that there's no reality. It's a different kind of claim. The claim that everybody sees the world differently is not a claim that there's no reality. It's a different kind of claim.
Errol Morris quotes: I'm really interested in self-deception. Really interested in how people live in bubble universes. How people can fail to see the seemingly obvious. I'm really interested in self-deception. Really interested in how people live in bubble universes. How people can fail to see the seemingly obvious.
Errol Morris quotes: My advice to all interviewers is: Shut up and listen. It's harder than it sounds. My advice to all interviewers is: Shut up and listen. It's harder than it sounds.
Errol Morris quotes: I used to work as a private detective years and years ago. I used to work as a private detective years and years ago.
Errol Morris quotes: I don't think that anybody really makes films quite like mine. That's maybe true of any filmmaker. I don't think that anybody really makes films quite like mine. That's maybe true of any filmmaker.
Errol Morris quotes: Ecstatic absurdity: it's the confrontation with meaninglessness. Ecstatic absurdity: it's the confrontation with meaninglessness.
Errol Morris quotes: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility.
Errol Morris quotes: My stuff always starts with interviews. I start interviewing people, and then slowly but surely, a movie insinuates itself. My stuff always starts with interviews. I start interviewing people, and then slowly but surely, a movie insinuates itself.
Errol Morris quotes: Photographs attract false beliefs the way flypaper attracts flies. Photographs attract false beliefs the way flypaper attracts flies.
Errol Morris quotes: You can't really trust anybody who doesn't talk a lot, because how would you know what they're thinking? You can't really trust anybody who doesn't talk a lot, because how would you know what they're thinking?
Errol Morris quotes: There are many dramas that I would like to make: dramas based on real stories. It's approaching things from the other side. There are many dramas that I would like to make: dramas based on real stories. It's approaching things from the other side.
Errol Morris quotes: I feel as if I became a documentary film-maker only because I had writer's block for four decades. There's no other good reason. I feel as if I became a documentary film-maker only because I had writer's block for four decades. There's no other good reason.
Errol Morris quotes: There is only one direction. (Down.) There is only one color. (Black.) And there is only one number (Zero.) There is only one direction. (Down.) There is only one color. (Black.) And there is only one number (Zero.)
Errol Morris quotes: I envy certain writers, because there are writers who do go into a kind of different zone, where the writing isn't controlled anymore. I envy certain writers, because there are writers who do go into a kind of different zone, where the writing isn't controlled anymore.
Errol Morris quotes: I've never seen myself as a documentary filmmaker. I see myself as a filmmaker, period, and I am interested in drama as well as in documentary. I've never seen myself as a documentary filmmaker. I see myself as a filmmaker, period, and I am interested in drama as well as in documentary.