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David Lynch Quotes

David Keith LynchDavid Lynch quotes: thought-provoking quotes from the filmmaker.

“Within your own self is a treasury, an ocean of pure bliss, consciousness, intelligence, creativity, love, happiness, energy, and peace… within every human being. Experience that and you will begin to know yourself, which is unbounded, eternal totality.”

“We’re all like detectives in life. There’s something at the end of the trail that we’re all looking for.”

“Life is filled with abstractions, and the only way to make heads or tails of it is going through intuition.”

“Intuition is knowingness, and this field of unbounded knowing, of knowingness, is within every human being. You start tapping into that and it becomes an ocean of solutions.”

“Intuition is seeing the solution. It’s emotion and intellect going together.”

“Achievement is its own reward.”

“Stay true to yourself. Let your voice ring out, and don’t let anybody fiddle with it. Never turn down a good idea, but never take a bad idea. Be true to yourself. Don’t take no for an answer.”

“Keep your eye on the doughnut, not on the hole.”

“You start seeing what you’re afraid of. You start seeing what you love, and it becomes like a dream.”

“We only dream of images we already have inside of us.”

“I don’t remember my dreams too much. I hardly have ever gotten ideas from nighttime dreams. But I love daydreaming and dream logic and the way dreams go.”

“Life holds many, many, many mysteries, abstract things we all think about. Others love to dream, get lost, try to figure things out. I’m one of those people. I like a film, a story that holds concrete things but also abstractions. So when ideas come along that have those things, I’m falling in love and going to work.”

“When you sleep, you don’t control your dream. I like to dive into a dream world that I’ve made, a world I chose and that I have complete control over.”

“Stories have tangents; they open up and become different things. You can still have a structure, but you should leave room to dream.”

“I long for a kind of quiet where I can just drift and dream. I always say getting inspiration is like fishing. If you’re quiet and sitting there and you have the right bait, you’re going to catch a fish eventually. Ideas are sort of like that. You never know when they’re going to hit you.”

“Every single thing in the world that was made by anyone started with an idea. So to catch one that is powerful enough to fall in love with, it is one of the most beautiful experiences. It’s like being jolted with electricity and knowledge at the same time.”

“The ideas dictate everything. You have to be true to that or you’re dead.”

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.”

“Ideas are floating like fish. Desire for an idea is like a bait on a hook. If you desire an idea, it pulls and it makes a kind of a bait. Ideas will come swimming up. And you don’t know them until they enter the conscious mind. And then bingo! There it is! You know it instantly. And then more come in. If you go fishing for ideas, a lot of ideas will just pop in. And one of them will make you fall in love.”

“The day you catch an idea you fall in love with, even a small one, is a beautiful day.”

“It’s so freeing, it’s beautiful in a way, to have a great failure: there’s nowhere to go but up.”

“I believe in creative control. No matter what anyone makes, they should have control over it.”

“The big treasury is an ocean of infinite creativity. There is an ocean of creativity within every human being. Everybody’s got creativity. It’s creativity that creates everything that is a thing. It’s mighty powerful—creativity. Dive within to the ocean of infinite creativity.”

“Negativity is the enemy of creativity. If you are filled with bitter, selfish anger, this occupies the mind and leaves little room for creative ideas.”

“Don’t fight the darkness. Don’t even worry about the darkness. Turn on the light and the darkness goes. Turn up that light of pure consciousness: negativity goes.”

“I find the joy of the ‘doing’ increases. Creativity increases. Intuition increases. The pleasure of life grows. And negativity recedes.”

“They say that negative things like stress, anxiety, tension, sorrow and depression ‘squeeze the tube’ so ideas don’t flow through it. But if you get rid of that negativity, which goes away naturally when you transcend every day, these ideas are more freely flowing, and you get happy in the doing. You get fresh and inspiring ideas, and a bigger picture starts to emerge of the world and life. It’s very good for the artist, businessman, fisherman and any kind of person really.”

“Transcending gives a human being a chance to think before acting. And experiencing this beautiful treasury within gets rid of torment and replaces it with happiness, inner peace, creativity intelligence, love, energy. This fuels a real good life and fuels an appreciation for all human beings. It’s so powerful and it’s a blessing for humanity.”

“Intuition is the key to everything—in painting, filmmaking, business—everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.”

“You don’t dive for specific solutions; you dive to enliven that ocean of consciousness. Then your intuition grows and you have a way of solving those problems—knowing when it’s not quite right and knowing a way to make it feel correct for you. That capacity grows and things go much more smoothly.”

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”

“In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence, bliss, the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us. This is the way to save the coming generation.”

“Being in darkness and confusion is interesting to me. But behind it you can rise out of that and see things the way the really are. That there is some sort of truth to the whole thing, if you could just get to that point where you could see it, and live it, and feel it.”

“Everyone’s got consciousness. Grow that ball of consciousness and all avenues of life improve. Your work just blossoms.”

“Stories hold conflict and contrast, highs and lows, life and death, and the human struggle and all kinds of things.”

“As a kid, I was always building things. My father had a shop in the house, and we built things. We were kind of a project family. I started out as a painter, and then painting led to cinema, and in cinema, you get to build so many things, or help build them.”

“As a teenager, I was really trying to have fun 24 hours a day. I didn’t start thinking until I was 20 or 21. I was doing regular goofball stuff.”

“I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream… allows you to dream in the dark. It’s just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film.”

“I just hope that I get a chance to keep making pictures in the atmosphere of freedom to make mistakes, and to find those magical things. Then I don’t care what else happens.”

“There’s so many problems in our world, so much negativity. Don’t worry about the darkness. Turn on the light and the darkness automatically goes. Ramp up the light of unity within—help do that for yourself, help do that for the world and then we’re really doing something, we’re doing something that brings that light of unity.”

“The world is as you are.”

“If a human being is filled with happiness and positivity, this is what they radiate out into the world. We each affect our environment and that collective consciousness.”

“Ultimately, each life is a mystery until we each solve the mystery, and that’s where we are all headed whether we know it or not.”

“Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open the door to a future that didn’t even exist. It’s kind of nice sometimes to set up something to encourage or allow happy accidents to happen.”

“True happiness is not out there. True happiness lies within.”

“So much of what happened to me is good fortune. But I would say: try to get a job that gives you some time; get your sleep and a little bit of food; and work as much as you can. There’s so much enjoyment in doing what you love. Maybe this will open doors, and you’ll find a way to do what you love.”

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