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Billy Wilder's Quotes


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

  I was the only director who ever made two pictures with Marilyn Monroe. Forget the Oscar, I deserve the Purple Heart.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

  Today we spend 80 percent of the time making deals and 20 percent making pictures.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

  France is the only country where the money falls apart and you cant tear the toilet paper.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

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

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

  I just made pictures I would've liked to see.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

  No good deed goes unpunished.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

  If you dont like what you're doing, it is unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

  People copy, people steal. Most of the pictures they make nowadays are loaded down with special effects. I couldn't do that. I quit smoking because I couldn't reload my Zippo.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

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

  I have met a lot of hardboiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes!  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

  Of course, there must be subtleties. Just make sure you make them obvious.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

  I was the only director who ever made two pictures with Marilyn Monroe. Forget the Oscar, I deserve the Purple Heart.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

  I was the only director who ever made two pictures with Marilyn Monroe. Forget the Oscar, I deserve the Purple Heart.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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

  People copy, people steal. Most of the pictures they make nowadays are loaded down with special effects. I couldn't do that. I quit smoking because I couldn't reload my Zippo.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

  Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone elses.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

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