Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language and see what we can find.
One of my most popular Wednesday features seems to be the If ___ Tweeted, in which I gather the best quotes of 140 characters or less from some important individual (like Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, or Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes) and share them here. Today’s inspiration came from a recent post from Jess Witkins, who wrote about the brilliance of Alfred Hitchcock.
In addition to being a brilliant filmmaker, he also said some interesting stuff. So here’s what Hitchcock would have tweeted if only he’d had a Twitter account.
1. What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.
2. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
3. The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
4. I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
5. The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
6. If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
7. Television has brought back murder into the home–where it belongs.
8. Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
9. Self-plagiarism is style.
10. The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
11. In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
13. There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
14. The paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book–it makes a very poor doorstop.
15. Puns are the highest form of literature.
Are you an Alfred Hitchcock fan? What’s your favorite quote from the above? Got any others to share?