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Guillermo Del Toro is a Mexican actor, producer, scriptwriter, author, and filmmaker.
Ever since the release of his 1993 debut film, 'Cronos', Guillermo Del Toro has entertained audiences throughout the world with an innovative blend of fantasy, monsters, and fairy tales. These Guillermo Del Toro quotes are the perfect reminder of the importance of the creative process for everyone, from screenwriters to filmmakers and painters in general.
Here is a list of Guillermo Del Toro quotes that are thought-provoking as well as captivating.
"The underground of the city is like what's underground in people. Beneath the surface, it's boiling with monsters."
“To me, if I could live anywhere, I would live in The Haunted Mansion, like all year long. It is for me the most beautiful piece of real-estate in the world and what I want to try and do is to try and make that feeling of a world that is incredibly attractive, even if it's scary.” - Jon Favreau, San Diego Comic-Con, 2011.
"What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? A moment of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber. A ghost. That's what I am."
"Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge—the abyss."
"...And we invented creatures that made sense of the world: a serpent that ate the sun, a creature that ate the moon, a man in the moon living there, things like that. And as we became more and more sophisticated and created sort of a social structure, the real enigmas started not to be outside."
"The rain and the thunder were logical now. But the real enigmas became social. All those impulses that we were repressing... these things needed an explanation... Werewolves, vampires, ogres, this and that. I feel that monsters are here in our world to help us understand it. They are an essential part of a fable."
"Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters."
“...to all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone.” - 'The Strain', 2009.
“So when does an anomaly quit being an anomaly and start being just the way things happen to be? What if you and I are not the last of our kinds, but one of the first? The first of better creatures in a better wold? We can hope, can't we?” - 'The Shape Of Water', 2017.
"But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic ghost story like 'The Others', 'Devil's Backbone' and 'The Sixth Sense'. It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling."
"The beauty and the horror. These directors have made great works of art in a genre that most people just throw in the garbage bin, that they don't think is important. But 'The Innocents' (1961) is as powerful a film as you'll see in any genre. It towers above other films."
“Monsters are patron saints of imperfection. And they represent otherness.” - Rico Gagliano, 'Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters'.
"The most intelligent of creatures, often make the fewest sounds."
"As a kid, I dreamed of having a house with secret passages and a room where it rained 24 hours a day."
"I don't think there is life beyond death, I don't. But I do believe that we get this clarity in the last minute of our life. The titles we achieved, the honors we managed, they all vanish. You are left alone with you and your deeds and the things you didn't do."
“People who have lived their whole lives feeling half-complete. Who never truly fit anywhere in the world. Who never understood why they were here, or what they were meant for. Who never answered the call, because they never heard it. Because nothing ever spoke to them.” - 'The Fall', 2010.
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Following is a list of the most popular quotes stated by the filmmaker and screenplay writer Guillermo Del Toro.
"That's what I love about fairy tales; they tell the truth, not organized politics, religion or economics. Those things destroy the soul. That is the idea from El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006) and it surfaces in Hellboy (2004) and, to some degree, in all my films."
"Context is everything in a fable, because every story has already been told. So the only variations I find are the voice of the storyteller and the context in which it's told." - San Diego Comic-Con International, 2006.
"My life is a suitcase. I am the traveling Mexican."
"I see horror as part of legitimate film. I don't see it as an independent genre that has nothing to do with the rest of cinema."
"You cannot convince a Buddhist to become a Protestant any more than you can convince a person who embraces realism as the highest form of art that fantasy is an equally important manifestation. It's impossible."
"Any actor I admire and enjoy working with – Sergi Lopez as the bad guy in 'Pan's Labyrinth', or the little girl who played young Mako in 'Pacific Rim,' it makes no difference – I like actors with a very strong center."
"Your taste in film is a quest. You have a palate and you must refine it to match your essence. Never settle and never follow blindly."
“All belief systems are elaborate fabrications, if logic is followed out to the end.” - 'The Night Eternal', 2011.
The following quotes are based on the sayings of Guillermo Del Toro on true love as well as leadership.
"It's important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren't the only ones to triumph in war."
“Her neck scars are a road map, too, aren’t they? Places she’s been best not to remember.”
“She holds him, he holds her, they hold each other, and all is dark, all is light, all is ugliness, all is beauty, all is pain, all is grief, all is never, all is forever.” - 'The Shape Of Water', 2017.
“You'll meet her. She's very pretty, even though sometimes she's sad for many days at a time. You'll see, when she smiles, you'll love her.” - 'El Laberinto Del Fauno', 2006.
“You deserve better than this. You deserve people who value you. You deserve to go somewhere where you can be proud of who you are.” - 'The Shape Of Water', 2017.
“When she reaches into the tub to swirl the salt, their eyes meet, only for a second, but in that second she reads both gratitude and amazement. The idea is outlandish. She amazes him. How is that possible, when he is the most amazing thing that ever lived?” - 'The Shape Of Water', 2017.
“I feel as if a link exists between your heart and mine, and should that link be broken, either by distance or by time, then my heart would cease to beat and I would die.” - 'Crimson Peak', 2015.
“Looking back on one's life, you see that love was the answer to everything. I love you, Nora. I always will. And that we will have forever.” - 'The Night Eternal', 2011.
"I feel that your ambitions should always exceed the budget. That no matter what budget you're doing, you should be dreaming bigger than the budget you have, and then it's a matter of reigning it in to the reality. You try to make things count."
“It was never too late to exchange the things you believed defined you for something better.” - 'The Shape of Water', 2017.
"There are men who bloom in chaos. You call them heroes or villains, depending on which side wins the war, but until the battle call they are but normal men who long for action, who lust for the opportunity to throw off the routine of their normal lives like a cocoon and come into their own."
“Power revealed is power sacrificed. The truly powerful exert their influence in ways unseen, unfelt. Some would say that a thing visible is a thing vulnerable.” - 'The Fall', 2010.
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