Luis Buñuel

(22 February 1900 – 29 July 1983)

Luis Buñuel Quotes

  • ''A paranoiac ... like a poet, is born, not made.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 18 (1983).
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  • ''In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 21 (1983).
  • ''If the devil were to offer me a resurgence of what is commonly called virility, I'd decline. "Just keep my liver and lungs in good working order," I'd reply, "so I can go on drinking and smoking!"''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 6 (1983).
  • ''Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 15 (1983). From his autobiography.
  • ''If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 6 (1983).
  • ''Tobacco and alcohol, delicious fathers of abiding friendships and fertile reveries.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 6 (1983).
  • ''The decline of the aperitif may well be one of the most depressing phenomena of our time.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 6 (1983).
  • ''Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I'd love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 21 (1983).
  • ''I can only wait for the final amnesia, the one that can erase an entire life.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 1 (1983). "You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives," Buñuel wrote. "Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing."
  • ''If someone were to prove to me—right this minute—that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 15 (1983).

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