Alejandro Jodorowsky quotes

Who the hell is Alejandro Jodorowsky?

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French filmmaker and artist known for El Topo and trying to make Frank Herbert's Dune.

Alejandro Jodorowsky quotes

“Awakening is not a thing. It is not a goal, not a concept. It is not something to be attained. It is a metamorphosis. If the caterpillar thinks about the butterfly it is to become, saying ‘And then I shall have wings and antennae,’ there will never be a butterfly. The caterpillar must accept its own disappearance in its transformation. When the marvelous butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“During a party, Luis Buñuel, seduced by Carrington’s beauty and emboldened by the notion that she had transcended all bourgeois morality, proposed (with his characteristic bluntness) that she become his mistress. Without even waiting for her answer, he gave her the key to the secret studio that he used as a love nest and told her to meet him at three o’clock the next afternoon. Early the next morning, Leonora went to visit the place alone. She found it tasteless: It looked exactly like a motel room. Taking advantage of the fact that she was in her menstrual period, she covered her hands with blood and used them to make bloody handprints all over the walls in order to provide a bit of decoration for that anonymous, impersonal room. Buñuel never spoke to her again.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Failure doesn't mean anything, it just means changing paths.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“For a true artist, difficulties become opportunities and clouds become solid present.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“God does not exist, God is not good. All that awaits us is the cat who will urinate on our grave.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky Where the Bird Sings Best

“I don't live in France, I live in myself.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“If you are great, El Topo is a great picture. If you are limited, El Topo is limited.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Let the inner god that is in each one of us speak. The temple is your body, and the priest is your heart: it is from here that every awareness must begin.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Most directors make films with their eyes; I make films with my testicles.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“One does not go to the theater to escape from himself, but to reestablish contact with the mystery that we all are.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky Psicomagia

“The mole is an animal that digs passages searching for the sun. Sometimes he reaches the surface. When he looks at the sun he goes blind.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky

“What I am trying to do when I use symbols is to awaken in your unconscious some reaction. I am very conscious of what I am using because symbols can be very dangerous. When we use normal language we can defend ourselves because our society is a linguistic society, a semantic society. But when you start to speak, not with words, but only with images, the people cannot defend themselves.”

Alejandro Jodorowsky