34 Incredible Hayao Miyazaki Quotes

34 Incredible Hayao Miyazaki Quotes

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Hayao Miyazaki is a film director, anime artist, and screen writer from Tokyo, Japan. Over the span of his nearly five decade career he has gained the title and acclaim as a master animator. Some of his most famous works include The Castle of Cagliostro, Princess Mononoke, and From Up on Poppy Hill. He retired in 2013 to spend time with his wife and two children.

“All my films are all my children.”

“Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.”

“Animators can only draw from their own experiences of pain and shock and emotions.”

“Chihiro, huh? Her real name’s Chihiro? Can’t beat the power of love.”

“Currently computer graphics are used a great deal, but it can be excessive.”

“Cut off a wolf’s head and it still has the power to bite.”

“Do everything by hand, even when using the computer.”

first don’t panic, second don’t panic and third DID I MENTCHIN NOT TO PANIC?!”

“I do all my work by storyboard, so as I draw the storyboard, the world gets more and more complex, and as a result, my North, South, East, West directions kind of shift and go off base, but
it seems like my staff as well as the audience, doesn’t quite realize that this has happened. Don’t tell them about it.”

“I do believe in the power of story. I believe that stories have an important role to play in the formation of human beings, that they can stimulate, amaze and inspire their listeners.”

“I don’t like games. You’re robbing the precious time of children to be children. They need to be in touch with the real world more.”

“I get inspiration from my everyday life.”

“I like underwater life.”

“I think 2-D animation disappeared from Disney because they made so many uninteresting films. They became very conservative in the way they created them. It’s too bad. I thought 2-D and 3-D
could coexist happily.”

“I think it’s really good for a family or children to have a dog, cat, bird or whatever to grow up with.”

“I would like to make a film to tell children “it’s good to be alive”.

“I’ve become skeptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and girl appear in the same feature, a romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship,
one where the two mutually inspire each other to live– if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying a true expression of love.”

“If you’re going to retire, retire early.”

“I’m not a collector.”

“I’m not going to make movies that tell children, “You should despair and run away.”

“Is someone different at age 18 or 60? I believe one stays the same.”

“I’ve never studied psychology.”

“Life is a winking light in the darkness.”

“Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.”

“People in Japan have experienced many tsunamis and various earthquakes throughout the ages.”

“The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.”

“The villains are all parts of me. For years I’ve been wondering what it would be like if all those negative elements were forced onto the main character’s side. I can understand a character
with that kind of anger.”

“Those are shrines. Some people believe spirits live in them.”

“To be born means being compelled to choose an era, a place, a life. To exist here, now, means to lost the possibility of being countless other potential selves.. Yet once being born there
is no turning back. And I think that’s exactly why the fantasy worlds of cartoon movies so strongly represent our hopes and yearnings. They illustrate a world of lost possibilities for us.”

“To have a film where there’s an evil figure and a good person fights against the evil figure and everything becomes a happy ending, that’s one way to make a film. But then that means you
have to draw, as an animator, the evil figure. And it’s not very pleasant to draw evil figures.”

“We depict hatred, but it is to depict that there are more important things. We depict a curse, to depict the joy of liberation.”

“We get strength and encouragement from watching children.”

“We live in an age when it is cheaper to buy the rights to movies than to make them.”

“You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance
that exists between the two.”