An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.
As quoted in The Bright Side of Billy Wilder, Primarily (1970) by Tom Wood, p. 20
A bad play folds and is forgotten, but in pictures we don't bury our dead. When you think it's out of your system, your daughter sees it on television and says, My father is an idiot.Billy Wilder
Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.Billy Wilder
Die Österreicher haben das Kunststück fertiggebracht, aus Beethoven einen Österreicher und aus Hitler einen Deutschen zu machen.Billy Wilder
I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.Billy Wilder
I just made pictures I would've liked to see.Billy Wilder
He has Van Gogh's ear for music.Billy Wilder