The proper route to an understanding of the world is an examination of our errors about it.
Source: Foreword to The Secret Parts of Fortune
I believe that we face incredible obstacles in our attempts to see the world. Everything in our nature tries to deny the world around us; to refabricate it in our own image; to reinvent it for our own benefit. And so, it becomes something of a challenge, a task, to recover (or at least attempt to recover) the real world despite all the impediments to that end.Errol Morris
Listening to what people were saying wasn't even important. But it was important to look as if you were listening to what people were saying. Actually, listening to what people are saying, to me, interferes with looking as if you were listening to what people are saying.Errol Morris
You can think of my films as cautionary tales, but you might even think of them as despairing tales, because at least in a cautionary tale, you have this idea that by listening to the story you can assure a better outcome. Whereas I'm not at all convinced that's the case. In fact, if anything, I'm convinced that it's the opposite.Errol Morris
The pursuit of truth, properly considered, shouldn't stop short of insanity.Errol Morris
I am profoundly skeptical about our abilities to predict the future in general, and human behavior in particular.Errol Morris