Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
"Defence and Illustration of Classical Construction," Cahiers du Cinéma (Paris, Sept. 15, 1952).
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.Jean-luc Godard
The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.Jean-luc Godard
All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.Jean-luc Godard
To me style is just the outside of content, and content the inside of style, like the outside and the inside of the human body—both go together, they can’t be separated.Jean-luc Godard
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.Jean-luc Godard
Photography is truth. The cinema is truth twenty-four times per second.Jean-luc Godard
"I would never see a good movie for the first time on television."Jean-luc Godard
"...the movie is not a thing which is taken by the camera; the movie is the reality of the movie moving from reality to the camera."Jean-luc Godard
"In films, we are trained by the American way of moviemaking to think we must understand and 'get' everything right away. But this is not possible. When you eat a potato, you don't understand each atom of the potato!"Jean-luc Godard
"To be only spectacular should be 5 or 10 percent of cinema."Jean-luc Godard
Poetry is a game of loser-take-all.Jean-luc Godard