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The David Lynch Quote Collection

David Lynch


"Secrets and mysteries provide a beautiful corridor where you can float out. The corridor expands and many, many wonderful things can happen... I love the process of going into mystery."

"Part of the thing about secrets is that they have a certain kind of mystery to me. A dark secret, I donīt want to see something so clearly that it would destroy an imaginary picture...secrets and mysteries... provide a beautiful little corridor where you can float out and many, many wonderful things can happen."

"Mystery is like a magnet, it pulls us in and we want to know something...You go into a world and because it's the unknown there's some trepidation like maybe small fears, but the mystery pulls us."

"To me a mystery is like a magnet. Whenever there is something that's unknown, it has a pull to it. For instance, if you were in a room and there was a doorway open and stairs going down and the light just fell away, you didn't even see the bottom, where the stairs ended; you'd be very much tempted to go down there."

"The more unknowable the mystery, the more beautiful it is."

"I love mysteries. To fall into a mystery and its danger ... everything becomes so intense in those moments. When most mysteries are solved, I feel tremendously let down. So I want things to feel solved up to a point, but there's got to be a certain percentage left over to keep the dream going. It's like at the end of Chinatown: The guy says, 'Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.' You understand it, but you don't understand it, and it keeps that mystery alive. That's the most beautiful thing."

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