The Best David Lynch quotes

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In the early 1970s, David Lynch was just another film student at the University of California, Los Angeles. But then he directed a short film that would change his life – and the course of independent cinema – forever. Eraserhead was like nothing anyone had ever seen before: dark, surreal, and utterly unpredictable. It quickly became a cult classic, and Lynch was on his way to becoming one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in history. His films are always strange and fascinating, mixing psychology and symbolism to create an unforgettable cinematic experience. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration, then you need to check out the work of David Lynch.

Here are the most interesting Life, Films, Love, Creativity quotes from David Lynch, and much more.


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About David Lynch

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January 20, 1946

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Filmmaker, Painter, Visual Artist, Musician, Actor And More.

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Everybody’s got creativity. You just get more of it [when you meditate]. — David Lynch

There is an ocean of creativity within every human being. — David Lynch

Negativity is the enemy of creativity. — David Lynch

Everybody’s got creativity. Dive within to the ocean of infinite creativity. — David Lynch

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The big treasury is an ocean of infinite creativity. It’s a creativity that creates everything that is a thing–it’s mighty powerful creativity. — David Lynch

I thought when I started meditation that I was going to get real calm and peaceful and it’s going to be over. It’s not that way; it’s so energetic. That’s where all the energy and creativity is. — David Lynch

A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity. — David Lynch

My mother refused to give me coloring books as a child. She probably saved me, Because when you think about it, what a coloring book does is completely kill creativity. — David Lynch


Absurdity is what I like most in life. — David Lynch

absurdity is what i like most in life David Lynch quote

Life should be blissful, and blissful doesn’t mean just a small happiness. It’s huge. It is profound. — David Lynch

It’s a truth of life that some things are not built so well and they become complicated and they need to be figured out and they’re hard to figure out. — David Lynch

You’re right on the money with that. We’re all like detectives in life. There’s something at the end of the trail that we’re all looking for. — David Lynch

I don’t know why people expect art to make sense. They accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. — David Lynch

That’s because the truth is, the only things that are going to bring lasting happiness to your life are good health and knowledge of self, which lead to a compassionate relationship with the world. — Russell Simmons

I find the joy of the ‘doing’ increases. Creativity increases. Intuition increases. The pleasure of life grows. And negativity recedes. — David Lynch

I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. — David Lynch

Stories hold conflict and contrast, highs and lows, life and death, and the human struggle and all kinds of things. — David Lynch


Sometimes I get an idea for cinema. And when you get an idea that you fall in love with, this is a glorious day. — David Lynch

I don’t remember my dreams too much. I hardly have ever gotten ideas from nighttime dreams. But I love daydreaming and dream logic and the way dreams go. — David Lynch

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I love super crispy, almost burned, snapping–crispy bacon. — David Lynch

I always say Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is my biggest influence. But for painters, I like many, many painters, but I love Francis Bacon the most, and Edward Hopper. — David Lynch

Francis Bacon is one of my giant inspirations. I just love him to pieces. — David Lynch

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I supported myself by delivering the ‘Wall Street Journal’ and doing odd jobs. I love plumbing and carpentry. — David Lynch

Black has depth.. you can go into it.. And you start seeing what you’re afraid of. You start seeing what you love, and it becomes like a dream. — David Lynch

The greatest thing my father left me was a love for cutting wood–my love for sawing, especially pine wood. — David Lynch

I love Bob Dylan. Who doesn’t? He tapped into some kind of vein and it keeps on keeping on. There’s nobody like him. He’s unique, and just… way out cool. — David Lynch


Life is very, very complicated, and so films should be allowed to be, too. — David Lynch

A film–especially when it’s a personal film–is going to hit somebody or it’s not. There’s nothing you can do about it. — David Lynch

It doesn’t do any good to say, ‘This is what it means.’ When you are spoon fed a film, people instantly know what it is. I like films that leave room to dream. — David Lynch

life is very very complicated and so films should be allowed to be too David Lynch quote

I love the quality, feel and history of film. I love the pictures of the giant cameras and the way it was. — David Lynch

An artist makes a painting, and nobody bugs him or her about it. It’s just you and your painting. To me, that’s the way it should be with film as well. — David Lynch

Film can’t just be a long line of bliss. There’s something we all like about the human struggle. — David Lynch

Most of Hollywood is about making money–and I love money, but I don’t make the films thinking about money. — David Lynch

There are only 24 hours in a day, and my top priority is working on my films, but I love short film experiments. — David Lynch

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If you stay true to your ideas, film–making becomes an inside–out, honest kind of process. — David Lynch

Eraserhead is my most spiritual movie. No one understands when I say that, but it is. — David Lynch

DAVID LYNCH Quotes Take Away

David Lynch is a master of his craft and has some great insights into the creative process. We hope these quotes have inspired you to take on your next creative project with gusto. If you’re looking for more inspiration, or want to learn how to apply the principles of creativity in your own life, be sure to check out our courses.

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