A great poem leaves so much room for everybody to have such a different reaction to it.

I think, as you're growing up, your emotions are just as deep as they are when you're an adult. You're ability to feel lonely, longing, confused or angry are just as deep. We don't feel things more as we get older.

There was definitely a point in my thirties when I thought, 'Oh, wow, I'm not the youngest person on the set anymore.' But I like it. Working with younger artists is totally exciting.

If I heard somebody else say, 'I worked on a movie for five years', I'd be like, 'What? How could it take that long? What were you doing?'

Some of the best ideas come from sheer discovery, and not by some masterminded, preconceived genius.

The thing I remember most about having a tantrum is not the rage during the tantrum, but the being freaked out afterwards, and embarrassed, and guilty. It's scary to lose control of yourself.

As creatives, it's a hard thing to push, to make something you're truly excited about, especially if you've written 100 different concepts and they keep getting shot down.

The world is becoming nicer and easier, but that doesn't mean we are any less lonely or any more connected.

You have to be involved and relate to the characters in order to make a film that is true emotionally.

On everything I do I'm always taking someone's money, whether it's a movie studio or a record label. Somebody's paying for it, and I'm always respectful of that. But I'm never going to compromise.

Maurice Sendak never - I remember he said something that was very striking because it's something I never thought about. I always loved his work, and he said, 'I don't really view myself as a children's book author. I just try and write about childhood as honestly as I can.'

Is an audience open to seeing a film that isn't what they expect when they see a film that's been adapted from a children's book?

When you're close to somebody, you can never really know how they're experiencing the world.

I feel like every movie, I've learned more and more about what I think of the world and what I'm trying to figure out.

Emotions are messy and hard to figure out.

Obviously technology has become such a big presence in our lives and, I definitely know, in my life.

I like Kanye, and I care about him.

I just want to be who I am, as I am.

I skated and rode bikes on ramps, and my mom was always super supportive. She was one of the only divorced moms in the neighborhood, so all the other parents looked down upon her for letting her kids do that kind of thing.

You can go on Nike's website and choose exactly what fabrics and colours and shapes you want your sneakers to come in.

I'm a little slow, so forgive me if I'm inarticulate.

The strengths and failings of a relationship depend entirely on your ability to talk about your feelings.

When I was 20 years old, I had no plans to ever be a filmmaker.

I think there is something about... unless you come from a really evolved family that allowed you to talk about your feelings and felt like a safe environment, then you aren't really prepared to do that when you grow up.

You get a buzz when getting texts: 'Oh, someone's thinking about me.'

I feel like everything I make is personal to me.

Our subjectivity is so completely our own.

You make a movie that is about what you want it to be about and let people have their reaction to it.

Felt is not the easiest thing to animate. It's very flimsy.

Emotions are messy and hard to figure out. Hard to know where you start and the next person stops. Even as an adult, that's a hard thing to know. As a kid, it can be really confusing, because it's all new and you're trying to sort of make your map.

I like people that define their own values. I am much more interested in somebody who has their own definition of what they value, their own definition of what success is, their own definition of what love is.

I have a home phone number, and I like it! It's like a throwback already.

I've done a couple of interviews, and I realized how uncomfortable I felt as soon as I started talking.

We can empathize as deeply as we can empathize.

Moms are people, too. Moms make mistakes, too.

Pop music, I think there's a reason why kids connect to it.

I don't want to make a movie till I have an idea I have to make. I don't want to make a movie just to make a movie.

Every actor I've worked with I want to work with again.

I wasn't a film kid.

I'll still make movies for studios, but my editing process will be much further removed from the studio system. Because I don't understand it. I don't understand the whole testing-numbers thing. It is not how I want to make movies. So if that's how they do it, then I don't think I want to do it.

I'm in awe of directors like the Coen brothers who can shoot their script and edit it, and that's the movie. They're not discovering the movie in postproduction. They're editing the script they shot.

I would love to make video games.

I'm not a film-snob.

Chris Cooper I got to work with many times.

I don't understand the whole testing-numbers thing. It is not how I want to make movies.

If you focus your energy on the camera, it takes away from the time you have to focus on the performances.

I think at the beginning of a project, you decide if you're in love with the idea and what it's about, or what you think it's about at that time at least. Then you commit to it, and once you've commit to it no matter what, no matter how many self doubts you have, you're in it. The ship's sailed, you can't turn around.

After 'Where the Wild Things Are,' I guess I felt more confident as a writer.

Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.