David Lynch on Big Ideas

"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful."

David Lynch (b. 1946) is an American movie director known for his unique brand of surrealist filmmaking. His filmography includes Blue Velvet (1986), Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006), as well as the TV series Twin Peaks, which Lynch is bringing back to television in 2016. Outside of moviemaking, Lynch is also an accomplished painter, musician, and author.


"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful."

From his book Catching the Big Fish [h/t Wikiquote]

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