Hichcock’s Definition of Happiness

“A clear horizon — nothing to worry about on your plate, only… things that are creative and not destructive and that’s within yourself. Within me… I can’t bear quarrelling, I can’t bear feelings between people. I think hatred is wasted energy. And it’s all non-productive. I’m very sensitive. A sharp word, said by, say, a person who has a temper, if they’re close to me, hurts me for days. I know we’re only human, we do go in for these various emotions, call them negative emotions… but when all these are removed and you can look forward, and the road is clear ahead, and now you’re going to create something – I think that’s as happy as I would ever want to be.” 

Alfred Hitchcock
An excerpt from CBC’s 1964 interview ‘A Talk with Alfred Hitchcock’, a part of the CBC television series “Telescope” with host-director Fletcher Markle.

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