Alfred Hitchcock on the Secret of Happiness
By Maria Popova
In this brilliantly wise and articulate short excerpt from an archival interview, legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock (August 13, 1899–April 29, 1980) shares his definition of happiness — a definition that makes my own heart sing, and calls to mind a certain meditation on kindness and the lack thereof.
A clear horizon — nothing to worry about on your plate, only things that are creative and not destructive… I can’t bear quarreling, 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 a person, say, 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’ll ever want to be.”
Beautifully said, with a blend of personal vulnerability and firm conviction worthy of profound respect.
Complement with Vonnegut’s simple, profound wisdom on secret of happiness.
Published March 19, 2012