Woody; All About Life, Sex and Death

“Love is the answer. But while you’re waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions”. – Woody

Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg, 1935-12-01) is an American film director, writer, musician, actor and comedian.

“Is sex dirty? Only if it’s done right.” – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972)

When it comes to sex there are certain things that should always be left unknown, and with my luck, they probably will be.- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972)

My brain: it’s my second favorite organ. – Sleeper (1973)

Human beings are divided into mind and body. The mind embraces all the nobler aspirations, like poetry and philosophy, but the body has all the fun. – Love and Death (1975)

The difference between sex and death is, with death you can do it alone and nobody’s going to make fun of you. – Love and Death (1975)

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness” — I hope you’re getting this down. – Love and Death (1975)

Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it. – A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)

I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I’m never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts. – Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

You start to think, when you’re younger, how important everything is and how things have to go right—your job, your career, your life, your choices, and all of that. Then, after a while, you start to realise that – I’m talking the big picture here – eventually you die, and eventually the sun burns out and the earth is gone, and eventually all the stars and all the planets in the entire universe go, disappear, and nothing is left at all. Nothing – Shakespeare and Beethoven and Michelangelo gone. And you think to yourself that there’s a lot of noise and sound and fury – and where’s it going? It’s not going any place… Now, you can’t actually live your life like that, because if you do you just sit there and – why do anything? Why get up in the morning and do anything? So I think it’s the job of the artist to try and figure out why, given this terrible fact, you want to go on living. -Interview with France 24 (2010)

“In this land of unlimited opportunity, a place where, to paraphrase Woody Allen, any man or woman can realize greatness as a patient or as a doctor, we have only one commercial American filmmaker who consistently speaks with his own voice. That is Woody Allen, gag writer, musician, humorist, philosopher, playwright, stand-up comic, film star, film writer and film director. “ Vincent Canby in his review for Zelig in The New York Times (17 July 1983)

“I made the statement years ago which is often quoted that 80 percent of life is showing up. People used to always say to me that they wanted to write a play, they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write a novel, and the couple of people that did it were 80 percent of the way to having something happen. All the other people struck out without ever getting that pack. They couldn’t do it, that’s why they don’t accomplish a thing, they don’t do the thing, so once you do it, if you actually write your film script, or write your novel, you are more than half way towards something good happening. So that I was say my biggest life lesson that has worked. All others have failed me.” – Interview for The Collider (2008)

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