"One reason that I don’t look at my films again once they’re finished is because I’ve already learned from them what I’m going to learn and watching them over again doesn’t teach me anything. There’s a quote by the French poet Paul Valéry; he said, ‘a poem is never finished, only abandoned.’ You could edit a film for the rest of your life and still keep changing it and changing it, but at a certain point it leaves your hands and you send it off to military school, or whatever; it’s gone, it’s on its own, you know. You kick it out of the house and it’s gone, and it has to live in the world itself. I have a personal motto that it’s hard to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going. I really believe that intuition is the real guide. Therefore to me my work as a filmmaker is a process and there is no destination; it’s like the Buddhist saying, the path is the destination. I really feel that way. I loved it when they asked Kurosawa, when he was in his eighties, when would he stop making films, and he said, ‘as soon as I figure out how to do it.’ It’s very hard to say specific things you learn from each particular film, but the experience of making the films is the end result. And the film itself is something you kind of leave in your wake as the result of the process." — Jim Jarmusch

(Source: strangewood, via mattfractionblog)