"In the elder days of Art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
For the Gods see everywhere."
—Henry Longfellow, The Builders
"Evangelion is my life, and I have put everything I know into this work. This is my entire life. My life itself."
"MSPA is not a day job for me. It is an all consuming lifestyle... The actual quantities involved have always been nebulous and I never made a point of keeping track, but 12 hours per day seems like a pretty reasonable average, since that is just shy of all waking hours. Time spent writing, drawing, animating, or just spacing out at my monitor while contemplating all the moving parts. This is what I did every day, including weekends and holidays, for two years, and to some extent another year prior to that with Problem Sleuth."
"This isn't a job for me, and I'll never modify my approach to protect a bottom line. If it was just a job, I guarantee I wouldn't spend every waking hour doing it. It's kind of a strange personal mission I'm on, which I happen to make money from, and that's cool. People are welcome to come along for the ride."
"It's the difference between saying 'how can I make the best work with $X' versus 'how can I make the most profitable work with $X'. Sometimes they overlap. Sometimes they don't."
"We didn't make them for kids. We made them for ourselves."
"I don't want to make responsible shows about lawyers. I want to invade people's dreams."
"This is my piece of Fan Fiction."
"Actually, I was given an ultimatum — basically like a slap on the wrist, like, “You shouldn’t have made ‘Harmonium’; you should have done everything we said.” Meanwhile, it wasn’t supported by them, so of course I was doomed to begin with on that project. They pulled the plug on my record and then said, “See, it didn’t work. You have to now reaudition [and] submit your songs as you write them. You have to do everything that we say.” So what’s the point of having an aesthetic and being an artist if you’re just some kind of puppet for a team of people that don’t necessarily know their own aesthetic? There was no other choice for me but to leave."
And it ain't even about the dough
It's about gettin' down for what you stand for, yo!
—DMX, X Gon' Give It To Ya
"The 'fine artist'—the pure artist—says to the world: 'I didn't do this for money! I didn't do this to match the color of your couches! I didn't do this to get laid! I didn't do this for fame or power or greed or anything else! I did this for ART!' In other words: 'My art has no practical value whatsoever!
"'But it's important!'"
"I believe there's a misconception that if you put a girl or a woman on the cover, the game will sell less. I know I’ve been in discussions where we've been asked to push Ellie to the back and everyone at Naughty Dog just flat-out refused."