85 Tim Burton Quotes from the Iconic Film Director

Tim Burton, born Timothy William Burton on August 25, 1958, in Burbank, California, is a famous American director with a distinctive, whimsical style, often incorporating fantastic and macabre elements.

Initially engaged in drawing and filmmaking, Burton attended the California Institute of the Arts, later joining Disney Productions as an animator.

His directorial journey began with shorts, leading to his debut feature, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, followed by successes like Beetlejuice, Batman series and the acclaimed Edward Scissorhands, marking the onset of a prolific collaboration with actor Johnny Depp.


Over the years, Burton has delivered a diverse array of films, from remakes like Planet of the Apes and Dumbo to original masterpieces like Big Eyes and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, also venturing into TV with the series Wednesday.

His romantic and professional life intertwines with frequent collaborator Helena Bonham Carter, contributing significantly to his illustrious career in film.

Tim Burton is famous for his horror films such as Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Here is an amazing collection of quotes by Tim Burton.

Best Tim Burton Quotes


Nice work, bone daddy. ~ Tim Burton.


I like the challenge of doing things you know that you maybe shouldn’t do. ~ Tim Burton.


Son, are you happy? I don’t mean to pry, but do you dream of Heaven? Have you ever wanted to die? ~ Tim Burton.


I always liked strange characters. ~ Tim Burton.


First of all, you make a movie that you want to see and then you just hope for the best. ~ Tim Burton.


Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself, am strange and unusual. ~ Tim Burton.

It’s hard to find logic in things sometimes. That’s why I can’t analyze things too much, because it often doesn’t make much sense. ~ Tim Burton.


Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me. ~ Tim Burton.

To be honest, whatever troubles I’ve had, I’ve also gotten the opportunities to do things. ~ Tim Burton.


The good thing about animation is that you can affect it. If something is not working, then you just fix it. ~ Tim Burton.

Famous Tim Burton Quotes

They took a baseball bat and whacked open his head. Mummy Boy fell to the ground; he finally was dead. Inside of his head were no candy or prizes, just a few stray beetles of various sizes. ~ Tim Burton.


I’m gonna go live in a cave, just completely live in my interior world. ~ Tim Burton.

I don’t know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighborhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies. ~ Tim Burton.

I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they’d still say I’m a dark personality. ~ Tim Burton.

Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who’s very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real. ~ Tim Burton.


Don’t worry about how you ‘should’ draw it. Just draw it the way you see it. ~ Tim Burton.

Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith. ~ Tim Burton.

When it comes to art and science, people don’t like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they’re closed off about it. ~ Tim Burton.

Great Tim Burton Quotes

I always wonder why some people see things as weird and some people don’t. ~ Tim Burton.


Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? ~ Tim Burton.

The Boy with Nails in His Eyes put up his aluminum tree. It looked pretty strange because he couldn’t really see. ~ Tim Burton.

I’ve found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world and people who play heroes are jerks. ~ Tim Burton.

Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible. But, that would be called cannibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies. ~ Tim Burton.

Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child. ~ Tim Burton.


One of the things I loved about the musical was that you listened to the soundtrack and it told you the story. ~ Tim Burton.

Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way. ~ Tim Burton.

Top Tim Burton Quotes

I’m a happy-go-lucky manic-depressive. It does get very deep and dark for me, and it gets scary at times when I feel I can’t pull out of it. But I don’t consider myself negative-negative. I’m positive-negative. ~ Tim Burton.


We all know interspecies romance is weird. ~ Tim Burton.

I think of Ray Harryhausen’s work – I knew his name before I knew any actor or director’s names. His films had an impact on me very early on, probably even more than Disney. I think that’s what made me interested in animation: His work. ~ Tim Burton.

When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me. ~ Tim Burton.

My parents suffered from that ideal of a perfect nuclear family. They found that a difficult pressure, I think. ~ Tim Burton.


It’s always an interesting challenge to see if you can create a character that’s got emotion. ~ Tim Burton.

The great thing about visual horror films is there’s real potential for strong, beautiful imagery. It’s the one genre that really lends itself to creating strong images. And I’ve always loved that idea of windmills – your mind aimlessly spinning. ~ Tim Burton.

Creative Tim Burton Quotes

When you don’t have many friends and you don’t have a social life you’re kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There’s a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you’re part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships. ~ Tim Burton.

And I Jack, the Pumpkin King, have grown so tired of the same old thing… ~ Tim Burton.

I always treated the science thing and the art thing as quite similar thematically. ~ Tim Burton.

You don’t know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They’re very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way. ~ Tim Burton.


Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Not necessarily in that order. ~ Tim Burton.

It’s really nice to work with people who understand and really love the artistry of building sets, it’s great. ~ Tim Burton.

Can a heart break, once it’s stopped beating? ~ Tim Burton.

Popular Tim Burton Quotes

You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But to tell you a secret. All the best people are. ~ Tim Burton.

But she knows she has a curse on her, a curse she cannot win. For if someone gets too close to her, the pins stick further in. ~ Tim Burton.

I never sort of really regret anything because you make your choices and I like to stand by them. ~ Tim Burton.

Technology is technology and then art form and people’s creativity is another thing. Anything that helps an artist do anything – great! Technology for technology sake doesn’t mean much to me anyway. ~ Tim Burton.

Unwisely, Santa offered a teddy bear to James, unaware he had been mauled by a grizzly earlier this year. ~ Tim Burton.

I think a lot of kids feel alone and slightly isolated and in their own world. ~ Tim Burton.

Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are. ~ Tim Burton.

I am not a dark person and I don’t consider myself dark. ~ Tim Burton.

Wise Tim Burton Quotes

I had seen other stop-motion animated features, and they were either not engaging or they’re just too bizarre. There was one I liked when I was a kid called Mad Monster Party. People thought Nightmare was the first stop-motion animated monster musical, but that was. ~ Tim Burton.

It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way. ~ Tim Burton.


Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination. ~ Tim Burton.

I remember early in my career with Disney, which was a very strange time in the company – there were a couple of executives who were very supportive of me and kind of let me do my own thing. ~ Tim Burton.

A lot of things you see as a child remain with you. You spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience. ~ Tim Burton.

Thought-Provoking Tim Burton Quotes

One of the things that we were trying to do with this show was the complexities of relationships and love. There is both passion and longing and a bittersweet quality to it that is a part of life. ~ Tim Burton.

People told me I couldn’t kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice. ~ Tim Burton.

My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side. Where we could gaze into the stars, and sit together, now and forever. For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be. ~ Tim Burton.

I wouldn’t know a good script if it bit me in the face. ~ Tim Burton.

There’s something quite exciting when you have a history with somebody and you see them do new and different things. ~ Tim Burton.

I’ve always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don’t think like that because I get uncomfortable. ~ Tim Burton.


My kid is a product of the fast computer lifestyle. ~ Tim Burton.

For me, fantasy has always been a means of exploring reality: it explores the fact that your internal life, your dreams and the weird images and the things that come to you are things that are actually important tools for dealing with real issues. ~ Tim Burton.

Powerful Tim Burton Quotes

I’m not a big fan of spiders, rats, especially if they’re like – I got up one morning on a holiday recently, and there was a centipede in the bed that big. I wasn’t very happy about that. ~ Tim Burton.

I always felt that Hollywood has a way of making you feel outside. ~ Tim Burton.

It’s great when you know somebody and they keep surprising you. ~ Tim Burton.

I don’t have a dog, because I travel too much. I don’t want to just leave it abandoned. ~ Tim Burton.

I am not a big technology person. I don’t go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it’s private, which in this day and age is harder to come by. ~ Tim Burton.

It’s very nice to have someone that you can have a completely abstract conversation with and leave the room, feel like everything’s fine, and then realize that if you pick it apart, you have absolutely no idea what either of you said. ~ Tim Burton.

I don’t really dream, I space out during the day – that’s one of my problems wander off when someone’s talking to me. I can’t remember any dreams in my life. There’s so much strange in real life that it often seems like a dream. ~ Tim Burton.

I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, I recall my father saying when I was three years old that I would be scared, but I never was. ~ Tim Burton.

For some of us, Halloween is everyday. ~ Tim Burton.


Good morning starshine the earth says hello… ~ Tim Burton.

If you’ve ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you. ~ Tim Burton.

I don’t look at my films or my old drawings much, so that was an interesting way to kind of reconnect with myself a bit. ~ Tim Burton.

I had never really done something that was more of a horror film, and its funny, because those are the kind of movies that I like probably more than any other genre. The script had images in it that I liked. ~ Tim Burton.

He can’t fly around tall buildings, or outrun a speeding train, the only talent he seems to have is leaving a nasty stain! ~ Tim Burton.

If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I’d choose the nappy. ~ Tim Burton.


I did some sports. It was a bit frustrating. I wasn’t the greatest sports person. ~ Tim Burton.

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. ~ Tim Burton.

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