ByKristina Mercado, writer at Creators.co
Horror film fan, self-proclaimed nerd, entertainer of the masses
Kristina Mercado

Everyone knows and loves Tim Burton for his amazing contributions to film. From Edward Scissorhands to his upcoming [Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass](tag:780359), his unique and quirky style has cemented his place among film maker legends. Personally, Tim Burton's work touched me because his outlandish and dark style made me feel like less of an outcast. It was comforting to see someone so successful be just as weird as I am. It was after reading his interviews that I realized he was more than a great producer; he was also extremely insightful. He has said so many awesome things that are quote worthy, but these five are next level thought-provoking. Take a look at these amazing Tim Burton quotes that will leave you silently questioning life.

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

James and the Giant Peach (1996)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)

This hit me like a ton of bricks. Anyone who was picked on for being different or had a traumatic upbringing can relate to this. As children, we have such great imaginations and we create our own comfort zone to shield us, even if temporarily, from the nonsense that makes us feel isolated. This quote made me think of James and the Giant Peach because the whole movie seemed to be something he would make up as an escape from the cruel treatment of his aunt.

"One person's craziness is another person's reality."

Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)

This statement is so true in so many ways. It reminds of Morticia Adams saying "what is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." Reality truly is in the mind of the beholder. This quote immediately made me think of Batman because of how normal and crazy blended together so much in this film.

"Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else's dreams?"

Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)

This is huge! This is something that every single person can relate to: being put into a box to fulfill others' needs and desires. How many of us have had someone else's idea of what we need to do to be happy drummed into our heads? This made me question everything I am doing and if I am doing it for the right reasons. This also made me think of Alice in Wonderland and her journey to figuring out what she wanted to do to fulfill her dreams.

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

Tim Burton, Helen Bonham Carter, & their children
Tim Burton, Helen Bonham Carter, & their children

I do not have children yet, but I have seen this same struggle in my mother's eyes. I always thought that she felt guilty because I grew up around "ideal" families: mom and dad, big house, everything they could possibly want; and we were different. I imagine many parents feel like they have to keep up with the Jones' and become distraught when they can't. This quote should help us understand that there is no ideal family; there is what works for your family.

"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 has stated that he quite enjoyed Vincent Price films when he was a child. So how awesome is it that one of his poems was used to make a short film narrated by Price himself? He got to recapture something from childhood. I think this so relevant, not only in Tim Burton's life, but in all our lives. As children we spend all our time trying to grow up, only to come to the conclusion that we had it better as children. I constantly find myself longing for traditions and experiences as a child that I can no longer have as an adult, no matter how much I try.

It seems that many of Tim Burton's quotes were part of his film making and life. Every one of the quotes made me sit and ponder them. Some made me sad, while others led to an epiphany. I have always felt comforted by Tim Burton's work; but his equal brilliance in analyzing life has taken my fandom to another level.

How did these quotes make you feel? Did I miss your favorite Tim Burton quote? Let me know in the comments!

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