"Why do I make movies? I'm looking for terra incognita, a land on which no filmmaker has yet set foot, a planet where no director has planted his flag of conquest, a world that exists only in fairy tales."

"I wanted one thing – to show the fantastic world created by nature over millions of years. Film offered me that chance."

"Man has created a grandiose world of technology, of which dread and fear are often the result ... Fortunately, events in the world and our way of life are not determined by technology alone."

"With the vast sweep of his imagination Jules Verne created a whole world of magical things imbued with a delightful naiveté, which just charm us ..."

"I want to dedicate all the movies I've made to all the girls and boys."

Karel Zeman