Quotes by Javed Akhtar

I wish I could go quietly in the night and ease all the pain in the world. And in the morning, people would wake up to a beautiful world.
– Javed Akhtar

There was something missing
In my foundation
Why blame the poor walls?
– Javed Akhtar

Killing or attacking those who speak up against society makes us no different from the Taliban.
– Javed Akhtar

I’m not so self-indulgent. I’d hate to be a narcissist and say this line best describes me.
– Javed Akhtar

I’m aware that film-making is a collaborative effort, it’s team-work. But I can’t be loyal to a team at the cost of my aesthetic sense or morality. I would rather walk-out. In such situations, I’ve always walked out and wondered what makes people so gutless. Why can’t they take a stand? There’s a Laxman rekha which I will not cross.
– Javed Akhtar

Life has been kind to me. But I honestly feel I could have done much more than what I have…and there’s still a lot left to be done.
– Javed Akhtar

Today, putting one’s self before others is cool. But yes, there are no wars to be fought, no ideals to be chased. There are no collective dreams, collective aspirations or resolutions. And that shows in our films. To each his own is the new mantra.
– Javed Akhtar

I’m not so sure of the morality today.
– Javed Akhtar

Pain is an inexorable part of everybody’s life, not just a writer’s. But I’d never glamorise it. I’ve experienced as much pain or happiness as the next man. A creative person uses it in his work as a source of inspiration.
– Javed Akhtar

A good relationship is one where you are not the centrifugal point and your partner is not a satellite. I mistrust love without respect. There are a lot of couples who claim to be in love but have zero respect for each other. That’s not the real thing.
– Javed Akhtar

I wasn’t a “father” in the conventional sense of the word. Traditionally, fathers and sons have never had a communicative relationship. But Farhan, Zoya and I have had a very democratic relationship. There’s nothing in the world they can’t discuss with me. My kids can be very argumentative.Democracy has its own problems.
– Javed Akhtar

When Farhan narrated the script to me, I made some suggestions. He heard me out very carefully and then rejected them all.
– Javed Akhtar

Our students are suffering not because they are Muslims but because of the image created by the media that we are not professionals.
– Javed Akhtar

We put women on a pedestal. So we do not consider them to be human beings.
– Javed Akhtar

I am an atheist, I have no religious beliefs. And obviously I don’t believe in spirituality of some kind.
– Javed Akhtar

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