“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”

“It’s not enough to have talent, you also have to be Hungarian.”

“The pictures are there, and you just take them.”

“I would say that the most important thing in my life is to have lived the most vividly humanly possible.”

“This war is like an actress who is getting old. It is less and less photogenic and more difficult to photograph.”

“It’s not always easy to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the sufferings around one.”

“The appetite for pictures can be a very healthy craving, but it also needs to be much muzzled.”

“People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.”

“The pictures I choose to take are things that I am trying to better understand.”

“Photographers, in dealing with documentary subjects, must constantly respect the integrity of what they depict.”

“Certainly I wanted to document their courage because I think it was the best thing I had ever seen.”

“I’m not afraid to die on a battlefield, for I know it makes me immortal.”

“The pictures are as good as the photographer doing them.”

“The war correspondent has his stake — his life — in his own hands, and he can put it on this horse or that horse, or he can put it back in his pocket at the very last minute.”

“All pictures are good. Some are better than others.”

“When we have those parts of the newsreel, there were very few areas in the world that we could not reach.”

“The real thing has to be photographed.”

“Every photograph is a combat zone between the photographer and the reality at the end of his lens.”

“I hope to be dead by the time you read this.”

“Photographing is reality, and the film is the dream.”

“Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.”

“It’s not always easy to know what’s going on, but it’s worth trying to find out.”

“The quiet spectator is as likely to be a conscientious objector as a reluctant coward.”

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but it can also distort the truth.”

“Like children we have changed our toys much too quickly, and given too little thought to their value and the essential fun they might have provided.”

“The pictures are there, and you just take them. You don’t even need to know English.”

“A war without photographs is a war without eyewitnesses.”

“The truth is the best picture, the best propaganda.”

“I’m a gambler. I decided to go in with Company E in the first wave.”

“The photojournalist is a witness to history, capturing moments for future generations.”