I don’t need 20 pair of shoes


Werner Herzog is interviewed by The Talks:

I do not relate to things such as popularity. It is completely vague and unknown to me what it means. I still live basically the same life. I do not have and I do not need material things. My material world is extremely small and limited.I own one single suit that I’m wearing right now and in the last 25 years I’ve never had another suit. And the shoes that I’m wearing I’ve been wearing for 3 years and they are my only pair of shoes. I need to replace them because they are starting to come apart. I don’t need 20 pairs of shoes. I have a car that I’ve had for 12 years. It’s fine, I enjoy life and things are very basic. I don’t have social networks in the Internet for example. I don’t even have a cell phone. I’m probably the last holdout.

I just don’t want to be available all the time. I love to connect with people but in a more fundamental way. I never go to parties, but I invite friends and I cook for them. We sit around a table, maximum 6 people, because if there are more people there is no space around the table. And when we speak to each other, everyone speaks about the same topic. Whereas when you are at a party, there are 200 people and loud music and in each corner there is a different topic, and small talk.

I cook meals for friends or for people for whom I care. I cook with my wife, but sometimes when it comes to a solid steak I do that myself. It’s a great joy to have discourse and while this is going on I take the steak and serve it and have a good bottle of wine. It’s more fundamental, the kind of social networking that I do.

Read full interview: The Talks

Werner Herzog, 71, is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor; and an opera director. Herzog is considered one of the greatest figures of the New German Cinema. Herzog’s films often feature heroes with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature. French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog “the most important film director alive.” American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog “has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular.”

Image & Quote Source: The Talks.  Thank you Mme Scherzo for sharing.



  1. Alex Jones says:

    Herzog directed the Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a video I have, an innovative exploration of animism and ice age cave art at Chauvet.


  2. As long as you’re true to yourself and happy, it’s all good, though the single pair of shoes would totally not work for me, just sayin’…. 😉


  3. Whatever works. That’s what life is all about…doing your own thing. 🙂


  4. I’m so completely with this guy. I’d stop being vegan for a day to share his steak and good company.


  5. I understand what he is saying…I’ve never related to things such as popularity either, and I don’t need 20 pairs of shoes. I’d rather buy flowers any day, rather than shoes. Sandy Sue’s comment made me laugh. I won’t eat his steak, but I would watch him eat it and listen to him talk. 🙂


  6. Simply reading this seemed to slow life down for a moment. I’m not about to give up my cell phone or social media, but I sure as heck have no problem turning the phone off and disconnecting in order to stay closely connected with friends and family around the dining room table.


  7. You know — this article made me really think. Why do we crave to be “noticed” or more like “appreciated” for who we are? I mean, not like we show off…my husband married me because he liked Me — quirks and all. Hopefully my friends feel the same way. But I’m talking about the creative side of us. We want people to read our blogs. We want people to buy the jewelry we make or the art we’ve painted. Nothing wrong with that, but I am struck that such a creative man could be so humble. His work speaks for itself. Think there is a lot to think about there. Thanks for the Friday Treat.


  8. i’ve become more and more a minimalist as time has gone on, i still have my ‘collections’ of things, but have given away a lot and only keep things that i truly love. some for practical reasons, but mostly for emotional reasons or the sheer beauty or feeling they give me. it gives me a feeling of being unburdened by things, and i am freer with less. i understand his logic, though i am not there yet and i do admire it.


  9. Brilliant filmmaker, but his austerity is also inflicted on those around him, especially in his films where it also becomes quite brutal. I learned this first-hand acting alongside him in a film as a 9yr old (Man of Flowers).


  10. His words are HARD to digest in the first para (total opposite of me specially “the I don’t need 20 pairs of shoes” line. Hell, I can’t even imagine having only 5 pairs. Nyah!). But, I agree with him in the second para as some of it is who I am and the other part is what I would like to do. P.S. I don’t need 20 pairs of shoes (that’s SO me). I guess he’s going to stay in my mind for quite sometime. Umm…


  11. Smiling. Got it!


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