«Interviewer – What is art?
Andrei Tarkovski – (…) Some say that art helps man to know the world like any other intellectual activity. I don’t believe in this possibility of knowing; I am almost an agnostic. Knowledge distracts us from our main purpose in life. The more we know, the less we know; getting deeper, our horizon becomes narrower. Art enriches man’s own spiritual capabilities and he can then rise above himself to use what we call ‘free will’.
Interviewer – What would you like to tell young people?
Andrei Tarkovski – Learn to love solitude, to be more alone with yourselves. The problem with young people is their carrying out noisy and aggressive actions not to feel lonely and this is a sad thing. The individual must learn to be on his own as a child, for this doesn’t mean to be alone: it means not to get bored with oneself, which is a very dangerous symptom, almost a disease.»
– Andrei Tarkovski: A Poet in the Cinema (1983), interview conducted by Donatella Baglivo.