- We have gotten some terrible reviews at times but if we depended on the judgment of the studios or critics, we never would have made more than one movie.
Quotes of others about Merchant 
- A great personality, a true original and a good friend. He was a life force who tore through life— for whom the word "impossible" had no meaning (even though he often proved it!) ~ Helena Bonham Carter
- He was the one and truly great maverick producer, a law to himself. ~ Sir Anthony Hopkins
- He could charm the birds out of the trees, which had its very positive side (most of the time) and sometimes he could get you to work for nothing. ~ Sir Anthony Hopkins
- Without him, we couldn't even get the things off the ground. Once he's made up his mind to make a film, he makes it. Nothing can get in his way. ~ Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.