No. It’s pretty stimulating, on the contrary. I’ve gone through more periods of feeling empty and sad after successes than after failures. I had violent spells of the blues after Les Quatre Cents Coups and Jules et Jim, for example.
I think there’s something exciting about failure. It makes you want to work fast, to start again, to say: “Come on, in three months I’ll be doing another one.” Whereas after a success… the expression “to rest on one’s laurels” was not invented for nothing.
Interview by Pierre Ajame, Le Nouvel Adam, no. 9, February 1968