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Quotes by Francis Ford Coppola

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I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Related topics: Movies

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought.
I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm
I had when I was doing shows at college.
- Francis Ford Coppola

You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas.
Otherwise you'll just knuckle under,
and things that might have been memorable will be lost.
- Francis Ford Coppola

 

I became quite successful very young,
and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and
I just worked so hard at it.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business,
it's that I don't know anything about human nature.
- Francis Ford Coppola


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Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is
going to be attacked the most.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I remember growing up with television,
from the time it was just a test pattern,
with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability,
but it never came out in school.
- Francis Ford Coppola

In kindergarten that used to be my job,
to tell them fairytales.
I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales,
all the classic fairy tales.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I had an older brother who was very interested in literature,
so I had an early exposure to literature,
and and theater.
My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
- Francis Ford Coppola

The stuff that I got in trouble for,
the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton,
was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.
- Francis Ford Coppola

When I was about 9, I had polio, and people were very
frightened for their children,
so you tended to be isolated.
I was paralyzed for a while, so I watched television.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was
interested in stories and telling stories.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Frank Capra was a prop man, I think.
John Ford was a prop man.
It was a little bit of a father and son thing,
and you kind of worked your way up.
- Francis Ford Coppola

You're in a profession in which absolutely everybody
is telling you their opinion,
which is different.
That's one of the reasons George Lucas never directed again.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I remember teachers who really singled me out for their discouragement.
- Francis Ford Coppola

We were raised in an Italian-American household,
although we didn't speak Italian in the house.
We were very proud of being Italian,
and had Italian music,
ate Italian food.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I had been a kid that moved so much,
I didn't have a lot of friends.
Theater really represented camaraderie.
- Francis Ford Coppola

George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina.
He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him,
but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity.
So it was kind of a fair deal.
- Francis Ford Coppola

We had access to too much money, too much equipment,
and little by little, we went insane.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I had a number of teachers who hated me.
I didn't do well in school.
- Francis Ford Coppola

They needed someone to write a script of The Great
Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making.
I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family.
- Francis Ford Coppola

A number of images put together a certain way become
something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and
invent things and build gadgets.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared,
or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.
- Francis Ford Coppola

When I do a novel, I don't really use the script,
I use the book; when I did Apocalypse Now,
I used Heart of Darkness.
Novels usually have so much rich material.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Art depends on luck and talent.
- Francis Ford Coppola

You ought to love what you're doing because,
especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I had a number of very strong personalities in my family.
My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein,
I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film,
so impressed with what cinema could do.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I always found the film world unpleasant.
It's all about the schedule, and never really flew for me.
- Francis Ford Coppola

My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam.
It is Vietnam.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I landed a job with Roger Corman.
The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture.
I didn't speak any Russian.
He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying;
he wanted me to make up dialogue.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9.
I always wanted to be a guard.
The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard.
When I got polio and then went back to school,
they made me a guard.
A teacher took away my guard button.
- Francis Ford Coppola

The essence of cinema is editing.
It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images
of people during emotional moments,
or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.
- Francis Ford Coppola

I wrote the script of Patton.
I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up
in front of an American flag and gives this speech.
Ultimately, I was fired.
When the script was done, they hired another writer
and that script was forgotten.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic.
There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard,
and you loved something, you could become successful.
- Francis Ford Coppola

When I was going for my graduate degree,
I decided I was going to make a feature film as my thesis.
That's what I was famous for-that I had my thesis film be a feature film,
which was You're a Big Boy Now.
- Francis Ford Coppola

It's ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career,
with The Godfather having such an enormous success,
I wasn't even aware of it, because I was somewhere
else under the deadline again.
- Francis Ford Coppola

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz


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