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I wanted to escape so badly.
by Zhang Ziyi

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

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I'm not really interested in politics,
because I think it's just too removed from my own life.
If there's a war, though, or a disaster,
I want to know what's happening.
- Zhang Ziyi

After I learn more English, I'll work hard and make more films.
- Zhang Ziyi

They're not willing to admit that I've also shed blood
and tears and often paid dearly for my success.
This makes me feel extremely sad.
- Zhang Ziyi

 

That whole environment was just incompatible with my
beliefs and my personality.
It was a dark time for me.
- Zhang Ziyi

Ordinarily if an actor gets chosen for the lead in a film,
he or she has already built up a repertoire,
and everyone knows what he or she is capable of.
- Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Yimou is always going to need young,
pretty girls for his films.
But I don't really concern myself with what Zhang Yimou's next starlet looks like.
- Zhang Ziyi

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The atmosphere at my school was very competitive.
Young girls were competing with each other every day for status,
for leadership, for the affection of the teachers.
I hated it.
- Zhang Ziyi

Most people spend their whole lives looking for the right job.
There are others who never get an opportunity to do work that fulfils them.
- Zhang Ziyi

From beginning to end I worried that Ang Lee wouldn't
be satisfied with my work.
So I worked as hard as I could to earn his trust,
because you only get a chance like this once.
- Zhang Ziyi

Absolutely not, because in acting I've found a domain that suits me perfectly.
And that is so utterly rare.
- Zhang Ziyi

Men are different.
When they are in love they may also have other girlfriends.
- Zhang Ziyi

Actually I ran away from school when I was 13.
No one could find me, and the police were called.
I was just hiding in a little thicket of grass at my school,
and went to sleep.
- Zhang Ziyi

Today's China is not in the least shut out from the rest of the world.
Trends come to us from all over the world.
And the Internet is really developed in China.
We get news from all over the world.
- Zhang Ziyi

When two people first meet, they can only have a very
ordinary kind of friendship.
But when you begin to understand each other,
when you get close to them, you discover that you're
suddenly eager to know him or her even better.
- Zhang Ziyi

Wanting to be in a Western film won't get me very far.
Unless the opportunity arose, it doesn't matter how
much I want to be in one.
But if an opportunity did arise, no actor would pass it up.
- Zhang Ziyi

When I watch a movie for the first few times I'm usually
thinking about where I was in a given scene,
who was next to me, what we were doing etc.
But after I've gotten through all of this,
when I'm really watching the film itself,
then I get moved.
- Zhang Ziyi

There are actors who spend 20 years working and still
don't achieve what I've achieved so quickly.
So I think my only course of action is to work as hard as I can,
not just for the sake of the film, but also to prove
to these people that I do have talent.
- Zhang Ziyi

Yes.
Otherwise I could have done a lot of Hollywood movies.
After Crouching Tiger I got a lot of offers,
but I turned them down because they were all victim roles -
poor girls sold to America to be a wife or whatever.
I know I have the ability to go deeper,
to take on more original roles than that.
- Zhang Ziyi

Obviously I'd love to work with any of these great
directors because every time I've worked with them
I've gained a tremendous amount as an actor.
Each director has his own way of pushing you towards improving yourself.
- Zhang Ziyi

There was one very special scene at the end of the film.
My character, Zhao Di, has been sick.
She wakes up and her mother tells her that the man
she loves has come back from the city and had spent the day by her bedside.
- Zhang Ziyi

We're still working out the details,
but I'd be delighted to do the film.
The problem at the moment is my busy schedule.
Shooting on this film has been extended by a month,
but I need to be in the U.S.
by Dec.
20.
- Zhang Ziyi

There are films you see that only reach your eyes.
Then there are films that you can watch...
that reach down to your throat, or reach your heart.
"In the Mood for Love," though, reached all the way to my belly.
- Zhang Ziyi

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel.
- Sara Paretsky

I wanted to invent an engine that could run for ever.
I could have developed a new train, had I stayed in the railway.
It would have looked like the AK-47 though.
- Mikhail Kalashnikov

The Nixon administration kept a nasty eye on our show...
Cops would come by - often just in time to see the act they wanted to see.
- Dick Cavett

When I was 5 years old I would lie in bed,
look at the radio, and I wanted to be on the radio.
I don't know why.
- Larry King

With Bound, we wanted to pull at conventions,
because you begin to wonder, Why do these stereotypes
exist? Where do they come from? You use that as the subtext.
- Larry Wachowski

They had enough.
They wanted to enjoy their life.
- Harold Rosenberg

I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99
percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted
to make a spectacle of myself because I couldn't stand to be ignored.
- James Ellroy

Lots of people let it go by and never accomplish what they want.
I just wanted to see what I could do.
- Edwin Moses

Other clubs never came into my thoughts once I knew
Arsenal wanted to sign me.
- Dennis Bergkamp

All my life, all my life that I can,
as far back as I can remember,
I saw my first movie when I was six years old.
And since then I wanted to do that.
I wanted to be a part of that.
- Morgan Freeman


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