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Francis Ford Coppola Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Art

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

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

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

Art depends on luck and talent.
- Francis Ford Coppola

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A number of images put together a certain way become
something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
- 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 been a kid that moved so much,
I didn't have a lot of friends.
Theater really represented camaraderie.
- Francis Ford Coppola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

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

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

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

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

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

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

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

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

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

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

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

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

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

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

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

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

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

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


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