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    • 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: 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: When I was about nine, 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:The stimulation you receive from hearing what so-and-so is writing, what they're doing; the admiration I had for these other filmmakers was self-empowering and stimulating for my own work.

    • 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: Life for me at age five and six was pretty wonderful and perfect. But then I went through that whole New York school system. I found them very frightening.

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

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

    • 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 don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.

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