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Quotes of the day: Federico Fellini

Published Thursday, October 31, 2013 @ 12:35 AM EDT
Oct 31 2013

Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 - October 31, 1993) was an Italian film director and scriptwriter. Known for a distinct style that blended fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, winning five Academy Awards. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself.

A different language is a different vision of life.

A good opening and a good ending make for a good film provided they come close together.

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.

Censorship is advertising paid by the government.

Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure.

Don't tell me what I'm doing; I don't want to know.

Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.

Experience is what you get while looking for something else.

Fate is written in the face.

God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of Trivial Pursuit every now and again.

Happiness is simply a temporary condition that proceeds unhappiness. Fortunately for us, it works the other way around as well. But it's all a part of the carnival, isn't it?

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise?

If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet... maybe we could understand something.

It's easier to be faithful to a restaurant than it is to a woman.

Life is a combination of magic and pasta.

Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.

Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.

The only place where you can be a dictator and still be loved is on the movie set.

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.

You can’t teach old fleas new dogs.

You exist only in what you do.

There is abundant testimony that if we choose love rather than self, we gain immeasurably.

You have to live spherically—in many directions. To accept yourself for what you are without inhibitions, to be open.

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