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    I'm a pacifist. I believe there are ways to solve the world's problems. Instead of putting all this money to create arms, I think countries should invest in scholarships for kids to study abroad. Perhaps they could become good and knowledgeable professors in their own countries. You need time for that kind of change, though.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: time  world  believe  problem  money  kids  invest 
     
    You hear people saying, 'Oh I'm so tired, I've had enough of Cannes.' How can you have enough of Cannes? It's just the best place to be, like a fairytale.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  saying 
     
    I think animation is like running a marathon, and making a movie is like a 100 meter sprint. The question is: are you a marathon man or are you a sprinter? I realized that I was more of a sprinter than a marathon man. With a long, long project, I get bored easily.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: men  questions  running  movie 
     
    Smoking kills you, but life kills you, and if you don't want to die, go into a freezer when you are born and nothing will happen to you.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: die 
     
    You have to be narcissistic to be an artist. You have to think you are the centre of the whole thing; otherwise, why do you create? The only thing is to recognise it, and then you make the best of it.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: artist 
     
    I wasn't made to take orders. My grandmother used to tell me: 'Laws are for idiots.' She was right.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: law  right  idiot 
     
    I have been brought up open-minded. If I didn't know any people from other countries, I'd think everyone was evil based on news stories. But I know a lot of people, and know that there is no such thing as stark good and evil. Isn't it possible there is the same amount of evil everywhere?
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: evil  people  stories 
     
    You know, I'm a really individualistic person. I'm extremely narcissistic and egocentric, too. So I have one life, and I have to live it the way I want.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  live 
     
    It's not like since I make comics I only read comics and since I make movies I will only go out and watch movies. Any kind of artistic expression interests me; it goes from literature to music to sculpture, painting; whatever is extremely inspiring for me becomes a reference also for me.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    Americans think cinema is about storytelling; I don't believe that. I think it's a language and everyone has to find their own way of speaking. It's not so much what you say as the way you say it.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    I don't think that I have ever been rebellious. The thing is that I don't believe in people - what people tell me. I have to accept it in my own brain first. I don't listen to anyone, never.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  believe  brain 
     
    You know, comics were created at the same time as the cinema. And the cinema very quickly became a major art. Cartooning didn't become a major art. There's a reason for that. People don't know how to deal with drawings.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: time  people 
     
    I think the only universal thing is one individual. If you talk about a country or a nation or a culture, it's so vague. I mean what is a nation? A nation is full of nice and bad and long and tall and short and thin people. It's not like everybody is the same.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  culture  bad  vague 
     
    All this misjudgment that we have of each other is based on ignorance. The second you get to travel, you see that human beings, no matter where they come from, they are the same.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: travel  human  ignorance 
     
    My point of view when I make a book or I make a movie is to see the humanistic point of view. The point of view of the daily life of normal people.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  movie  book 
     
    If the majority of people were right, we'd be living in paradise. But we are not living in paradise, we are living in hell. What does it mean? That means the majority of people are wrong. So I never believed what people told me.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  living  hell  right  wrong  majority 
     
    In the West, people don't have any real problems. It's all based on bad conscience, a very Christian notion. I don't have any bad conscience. If there's a God that created us, if I am bad, it's his fault.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    The best thing I ever did in my life was to ask, 'Do I like everybody?' And the answer was, 'No.' So why should everybody like me? If people are against me, so what? I'm against them too.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people 
     
    The music that I hate the most is R&B.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: hate  music 
     
    I'm not a politician because I'm an artist. Politicians have a very easy answer for a very complicated question. I have a very complicated question for what you consider very easy situations.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: questions  artist 
     
    One can forgive but one should never forget.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    Image is an international language.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: language 
     
    We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: sorry 
     
    Evil is international and the fanatic is international and universal. There is no difference between a Muslim fanatic, a Christian fanatic, even a secular fanatic.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: evil  christian 
     
    I had learned that you should always shout louder than your aggressor.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    A Muslim fanatic and a Christian fanatic, a Jewish fanatic, a secular fanatic, an atheist fanatic, a communist fanatic - all of them are the same. The thinking that, 'If you don't think like me, that if you are not with me, then you are against me;' this is something to condemn.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    Nothing's worse than saying goodbye. It's a little like dying.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: dying  saying  goodbye 
     
    You draw the character from all angles - side, profile, back, etc. so the animator has this character in all the ways it looks like.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: character 
     
    I don't like the word 'autobiography.' I rather like the term 'autofiction.' The second you make a script out of the story of your life, it becomes fictional. Of course, the truth is never far. But the story is created out of it.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: truth  stories 
     
    The world is not about Batman and Robin fighting the Joker; things are more complicated than that. And nothing is scarier than the people who try to find easy answers to complicated questions.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    Comics are just another medium to express yourself. It's not cinema; it's not literature; it's just something else. It has a specific requirement, which is that images are used to tell the story. There are lots of crappy movies, with guns and action and Arnold Schwarzenegger or whatever.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: action  movie  media  stories 
     
    My mother always told me I had to do 100 times better than a man. I had to work hard at maths, and learn four languages.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: time  men  work  language  learn  mother 
     
    Drawing is the first language of the human being before writing. It's a transcription of how the human being sees reality, not reality itself.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    All big changes of the world come from words.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: world 
     
    When we're afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: fear  reflection  afraid 
     
    Life is too short to be lived badly.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    You never have these moments that, you know, are always perfect. Always something happens.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: moment 
     
    The real war is not between the West and the East. The real war is between intelligent and stupid people.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: people  real  war 
     
    In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.
    — Marjane Satrapi
    tags: hurt  true  help  dignity  cruelty 
     
    If you have a little sensibility or a heart, you have all the reason to be depressed once in a while. But the depression is like a motor for creation. I need a little bit of depression, a bit of acid in my stomach, to be able to create. When I'm happy, I just want to dance.
    — Marjane Satrapi
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