Life is a combination of magic and pasta.

— Federico Fellini

The most revealing Federico Fellini quotes you will be delighted to read

A different language is a different vision of life.

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

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I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film.

I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.

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Federico Fellini quote A different language is a different visi

A different language is a different vision of life.

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The visionary is the only realist.

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Everyone knows that time is Death, that Death hides in clocks.

Imposing another time powered by the Clock of the Imagination, however, can refuse his law. Here, freed of the Grim Reaper's scythe, we learn that pain is knowledge and all knowledge pain.

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Real religion should be something that liberates men.

But churches don't want free men who can think for themself and find their own divinity within. When a religion becomes organized it is no longer a religious experience but only superstition and estrangement.

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Federico Fellini quote Life is a combination of magic and pasta

Life is a combination of magic and pasta.

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What's important is the way we say it.

Art is all about craftsmanship. Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the way we express all that. It's not what we say but how we say it that matters.

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Regrets are a waste of time. They're the past crippling you in the present.

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One of the greatest handicaps is to fear a mistake.

You have stopped yourself. You have to move freely into the arena, not just to wait for the perfect situation, the perfect moment... If you have to make a mistake, it's better to make a mistake of action than one of inaction. If I had the opportunity again, I would take chances.

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Never trust a woman who doesn’t like to eat. She is probably lousy in bed.

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I never make moral judgments; I'm not qualified to do so. I am not a censor, a priest, or a politician.

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Don't forget that costumes, like dreams, are symbolic communication.

Dreams teach us that a language for everything exists - for every object, every color worn, every clothing detail. Hence, costumes provide an aesthetic objectification that helps to tell the character's story.

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About Federico Fellini

Quotes 94 sayings
Nationality Italian
Profession Director
Birthday October 16

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

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

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When I do things without any explanation, but just with spontaneity...I can be sure that I am right.

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

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All art is autobiographical.

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

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Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It's a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.

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

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It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive.

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When the most important times are occurring, we don't even recognize them or notice. We are just busy living our lives. Only looking back do we know what was a great moment in our lives.

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Fate is written in the face.

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If I'm a cruel satirist at least I'm not a hyprocrite: I never judge what other people do. Neither a politician nor a priest, I never censor what others do. Neither a philospher nor a psychiatrist, I never bother trying to analyze or resolve my fears and neuroses.

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I even see the cinema itself as a woman, with its alternation of light and darkness, of appearing and disappearing images

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The young watch television twenty-four hours a day, they don't read and they rarely listen. This incessant bombardment of images has developed a hypertrophied eye condition that's turning them into a race of mutants. They should pass a law for a total reeducation of the young, making children visit the Galleria Borghese on a daily basis.

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Nothing is sadder than laughter; nothing more beautiful, more magnificent, more uplifting and enriching than the terror of deep despair.

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Reality! But what does this word mean? Each has his own reality.

I draw upon my personal reality upon the dark side of myself, my unconscious.

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

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

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Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.

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Marriage is a tyranny, a mortification of man's natural instincts.

Man needs a multiplicity of relationships.

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Our duty as storytellers is to bring people to the station.

There each person will choose his or her own train...But we must at least take them to the station...to a point of departure.

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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?

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There is no such thing as a good paparazzo.

A good paparazzo, that's a paparazzo who has had his camera broken. In fact, they are bandits, thieves of photography. (Statement after photographs were published showing Jackie Onassis sunbathing nude.)

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

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The beauty of life are women, no one loves them as much as me.

I adore them all, the ugly, the beautiful, the cold, the sexy and especially those that are from cinema material, shadow and light.

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Censorship is advertising paid by the government.

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According to the doctors, I'm only suffering from a light form of premature baldness.

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We can all pretend to be cynical and scheming, but when we’re faced with purity and innocence, the cynical mask drops off.

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Georgian film is a completely unique phenomenon, vivid, philosophically inspiring, very wise, childlike. There is everything that can make me cry and I ought to say that it (my crying) is not an easy thing.

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Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you've made is worth the misery of having to review it.

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Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be.

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Peellaert's comic strips were the literature of intelligence, imagination and romanticism.

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All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.

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Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb;

you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen.

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Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs.

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You exist only in what you do.

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I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium.

I like it because it recreates life in movement, enlarges it, enhances it, distills it. For me, it’s far closer to the miraculous creation of life than, say, a painting or music or even literature. It’s not just an art form; it’s actually a new form of life, with its own rhythms, cadences, perspectives and transparencies. It’s my way of telling a story.

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