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
The most restlessness Marjane Satrapi quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Life is too short to be lived badly.
All big changes of the world come from words.
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.
Culture and education are the lethal weapons against all kinds of fundamentalism.
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.
My culture comes from everywhere. I'm sick of this notion of nationality, that if you're brought up in the same city or same country you're the same. Even three kids brought up in the same family with the same genes, they are not the same. Just consider a human a human.
Human beings have a lot of problems identifying themselves with other human beings who don't resemble them exactly. But there's something about drawing that means that anyone can identify to a drawing. I mean, people can identify themselves with Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.
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.
Image is an international language.
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.
I respect humanity. That's my religion. I can't stand these religions that are really businesses. So much money everywhere that's going to buy a really nice house in heaven - or what? I don't get it.
Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.
My mother was the favorite child of her parents.
My father was the favorite child of his parents. The result of these two favorite children was me. And I am an only child. So I was convinced that I was the center of the universe.
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.
People are so afraid to say the word "comic".
It makes you think of a grown man with pimples, a ponytail and a big belly. Change it to "graphic novel" and that disappears.
People, they think that animation is a style.
Animation is just a technique. It's like, people, they think that comics is a style, like comics is a superhero story. Comic is just a narration, and is a medium, you can say any kind of story in comics and you can say of any kind of story in animation.
The novels have done so well because the drawings are abstract, black-and-white.
This adds to the universality of the story. "Persepolis" also has dreamlike moments, and the drawings help maintain cohesion and consistency.
You are putting yourself in serious danger.
..' I think that I preferred to put myself in serious danger rather than confront my shame. My shame at not having become someone, the shame of not having made my parents proud after all the sacrifices they had made for me. The shame of having become a mediocre nihilist.
It is dangerous when you start calling people from one part of the world terrorists or fanatic, and you reduce them to some abstract notion. If evil has a geographical place, and if the evil has a name, that is the beginning of fascism. Real life is not this way. You have fanatics and narrow-minded people everywhere.
Maybe the biggest problem is that there's no empathy.
Nobody puts themselves in the place of others. Everyone thinks they are the only one to suffer. Or that they're the only ones who like ice cream or take their kids on vacation.
Here's the problem: the description of the world is always reduced to yes or no, black or white. Superficial stories. Superhero stories. One side is the good one. The other one is evil.
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.
You draw the character from all angles - side, profile, back, etc.
so the animator has this character in all the ways it looks like.
I realized that I was more of a sprinter than a marathon man.
With a long, long project, I get bored easily.
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.
I was in love with Darth Vader. He was extremely sexy to me. Once I had almost a sexual dream about Darth Vader. At the moment he was about to pull his helmet off, my husband woke me up and I was so annoyed. I told him, "I was on my way to kiss Darth Vader."
The most exciting time is when I think of an idea and how I imagine I can make it. It would be wonderful if there was a projector inside my eye that and it could just put the idea on the screen for people to see.
Racism is not nearly as important as poverty.
That's the same around the world. What look like ethnic problems are really economic issues. If you look closely at all these conflicts around the world, they come down to poverty and economics and resources. The more poverty, the worse the war.
Writing is not for me. I completely lose my sense of humor when I write. I become extremely pathetic, very sensational. Images give me possibilities that I don't have with words.
I don't believe in the clash of cultures.
The culture is one. The culture is a ring off the same chain. Picasso was very much influenced by the African arts, and he influenced a whole other generation of artists. So everything influences everything.
The Germans sell chemical weapons to Iran and Iraq.
The wounded are then sent to Germany to be treated. Veritable human guinea pigs.
Fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression.
Well, I would have much preferred to have had a normal childhood.
I would have loved it if my greatest dilemma, at 14, was whether to go to Benetton for my pullovers. I would have preferred not to have cried all the tears I have cried.
Anyway, that's how it is! Either they obey the law, or they're expelled!! And make sure they wear their veils correctly..." - "If hair is as stimulating as you say, then you need to shave your moustache!" My father actually said that.
I had learned that you should always shout louder than your aggressor.
I was a westerner in Iran, an Iranian in the West.
I had no identity. I didn't even know anymore why I was living.
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.
George W.Bush can go and kill thousands of Iraqis every day. By making people believe they are the enemy, and not human beings any more. If evil has an address, a nationality, you can exterminate all of them. This is fascism.
My real background was in art studies.
At the beginning I was a painter, then I was this graphic designer, then I became an illustrator, then I was a comic artist. But for me it's a different way of expression, a different field of art. They're not separated; everything for me is related.
Imagine if I cannot stand someone and every day he is here in my face, then I cannot work. Then, the whole time, I am thinking "I hate him, I hate him." But if I love him or I love her, then I can do anything, then I am comfortable. That's why it's so important to be surrounded by people that you really like.
When you say 'revolution' when you have only men outside, you know that something is going wrong. I'm not like a hardcore feminist, but I think that one of the things that makes the society advanced is equality between men and women. If half of the society is oppressed by the other half, it's not fine.
Here [in the USA], you have the best laws for freedom of expression.
The problem is that expression can be bought by people who don't want you have it. Apparently, true patriotism destroys freedom of expression.
When you make a book or you make a movie, it is almost like hitting on somebody.
It's not because you want to seduce people that you will seduce them; you can hit on somebody and it doesn't work. But when you hit on them and it works, then it's really cool.
I am absolutely not a feminist, I am against stupidity, and if it comes from males or females, it doesn't change anything. If it means that women and men, they are equal, then OK, certainly I am a feminist.
You know, they say in France that translation is like a woman: she is either beautiful or faithful.
In any case, it's the cowardice of people like you who give dictators the chance to install themselves!
I don't think of myself as a rebel; I just say what I think.
The way that you remember your life, it's never linear.
You have flashes of different moments of your life, and the flashes aren't equal; they have different styles.
It's true that, in Iran, women have half of the rights men do.
And yet 66 per cent of students are women.