"I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9. I always wanted to be a guard. The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard. When I got polio and then went back to school, they made me a guard. A teacher took away my guard button."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Francis Ford Coppola on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Francis Ford Coppola on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Francis Ford Coppola on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Francis Ford Coppola on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Francis Ford Coppola on Mark Twain
"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."
"I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing."
"Listen, if there's one sure-fire rule that I have learned in this business, it's that I don't know anything about human nature."
"I'm no longer dependent on the movie business to make a living. So if I want to make movies as other old guys would play golf, I can."
"They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family."