"We were raised in an Italian-American household, although we didn't speak Italian in the house. We were very proud of being Italian, and had Italian music, ate Italian food."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Francis Ford Coppola on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Francis Ford Coppola on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Francis Ford Coppola on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Francis Ford Coppola on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Francis Ford Coppola on Ray Charles
"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."
"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."