Martin Scorsese quote

"I think when you're young and have that first burst of energy and make five or six pictures in a row that tell the stories of all the things in life you want to say... well, maybe those are the films that should have won me the Oscar."

Martin Scorsese

Born: November 17, 1942

Occupation: Film director

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And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.

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Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.

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If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant?

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If I'm not complaining, I'm not having a good time, hah hah!

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I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

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It seems to me that any sensible person must see that violence does not change the world and if it does, then only temporarily.

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It's interesting that these themes of crime and political corruption are always relevant.

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Death comes in a flash, and that's the truth of it, the person's gone in less than 24 frames of film.

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Howard Hughes was this visionary who was obsessed with speed and flying like a god... I loved his idea of what filmmaking was.

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I happen to like vampires more than zombies.

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People have to start talking to know more about other cultures and to understand each other.

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When I'm making a film, I'm the audience.

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Food tells you everything about the way people live and who they are.

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I didn't realize there are generations who do not know about the origins of film.

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Popular music formed the soundtrack of my life.

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Sometimes when you're heavy into the shooting or editing of a picture, you get to the point where you don't know if you could ever do it again.

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There are times when you have to face your enemies, sit down and deal with it.

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You don't make pictures for Oscars.

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I'd like to do a number of films. Westerns. Genre pieces. Maybe another film about Italian Americans where they're not gangsters, just to prove that not all Italians are gangsters.

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All my life, I never really felt comfortable anywhere in New York, except maybe in an apartment somewhere.

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Eradicating a religion of kindness is, I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to attempt.

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Film in the 20th century, it's the American art form, like jazz.

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I always say that I've been in a bad mood for maybe 35 years now. I try to lighten it up, but that's what comes out when you get me on camera.

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I can't really envision a time when I'm not shooting something.

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I do know that some Buddhists are able to attain peace of mind.

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I don't like being in houses alone.

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I don't think there's a subject matter that can't absorb 3-D; that can't tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique.

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I go through periods, usually when I'm editing and shooting, of seeing only old films.

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I grew up in the Lower East Side, an Italian American - more Sicilian, actually.

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I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.

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I still dislike phones, yeah!

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I was born in 1942, so I was mainly aware of Howard Hughes' name on RKO Radio Pictures.

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I'm very phobic about flying, but I'm also drawn to it.

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I've been to North Africa many times.

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I've seen many, many movies over the years, and there are only a few that suddenly inspire you so much that you want to continue to make films.

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If everything moves along and there are no major catastrophes we're basically headed towards holograms.

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More personal films, you could make them, but your budgets would be cut down.

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My working-class Italian-American parents didn't go to school, there were no books in the house.

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Zombies, what are you going to do with them? Just keep chopping them up, shooting at them, shooting at them.

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You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.

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Your job is to get your audience to care about your obsessions.

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