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About Marjane Satrapi
Marjane Satrapi (born 22 November 1969) is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director, and children’s book author.
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The first writing of the human being was drawing, not writing. Marjane Satrapi
I don’t want to quit smoking. I am convinced that if I quit smoking, the world would go to hell. Marjane Satrapi
Smoking kills you, but life kills you, and if you don’t want to die, go into a freezer when you are born and nothing will happen to you. Marjane Satrapi
The real war is not between the West and the East. The real war is between intelligent and stupid people. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
I don’t think of myself as a rebel; I just say what I think. Marjane Satrapi
I have my dark side. You have your dark side. From the second that we have a brain, there are things that are not right – we are human beings with all these illusions and complexes and everything. That’s attractive to me. Marjane Satrapi
Death, torture and prison are part of daily life for the youth of Iran. They are not like us, my friends and I at their age; they are not scared. They are not what we were. They hold hands and scream: ‘Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid! We are together!’ They understand that no one will give them their rights; they must go get them. Marjane Satrapi
I think that all stories – if you make movies about zombies and aliens – it has always to do with your personal story. If not directly, it is about your fears, your obsessions, things like that. Marjane Satrapi
In the West, people don’t have any real problems. It’s all based on bad conscience, a very Christian notion. I don’t have any bad conscience. If there’s a God that created us, if I am bad, it’s his fault. Marjane Satrapi
You know, I’m a really individualistic person. I’m extremely narcissistic and egocentric, too. So I have one life, and I have to live it the way I want. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
I’m very open and never write what I’m going to say. Speeches bore everybody else. I have to freestyle. Every time, from one program to another, everything changes and I improvise. Marjane Satrapi
Graphic novels are not traditional literature, but that does not mean they are second-rate. Images are a way of writing. When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw, it seems a shame to choose one. I think it’s better to do both. Marjane Satrapi
Anything that has a relationship with pleasure, we reject it. Eating, they talk about cholesterol; making love, they talk about AIDS; you talk about smoking, they talk about cancer. It’s a very sick society that rejects pleasure. Marjane Satrapi
Life is complex. You don’t have any person who is nice from the beginning until the end. You don’t always have the notion of redemption. The bad people don’t always pay. Marjane Satrapi
It’s cinematographic to smoke. Imagine Lauren Bacall without a cigarette. Marjane Satrapi
I’m a very individualistic person. That is why I don’t belong to any political party or anything. I really believe in justice and freedom. Marjane Satrapi
I had two major activities as a child. I was trying to put on shows with kids in my street, or I was drawing. Actually, what I’m doing now is exactly what I was doing then. Either I’m drawing, or I’m gathering people for a common project. The only difference is that now they are paying me for that. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
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. Marjane Satrapi
I don’t make a career plan. I take things the way they come. Marjane Satrapi
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