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Roberto Benigni quotes

I could have made a small film and kept all the money from 'Life is Beautiful'. Instead, I spent more money than I had on 'Pinocchio', a very risky film.

When we talk to somebody and we want to be nice or polite or show our more beautiful side, we try to use the best words that we know. This is what poets are doing. They are cleaning the words, they are inventing the sentiments, they are giving us a way to communicate.

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.

My duty is to try to reach beauty. Cinema is emotion. When you laugh you cry.

I do not think the American peoples are idiots. They are a very playful and sensitive people! I know them!

The exquisite truth is to believe in something that maybe you know is a fiction, but you believe in it willingly.

Dante Alighieri is a universal poet, and great creators, they are writing for everybody always. Every single verse is very moving, and the beauty - if we don't understand, we just stay listening to the sound and it's like hearing music.

Fellini and Bunuel changed my life for me, they are my favourites. If it is true that movies are dreams, both of them, Fellini and Bunuel were shooting in a dream way.

The most important thing is to continue to be yourself. The day after the Oscars, you have to get on with your life. To be honest and true to yourself.

My mother brought me magicians and witches, because I was very ugly, really revolting. So she thought somebody had put a spell on me - this is the truth - so she made me drink some horrible terrifying potions, for year.

I remember in the circus learning that the clown was the prince, the high prince. I always thought that the high prince was the lion or the magician, but the clown is the most important.

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.

The first movie I saw - and I don't know if it influenced me - was Ben Hur. We watched it outside in a corn field, and it ran backwards, so the first movie I ever saw was Ben Hur backwards.

When I first saw a Fellini movie, I came out of the movie theatre and decided to become a lawyer! I thought to myself, it's impossible to make something so beautiful!

Fellini belongs to nature.

For me, Fellini was like a watermelon. It is there. A watermelon cannot die.

I would like to thank my parents in Vergaio, a little village in Italy. They gave me the biggest gift: poverty.

Maybe sometimes I have been wrong with some movies. Anyway, I try to do my best.

My mother and my father went to the cinema for the first time when I made my first movie in 1978.

Stanley Kubrick is one of the geniuses of this century.