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39 Famous Quotes By Marjane Satrapi, The Author Of Persepolis

Famous As: Graphic Novelist Known for Her Works 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums'
Born On: November 22, 1969
Born In: Rasht, Iran
Marjane Satrapi is a French graphic novelist, originally from Iran, who specializes in children’s book and comics. Some of the most notable works of Satrapi include ‘Chicken with Plums’, ‘The Voices’, ‘Persepolis’ and ‘Embroideries’. Besides being a writer, she is also a renowned director and filmmaker. She has been honored with severalaccolades such as Angoulême Best Comic Book Award, Cinema for Peace Award and Gat Perich Award. The release of “Persepolis” was the watershed moment in her narrative career. Her work was based on graphic memoir which illustrated the dark times which were prevalent in her native country during the Iranian Revolution. She was regarded much more of an artist than a writer, who painted the words from her imaginations. Satrapi also threw light on the political and religious turmoil which plagued her country.  She maintained that she didn’t think of herself as a rebel but an extrovert and the same is revealed in her sayings and thoughts. Here are few notable quotes and thoughts by Marjane Satrapi on humor, adult, memoir, identity, freedom, laughter, oppression, misfortune, repression, hijab, womanhood, religion, fear, dictatorship, revolution and oppression.
Life is too short to be lived badly.

Life is too short to be lived badly.

Marjane Satrapi
To speak behind others' backs is the ventilator of the heart.

To speak behind others' backs is the ventilator of the heart.

Marjane Satrapi
It's fear that makes us lose our conscience. It's also what transforms us into cowards.

It's fear that makes us lose our conscience. It's also what transforms us into cowards.

Marjane Satrapi
One can forgive but one should never forget.

One can forgive but one should never forget.

Marjane Satrapi
Nothing's worse than saying goodbye. It's a little like dying.

Nothing's worse than saying goodbye. It's a little like dying.

Marjane Satrapi
I had learned that you should always shout louder than your aggressor.

I had learned that you should always shout louder than your aggressor.

Marjane Satrapi
We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.

We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.

Marjane Satrapi
When we're afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression.

When we're afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression.

Marjane Satrapi
You know, they say in France that translation is like a woman: she is either beautiful or faithful.

You know, they say in France that translation is like a woman: she is either beautiful or faithful.

Marjane Satrapi
Saying goodbye is a little like dying.

Saying goodbye is a little like dying.

Marjane Satrapi
Life is absolutely unbearable. And we're going to die.

Life is absolutely unbearable. And we're going to die.

Marjane Satrapi
In every religion, you find the same extremists.

In every religion, you find the same extremists.

Marjane Satrapi
In any case, it's the cowardice of people like you who give dictators the chance to install themselves!

In any case, it's the cowardice of people like you who give dictators the chance to install themselves!

Marjane Satrapi
Culture and education are the lethal weapons against all kinds of fundamentalism.

Culture and education are the lethal weapons against all kinds of fundamentalism.

Marjane Satrapi
I was a westerner in Iran, an Iranian in the West. I had no identity. I didn't even know anymore why I was living.

I was a westerner in Iran, an Iranian in the West. I had no identity. I didn't even know anymore why I was living.

Marjane Satrapi
Teacher: What do you want to be when you grow up? 
Marji: I'll be a prophet.

Teacher: What do you want to be when you grow up? Marji: I'll be a prophet.

Marjane Satrapi
We found ourselves veiled and separated from our friends.

We found ourselves veiled and separated from our friends.

Marjane Satrapi
Oh my!! How you've grown. Soon you'll be catching the Lord's balls.

Oh my!! How you've grown. Soon you'll be catching the Lord's balls.

Marjane Satrapi
I realized then that I didn't understand anything. I read all the books I could.

I realized then that I didn't understand anything. I read all the books I could.

Marjane Satrapi
Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.

Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.

Marjane Satrapi
I finally understood what my grandmother meant. If I wasn't comfortable with myself, I would never be comfortable.

I finally understood what my grandmother meant. If I wasn't comfortable with myself, I would never be comfortable.

Marjane Satrapi
I want to be justice, love and the wrath of God all in one.

I want to be justice, love and the wrath of God all in one.

Marjane Satrapi
Whether this tale be true or false, none can tell, for none were there to witness it themselves.

Whether this tale be true or false, none can tell, for none were there to witness it themselves.

Marjane Satrapi
The revolution is like a bicycle. When the wheels don't turn, it falls.

The revolution is like a bicycle. When the wheels don't turn, it falls.

Marjane Satrapi
Certainly, they'd had to endure the war, but they had each other close by. They had never known the confusion of being a third-worlder, they had always a home!

Certainly, they'd had to endure the war, but they had each other close by. They had never known the confusion of being a third-worlder, they had always a home!

Marjane Satrapi
I had so many professions before. I didn't want to do this particularly. It just happened.

I had so many professions before. I didn't want to do this particularly. It just happened.

Marjane Satrapi
Is religion defending our physical integrity or is it just opposed to fashion?

Is religion defending our physical integrity or is it just opposed to fashion?

Marjane Satrapi
Prosperity consists of two things: tea after a meal, and a cigarette after tea.

Prosperity consists of two things: tea after a meal, and a cigarette after tea.

Marjane Satrapi
One must educate oneself

One must educate oneself

Marjane Satrapi
Love is the opposite of good sense.

Love is the opposite of good sense.

Marjane Satrapi
The key to wisdom is doubt!

The key to wisdom is doubt!

Marjane Satrapi
Life hangs from so slender a thread. Life is but a sigh...

Life hangs from so slender a thread. Life is but a sigh...

Marjane Satrapi
War always takes you by surprise.

War always takes you by surprise.

Marjane Satrapi
To each his own way of calming down.

To each his own way of calming down.

Marjane Satrapi
That day I learned something essential: We can only fell sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable...once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.

That day I learned something essential: We can only fell sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable...once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.

Marjane Satrapi
The Germans sell chemical weapons to Iran and Iraq. The wounded are then sent to Germany to be treated. Veritable human guinea pigs.

The Germans sell chemical weapons to Iran and Iraq. The wounded are then sent to Germany to be treated. Veritable human guinea pigs.

Marjane Satrapi
Cuando entr en su habitacin estaba llorando... No pertenecamos a la misma clase social, pero al menos estabamos en la misma cama

Cuando entr en su habitacin estaba llorando... No pertenecamos a la misma clase social, pero al menos estabamos en la misma cama

Marjane Satrapi
It's not disgusting, that little skin that hangs?

It's not disgusting, that little skin that hangs?" "The foreskin? No, it's okay. I think that generally speaking , a dick isn't really photogenic." "I quite agree.

Marjane Satrapi