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Quotes from Cinema Paradiso

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    • [after informed about the arrival of the new non-combustible film]
    • Alfredo: Progress always comes late.
    • Alfredo: Living here day by day, you think it's the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything's changed. The thread's broken. What you came to find isn't there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time... many years... before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It's not possible. Right now you're blinder than I am.
    • Salvatore: Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
    • Alfredo: No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it's all me. Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder.
    • Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult: Elena, perhaps in the future we could...
    • Elena Mendola - Adult, Director's cut only: No, Salvaotre, there is no future. There is only the past. Even last night's encounter was just a dream. A wonderful dream. When we were young, we never did it. Do you remember? Now that it has happened, I can't imagine a better ending.
    • Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult: I'll never agree with you. Never.
    • [to Elena]
    • Alfredo: Out of the fire of love come ashes. Even the greatest love eventually fizzles out.
    • Alfredo: Get out of here! Go back to Rome. You're young and the world is yours. I'm old. I don't want to hear you talk anymore. I want to hear others talking about you. Don't come back. Don't think about us. Don't look back. Don't write. Don't give in to nostalgia. Forget us all. If you do and you come back, don't come see me. I won't let you in my house. Understand?
    • Salvatore: Thank you. For everything you've done for me.
    • Alfredo: Whatever you end up doing, love it. The way you loved the projection booth when you were a little squirt.
    • [first lines]
    • [in Italian]
    • [on the phone]
    • Maria Di Vita - Older: Yes, Salvatore di Vita. You mean you don't know him, Miss? That's right, and I'm his mother. I've been calling from Sicily, all day long. I understand, he's not there.
    • Man In Cinema: I'll make mince meat out of you!
    • [last lines]
    • Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult: Yes, of course. We'll talk later.
    • Alfredo: And the next time be careful how you talk. Not to take credit away from the Lord, but if I had created the world, in all modesty, certain things would have come out better. But unfortunately such was not the case.
    • Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult: Salvatore, forgive me. I'll explain later what happened. Not finding you here was terrible. Unfortunately, this evening, my mother and I are leaving for Tuscany. We're moving there. But you' re the only one I love, I'll never be with anybody else, I promise. Here's the address of a girlfriend of mine where you can write to me. Don't abandon me. Love and kisses, Elena.
    • Alfredo: I choose my friends for their looks, my enemies for their intelligence
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