Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse.
Take it easy driving" the life you save may be mine.
If a man can bridge the gap between life and death,if he can live after he's died, then maybe he was a great man. Immortality is the only true success.
Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.
I can't let in the light.It will destroy my performance like light destroys film.
An actor should be judged by his performance only.
I'm a serious-minded and intense little devil, terribly gauche and so tense I don't see how people stay in the same room with me. I know I wouldn't tolerate myself.
The cinema is a very truthful medium because the camera doesn't let you get away with anything. On stage, you can even loaf a little, if you're so inclined.
My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
Death can't be considered because, if you're afraid to die, there's no room in your life to make discoveries.
You can do 'Hamlet' while performing cartwheels... as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.
But you can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds.
Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.
The only greatness for man is immortality.
When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.
Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me.
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.
I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day.
Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too.
You try to be yourself, do only what you've always done and like to do, and right away, you're tagged as an oddball.
To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet.
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
Racing is the only time I feel whole.
I used to help my granddaddy make sausage. He would mix it up in a cleaned-out washtub with his hands, no gloves. Man, if we did anything like that today, they would jack the jail up and throw us under it.
Somebody said he came from New Orleans, where he got in a fight over a Cajun queen. And a crushing blow from a huge right hand, sent a Louisiana fella to the Promised Land.
A lot of things I am, and a lot of things I am not. But I think I'm about as good an American as there is. I love this country. It's been very, very good to me. And it will be good to anybody if they are willing to give of themselves.
I won't go hunting with you, Jake, but I'll go chasing women.
God is bigger than people think.
I've seen so many people in this business that made a fortune. They get old and broke and can't make any money. I tell you something... no one's going to play a benefit for Jimmy Dean.
I made more money yesterday than I ever thought I'd make in an entire lifetime. But it's like somebody's going to take it all away from me and I'll be back in Texas, installing them damned irrigation wells. I didn't like that when I was sixteen. And I know I wouldn't like it when I'm eighty.
Be yourself. Because if people don't like you as you are, they're not going to like you as somebody you're trying to be.