Here’s a selection of James Dean Quotes, covering topics such as tattoos, rebels without a cause, life and love.
We really hope you enjoy these quotes and that they give you something to think about.
I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re goin’, and hook up with them later.
You’re tearing me apart!.
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. In the short span of his lifetime, an actor must learn all there is to know, experience all there is to experience, or approach that state as closely as possible. He must be superhuman in his efforts to store away in the core of his subconscious everything that he might be called upon to use in the expression of his art.
To my way of thinking, an actor’s course is set even before he’s out of the cradle.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
You are who you are meant to be. Dance as if no one’s watching. Love as if it’s all you know. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
At times there seems to be a million ideas worth painting. However, there are days when it’s a challenge to pull any idea together. On these days I go to my studio, leaf through an art history book, and tell myself that I am part of this great tradition.
If I can keep this up and nothing interferes with my progress, one of these days I might be able to contribute something to the world.
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.
Vis-à-vis vom club >leon&eddis< ... Der reinste wahnsinn! ich vernehme in der tiefe der nacht das monotone schlagen der tamburins, sinnlich und suggestiv, tätowierte körper und visionen von orgien spuken mir im hirn. Geruch nach gin und bier für neunzig cent, ich fühle eine schmerzhafte starre in mir. Ich höre, wie das publikum tobt und einer tänzerin zujubelt, die es mit ihren aufreizenden lasziven bewegungen in ihren bann zieht.. Schweiß rinnt überall an ihr herunter und die schicke gesellschaft in den ersten reihen lässt sich keinen tropfen davon entgehen. Der gipfel des widerwärtigen. Es ist halb sieben uhr früh... Die zweite schublade von unten, zu meiner linken, birgt eine kollektion suggestiver bilder. Zeichnungen und fotos. Das ist meine comedia divida... Ich würde dir gerne von schöneren dingen erzählen. Aber man muss die realität ohne illusion sehen, nicht? alles, was ich hier geschrieben habe, ist wahr. Es ist schwierig für mich. Ich fühle mich allein. Entschuldige. Ich fühle mich allein.
Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse.
There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are impaled on the crook of conditioning. A fish that is in the water has no choice that he is. Genius would have it that we swim in sand. We are fish and we drown.
The only way to make a scene realistic is to do it the way you know it would really happen.
I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day.
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
No pretendo ser el mejor. Únicamente quiero volar tan alto que nadie pueda alcanzarme. No para demostrar nada, sólo quiero llegar a donde se llega cuando entregas tu vida entera y todo lo que eres a una única cosa.
There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
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.
I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
Remember: Life is short, break the rules
My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
I don’t want anything seventy-thirty. Fifty-fifty’s always good enough for me. I don’t want to have to give anybody seventy; I don’t want anybody to give me seventy. I want fifty.
If you’re not afraid, if you take everything you are, everything worthwhile in you and direct it at one goal, one ultimate mark, you’ve got to get there.
Racing is the only time I feel whole.
I’m a serious-minded and intense little devil – terribly gauche and so tense that I don’t see how people can stay in the same room as me. I know I couldn’t tolerate myself.
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. So the director’s task is just that – to direct, to point the way. Then the actor takes over. And he must be allowed the space, the freedom to express himself in the role. Without that space, an actor is no more than an unthinking robot with a chest-full of push-buttons.
Am I in love? Absolutely. I’m in love with ancient philosophers, foreign painters, classic authors, and musicians who have died long ago. I’m a passionate lover. I fawn over these people. I have given them my heart and my soul. The trouble is, I’m unable to love anyone tangible. I have sacrificed a physical bond, for a metaphysical relationship. I am the ultimate idealistic lover.
I don’t have to explain anything to anybody.
I’m not going to go through life with one arm tied behind my back.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.
If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.
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.
Whatever’s inside making me what I am, it’s like film. Film only works in the dark. Tear it all open and let in the light and you kill it.
Take it easy driving– the life you save may be mine.
Death can’t be considered because, if you’re afraid to die, there’s no room in your life to make discoveries.
The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
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.
I think there is only one form of greatness for man. If a man can bridge the gap between life and death. I mean, if he can live on after he has died, then maybe he was a great man. To me the only success, the only greatness, is immortality.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Remember: Life is short, break the rules (they were made to be broken) Forgive quickly, kiss slowly Love truly, laugh uncontrollably And never regret anything that makes you smile. The clouds are lined with silver and the glass is half full (though the answers won’t be found at the bottom) Don’t sweat the small stuff, You are who you are meant to be, Dance as if no one’s watching, Love as if it’s all you know, Dream as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die today
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
I can’t let in the light.it will destroy my performance like light destroys film.
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world is discovery.
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.
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.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.
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.
The only greatness for man is immortality.
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.
If I had one day when I didn’t have to be all confused and didn’t have to feel that I was ashamed of everything. If I felt that I belonged someplace. You know?
Reality doesn’t have any preconceived ideas. You’ve got to learn how to smoke the cigarette, not act smoking the cigarette. You need to drink the drink, not act drinking the drink. You’ve got to do things and not show them.
How can you measure acting in inches?
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.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
An actor should be judged by his performance only.
It was an accident, although I’ve been involved in some kind of theatrical function or other since I was a child – in school, music, athletics. 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 my way of thinking, an actor’s course is set even before he’s out of the cradle.