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.
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 gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
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.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.
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.
I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
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.
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.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
you've just finished reading some famous James Dean words!