James Dean Quotes

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

“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.” /blockquote>
You are who you are meant

“I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world is discovery.”

“Remember: Life is short, break the rules”

“My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.”

“Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably.”

Forgive quickly, kiss slowly,

“Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse.”

“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.”

“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 then…”

“The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”

The gratification comes

“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 don’t have to explain anything to anybody.”

“Take it easy driving– the life you save may be mine.”

“Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.”

Being a good actor isn't easy.

“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.”

“Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.”

“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”

“The only greatness for man is immortality.”

The only greatness for man

“I’m not going to go through life with one arm tied behind my back.”

“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.”

“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.”

“My fun days are over.”

My fun days are over

“I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.”

“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.”

“Racing is the only time I feel whole.”

“What better way to die? It’s fast and clean and you go out in a blaze of glory.”

What better way to die

“I can’t let in the light.It will destroy my performance like light destroys film”

“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.”

“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.”

“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 me, acting is the most

“What do we need all that for?”If a picture is psychologically motivated, if there is truth in the relationship in it, then I think that picture will do good. I firmly believe Rebel Without A Cause is such a picture.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

Being an actor is the loneliest

“An actual right is something that governments need merely to secure, not to implement.”

“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.”

“You’re tearing me apart!”

“There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

“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.”