James Stewart Quotes

“Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it’s contagious.” ~ James Stewart

“I think one day youll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for.” ~ James Stewart

“Having friends around for a pleasant evening is one of life’s most cherished joys as far as I am concerned. But when those with me are fellow believers, how much greater that joy is, for we know that it’s rekindled, one day in eternity.” ~ James Stewart

Having friends around for a

“I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella too.” ~ James Stewart

“You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks. Always be yourself.” ~ James Stewart

“The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life’s difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown.” ~ James Stewart

“I have my own rules and adhere to them. The rule is simple but inflexible. A James Stewart picture must have two vital ingredients. It will be clean and it will involve the triumph of the underdog over the bully.” ~ James Stewart

I have my own rules and adhere

“The great thing about the movies … is-you’re giving people little … tiny pieces of time … that they never forget.” ~ James Stewart

“You must be oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant…and you may quote me.” ~ James Stewart

“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.” ~ James Stewart

“It may sound corny, but what’s wrong with wanting to fight for your country. Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?” ~ James Stewart

It may sound corny, but

“Learn from the masters, learn from your contemporaries. Always try to update yourself.” ~ James Stewart

“Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight.” ~ James Stewart

“I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.” ~ James Stewart

“You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.” ~ James Stewart

You know, people seldom go

“Champagne’s funny stuff. I’m used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back, and champagne’s a heavy mist before my eyes.” ~ James Stewart

“To the man who prays habitually (not only when he feels like it-that is one of the snares of religion-but also when he does not feel like it) Christ is sure to make Himself real.” ~ James Stewart

“The problem of evil is raised more often by spectators of life than the actual combatants. You will hardly ever find that the great sufferers are the great skeptics.” ~ James Stewart

“Frank called me one day and said, ‘I have an idea for a movie, why don’t you come over and I’ll tell you?’ So I went over and we sat down and he said, ‘This picture starts in heaven’. That shook me.” ~ James Stewart

Frank called me one day and

“I sort of got into Westerns… It was a sort of desperation move, really. I had several pictures that didn’t go very well, and I just realised that I would have to try something else.” ~ James Stewart

“When it came to kissing, Harlow was the best.” ~ James Stewart

“We all look the same with our helmets on.” ~ James Stewart

“It’s much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you’re withdrawing – you tear the ceiling off – that’s much easier than it is to come in and say, ‘Hello.’ Or, ‘I love you’. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn’t as difficult.” ~ James Stewart

It's much easier, for example,

“I don’t need other people. I don’t need help. I can take care of me.” ~ James Stewart

“I lasted one night. They said my playing spoiled people’s appetites.” ~ James Stewart

“Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.” ~ James Stewart

“After age 70, it’s patch, patch, patch.” ~ James Stewart

After age 70, it's patch,

“It’s well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show.” ~ James Stewart

“Mr. Hitchcock did not say actors are cattle. He said they should be treated like cattle.” ~ James Stewart

“I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets.” ~ James Stewart

“It was amazing that a play that seems dated in this world… A man whose best friend is a six-foot white rabbit… But it caught on, especially with young people – they surprised me most of all.” ~ James Stewart

It was amazing that a play

“I’d like to do Harvey again. I did it two years ago with Helen Hayes in New York. It was a joy. I was so glad to do it again because I never thought I did it right the first time.” ~ James Stewart

“My dogs have never been good at things like “sit,” “stay,” or even “come.” I think that we’ve given the tourists a few laughs, especially when the dogs hit the end of their leashes hard enough to drag Gloria down the street.” ~ James Stewart

“If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had; their comradeship, loyalty, and physical courage.” ~ James Stewart

If a western is a good western,

“I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said, ‘Who’s that?’ But this got me started in acting.” ~ James Stewart

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