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Ben Affleck Quotes

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Ben Affleck quotes: the actor and filmmaker’s famous sayings.

“The value of work, and of always learning something new, and what it takes to achieve excellence.  I really believe in those things that you have to dedicate yourself and spend time, that excellence is elusive.  It’s a little maddening, to try to have that level of discipline in your life, and I don’t succeed all the time.  But I do try.”

“It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen.  All that matters is that you gotta get up.”

“I’ve learned to think, ‘I may succeed or fail, but I’m going to do so on the merit of my own instincts.'”

“I try new things and give myself permission to fail and experiment because only that way can you get really successful.”

“I’ve got to work really hard and I know exactly what I’ve achieved because I know how hard I’ve worked, and I make sure to work as hard as I absolutely possibly can, because I know that’s the only shot I have at being successful.”

“I’ve seen high and lows.  When things go well that doesn’t make me feel like some genius.  Nor will I allow the next disappointment to make me feel like a complete failure.”

“It’s much nicer to be praised than to be damned.  But you have to have a certain sense of your own priorities and ideas about what works and what doesn’t because otherwise, if you’re just looking for eternal validation all the time, you can be motivated by the wrong things and I don’t think it’s as personally satisfying in your own work.”

“When you are in your 20s and you’re not married with kids, you’re having fun.  But when you’re in your 30s and you’re not married and don’t have kids, you begin to develop a Peter Pan complex.  As you grow older, you have more responsibilities and you have to step up to them.”

“There’s a lot of romance to sort of living by your own rules and sort of not subscribing to what society tells you to do, but society pushes back pretty strongly, so there’s a lot of compromise that goes with that.”

“I have a lot of influences.  You’re basically the sum of all the experiences you’ve ever had, and they’re sort of shaken up in you and reproduced in the things you create.”

“I really think that everybody would like to be an actor.  Why wouldn’t they?  It’s great work if you can get it.  The one thing that prevents most people from saying, ‘I’m just gonna go to Hollywood!’ is that it seems unrealistic.”

“No matter what you’re doing, if you’re trying to make a movie, you need to be working with people that are really good and who make you better.”

“A sale is made on every call you make.  Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can’t.  Either way a sale is made; the only question is: ‘Who is gonna close?'”

“You have to be kind to people.  Treat them decently.  There’s no excuse to not.”

“My mother taught public school, went to Harvard and then got her master’s there and taught fifth and sixth grade in a public school.  My dad had a more working-class lifestyle.  He didn’t go to college.  He was an auto mechanic and a bartender and a janitor at Harvard.”

“No matter how much you change, you still got to pay the price for the things you’ve done.”

“All I do, really, is go to work and try to be professional, be on time and be prepared.”

“When I look up at the screen and see myself I always have to laugh.  Not because I think I’m doing a horrible job, quite the contrary.  I just feel it’s so surreal to feel like one person can entertain so many at one time.”

“No actor forgets the times he couldn’t get a job. I think everyone doing this operates from that fear.  You don’t want that momentum to stop when you get it.”

“I just feel like sometimes I’m a force to be dealt with.  My talents are sometimes overused and also sometimes underused.  It’s not easy being me.”

“But when I felt like I had something to prove, then I got up early every morning and worked all day long.  I didn’t know if I had any more talent than anyone else directing, but I knew I could work hard at it, and so I did.”

“Memories, all those little experiences make up the fabric of our lives and on balance, I wouldn’t want to erase any of them, tempting though it may be.”

“There is currency to celebrity, or celebrity is a currency.  You can spend it in a lot of ways, or you can squander it.  You can be taxed, as well.  I really started thinking long and hard about how to use that currency as long as I had it.”

“Anybody tells you that money is the root of all evil doesn’t have any.”

“They say money can’t buy happiness?  Look at the smile on my face.  Ear to ear, baby!”

“It’s important for me to try my hand at philanthropy because I want to leave behind a record of someone who did more than just gobble up stuff for themselves.  I realized that a life lived for yourself is not much of a life.”

“I find forgiveness to be really healthy.”

“My professional success is really important to me, and my career is really important to me.  It’s the most important thing to me outside of my family.  I take it very seriously and work really, really hard at it.  Family comes first, but this is something that’s really important to me too.”

“Sure, I suffered a lot.  But it’s not like the end of the world and it’s not who I am.  I lead quite a pleasant life and I’m able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.”

“I’m human, just like anybody else.”

“I feel better about my life every day.  My kids get older.  My life is very rich and full of wonderful things.  I’ve been very lucky, career-wise.”

“I kinda see my current position like this: here’s your five minutes in the toy store, so you gotta do all the good movies you can before Chuck Woolery rings the bell.”

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