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Alec Baldwin Quotes

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Alec Baldwin quotes: shareable stuff from the SNL star.

“If you are passionate and truthful, you find success.”

“Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most and believe in it the longest.  We’re gonna believe.”

“People don’t understand this: if you want to have a really good shot at succeeding, there are doors you have to slam in people’s faces and say, ‘This is my priority, and you can’t depend on me to help you.'”

“I must be responsible, reliable, and… oh, don’t tell me… really useful.  I knew that!”

“Ambition is the willingness to kill the things you love and eat them to survive.”

“Once you abandon your instincts and begin polling people people about your choices, once you attempt to reshape yourself into someone you are not, it affects nearly every decision you make.”

“You can be someone running… who is just a soaring leader of people.  But if you don’t have the finances down, you’re going to have a problem.”

“You have a lot of optimism when you are young.”

“Some days you’re the kid with the stick, some days you’re the piñata.”

“I believe that things change only when we are truly ready for the change.  We come to a situation or event that could be a great turning point in our lives having been prepared by both adversity and hope.  And then, if you let it, the future just opens like a flower.”

Business doesn’t get me down.  Business gets me off.”

“America is competitive.  We compete with each other every day.”

“One of the truest things to commit to is your own nature.”

“There’s three things: there’s masculinity, there’s intelligence, there’s sensitivity.  You’ve got to bring those three things to a leading man’s role: masculinity, sensitivity, intelligence.  In some people, there’s a little too much in the mix of one or the other.”

“Everybody I’ve ever worked with—99.9% of the time, I’ve had a successful or very agreeable experience with.”

“You’ve got to see someone at their worst and ask yourself if you can handle it.”

“My life, in some ways, has been a half-measure.  I didn’t commit myself all the way to my marriage and family, because I would have given up more.  And I didn’t go all the way with just being completely selfish.  I always wonder where my career would be if I was more selfish.”

“There’s a way I could have done things differently.  I know that.  If I offended anyone along the way, I do apologize.”

“When you’re with someone, you want everything to be great.  And that’s the pressure that you put on, and what you just can’t do.”

“We need more participation, so when I see someone like Trump, I go, ‘You know something?  Good for him.’  I may not support him, but let him run.”

“Books make great gifts because you don’t have to plug them in.”

“Never go with a hippie to a second location.”

“I do admire Willie Wonka.  He’s a true capitalist.  His factory has zero government regulations, slave labor and an indoor boat.  Wonderful.”

“I’m the kind of person who does not want to be anywhere that I’m not wanted.”

“I think I’m just like a lot of people who had nothing.  We had to amuse ourselves, so we had to become amusing.”

“My brothers and I grew up in a time where talking, storytelling, telling jokes was sometimes all you had.  It wasn’t like today, with so many options and portability.”

“High school was a blur of wanting things I couldn’t have and missing the wonderful moments right in front of me.”

“I was in college in Washington, D.C.—I did three years full-time.  I did all my requirements, and my senior year was really a gut year.  And I said, ‘Law school will always be there.’  I was in no hurry to get right into that.”

“When I told my parents, ‘I’m going to be an actor,’ they screamed and wept and freaked out.”

“I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people.  Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience’s approval whether you deserve it or not.”

“To be in this business and have tremendous integrity and only make distinguished choices is very tough.”

“I was a guy who grew up with no money and no special qualities.  When you become successful in this business and you’ve got a lot of money, it’s a very potent blend.”

“I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after we’re done, then the rest of the time is mine.”

“Success begets success.  I’ve been offered a lot of movies now that 30 Rock has been successful.”

“We all have that moment when we think, ‘Hand me that Oscar now—you don’t even have to have the ceremony.'”

“I don’t get acting jobs because of my looks.  Let’s face facts, this is visual medium, there’s a very high premium put on people who are good-looking.  But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble.  You certainly don’t make a career out of that anymore.”

“For better or ill, I was very heavily influenced by men I knew who always dressed formally.”

“When I’m not working, I dress like a surfer.  I look like I’m going to come into your house and clean your pool.”

“In the film business, when you’re young, you just want to work.  But when you’re older, it has more to do with who’s involved with the project… who you’re going to get in the boat with.”

“I think about how much I used to work and how much I used to make that the priority.”

“When I am sitting home, and I am happy and I have my TV show and I don’t need to work and I’m married now and I like to be in line by my pool with my yoga instructor wife and eating fruit and taking in the sun, then life is good.”

“Everything I do is about my kids and wife and how we can all be together.”

“I wanted to be president of the United States.  I really did.  The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems.”

“I think the older I’ve gotten the more, like most people, my appreciation shifts towards things that are very difficult, where you see people who have put in tremendous hours and hours of commitment.”

“I think I do want to go into politics.  I really, really do.  And I don’t know if I will.  Looking at Obama, I imagine the president saying to himself, ‘Wow, this isn’t what I thought it was going to be.’  You’ve got to put up with all this sh*t.  If I want to run, run for what?  You have to stop and ask a lot of whys.  Run for the glory?  Run to complete some missing piece of myself?  I can keep doing what I’m doing for a living now and be perfectly happy.”

“I never thought of myself as a wealthy person.  I’ve thought of myself as a person who has had a lot of luck.  I don’t have the same stress that other people have, but there are too many things I could have done differently if wealth was what I was after.  If I was all about money, I would have lived in L.A.”

“You ask me if I have a God complex?  Let me tell you something: I am God.”

“I want the same thing everybody else wants.  I want a happy home, and for the first time in my adult life, I have one.  I don’t want that to change in any way.”

“You know life—there is no pause button.  There is no reverse button.”

“I’ve had a relatively charmed life.”

“Once you’ve found some joy, you never want to be without it.”

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