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Kevin Bacon quotes: on being a man, makin’ money, havin’ a work ethic, and more.

“Things could be worse.  You remember that, and you go on with your life.”

“I say the secret to longevity is longevity.  Hang in there long enough and keep working.  When I was a kid I thought I knew everything there was to know about the business and the more I work, the more I know how much more there is to know and how much more I have to learn.”

“Keep doing what you’re doing.  Don’t be afraid of fame.”

“I always watch rushes.  They give me a sense of whether I’m going in the right direction.  You work hard and hopefully get encouragement from what you see.”

“You don’t want things to be nice and settled.  You think you do.  But you don’t.”

“The greatest justice in life is that your vision and looks tend to go simultaneously.”

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes, and for your failures.  You can’t go blaming others, or being jealous.  Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.”

“Understanding money may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but it’s a necessary evil.  If you’re a creative person who doesn’t understand money easily, you may not want to admit how essential it is.  But ultimately, if you stick your head in the sand, you’ll be sorry.”

“I still like having cash in my hands.  I never walk around with less than $200 or $300.  In some ways, I’m still a cash-only guy… like I was in my restaurant days.  There’s a kind of joy in seeing something in a store and pulling out the cash to buy it for yourself.”

“My advice is for people to understand the basics – where their money is and how much is there?  It’s tempting to hand off your finances and let someone else do all the work, to say to them, ‘Hey, you take care of it.’  But it’s important to be watchful with investments and stay personally involved.”

“My family survived losing money to Bernie Madoff incredibly well compared to others.”

“I’m an actor.  It’s what I do.  It’s what I chose to do with my life when I was a little boy, and that’s what I’m still doing.  I like to work.  I came up with a work ethic, and that’s just what I do.”

“My dad was an architect, and he wasn’t a rich guy, but in our little world in Philadelphia, he was famous.  He loved to see his picture in the paper.  I wanted to be more famous than him.”

“My parents – particularly my mother – didn’t give a sh*t about making money, or even getting great grades or getting into a fancy college.  The arts were what was put on a pedestal in our house.  It was about what you could create.  My mother would say, ‘Don’t buy a toy; make a toy.  Don’t watch television; put on a show.'”

“What I got from my father was a burning desire to succeed.”

“I just let the work speak for itself.  An actor is not afraid to take risks; to put on different hats; to be a good guy, a bad guy, a victim, an abuser.  There are all kinds of people in the world, and playing them is what acting is all about.”

“I really believe that all of us have a lot of darkness in our souls.  Anger, rage, fear, sadness.  I don’t think that’s only reserved for people who have horrible upbringings.  I think it really exists and is part of the human condition.  I think in the course of your life you figure out ways to deal with that.”

“There are two types of actors: those who say they don’t want to be famous and those who are liars.”

“Fame is something that is tough when it comes.  It’s a weird thing to take on in real life.  I was a little bit afraid, and, as a result, kind of turned my back on it.  You should embrace it because it’s going to be a part of who you are, and it’s going to be a part of what this business is about.”

“There is a lesson there about greed and it is a lesson I am willing to learn as well.  Has it made me a distrustful person?  I don’t think so.  But we probably look a bit more carefully at our financial situation now.”

“If you’re an actor, even a successful one, you’re still waiting for the phone to ring.”

“There’s so much competition out there that being able to work at all is f*cking amazing.”

“I don’t really worry so much about image.  I try to just live my own life, my personal life, to my own sense of morality.”

“I try to show compassion to people I come into contact with and try to put good out, as much good as I can.  But that’s my life; that’s not my work.  With my work, my job is to walk in another man’s shoes.”

“You have to have something in your life that’s more important than the work.  People don’t really like to admit that.  I think that you have to find something else.  I don’t know what it is.  Is it yoga or God or politics?  For me, it’s just family.”

“Ninety-five percent of celebrity is good.”

“When I go home, I try to raise my children with honesty and integrity and teach them to take care of the world and of each other.”

“There’s this American dream to put enough away that you can golf, build a birdhouse, or just be in a BarcaLounger watching football all day.  I’ll never be that guy.  And I’m not really sure the people who have that are all that happy.  Our desires as a man are to work, plow ahead, and overcome conflict.”

“I don’t have any plans of slowing down.  I love being an actor.”

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