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Marlon Brando Quotes

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando quotesThe Godfather’s greatest sayings.

“Only the one who walks his own way can’t be overtaken.”

“Every time you get knocked down you get up stronger.”

“Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity.”

“Figure out a way to do it that has never been done before.”

“Too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure.”

“Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.”

“The more sensitive you are, the more certain you are to be brutalized, develop scabs, never evolve.  Never allow yourself to feel anything, because you always feel too much.”

“It really don’t matter what you’re thinking about, as long as you’re thinking about something.”

“What might be a brave choice for you, for another person they may simply not experience fear.”

“We’d all like to be certain of what we know, but I think the most important question is to ask yourself, ‘Do you really know what you know?'”

“A good conman can fool anybody.  And the first person you fool as a conman is yourself.”

“That’s a part of the sickness in America, that you have to think in terms of who wins, who loses, who’s good, who’s bad, who’s best, who’s worst.  I don’t like to think that way.  Everybody has their own value in different ways, and I don’t like to think, ‘Who’s the best at this?’  I mean, what’s the point of it?”

“Regret is useless in life.  It’s in the past.  All we have is now.”

“We make up any excuse to preserve myths about people we love, but the reverse is also true; if we dislike an individual we adamantly resist changing our opinion, even when somebody offers proof of his decency, because it’s vital to have myths about both the gods and devils in our lives.”

“People will like you who never met you – they think you’re absolutely wonderful; and then people also will hate you, for reasons that have nothing to do with any real experience with you.  People don’t want to lose their enemies.  We have favorite enemies, people we love to hate and we hate to love.  If they do something good, we don’t like it.”

“Hey, you wanna hear my philosophy of life?  Do it to him before he does it to you.”

“If you’re successful, acting is about as soft a job as anybody could ever wish for.  But if you’re unsuccessful it’s worse than having a skin disease.”

“I can still taste that first beer I bought with my own paycheck.”

“An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.  Nobody ‘becomes’ a character.  You can’t act unless you are who you are.”

“An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so he must be willing to accept all experiences that life can offer.”

“An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening.”

“Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts.  Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we’re acting.  Most people do it all day long.”

“It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek.”

“We only have so many faces in our pockets.”

“All I want to be is normally insane.”

“Acting is just making stuff up, but that’s okay.  Life is a rehearsal, life is an improvisation.  I’m going to have a special microphone placed in my coffin, so that when I wake up in there six feet under the ground I can say: ‘Do it differently!'”

“There’s a line in the picture where he snarls, ‘Nobody tells me what to do.’  That’s exactly how I’ve felt all my life.”

“I refused to be a fool dancing on a string held by all of those big shots.  I don’t apologize, that’s my life.”

“I don’t mind that I’m fat.  You still get the same money.”

“The power and influence of a movie star is curious: I didn’t ask for it or take it; people gave it to me.  Simply because you’re a movie star, people empower you with special rights and privileges.”

“I realized, oddly enough, that actors make a contribution to people’s lives, giving us a gift that you can’t buy.  Something that they can imbue with power and beauty and magnificence; something beyond themselves.”

“Do you remember when Marilyn Monroe died?  Everybody stopped work, and you could see all that day the same expressions on their faces, the same thought: ‘How can a girl with success, fame, youth, money, beauty… how could she kill herself?’  Nobody could understand it because those are the things that everybody wants, and they can’t believe that life wasn’t important to Marilyn Monroe, or that her life was elsewhere.”

“It’s the hardest thing in the world to accept a ‘little’ success and leave it that way.”

“Tell me, do you spend time with your family?  Good.  Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

“If you’ve never known love, you never know where it is.  You don’t know what it looks like or it sounds like.  You look in the most unlikely places to find it.  Through introspection and the examination of my mind, I feel as though I’m coming closer to what it means to be human.”

“I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate the truth from the myths that others have created about me, as myths are created about everyone swept up in the turbulent and distorting maelstrom of celebrity in our culture.”

“When I lie on the beach there naked, which I do sometimes, and I feel the wind coming over me and I see the stars up above and I am looking into this very deep, indescribable night, it is something that escapes my vocabulary to describe.  Then I think: ‘God, I have no importance.  Whatever I do or don’t do, or what anybody does, is not more important than the grains of sand that I am lying on, or the coconut that I am using for my pillow.’  So I really don’t think in the long sense.”

“I suppose the story of my life is a search for love, but more than that, I have been looking for a way to repair myself from the damages I suffered early-on and to define my obligation, if I had any, to myself and my species.”

“I thank you for not snoring.”

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