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Nicolas Cage Quotes

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Nicolas Cage quotes: a guided tour inside Nic’s noggin.

“To begin… to begin… how to start?  I’m hungry.  I should get coffee.  Coffee would help me think.  Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee.”

“If you’re really special, meaning you’re doing something unique and original, it could scare people.”

“You can’t make your choices based on what critics think.  You have to make your choices based on what’s honest for you.”

“Those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.”

“Don’t lose the best thing in your life just because you are not sure.”

“Passion is very important to me.  If you stop enjoying things, you’ve got to look at it, because it can lead to all kinds of depressing scenarios.”

“One of the first signs of being depressed is that you lose interest in things.  That’s why I think it is important to stay passionate.”

“I see myself as a student.  I would never call myself a master or a maestro.  If you take the path of the student, that means you have to try a little bit of everything in hopes that you’re going to learn something or strike some kind of new note, expression in the process.  I’m not going for grades; I’m going for an education.  I’m going to continue experimenting and trying new things to try to evolve and learn.  There’s always something to learn and be challenged by and hopefully grow from.”

“You can choose your family sometimes.  You can choose people, it could be a teacher, it could be a professor, it could be someone you work with that actually genuinely cares about you and wants you to succeed.”

“If you have people that totally support you and have your back, I feel like you have all the confidence in the world, and you believe that you can do things that most people can’t achieve.  I feel that’s really important.”

“I’m always going to judge somebody on their work ethic, and whether or not they made me feel something, or whether or not I felt they did a good job.  To me, it’s important to try to block anything personal out and look at the performance, in any field.”

“I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it’s drama, it’s the human condition.  Nobody wants to watch perfection.”

“I think it’s no secret that I’ve tried to take chances in my career and also in my life, and I believe to not live in fear.”

“I always say, ‘If you think it’s over the top, then tell me where the top is first.’  I don’t think anyone can.  But if you can tell me where the top is then I’ll tell you whether or not I’m over it.”

“I cry a lot.  My emotions are very close to my surface.  I don’t want to hold anything in so it festers and turns into pus – a pustule of emotion that explodes into a festering cesspool of depression.”

“Some things are true whether you believe in them or not.”

“I’m a seeker.  I’m very much a believer in science.  But I do think there are times when science and mysticism intersect.”

“I think on some level, all of us have a little bit of belief in the possibility of different energies and forces and things like that.  Otherwise, we wouldn’t be afraid of them.”

“The end of the world is on people’s minds.  We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is, ‘What do you do with that responsibility?'”

“The only way the devil really exists in my opinion… is in interactions with people who don’t walk the walk and talk the talk; people who act one way, or talk one way and then do another.  Those are the deals with the devil.  I don’t see the devil as somebody who is a horned, goateed guy with a fork in his hand that’s there to continuously stab me and send my soul to hell.  I don’t see it that way at all.”

“Everything we do impacts someone else’s life.”

“My definition of a father is someone who empowers their children.”

“Often you hear stories about never working with children.  I disagree because children still have that residual magical thinking.  They haven’t had their imagination knocked out of them by turning into adults and life experiences.”

“I like to work with young people, because young people haven’t had their dreams kicked out of them yet.  Full of confidence, and imagination, and vision, and when they score, that all gets empowered.”

“I think anything that opens my mind and triggers my imagination I’m reading.  I like to read science fiction and imagine the character.  Anything that keeps my imagination flowing.”

“I think that movies can help guide us through those [negative] experiences.  I think all art tries to grapple with, redefine, come to terms with, express what’s happening now when it’s working.  You can be entertained, but you can also be stimulated to think about things.”

“I’ve been lucky to work with some of the most creative people and it’s true that I enjoy filmmaking and I’m an enthusiast.”

“I try not to be proud.  I try to actively attack pride.”

“For me, acting was a way of taking destructive energy and doing something productive with it, and in that way it was quite a life saver.”

“To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.”

“I’m not a trained actor.  I’m someone who is autodidactic and learned on my own.”

“I like being at that place where you can either fall or stand.  That’s where I think you really have a shot at doing something truthful.”

“I hit the ground running, without a lot of training, so I had to do whatever I could do to survive as a professional, and if that meant being that character 24/7 and acting out, I was going to do that.  I lived those characters, I brought them home with me.”

“My direction as a person working in film has been to never get comfortable with anything I was doing.  At the time that I decided to do action films, people were telling me, ‘Well, you can’t do it.  You’re not that type.  It’s not going to work.’  And so obviously that made me think, ‘Well, that’s not comfortable.  Maybe I should try it.  What can I do with it?’  So I did that, and I’m glad I did it.  I’ll probably do it again, and I did other kinds of things that seemed like challenges for me, because I like being on the high wire.”

“I love it all.  I don’t want to go through my career with one hand tied behind my back.”

“I do tend to apply myself to projects that make me uncomfortable because usually when that happens I try to find a way of existing in the project that is more creative.”

“One of the great bonuses of being a film actor is that I get to go to different places, meet inspiring people and learn different things.  So all those details add up.”

“I want to always find new ways of reinventing myself.”

“One of the pluses of getting older is you set some limits.”

“I think I’ve become more relaxed throughout my career.  I don’t feel the need to jump up and down and make a big noise to get people to pay attention to me.  I don’t need to do punk rock gestures or eat a cockroach or do something weird to say I exist.”

“I haven’t isolated myself.  I am not living on a yacht somewhere.  I am not tucked away or behind a gate somewhere.  I am not flying on a private plane.  I am going to the airport, I am with people, some of the interactions are good, some of them are not so good, but it keeps me in touch with being, you know, part of society.”

“It may come as a surprise to people, but I’m actually quite boring and normal.  What do I do?  I read books.  I drive my kid to school.  I have lunch with my wife.  I pick my kid up from school.  I go home.”

“I remember once imagining what my life would be like, what I’d be like.  I pictured having all these qualities, strong positive qualities that people could pick up on from across the room.  But as time passed, few became qualities that I actually had.  And all the possibilities I faced, and the sorts of people I could be, all of them got reduced every year to fewer and fewer until finally they got reduced to one – to who I am.  And that’s who I am.”

“I’m feeling good.  I’m feeling real grateful for everything.  It’s a solid time in my life.”

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