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Sam Elliott Quotes

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Sam Elliott quotes: rich, throaty sentences from the movie star.

“I think anytime you can affect people in general, in a positive way, then you’re a lucky individual.”

“It’s that little subtle stuff that makes all the difference in the world.”

“Out of trust comes the truth.  If you trust somebody, odds are you are going to get the truth.”

“Good work has a way of hanging around.”

“We’re all gonna be faced with making decisions, we’re all gonna face those fears that come to us at a later age.  We’re all gonna experience losses, and that begins at an early age.  You don’t have to be old to face loss, or be forced to live with the decisions you make.  Life is a complex journey, you know?  And it’s ever hopeful.  We’re beset by all these issues and all these things that trouble us, but there’s always hope as well.”

“The game has totally changed.  The worm has turned, no doubt about it.  Simply by virtue of the digital world, it’s opened a lot of doors.  Changes that have been made in the technological world have revolutionized the businesses on almost every level.  There are some constants that are never going to change.  But from a technical standpoint, it’s a whole other world.”

“We’re all learning as we go along.”

“You get smarter when you get older.”

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.”

“You work past the sh*t; you don’t walk away from it.  That’s how relationships last.”

“My voice gets recognized before anything else.  It’s always gotten attention.  In choruses at church and school, I started as a tenor, moved to a baritone and finally became a bass.  I knew then that my voice would be my instrument.  Now if I want to hide, I just keep my mouth shut.”

“I’m picky, very picky.  I was single-minded on what I wanted to do since I was like nine or ten.  I wanted to be an actor… and I figured there was only one way to ever have any longevity, and that’s to be careful about what kind of work you do.”

“I had a pretty clear vision of thinking, ‘That looks like fun, I want to do that.'”

“I just got bit by wanting to do films, and I had tunnel vision about it.  But I had a lot of encouragement from different drama coaches along the way, and my mom was a big supporter.  My dad thought I was f*cking crazy.”

“My father once said, ‘You haven’t got a snowball’s chance in hell in Hollywood.’  That motivated me.  My father was a good, practical man, but he came from a different time.  He saw only a play or two of mine before he died.  I think he’d be proud that his kid became the actor I did.”

“I really never had any thought about being a legitimate actor, like a stage performer.  I wanted to make movies.  I wanted to do television and make movies.”

“I’ve had those periods in my career when I was sitting around waiting for a phone call and had an agent who was doing the same thing rather than going out there to shake the bushes looking for a job for me.  It’s a frustrating game.  That’s the downside of this business – the rejection.”

“It seemed like whenever a Western was going to get made, it came my way.  Looking back on the long haul in my career, little films, big films, TV, the Western thing has been really good to me.  My western heritage runs deep.”

“Sometimes, you get the bear.  Sometimes, the bear gets you.”

“I’ll do anything.  I’ll shave my head for the right job.  I’m partial to my facial hair, I guess, but I also enjoy doing something where I look totally different, which is kind of the reason why I’ve always worn long hair.  I can really change my look radically by getting rid of it.”

“We’re all a bunch of lazy bastards.  We’re too lazy to shave anymore.  It’s like, Jesus Christ!  I was one of the first guys who grew hair on his face in the old days.  There’s a lot of weird sh*t going on out there these days that I don’t understand.”

“Hollywood’s forgotten about the Western genre, and that’s unfortunate.  Cowboy movies are really hard work, but I’d love to do another one.  I have a great simpatico for the Old West.  We need to stay true to those old values.”

“I was outdoors a lot in my lifetime.  And I was with my dad and my – and his peers, who were all men’s men and outdoorsmen.  All had incredible work ethics and were all good men.  And they were really the ones I think that I learned what kind of a man I wanted to be when I grew up.”

“I read a lot of scripts.  Most of ’em go to other actors.”

“I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been in a lot of films that a lot of people saw.  It’s not about legacy for me.  It’s about the people I’m working with at the time, and just going in and enjoying the process.  It’s hard work, but it’s a creative, artistic process.  And if you can’t enjoy that, then you’re going about it wrong.”

“I love the fact that I’m having an opportunity to make people laugh and you actually get to hear it.”

“I was never afraid of hard work.”

“I think every actor’s dream is somebody writes something specifically for them.”

“Even after nearly 50 years in this business, I still feel like I’m lucky every time I get a decent job.”

“My security comes from the fact that I’ve never done a job for money.  But I’ve always basically made my own decisions.  And I think I’ve done reasonably well.  I have people that I get feedback from, get opinions from, keep me on the track, so-to-speak.  But to me, it’s all about what’s on the page.  It’s not about working for money.  It’s just something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.”

“I don’t want to be known as a sex symbol.  There’s a great stigma that goes with that tag.  I want to be a Sam Elliott.”

“I don’t often break down and boohoo, but I’ll shed a tear at the drop of a hat.  Something will just move me, and my eyes will go misty.”

“I try to count my blessings.  I tend to be more of a grouser about things.  I tend to be more cynical.  I’ve got to say that it is tough to be as thankful and upbeat as I’d like.  It’s hard to do in this world if you look at the broad picture.”

“I think I’ve been fortunate to survive this long.  Being honest and opinionated is great, but the part about not being very smart is not a good combination.  But you learn!”

“But I’m fortunate to be here.  And I’m enjoying it.  It’s not easy, but I’m enjoying it.  I’m a big boy.”

“The two things that I wanted in my life were to have a movie career and to be married, to have a family.  And it’s an embarrassment of riches that I’ve got both.”

“Life’s good.  We live in Malibu and have horses and dogs and cats and chickens.  We shovel sh*t, man.  That keeps you humble.”

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