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James Gandolfini Quotes

James Joseph Gandolfini Jr

James Gandolfini quotes: Tony Soprano snippets.

“Work… learn your craft, and go to school. Keep working. Nobody is going to give you jobs for going to parties or any of that nonsense. Go out, look around, do things.”

“In my mind, you work hard, you’ll be fine. Everybody’s got their baggage.”

“Stay out late a couple of nights and have some fun, but work, that is the thing. I did little plays where six people saw me. Some nights I was awful. You learn from that. You get up and go back the next day. And you know what? You get better. Nobody gets it right the first time.”

“The most important life lesson thus far is that nothing comes easily. Nothing. There were many nights during that first season of The Sopranos where I felt completely overwhelmed by the amount of work. I sat in my house alone studying, getting three or four hours of sleep, thinking there is no way I can do this. You know what? You must work and keep working. You must get up and keep going. Hard work—I know it sounds silly—but I’ve worked for years, and I’m proud of that. I’m actually proud that I got through it. It paid off because we worked hard.”

“You steer the ship the best way you know. Sometimes it’s smooth. Sometimes you hit the rocks. In the meantime, you find your pleasures where you can.”

“We’re in a situation where everyone involved knows the stakes and if you are going to accept those stakes, you’ve got to do certain things. It’s business.”

“A wrong decision is better than indecision.”

“Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

“Those who want respect, give respect.”

“If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.”

“On the internet—log off. That ‘cookies’ sh*t makes me nervous.”

“This is gonna sound stupid, but I saw at one point that our mothers are… bus drivers. No, they are the bus. See, they’re the vehicle that gets us here. They drop us off and go on their way. They continue on their journey. And the problem is that we keep tryin’ to get back on the bus, instead of just lettin’ it go.”

“My family is a good family. They keep me in line. They are very smart people. They have kind hearts. We’re like any family though—we have our idiosyncrasies. But I would never be afraid to bring anyone home to them. I think that they would back me up on anything I ever did. That is really all you can ask for in a family.”

Good writing will bring you to places you don’t even expect sometimes.”

“They all know that world so well. I ask for their opinions all the time and trust whatever they tell me about what I’m doing.”

“I just think it’s the changes that age brings. You slow down a little bit. The writers are smart enough to write all those changes that life gives you.”

The Sopranos all came down to the writing. I wouldn’t have been on for as long as I was if the writing weren’t so good.”

“My reaction to The Sopranos pilot script? I thought, ‘I’ve never been the lead before. They’re gonna hire somebody else.’ But I knew I could do it. I have small amounts of Mr. Soprano in me. I was 35, a lunatic, a madman.”

“On being the boss, with all due respect, you got no f*ckin’ idea what it’s like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other f*ckin’ thing. It’s too much to deal with almost. And in the end you’re completely alone with it all.”

“It’s been a great opportunity being Tony Soprano, but I don’t have much trepidation about it ending. I think it’s more than time. As much as I’ve explored this guy, I don’t know what else to really do with him. I’ve been in one place for 10 years. That’s enough. It’s time for me to do other things.”

“When I first saw the ending, I said, ‘What the f*ck?’ I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that? But after I had a day to sleep, I just sat there and said, ‘That’s perfect.’ It’s a very violent world and, you know, there’s consequences. I think we showed it, and I think we showed the toll it takes on people.”

“My major was English literature and communications, but I didn’t have a clue, so I moved to New York. I managed nightclubs; I started at a club called Private Eyes on 24th Street. I saw a lot of different kinds of people doing a lot of different kinds of things. It was an interesting learning experience.”

“I dabbled a little bit in acting in high school and then I forgot about it completely. And then at about 25 I went to a class. A friend of mine was doing a class, and I thought it was interesting. But nobody in my family had ever really done anything like that. I thought it was pretty silly, but I really liked the class. So I went back and kind of got hooked into it. I don’t think anybody in my family thought it was an intelligent choice. I don’t think anybody thought I’d succeed, which is understandable. I think they were just happy that I was doing something. Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make.”

“It is an odd way to make a living. Putting someone else’s pants on and pretending to be someone else is occasionally, as you grow older, horrifying.”

“I’m an actor. I do a job and I go home. Why are you interested in me? You don’t ask a truck driver about his job.”

“I’m just a normal guy. It’s the writing that is interesting, and the characters. The less said about me, the better.”

“The only thing I’m really ever trying to say about anything is about the average guy—the average guy who has to deal with all this crap from the government, rich people and everything else. It’s the only reason I like doing this. Sometimes, you get to tell a story about someone. I don’t really want to say anything about me. That’s why I don’t do a lot of interviews. I come from a very blue collar family, people who work hard and are honest. A lot of young actors get interviewed and go on television, and it makes them start to think that they are important. And we’re not, not anymore than anybody else.”

“Like Popeye says, ‘I yam what I yam.'”

“People don’t know and they shouldn’t know that you work incredibly hard as an actor.”

“Tony has mellowed a little bit, just out of necessity. He was driving himself crazy, so he has calmed down.”

“Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”

“I’d probably do it all again. Ultimately, it’s been a good experience. I’ve had a chance to go to a lot of places and meet a lot of people. Wherever I’ve been, people have treated me well because they’ve known me through television. You get to see places and meet people you wouldn’t otherwise.”

“Part of the fun of acting is the research, finding out about other people.”

“I love hearing people laugh.”

“I’ve been very lucky, considering what I look like and what I do.”

“It is a dark, dark world. If you’re going to be in a dark world, I can’t think of any better one to be in. I still think I’m very lucky to be in it.”

“I want nothing to do with privilege.”

“You know my feelings: every day is a gift.”

“You learn so much about success, money and celebrity. It’s been an incredible life lesson. I have been very lucky.”

“Life’s too short.”

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