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Mel Gibson Quotes

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson quotes: actor and filmmaker talks about ups and downs, being rich, handling critics, having faith, and much more.

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day?  I don’t know about you, but I make plenty.  You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.”

“You know what happens when you don’t take a risk?  Nothing.”

“Pain is the precursor to change.”

“Some people can change and they don’t have to go through so many painful things.  But I think that I’m of a personality that I’m a little stubborn, so it’s always tough for me.”

“Old habits die hard, I guess.  If you don’t kick them, they kick you.”

“The only way to maintain a moderate sum of happiness in this life, is not to worry about the future or regret the past too much.”

“Life is life, and one has experiences that are painful and some that are very pleasant, and one has reward and sacrifice and more reward and disappointment and joy and happiness, and it’s always going to be the same.”

“I have learned that a bitter experience can make you stronger.”

“All experiences, what does not kill you makes you stronger and tougher I think.  Life’s experiences, whether they be pleasant, unpleasant, torturous, or excruciatingly wonderful and blissful, they season you somehow and you learn from them.”

“Every time you go out there to do something, you wonder if you can do it.  There’s no assured success.  There’s no secret recipe for success.  Every time you go out there, you go out there with the possibility of great failure.”

“Nobody makes art for an elite, not if they’re a real artist.  You try and reach as many people as possible with whatever it is that you make.  If a chef is making an omelette, he wants everyone to think that it tastes great because he did it.  And if it does, then that’s a success because everyone eats it.”

“I think any kind of hiatus one takes in an artistic journey is going to make a huge difference.  The pause will inform the choices that you make.”

“Go away, dig a hole, do something else, come back, and it magically rejuvenates your creative impulses and stuff.”

“If you’re going to wear three hats, you’d better grow two more heads.”

“One should not worry about the future, particularly if it hasn’t happened yet.”

“Aye, fight and you may die.  Run, and you’ll live… at least a while.  And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… our freedom!”

“I am politically incorrect, that’s true.  Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism.  I find that really scary, and I won’t be intimidated into changing my mind.  Everyone isn’t going to love you all the time.”

“I don’t make things complicated, that’s the way they get all by themselves.”

“My father told me very early on that it was a sin to worry too much.”

“It is a hellish habit to break.  Your neurons are involved.  My mother smoked when I was in her womb.  I first had one when I was nine years old and I thought, ‘Yes, I missed this!’  I knew I
missed it.”

“I do moderate exercise, and I try to eat pretty well, and I think it has an effect on me.”

“I love women.  They’re the best thing ever created.  If they want to be like men and come down to our level, that’s fine.”

“After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want.  And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.”

“I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion, or sexuality – period.  I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited.  You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship.  It’s one awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.”

“You can’t live up to what people expect.  Nobody can.  But I guess that’s my problem, not theirs.”

“And, hey, I’m not under the illusion that everything’s just going to be hunky-dory work-wise forever.  I’ve never been under that illusion.  Things could go away tomorrow.”

“I’m always writing.  There is always a story brewing in my head.”

“I was known for being a bit of a clown.  I remember my dad got me aside and said, ‘Just remember, everybody likes a clown, but nobody pays him.’  I’ve often been tempted to call him and say, ‘Remember how you told me…?  Yeah?  Yes, they do.'”

“I’ll always continue to work.  I’ve never much depended on anyone but myself, as far as that goes.”

“Acting is like lying.  The art of lying well.  I’m paid to tell elaborate lies.”

“I like directing much better.  It’s more fun, that’s all there is to it.  It’s essentially the same job, which is storytelling, but you have more control over the way you want to tell the story.  It’s a high.  I love it.”

“Above all, film is a business.  Independence is a really cool thing as you can be a bit more bold, and take a few more chances with what you do.”

“Time helps a lot.  I found the fame thing really was a torment for a while.  Then you learn to deal with it.”

“This life is just a testing ground.  It’s not a popular view, I know.  People will say that I’m sort of a mindless robot who’s using religion as a crutch to get through life.  Well, I’m not a mindless robot, but I am using religion as a crutch to get through life.”

“When you get to that point where you don’t want to live, and you don’t want to die, it’s a desperate, horrible place to be.  And I just hit my knees.  And I had to use The Passion of the Christ to heal my wounds.”

“The thing we’re all looking for is happiness, and if we achieve just a modicum of that or even a little piece of serenity even for five minutes a day, we’re very lucky.”

“I’m not a done deal.  I’m a work in progress.  I’m still extremely flawed.”

“I did a lot of crazy things so I’m surprised to be alive.”

“I’m too rich to care what the critics say.”

“They think I’m crazy, and maybe I am.  But maybe I’m a genius.”

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