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Shia LaBeouf quotes: a tipsy tour of Shia’s worldviews.

“You are who you choose to be.”

“If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.”

“You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.”

“Do it.  Just do it.  Don’t let your dreams be dreams.  Yesterday, you said tomorrow.  So just do it.  Make your dreams come true.  Just do it.  Some people dream of success, while you’re gonna wake up and work hard at it… nothing is impossible.  You should get to the point where anyone else would quit, and you’re not gonna stop there.  No, what are you waiting for?  Do it!  Just do it!  Yes you can.  Just do it.”

“You can’t buy back your respect; you can’t buy back your career.  You only get one, so I don’t want to mess that up.”

“Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.”

“I think envy motivates a lot of people.”

Copying isn’t particularly creative work.  Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different is creative work.”

“There’s beauty in people who reinvent themselves.”

“When you’re working with the best of the best, I’m not gonna put that on hold so I can work with people who studied the best of the best.”

“To my mind, talent doesn’t really exist.  Talent is like a card player’s luck.  It is motivation, ambition, and luck.  It’s just a drive to be the best.”

“I’ve never been able to learn from other people’s mistakes – I’m not that smart – so I usually learn by trial by fire.”

“The goal is good people – work with good people.”

“You have to be a master to teach.”

“I’ve had to deal with all different types of situations – positive and negative, and extremes of both.”

“Nobody strives to lose.”

“There is more love and acceptance in this world than hate and exclusion.  Don’t let the vocal bigots of this world make you question your value.”

“I have a hard time with free time.  If I had more recreation time I would be able to step back and reflect on how life has changed.  But it has been like a constant boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!”

“All of the things that have happened in my life have been self-propelled.  I can’t blame anybody else or point a finger at anybody.”

“I love doing stuff that I haven’t done before.  That’s the goal: to keep reinventing myself.”

“By studying psychology I want to be a better actor.  There’s something about studying body language and non-spoken emotion – I know the innate response.”

“Oh yeah, I’m the president of the lucky club.  There are so many talented people who don’t work.  And the crop of young actors I’m surrounded by is incredible.  When you have people like that around you it amps you up a little bit.  It’s a really good crowd and I feel I’m coming up at a good time.  But equally, there’s a lot of good young actors who don’t get to work who are more talented than I.  I’m just lucky.”

“Talent is to actors what luck is to card players.  It’s not really anything; it’s just a fictitious word that people have created and labeled things.  Talent is like, you know, I never really believed in talent, I believed in drive and determination and preparation, but talent is sort of like luck.”

“I became a Christian man in a very real way.  I could have just said the prayers that were on the page, but it was a real thing that really saved me.  And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it.  It’s a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control.”

“I wasn’t cocky, just confident; I went to an all-black school, a white kid.”

“I am trying to impress myself.  I have yet to do it.”

“I turned down a scholarship to Yale.  The problem with college is that there’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity.”

“Never wanted to do anything else than acting ever in my life.  But I’m 20, and there’s so many possibilities.  It would be insane for me to say, ‘Yeah this is definitely it, I’m never doing anything else.’  I’m 20 years old.  I don’t know what I’m doing.  I don’t know anything about life.  So I don’t know.  I may be a train conductor in 10 years.  I have no idea.  And that’s the joy of this all.”

“When people ask me about my story, I just go through the positive stuff: the tent-pole moments, the big landmark checkpoints.”

“Everybody’s got stories.  I don’t want to not have stories.”

“I don’t even really know what it is I do for a living – the level of insecurity is very, very high.  You’re making a lot of money, getting a lot of accolades and positive criticism for something where you don’t even know what you’re doing.”

“I’d love to go to school and have a normal life, but I don’t see any professor at Yale being able to teach me more than Steven Spielberg.”

“I don’t know, I just want to be happy.  I could be in a hole somewhere.  Or I could completely lose it and be some hippy living in the woods with my dad.”

“I initially got into this career because of money; pure and simple.  There was no other reason I got into this.  When I got onto Even Stevens, I didn’t know sh*t about craft, I’d never read Meisner or Stanislavski, I didn’t know anything about Strasberg, I knew sh*t.  All I knew was this was a way to get cash and get me out of Echo Park.  My dad was a drug dealer, my mom had a job selling pens.  This was my life.  It was all money.  You could make $8,000 a week doing this show.  What the f*ck?  Of course, I’m in!  Sold!”

“I didn’t know my dad for a long time.  My dad was on drugs and my dad was at the VA Hospital, my dad was off in his own world selling drugs or using them or there would be crackheads in the house or whatever it would be.”

“Now my dad is with me, traveling with me and a big part of this whole thing is I like to mix it up a little bit, you know.  Who gets to take their father on a private jet across the country and stay in first class hotels?  So we’re enjoying it, but I’d stop if it’s not possible.”

“I enjoy what I’m able to give my family.”

“I don’t have to live this lavish lifestyle.  If I have enough money to eat, I’m good.”

“At this point I have enough money to live 25 lifetimes.  You couldn’t spend the money I’ve accrued now.”

“I’m just selfish.  I have to be for what I do.”

“There is no grand strategy.  My sensibilities push me in a certain direction.  Other actors have different sensibilities.  That’s all.  I think it really is that simple.  There’s no grand strategy.  There are so many variables that I have no control over.  I sign on to movies I want to watch, as a fan.”

“I didn’t jump onto anyone else’s coattail and ride their wave.”

“I go to sleep at night, and I feel like I just dreamed the whole day.”

“My life is okay, my life is pretty good.”

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