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Sean Penn Quotes

Sean Penn

Sean Penn quotes: the two-time Academy Award winner’s top quotes for succeeding in business and life. 

“Sense of self, and the way one shares it, is perhaps the most valuable and poetic gift in the arsenal of one’s life and craft.”

“Fulfilling what you start is why you start something.”

“One of the reasons people sell out so quickly is because even the talented think they’re frauds.  It’s a culture that doesn’t encourage people to believe in the work they do.  You’re told to second-guess yourself all the time.  That’s where I think a little hostility and arrogance can save you.  And I’ve never been lacking for either.”

“I think we all have light and dark inside us.”

“I think life’s an irrational obsession.”

“Anger can be a problem, but it has tremendous potential, too.  It’s just figuring out what to do with it.”

“You’re always having to live more to fuel something new.”

“We’ve let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it’s only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage.”

“There is a strength of character in the people who have, by and large, never experienced comfort.”

“I do not believe in a simplistic and inflammatory view of good and evil.  I believe this is a big world full of men, women, and children who struggle to eat, to love, to work, to protect their families, their beliefs, and their dreams.”

“If you can’t count on your heart having some kind of unified response, you can’t count on anything.”

“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”

“I can always see light in any situation.  It’s just the way I’m made.”

“There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved.”

“I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can’t really be felt, truly, by one.”

“The bottom line is, you love your wife, you do your best with that.”

“There’s the old notion that where there’s choice, there’s chaos, and where there’s no choice, there’s clarity.  If you’ve got no choice, you’ve gotta be there, and you’ve gotta have your heart in it.  It leads to a much less self-conscious life.”

“There is no re-inventing the wheel.”

“If I have any rule, it’s that if you’re talking about yesterday, it should somehow relate to an understanding of today and tomorrow.”

“Well, the kind of central question: ‘Do you want to live – and I don’t mean stay alive – do you want to feel your life while you’re living it?’  You know, there’s somewhere to go that was here before we were and is going to be here after us, so get out there in it.  It doesn’t take somebody who’s got some self-important sense of their own attachment to nature to recognize that you’re just stupid if you don’t go out there.”

“In school, I was a genius of the year preceding the year I was in, every year.”

“Some people just have it and others don’t.  For me the craft was hard-earned.”

“My belief is that I’ve got to be ready for when good things happen.  Oddly enough, I’m very optimistic.”

“I get a little scared of words like maturity.”

“I don’t see life as an opportunity to see how far you can go in the pursuit of pain, although I think I’ve challenged it a bit.”

“I consider myself fortunate that in my home, acting or the creative arts were a good option.  This was a respected tour of duty in my family.  Acting wasn’t something that was left to tragic bohemians.  But we weren’t a family that obsessed on cinema.”

“You try to do your best at what you’re getting paid for.”

“I don’t want to lie, play games, hurt somebody, or get hurt.  You can only go forward in one direction.”

“I don’t see myself as a different guy than I was 10 years ago.  I don’t have aspirations to be.  It’s really about where you’re putting your energies.  That’s changing a lot.”

“The greatest fear in my life was getting happy.  I’m not so afraid of that anymore.”

“I think that I’ve still not been successful at playing the role of the retired actor, and I’d like to work on that.”

“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”

“I just want real creative freedom without worrying about, you know, car payments.”

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