Kevin Spacey Quotes

Kevin Spacey Fowler

Kevin Spacey quotes: on private life, plan Bs, mom’s belief in him, the purpose of money, and more.

“To know what you want, to understand why you’re doing it, to dedicate every breath in your body to achieve… if you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for, then there’s nothing you can’t achieve.”

“You have to always be ready, always be alive, and always be willing to move in a new direction.”

“I suppose the most important thing is to stay interested.  It’s very easy in life if you get to a place where you’re successful to hit the same groove on the record player over and over again… because it’s safe.”

“With every job, you should have something to lose, something to gain, something to learn.”

“I think you need the failures to get the success.  You learn more from that.”

“Stay true to your brand and true to your voice and audiences will respond to that authenticity with enthusiasm and passion.”

“I have always believed that the risk takers are eventually rewarded.”

“Whatever mistakes you make this time around, you will live through on your next pass.  Every mistake you make, you will live through again and again, forever.  So my advice to you is to get it right this time around.  Because this time is all you have.”

“It’s much more interesting when you go to different places – make a left turn when nobody expects you to make a left turn, and make a right when nobody expects you to do that.”

“You must find a way to express your ideas and compel your audience to react through the idea itself, and then figuring out what the best representative of that idea may be, and bringing it to life.”

“I think it starts with: what story do you want to tell?  And if you start with what story you want to tell, everything else will follow.  Begin very simply and then start to build the blocks toward telling that story.  What’s the best and most efficient and most compelling way that I can tell that story?”

“You’ve got to trust the ground you’re standing on and the work you’ve done in telling your story.  The goal should be to bring those thousands of people together and make them one.”

“I think that there is no doubt that every experience you have in your life, whether it’s playing a character or something else, you bring that to the work.”

“Talent is one thing, it is how you nurture and develop it, and never walk away from it.  You can be rich, successful, you win awards, but it can always be better.”

“Talent is only interesting if it’s challenged.”

“Pushing the boundaries of what is expected of you is important to me.”

“There are two things that have been happening over the last few decades in my opinion.  First, there have been unbelievable, remarkable, pioneering advances in technology and, second, an equal amount of evolution in creativity.  These two shifts are meeting at an intersection.”

“Anyone with an internet connection and an idea can develop an audience.”

“Netflix did it right and focused on all the things that have replaced the dumb, raw numbers of the Nielsen world – they embraced targeted marketing and ‘brand’ as a virtue higher than ratings.”

“You learn every single day when you’re running a company.  You learn as you go.”

“The story is everything, which means it’s our job to tell better stories.”

“If it were not for people who stepped forward and gave me opportunities at a time when I had not proved myself at all, believe me, I would not have a career.”

“I write a lot about my experiences and the people I meet.  I’ve got a lot of material.”

“When I was young, I learned very early on that I could make my mother laugh.  And that was one of the greatest sounds I ever heard.”

“My mother always, always, always thought that I was going to be famous.  Thought that I was going to win Oscars.  In fact, I believe I accepted the Oscar as a ketchup bottle many a time in front of my mother in the kitchen.  ‘I’d like to thank the Academy,’ I said with a ketchup bottle.”

“For me, coming to work every day has turned out to be exactly what I hoped it would be.”

“I open myself up every time I walk on screen and give you everything that I am.  There are parts of me that are in every movie that I’ve done.  That, to me, is what my job is.”

“I never doubted at all.  If you ever doubt then you are in trouble.  I never thought I should do this or that in case I don’t make it.  I never had a back-up plan.”

“I’m a relatively ugly character who’s done pretty damn well in film.”

“I am so leading the life that I want and wanted and dreamed of as a kid.  I’m trying very hard not to abuse it or take advantage of it.”

“You can’t turn a ‘no’ to a ‘yes’ without a ‘maybe’ in between.”

“If you haven’t turned rebel by 20 you’ve got no heart; if you haven’t turned establishment by 30 you’ve got no brains!”

“People have different reasons for the way they live their lives.  You cannot put everyone’s reasons in the same box.”

“Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane.”

“The only thing worse than a loser is someone who won’t admit he played badly.”

“I feel it’s a responsibility for anyone who breaks through a certain ceiling… to send the elevator back down and give others a helpful lift.”

“It’s always the big question in our lives if you have a lot of success.  What do you do with it?  Buy more houses, buy more cars, buy more stuff, be wealthy and distant and unengaged?  Or do you take all that good fortune that has come towards you and spread the love – do something with it?”

“It’s a really wonderful thing to focus your life on something other than your own personal career and ambition.”

“I’m not someone who’s led my life trying to get publicity; I’d rather do my work and go home.”

“No one’s personal life is in the public interest.  It’s gossip, bottom line.  End of story.”

“No one should ever feel sorry for me.  I’ve been treated very well for the most part.”

“If I’m sick of me, I can only imagine how other people feel.”

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