Alain Delon Quotes



Best 28 Quotes by Alain Delon

“A friend? That's someone you can call at three in the morning saying that you have just committed a crime and who only answers you: Where is the body?”

“An actor is a vocation, a profession that can be learned, it's a lifestyle choice. An actor is a personality, strong in general, taken and placed at the service of cinema by a combination of circumstances.”

“Everything I did in cinema, I have lived it.”

“For actors and heads of state, there is no retirement age.”

“For pride or money – I don't want that. When you have been world champion, you have to avoid the fight or the movie too much. I will not do it.”

“I am everything and I am nothing. I am what was made of me. I accept this prize, this palm, long refused, because I would have liked it to be given to my directors.

I was first violin or piano and I had exceptional conductors. It is to them that we must give the prize. They are all dead, so I am taking the prize for them, in their memory, in honor of their strength, their talent.

That's why I'm here, otherwise I wouldn't be here.”

“I am not a star. I am an actor. I have been fighting for years to make people forget that I am just a pretty boy with a beautiful face. It's a hard fight, but I will win it. I want the public to realize that above all I am an actor, a very professional one who loves every minute of being in front of the camera. But one who becomes very miserable the instant the director shouts, 'Cut'!”

“I am very happy on stage, almost more than on a movie set.”

“I do very well three things: my job, stupidities and children.”

“I have known everything and I have received everything. But true happiness is giving.”

“I have never acted in my life, I live my roles. It wasn't funny for the women who shared my life, because one day I was a cop, the next day a priest. The camera is for me like a woman whom I look into the eyes.”

“I knew everything and received everything. But real happiness, is giving.”

“I like to be loved as I love myself!”

“I want to devour you with my eyes, and tell you over and over that you've never been so beautiful.”

“I will leave in peace, I will not regret anything and especially not this sh*tty time.”

“I'm not really afraid of death. I think about life.”

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“If I hadn't met the women I met, I would have died. The women loved me, they wanted me to do this job and they are the ones who fought for me to do it. Without them, I wouldn't be here today.”

“If tomorrow I receive a nice project, something that sticks with me, I'll do it. Even at 95.”

“In love, we have to dare everything if we really love.”

“It drives me crazy to see my sons, the little one and even the big one, all day on their thing. Facebook, 'Instra-gam' or whatever. Buzz is noise. It does not interest me.”

“It was the women who pushed me towards cinema when I had no training. I made a book out of it. The title 'The Women of My Life' says it all.

At first, it was thanks to my face, but it could have only lasted a year. If I had been bad, I would have been gone a long time ago, don't you think?”

“The actor has a vocation: he has attended schools, is trained, does theatre. An actor is an accident.”

“The public liked to see me with a gun in my hand and, often, to die at the end. Death is what makes heroes.”

“Today, I am different from yesterday physically. But I don't want to make movies again just to make movies. I don't want to fight too much, as the boxers say, whom I know well.”

“What I have to say is very simple and very short: Jean-Pierre Melville's the greatest director I've had the good fortune, pleasure and honor to work with up to this point. It'd take too long to explain. He's wonderful. He knows more about cinema than anyone. He's the greatest director I know, the greatest cameraman, the best at framing and lighting, the best at everything. He's a living encyclopedia of cinema.”

“When you've been here too long, you piss people off, especially here. The 'he's still there, that guy', it's very French. We don't like success that lasts.”

“You believe in God, then you don't believe anymore and when you have a big problem, you pray anyway.”

“You knew Romy Schneider was the real deal from the moment she started talking. Her words were powerful. She had that certain way about her that sucked you in. It was beyond your better logic. You hated the way she made you feel. You mistook it for helplessness; lack of control. But truth was that she aspired nothing else but harmony and serenity. She was only guilty of raw magnetism.”

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