Warren Beatty Quotes


Best 60 Quotes by Warren Beatty – Page 1 of 2

“Always thank your nurse. Sometimes they're the only one between you and a hearse.”

“And the success of the union movement, historically, has always been to benefit all working men and women – not just people who belong to the union.”

“Arnold has had his spokesman call me a crackpot. That was a mistake.”

“Art is truth.”

“Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging, narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation.”

“Building a house is a lot like moviemaking. The attention to detail, the sense that you're doing something that has longevity.”

“By attracting attention to yourself, you distract people from the movie. Ideally, you like a movie to speak for itself. You don't describe a song before you sing it or tell about a painting before you show it. You don't reveal the recipe before you serve the dish. You taste it.”

“By that time this society is going to be completely different for one thing. Your own son or your own son's son is not going to have the needs for money that you feel you have now. The society itself will be less dependent on money and currency to get along.”

“Character is plot, and casting is character.”

“Charity is taking an ugly girl to lunch.”

“Even the promiscuous feel pain.”

“Government is not show business.”

“How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they're giving you an enema.”

“I always feel that I'm sort of co-directing with my fellow actors. And you can tell when something's going on that really interests them and they approve of. And then you can sort of tell when there's not.”

“I believe if a private citizen is able to affect public opinion in a constructive way he doesn't have to be an elected public servant to perform a public service.”

“I believe that DVD is that which gives some hope to retaining some content in movies that will appeal to an older audience or the more sophisticated audience or the audience that doesn't need or desire to see a movie on a Friday night.”

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“I don't know that any of us can control our own image. We are what other people see.”

“I don't think there's anything to be admired in lying, cheating or philandering. But there might be something to be admired in not burning people at the stake because they have those weaknesses.”

“I don't think you should talk while the movie was going on and say, 'Oh, look at that – look how smart I was' or 'What a brilliant shot that is!' I don't believe in that.”

“I don't want to be mushy about it, but having four kids is definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me, and each kid is, to me, more fascinating than any five movies.”

“I don't want to run for governor, but I don't think anyone should put public service out of the question because that's not what a good citizen does.”

“I have been famous for a long time.”

“I left Northwestern University after a year and was in New York playing piano in a little bar on 58th Street, and I didn't know whether to go back.”

“I mourn the loss of the gigantic screen, but I guess you can't have everything.”

“I sometimes feel I have met everyone he ever met, but I never met him. I am afraid to say I have always been – the word I would have to use is – amused by Howard Hughes.”

“I think I've been lucky enough not to have to do movie after movie after movie for financial reasons, so I've been able to live life and also make movies. I didn't have to grind them out. I could go long periods where I was living life rather than tripping over cables.”

“I think I've had 16 books that purport to be a biography of me. I've never cooperated with someone.”

“I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me: I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.”

“I was studying with Stella Adler, who was a great, great teacher who encouraged me to be an actor. I had thought I would just write or direct or whatever. I wasn't thinking very much of Hollywood. I was thinking only of the legitimate theatre. But then I changed.”

“I would say that I wasn't so much afraid of marriage as afraid of divorce.”

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