The 11 Best James Dean Quotes

The 11 Best James Dean Quotes

October 14, 2017 1 Comment

James Dean remains one of the most iconic and beloved actors in Hollywood’s history. From movie lines to personal thoughts, here are the 11 best James Dean quotes that came to define his legend.

1. “Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.” 
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt.
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt.
 
2. "Forgive quickly, kiss slowly Love truly, laugh uncontrollably And never regret anything that makes you smile."  
Frank Worth captures James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on set of Giant.
Frank Worth captures James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on set of Giant.
 
3. “I wouldn't like me, if I had to be around me.”  
James Dean with friend Martin Landau photographed by Roy Schatt
James Dean with friend Martin Landau photographed by Roy Schatt.
 
4. "If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man." 
Sanford Roth captures James Dean on the set of ‘Giant’.
Sanford Roth captures James Dean in Venice, California, 1955.
 
5. To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves.” 
Sanford Roth captures Dean on the set of ‘Giant’ circa 1955.
Sanford Roth captures Dean on the set of ‘Giant’ circa 1955.
 
6. "An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer.” 
James Dean photographed by Sanford Roth 1955.
James Dean photographed by Sanford Roth 1955.
 
7. "Only the gentle are ever really strong." 
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt.
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt.
 
8. “Racing is the only time I feel whole.” 
James Dean in his Porsche 356 Super Speedster.
James Dean in his Porsche 356 Super Speedster.
 
9. “Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.” 
Photographed by Roy Schatt in New York 1954
Photographed by Roy Schatt in New York 1954.
 
10. "Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done."
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt 1954.
James Dean photographed by Roy Schatt 1954.
 
11. "The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results." 
James Dean on the couch in Roy Schatt's apartment during a photography lesson 1954.
James Dean on the couch in Roy Schatt's apartment during a photography lesson 1954.

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John Ford
John Ford

August 18, 2018

it’s life running out on you the let’s you die
people that matter never do

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