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James Dean Quotes


"Without Jimmy (James) Dean the Beatles would never have existed." - John Lennon

"The first time I met James Franco, he was dressed like James Dean. He was James Dean, literally, filming a biopic." - Bill Hader

"Theres a wealth of information on James Dean, and everybody has an opinion on him. James Dean made some kind of impression on everybody." - Dane Dehaan

"There's a wealth of information on James Dean, and everybody has an opinion on him. James Dean made some kind of impression on everybody." - Dane Dehaan

"James Dean was the damaged but beautiful soul of our time." - Andy Warhol

"When I go let it be like James Dean, I don't want to die slow." - Ralston Bowles

"Robert Pattinson is rebel cool incarnated - the James Dean of the undead." - James Wolcott

"I myself am a great James Dean fan. He had this aura and enigma about him." - Ranbir Kapoor

"Without a reunion, the Eagles are forever young, like James Dean." - Glenn Frey

"My biggest influences as an actor were Marlon Brando, and I really dug James Dean." - Larry Bishop

"Actually, the person I related to was James Dean. I grew up with the Dean thing. Rebel Without A Cause had a very powerful effect on me." - Al Pacino

"Youth is the only sexy tragedy. It's James Dean jumping into his Porsche Spyder, it's Marilyn heading off to bed." - Michael Cunningham

"I like Brando's acting... and James Dean... and Richard Widmark. Quite a few of 'em I like." - Elvis Presley

"I expected that most of my career would be in dramatic acting. My hero was James Dean." - Jim Carrey

"I like Brando's acting ... and James Dean ... and Richard Widmark. Quite a few of 'em I like." - Elvis Presley

"I'm a huge fan of James Dean, that got me started. Nowadays I smoke four packs in a day." - Ville Valo

"I already played James Dean in a film called Race with Destiny, but it hasn't come out yet." - Casper Van Dien

"When I grew into a teenager, I became obsessed with Marlon Brando, Montgomery Cliff, and James Dean." - William Forsythe

"I like a lot of classic movies, like, for example, 'Citizen Kane', James Dean movies, etc, etc." - Tommy Wiseau

"i like james patterson" - James Patterson

"Mine's Bond - James Bond." - Ian Fleming

"Mine's Bond - James Bond." - Ian Fleming

"James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is... James Cameron." - James Cameron

"It's a good thing [James] Dean died when he did. If he'd lived, he'd never have been able to live up to the publicity." - Humphrey Bogart

"James Dean taught me not to speed, River Phoenix taught me not to DO speed, and Marlon Brando taught me to slow down on the cheeseburgers." - Emile Hirsch

"I at least felt the obligation to speak clearly [in 'The last Tycoon']. This is pre-Brando and pre-James Dean. Nobody mumbled back then." - Matt Bomer

"I love Marlon Brando and James Dean. That was when it was all about the star and the script. Nowadays, everything has to be action-packed." - Ansel Elgort

"Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn't know every little dirty thing about our public figures. He and James Dean were very mysterious, archetypal American heroes." - Sheryl Crow

"I always wanted to be an actor, but my top three favorite actors of all time are Al Pacino, James Dean and Philip Seymour Hoffman." - Dane Dehaan

"I was a dozy boy; I'd like to have been like James Dean, but I was more Arthur Askey - pathetically rebellious in a cheeky, chappy sort of way." - Rupert Graves

"Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford. In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got the crap beaten out of him." - Dean Koontz

"Go in peace, James Carstairs." - Cassandra Clare

"I got into film acting because I wanted to be James Dean. We lost him at a very young age - he was only 24 - but I'm in my fifthies, so there's only so many times you can act like James Dean. I had to find new ways of expressing myself that kept me fascinated with film performance." - Nicolas Cage

"I wish James Dean would never have died. Then he'd be fat and acting on 'Dynasty' or something. There wouldn't be this whiny-boy act that's so prevalent everywhere." - Jane Leeves

"Frankly, I have no sex appeal. Just strolling in Los Angeles, London, or Paris, you will find a bunch of young guys like me. I am not James Dean." - Robert Pattinson

"Every Betrayal begins with trust-Phish Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today-James Dean Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live-Anonymous" - Brian Jacques

"I'd missed science and what it was all about because I was too busy trying to think of other things, when I was at school. I was too busy trying to be James Dean." - Dallas Campbell

"Best advice was from a man by the name of James Dean. "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today". I read that my senior year in high school and have never stopped since." - Kelly Blatz

"Music and fashion have had a kind of incestuous relationship since the Fifties. It started with people like Elvis Presley and pop icons like James Dean. Then it exploded in the MTV days. Now, with the Internet, it's instantaneous." - John Varvatos

"When I was a child, I had posters of James Dean in my room. I was a big admirer of his work and was fascinated by him living on the edge. Looking back, my life was kind of the same." - Boris Becker

"I'd say James Dean is someone that's really inspired me. Just the fact that he did only three movies before he died at such a young age, and yet everyone knows who he is. It really blows my mind." - Tye Sheridan

"I was just thinking of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and how young they were when they died. I would like to be a pop icon who survives. I would like to be a living icon." - John Travolta

"It wasn't until I saw James Dean that I began to think that maybe I could actually do this. Movies didn't have to be just this fantasy with this impossibly handsome guy." - Terence Stamp

"I have a bit of an obsession with the 1950's and all those actors from Montgomery Clift to James Dean and Anthony Perkins. Just that whole era of Tennessee Williams to Elia Kazan." - Sebastian Stan

"Howard Dean came in a disappointing third place. Afterwards Dean said 'Iowa is behind me and now I look forward to screaming at voters in New Hampshire.'" - Conan O'Brien

"Howard Dean was endorsed by Al Gore. Now, if Dean could get Gray Davis to campaign for him, that would put him over the top." - Jay Leno

"Jim Dean and Elvis were the spokesmen for an entire generation. When I was in acting school in New York, years ago, there was a saying that if Marlon Brando changed the way people acted, then James Dean changed the way people lived. He was the greatest actor who ever lived. He was simply a genius." - Martin Sheen

"I'm still James Johnson. Rick James is a stage name. James Johnson keeps Rick James on the ground... Kind of sort of." - Rick James

"A LeBron James team is never desperate." - Lebron James

"Please put out the light, James." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I'm the fourth best James Bond." - Roger Moore

"I could never be James Bond." - Kevin James

"To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite, who never mentions hell to ears polite." - Alexander Pope

"Dean is a doctor but he acts more like a postal worker!" - Jay Leno

"Crows don't take from you," Dean said. "They give your soul wings." - Caitlin Kittredge

"Me and Paul (Dean) will probably win forty games (they won forty-nine)." - Dizzy Dean

"But she's ditched Dean!" - J K Rowling

"When Howard Dean started saying some honest things, they hung him." - Robert Scheer

"I always watch Dean Martin's show... just to see if he falls down." - James Stewart

"Young Jimmy Dean fell off the world as suddenly as he had come." - Mercedes Mccambridge

"James Woods is great. I actually did a movie with James Woods in 2000: 'John Q.'" - Kevin Connolly

"James Brown died owing me $50,000. But I loved James Brown." - Don King

"The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender" - Philip Guedalla

"Every time I go to Europe, I remember that James Dean never saw Europe, but yet I see his face everywhere. There's James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe - windows of the Champs Elysees, discos in the south of Spain, restaurants in Sweden, t-shirts in Moscow. My life was confused and disoriented for years by his passing. My sense of destiny destroyed - the great films he would have directed, the great performances he would have given, the great humanitarian he would have become, and yet, he's the greatest actor and star I have ever known." - Dennis Hopper

"[Dean Martin] is an absolute, unqualified drunk. And if we ever develop an Olympic drinking team, he's gonna be the coach... Dean Martin has been stoned more often than the United States embassies." - Frank Sinatra

"It wasn't the first time. This happened to Dennis Kucinich. It happened to Jesse Jackson. They did it even to Howard Dean, creating the Dean scream. This is how they [democrats] work." - Jill Stein

"Im a huge fan of the James Bond genre." - Chris Diamantopoulos

"Our souls are knit. We are one person, James." - Cassandra Clare

"Books are keys that open many doors - James Rollins" - James Rollins

"Perhaps [James Herondale] loved vice for vice's own sake." - Cassandra Clare

"James Taylor and God are the reasons I play music." - Garth Brooks

"James Ibori gave me $15million as bribe in 2007" - Nuhu Ribadu

"Mel Gibson would not be a good James Bond" - Sophie Marceau

"I didn't see any furry little James Bonds." - Larissa Ione

"The greatest all-around American film actor is James Stewart." - David Denby

"Henry James chews more than he bites off." - Henry Adams

"I just love {LeBron James} so much. We're soul mates." - Savannah Brinson

"James Cagney as a baby is not my ideal thing." - John Krasinski

"[Of James Monroe's administration:] The Era of Good Feelings." - Benjamin Russell

"You'll stay with me?' Until the very end,' said James." - J K Rowling

"My house is not James Bondish at all. Sorry." - Ken Adam

"And it's impossible for me to read Henry James." - Norman Maccaig

"The art gods cooked up something special for James Ensor." - Jerry Saltz

"I write heavily under the influence of James Taylor." - Carole King

"I am a big devourer of James Baldwin." - Don Lemon

"I can be the best James Bond there is." - Hrithik Roshan

"A James Bond movie is a stuntman's dream." - Steve Truglia

"I've never managed to get very far with Henry James." - Sarah Waters

"I will be the first black James Bond." - Dhani Jones

"Howard Dean dropped out of the race today. At least he can't claim his voice wasn't heard." - Jay Leno

"Howard Dean is narrowing the field of potential running mates. It's down to Mike Tyson or Bobby Knight." - Craig Kilborn

"Did you see Howard Dean ranting and raving? Here's a little tip Howard - cut back on the Red Bull." - David Letterman

"Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"While opponents label (Howard) Dean a throwback liberal, The New York Times recently noted that as governor, Dean cut income taxes, reformed welfare and balanced Vermont's budget - all traditionally conservative policies. Dean also received an 'A' rating from the National Rifle Association, which I think you can't get unless you've killed a guy." - Jon Stewart

"I guess he was such an open, emotional vessel that I think he tapped into human nature, so it just left people wondering what would have happened. I think James Dean would be 83 today. He could be here, what would he be doing?" - Dane Dehaan

"I wasn't a babe in the woods. I'd watched a lot of stars, from James Dean to Brando, and I'd seen everybody alive work at MGM. I had a certain old-timer's quality, even though I was young and new, and drew on what I believed before I made it." - Jack Nicholson

"It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison - it's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo." - John Lennon

"Watching the news inspires me to keep going and reminds me why I should never complain. I'm inspired by those who don't let others define them: Martin Luther King Jr., James Dean, Vincent Van Gogh, Hillary Clinton, Tennessee Williams, director Steve McQueen. They've all changed the conversation by making their voices heard." - Robert Piper

"I was someone who was out of control and not to be worked with. It was partly because method acting was a new thing in Hollywood then and Marlon Brando had gotten through and Montgomery Clift had gotten through and James Dean but beyond that there wasn't really anybody." - Dennis Hopper

"I watched a lot of the James Bond movies, certainly, both the old ones and the reboot with Daniel Craig. I watched a lot of the Matt Helm films with Dean Martin, which just have these great car scenes where it's rear-projected, and they just start making martinis out of a bar in the glove compartment." - Adam Reed

"I remember the day I discovered James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. I don't know why it affected me so strongly, but I walked down to the corner store and bought every poster of them, and I did my whole room up. Overnight." - Gwen Stefani

"I wasn't an expert or even the biggest Dennis Hopper fan in the world. All I knew about him were through his associations with James Dean and Andy Warhol, the fact that he made 'Easy Rider.' I thought his story would have a really great outlaw literary quality to it." - Tom Folsom

"When I was in high school in the '50s you were supposed to be an Elvis Presley, a James Dean, a Marlon Brando or a Kingston Trio type in a button-down shirt headed for the fraternities at Stanford or Cal." - Robert Hass

"To be honest, I've made a game out of trying to live through my James Dean, Janis Joplin, Freddie Prinze, Jim Morrison period, those demons that we all have that we're either successful or not at making work for us rather than destroy us." - Patrick Swayze

"The terrible thing in England is if you interview a thousand people, five hundred of them will talk like they're going into a Guy Ritchie movie and the other five hundred will be Mr. Darcy. So we had to find cool, working class kids with no profile who could be John Travolta and James Dean and people like that." - Ricky Gervais

"Where's our Paul Newmans? Where's our Robert Redfords? We've got Jason Statham, who is great... blue collar and cool, which is fantastic. And we've got Hugh Grant, which is great. But where's this crossover, this blue collar guy who is cool? Where is our James Dean? Where is our John Travolta and Steve McQueen?" - Ricky Gervais

"I think what I'm doing is quintessentially American because I'm not American - even though I am on the verge of getting my American passport next week - I have a fantasy of what is American. Big spaces, Marlon Brando, James Dean, easy living." - Italo Zucchelli

"Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond." - Idris Elba

"You can give me detention. Oh, wait, that's aren't the boss of me. So I guess you can just bite me. -Dean" - Jeff Mariotte

"Earlier today former Vermont Governor Howard Dean became the new head of the Democratic National Committee - no word on who will be the neck." - Amy Poehler

"Howard Dean announced today he will campaign in seven states. The states are Rage, Frenzy, Fury, Rath, Fever, Agitation, and Delirium. Yeeeeaaaah!" - Jay Leno

"Did you folks see President Bush's State of the Union Address? How about that surprise announcement? Howard Dean has been captured and he's in the hands of interrogators." - David Letterman

"Dean's wife, Judith Steinberg, made a rare appearance with Dean. She's a doctor, so I guess they brought her in to stop the hemorrhaging." - Jay Leno

"I don't want to scare anybody here but we just received word from police that Howard Dean is loose and may be armed with a microphone." - Craig Kilborn

"Al Gore has endorsed Howard Dean for president. That's pretty fitting, the guy that didn't beat Bush endorsing the guy who won't beat Bush." - David Letterman

"General Wesley Clark commented on Gore endorsing Howard Dean. He said endorsements don't win elections. Hey, in this country, votes don't even win elections." - Jay Leno

"Presidential candidate Howard Dean is now being attacked for dodging the draft. I never knew this about the guy - but now I know this guy is presidential material." - David Letterman

"Howard Dean is a politician, a medical doctor and a Democrat. So he has three reasons to tell women to take off their clothes now." - Jay Leno

"Michael, if you can't pass, you can't play. - Coach Dean Smith to Michael Jordan in his freshman year We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees." - Jason Kidd

"The downside of being a dean is that I'd rather drop off my son at (Michael Jackson's) Neverland Ranch than go to all those meetings." - Ergun Caner

"Dean Swift proposed to tax beauty, and to leave every lady to rate her own charms; he said the tax would be cheerfully paid and very productive." - Frederick Saunders

"A long time ago, when I was a young dancer in New York City, I fell in love with Jimmy Dean and he fell in love with me." - Liz Sheridan

"Madaming is the sort of thing that happens to you - like getting a battlefield commission or becoming the dean of women at Stanford University." - Sally Stanford

"[Dean Martin] my favourite out of everyone because there is a grace that he brings. What he did seemed so effortless." - Michael Buble

"Mr. Sniggs, the Junior Dean, and Mr. Postlethwaite, the Domestic Bursar, sat alone in Mr. Sniggs's room overlooking the garden quad at Scone College." - Evelyn Waugh

"[Toast:] To our queer old dean." - William Spooner

"Dean Martin is one of my heroes." - Joe Mantegna

"I'm a product of the Kennedy era. Kennedy's Inaugural plus the accident of Dean Rusk brought me into the government. Those were my values." - Richard Holbrooke

"Faithful continued prayer is one key to answered prayer. As James expresses it, "You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:2)." - John F Walvoord

"You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed." - Rush Limbaugh

"That is the mystery: Reading Henry James can yield prose that is contrary to James, yet inspired by him. Who can understand this?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"Without wanting to claim that I'm really like James Bond I would certainly prefer to be thought of as closer to James Bond than Mr. Bean most definitely." - Rowan Atkinson

"I feel sorry for James Blunt, he has to wake up every morning and think 'Oh my God, I'm James Blunt, what have I done?" - Bill Bailey

"I mean, Rick James was just a man-made image, the image I created. Just trying to live Rick James almost killed me." - Rick James

"Chuck Norris doesn't need to understand the work of James Joyce; James Joyce needs to understand the work of Chuck Norris." - Brian Celio

"What my first son James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn't care for myself. James saved my life." - Colin Farrell

"At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James, the famous King James version; and this is the great literary monument of the English language." - Lafcadio Hearn

"You can't really dance properly to James Brown. If you dance to James Brown, you look like an idiot. There's a lot of jerking." - Sandra Bullock

"I had the idea in my twenties that a writer could immediately become the late Henry James. Henry James himself had to mature. Even Saul Bellow did." - Cynthia Ozick

"... the twin concepts of nihilism and the antihero have had it. What began with The Wild One and James "nobody understands me" Dean, ran with increasing vehement negativism up through the Stones and Velvets and Iggy ... [I]t may be time, in spite of all indications to the contrary from the exterior society, to begin thinking in terms of heroes again, of love instead of hate, of energy instead of violence, of strength instead of cruelty, of action instead of reaction." - Lester Bangs

"I can't think of another actor who acquired stardom so quickly, who held it for such a short time, and then kept it for such a long time. James Dean became a star in one calendar year, and then he left us. But he's still being talked about, he's still being revered, he's still being iconized forty years later. I don't think there's another example like it in the entire history of movies." - Leonard Maltin

"I couldn't get a job acting all the time and there were down periods where I could take photographs or paint. I got into a lot of trouble when I was young, from making two films with James Dean, watching him work and then him dying and thinking I could turn down work. There was a big difference, he was a star and I wasn't. So I got in a lot of trouble and was essentially banned from Hollywood." - Dennis Hopper

"The first piece of art that I ever bought-when I could afford it-was a Warhol sketch from the period when he was just getting out of doing commercial work and more into art. It's a sketch of a young guy's face. I guess the gallery that I bought it from thought I would like it because the young guy kind of looked like James Dean." - James Franco

"I like more the work of Marlon Brando than Laurence Olivier. Even though I love Laurence Olivier, I like more the organic work. I don't like when it's too prepared. Like, I like the American acting for that - this actor's studio kind of thing, you know, and James Dean, and this type of work. I like it better than the English which is more prepared." - Emmanuelle Seigner

"There are so many great actors, but I really have a lot of respect for Johnny Depp. I've seen a lot of movies with him in it and, even if it's a film that wasn't as successful as you thought it would be, I've never seen him put in a bad performance. My favorite actors from history have to be Steve McQueen and James Dean." - Ed Speleers

"I read a quote by James Dean when I was 17; he said, 'I'd rather starve than do a whole bunch of work that I don't care about.' The older I got, the more I understood what he was saying. If I want to do a whole lot of work that I don't care about, then I would probably be working in a law office somewhere." - Mehcad Brooks

"Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge raised security alert to a code red. Apparently Howard Dean has escaped. Did you see Dean's crazed speech the other night, yelling? I see why his wife won't campaign with him. In fact, Dean has a new slogan: 'Aaghhhh.'" - Jay Leno

"James Brown lives, as long as someone steps out of their body and dances uncontrollably." - Al Sharpton

"On his telepathic understanding with James Worthy- It's almost like we have ESPN." - Magic Johnson

"I thought LeBron James was just going to be another addition to help me score" - Ricky Davis



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