James Dean

James Dean

Biography

Author Profession: US actor
Born: February 08, 1931
Died: September 30, 1955
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.

I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too.

I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day.

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.

An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet.

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.

The only greatness for man is immortality.

Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me.

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.

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.

Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.

When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.

I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.

The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.

Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.

Only the gentle are ever really strong.

To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.

But you can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways. Gene Hackman

Most people have a blank slate and can start from nothing. But for me, I had to break a bad habit that I've been doing all of my life, which is freestyle hip-hop. Roshon Fegan

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