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Humphrey Bogart quotes on world, problems, drinking, smoking, history, acting, etc.

54 Humphrey Bogart Quotes Worth Sharing

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One of the greatest American actors of all times, Humphrey Bogart was best known for starring in some cult classic films from the Golden Era of Hollywood, such as ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Dark Passage’. Born and raised in New York City, Humphrey first enlisted in the American Navy before he plunged into the world of acting through stage performances. Eventually, he made his film debut in the year 1930 with the film ‘Up the River,’ and for the next few years he played supporting roles as gangsters and outlaws in many films before he became a leading star in the 1940s. With roles in cult classic films such as ‘Casablanca,’ ‘The Big Sleep,’ and ‘Dark Passage,’ Humphrey established himself as a solid performer. Mentioned by the American Film Institute as the Greatest Male Star of American Cinema, Bogart was known for his intellect as well. We have compiled some of his best quotes on world, problems, drinking, smoking, history, and acting, which have been curated from his memorable film dialogues, radio appearances, and interviews.

I don't hurt the industry. The industry hurts itself, by making so many lousy movies - as if General Motors deliberately put out a bad car.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Errol Flynn and I are the only ones left who do any good old hell raising.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The problems of three little people in a big world don't add up to much

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Everybody has something to conceal.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Ah, nuts. I'm an actor. I just do what comes naturally.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Awards are meaningless for actors, unless they all play the same part.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The only way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I can't say I ever loved my mother; I admired her.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

This guy (Marlon Brando) - he'll be doing Hamlet when the rest of us are selling potatoes.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

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 DeForest Bogart

If a face like Ingrid Bergman's looks at you as though you're adorable, everybody does. You don't have to act very much.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I stick my neck out for *nobody*!

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

An actor needs something to stabilize his personality, something to nail down what he really is, not what he is currently pretending to be.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The whole world is about three drinks behind.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

People who don't drink are afraid of revealing themselves.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I always cry at weddings, especially my own.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

(on Warner Brothers) This studio has more suspensions than the Golden Gate Bridge.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I let my drinking do the talking.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

There never seems to be any trouble brewing around a bar until a woman puts that high heel over the brass rail. Don't ask me why, but somehow women at bars seem to create trouble among men.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I hate funerals. They aren't for the guy who's dead. They're for the guys who are left alive and enjoy mourning.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The only good reason to have money is this: so that you can tell any SOB in the world to go to hell.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The only thing money is good for is to buy your freedom.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Ugarte: You despise me, don't you? Rick Blaine: If I gave you any thought I probably would.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Sinatra’s idea of paradise is a place where there are plenty of women and no newspapermen. He doesn’t know it, but he’d be better off if it were the other way around.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I made more lousy pictures than any actor in history.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The only reason to make a million dollars in this business is to tell some fat producer to go to hell.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Capt. Renault: What on Earth brought you to Casablanca? Rick Blaine: My health, I came to Casablanca for the waters. Capt. Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert! Rick Blaine: I was misinformed.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The problem with this world is, everyone in it is 3 drinks behind.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

All you owe the public is a good performance.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

What's at the end of a million dollars? Zero, zero, zero... nothing. A circle with a hole in it.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

There is more to talking than just words.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains!

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

(On Bette Davis) Even when I was carrying a gun, she scared the be-jesus out of me.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Rick: Here's looking at you, kid.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Acting is like sex: you either do it and don't talk about it, or you talk about it and don't do it. That's why I'm always suspicious of people who talk too much about either.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Ain’t nothing a man can’t do if he believes in himself.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I gave up drinking once -- it was the worst afternoon of my entire life.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

I’m not good-looking. I used to be, but not anymore. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. It’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.’

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Rick Blaine: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have Paris, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night. Ilsa Lund: When I said I would never leave you. . . . Rick Blaine: And you never will. But I got a job to do too. Where I'm going you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now . . . here's looking at you kid.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Unless you really understand the water, and understand the reason for being on it, and understand the love of sailing and the feeling of quietness and solitude, you don't really belong on a boat anyway. I think Hemingway said one time that the sea is the last free place on earth.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Making money isn't the main point of business. Money is a by-product.... A new product has been found, something of use to the world. A new industry moves into an undeveloped area. Factories go up, machines go in and you're in business. It's coincidental that people who've never seen a dime now have a dollar and barefooted kids wear shoes and have their faces washed. What's wrong with an urge that gives people libraries, hospitals, baseball diamonds and movies on a Saturday night?

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

(on Katharine Hepburn) She talks at you as though you were a microphone; she lectured the hell out of me on temperance and the evils of drink. She doesn't give a damn how she looks. I don't think she tries to be a character. I think she is one.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

It is at least worth arguing that there is a modicum of the creative novelist in all of us, and that this absorption with how men get out of difficulties, single-handedly and alone if possible, is the stuff of which we weave the warp and woof of our own better dramatic imaginings.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

That's baseball, and it's my game. Y' know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave 'em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It's good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of 'em.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Major Strasser: You give him (Rick Blaine) credit for too much cleverness. My impression was that he's just another blundering American. Captain Renault: We musn't underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they blundered into Berlin in 1918.

- Humphrey DeForest Bogart