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A collection of thought-provoking and inspiring Jackie Chan quotes about life, cinema, success, failure, martial arts, technology, humanity, stunt, change, self-discipline, challenges etc

107 Thought-Provoking Jackie Chan Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As
Actor, Martial Artist

Born On

Born In
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Founder / Co Founder
Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, The Dragon's Heart Foundation

Jackie Chan is a name that needs no introduction. He has entertained the world with his martial arts techniques, acting skilss and great comic timing. Jackie is also a director, singer, producer and a stuntman. He began his career as a stuntman with ‘New Fist Of Fury’ in 1976 which went unrecognized, but later his stunts in ‘Snakes In The Eagle Shadow’ was widely appreciated. Within a short span of time, Jackie Chan became the most popular martial arts superstar in Asia. Thereafter, he directed his first movie ‘The Young Master’ in 1980. Till date, Jackie has appeared in more than 100 Hong Kong and Hollywood movies. ‘The Karate Kid’, ‘Rush Hour2’, ‘Shanghai Noon’ and ‘The Tuxedo’ are few of his noted movies. Apart from movies, Jackie is also involved in social service and philanthropy, and serves as the Brand Ambassador of UNICEF and UNAIDS children’s organization. Jackie has shared his thoughts on several issues through his films, life, interviews etc. We have collected some of his thought-provoking and inspiring quotes from his film dialogues, speeches, interviews and general life. Here is our collection of Jackie Chan quotes and sayings on love, movies, life, stunt and much more.

I prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

- Jackie Chan

I'm afraid to fail again.

- Jackie Chan

The movie business is a big gamble.

- Jackie Chan

When I'm in meetings until 5am and then have to get up two hours later for filming, sometimes I ask myself 'why?'

- Jackie Chan

You cannot mix sports with politics.

- Jackie Chan

I like to give back.

- Jackie Chan

I love to clean.

- Jackie Chan

I feel like I have lived all over the world since I get to go everywhere to film.

- Jackie Chan

I have a metal plate in my head, and can pop my shoulder and pop it back.

- Jackie Chan

My wish is to bring my heroes to the big screen, and many of them have already appeared in my films.

- Jackie Chan

Every country when they have Olympics, a lot of people come out opposed.

- Jackie Chan

I play a nobody in Japan.

- Jackie Chan

I want to be in 'Avatar'. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man.

- Jackie Chan

My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That's the Jackie Chan diary.

- Jackie Chan

When I was young I didn't care about education, just money and box office.

- Jackie Chan

I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school.

- Jackie Chan

We're all the same inside.

- Jackie Chan

I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama.

- Jackie Chan

I'm good for some things, bad for a lot of things.

- I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Jackie Chan

When I make a film - I direct my own film, I write my own script - that's what I want to hear from the audience. 'Oh, thank you, Jackie!'

- Jackie Chan

Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.

- Jackie Chan

Most of the time, I'm not even working; I'm just helping people, because I feel that I am too lucky.

- Jackie Chan

It is totally different making films in the East than in the West. In the East, I make my own Jackie Chan films, and it's like my family. Sometimes I pick up the camera because I choreograph all the fighting scenes, even when I'm not fighting. I don't have my own chair. I just sit on the set with everybody.

- Jackie Chan

I want to try something different in Hollywood, to tell the audience I am not just an actor star - I am an actor, too.

- Jackie Chan

I want to play a fireman and a spy. I want to learn special effects.

- Jackie Chan

Chinese people need to be controlled; otherwise, they will do whatever they want.

- Jackie Chan

When I give somebody something and see their face, it just makes me so happy.

- Jackie Chan

When I was a child, I was very poor and wanted everything. So when I got money, I began buying things.

- Jackie Chan

Of course I get hurt.

- Jackie Chan

I love reading book

- I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Jackie Chan

As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, 'I don't want to become like Bruce Lee's son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.' I just think my son is too lazy.

- Jackie Chan

I just make good movies. That's the way I thank my fans.

- Jackie Chan

I'm crazy, but I'm not too crazy.

- Jackie Chan

I'm not a god - I do bad things.

- Jackie Chan

Being a stunt coordinator, I have to take care not only of myself but I have to make sure everyone is safe.

- Jackie Chan

I hate violence, yes I do. It's kind of a dilemma, huh?.

- Jackie Chan

Coffee is a language in itself.

- Jackie Chan

I'm not young anymore. I'm really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It's a dilemma - I like action but I don't like violence.

- Jackie Chan

Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training.

- Jackie Chan

If there really is a god, then he really looks after me.

- Jackie Chan

I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want.

- Jackie Chan

My affection for Taiwan... is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese.

- Jackie Chan

I feel that there are a few things in the world without cultural barriers.

- Jackie Chan

I've got a very interesting background.

- Jackie Chan

Money for me today does not really matter.

- Jackie Chan

The kids never listen to you, especially the youngest ones.

- Jackie Chan

Speaking English is like tongue-twist for me. I can speak each word perfect, but then you have to string them together like, 'Blah, blah, blah.' That's when I get crazy.

- Jackie Chan

I love wushu a lot and I would love to see it included in future Olympic Games.

- Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan is a myth.

- Jackie Chan

Sometimes, I'm very embarrassed.

- Jackie Chan

Every time I make American film I just trust American directors and American writers.

- Jackie Chan

I sometimes just don't like to see the Ultimate Fighting. I just find it, as a martial artist, I just find it too violent.

- Jackie Chan

In every movie I do have a dialogue.

- Jackie Chan

I give the children education.

- Jackie Chan

I really like children to watch my movies.

- Jackie Chan

One day, I want to make a PG film.

- Jackie Chan

I think the family movie is very important to everybody right now.

- Jackie Chan

I like to change characters and then, slowly I believe the audience treat me as, like an actor who can fight. It's not like an action star.

- Jackie Chan

I've choreographed all of my movies.

- Jackie Chan

When I'm making an American film, it's more safe because there are so many people on the set to watch me. Whatever I do, they say, 'What are you doing!? Tell me first!' There are so many restrictions.

- Jackie Chan

In America there's no way I can make the kind of movie I like to make.

- Jackie Chan

I now have two different audiences. There's the one that has been watching my action films for 20 years, and the American family audience. American jokes, less fighting.

- Jackie Chan

I know I have a responsibility to the fans.

- Jackie Chan

Actor's life is very long.

- Jackie Chan

I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro.

- Jackie Chan

I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.

- Jackie Chan

Sometimes I'd like to play the bad guy and sometimes I'd like to die in a movie.

- Jackie Chan

The ads all call me fearless, but that's just publicity. Anyone who thinks I'm not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am.

- Jackie Chan

I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer.

- Jackie Chan

I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years.

- Jackie Chan

The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro, like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act.

- Jackie Chan

After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and - Boom! - people go.

- Jackie Chan

Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don't like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn't work. Some movie I don't like, it gets big box office. Very difficult.

- Jackie Chan

For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing - stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses - makes more money for me than making movies.

- Jackie Chan

I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on.

- Jackie Chan

Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are.

- Jackie Chan

I don't want to be an action star; action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer. I want my career to get longer.

- Jackie Chan

I've seen too many ups and downs in the movie industry.

- Jackie Chan

Olympics for me is love, peace, united.

- Jackie Chan

I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not. I'm really confused now.

- Jackie Chan

I want to show audiences I can act.

- Jackie Chan

I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training.

- Jackie Chan

If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic.

- Jackie Chan

I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences.

- Jackie Chan

I hate interviews - but you have to do them.

- Jackie Chan

I do small things. I try to do good things every day.

- Jackie Chan

If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be.

- Jackie Chan

When you are learning about a martial art, it is about respect.

- Jackie Chan

Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan.

- Jackie Chan

My dream is to continue filming until my body tells me to stop.

- Jackie Chan

In the real world, children love me.

- Jackie Chan

More understand China, then more people will have interest in China and more people will come to China to visit us because I am a tourist ambassador.

- Jackie Chan

Before I do a stunt, I have to make sure it is safe.

- Jackie Chan

Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.

- Jackie Chan

I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life.

- Jackie Chan

In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie Who?'.

- Jackie Chan

Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again.

- Jackie Chan

Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.

- Jackie Chan

Sometimes I do need to go to karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.

- Jackie Chan

When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee.

- Jackie Chan