Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A collection of quotes and thoughts by James Dean on tattoos, love, life, sex, dreams, forgive, live, death, be-yourself, purpose, actor, problems and immortality.

35 Notable Quotes By James Dean That Will Inspire You To Be Comfortable In Your Skin

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actor

Born On: February 8, 1931

Died On: September 30, 1955

Born In: Marion, Indiana, U.S

Died At Age: 24

James Dean was an American actor who at a very young age made a huge mark in Hollywood. Remembered as a cultural icon, he is one of the most celebrated movie stars in the history of American cinema. Dean made his first television appearance through a Pepsi Cola commercial. He made his first appearance in the 1950s where he was hardly noticed. He made his presence perceptible in ‘East of Eden’, ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ and ‘Giant’. Shortly after this, the news of his death in a car crash hit the world. The Movie industry had lost one of the most talented and enduring actors at a very early age. He received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for Best Actor posthumously and became the first actor to receive such acclamation. He is the only actor to have received two acting nominations posthumously. He was ranked as the 18th best male movie star of ‘Golden Age Hollywood’ by the ‘American Film Institute’ in 1999. Dean was the icon of utopianism, edginess and social estrangement. In order to honor the lasting impact that the legendary actor left, we bring to you a compilation of his thoughts and views in form of quotes and sayings. Read through the quotations and sayings by James Dean that will surely inspire and motivate you.

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

James Dean

I am trying to find the courage to be tender in my life. I know violence is weakness. Only the gentle are ever really strong.

James Dean

My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

You try to be yourself, do only what you've always done and like to do, and right away, you're tagged as an oddball.

James Dean

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

James Dean

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

James Dean

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

James Dean

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

James Dean

The only greatness for man is immortality.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

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

James Dean

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

James Dean

I'm a serious-minded and intense little devil, terribly gauche and so tense I don't see how people stay in the same room with me. I know I wouldn't tolerate myself.

James Dean

Death can't be considered because, if you're afraid to die, there's no room in your life to make discoveries.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

I'd rather have people hiss than yawn.

James Dean

The only way to make a scene realistic is to do it the way you know it would really happen.

James Dean

An actor should be judged by his performance only.

James Dean

The cinema is a very truthful medium because the camera doesn't let you get away with anything. On stage, you can even loaf a little, if you're so inclined.

James Dean

You can do 'Hamlet' while performing cartwheels... as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

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.

James Dean

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

James Dean

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

James Dean

I don't want anything seventy-thirty. Fifty-fifty's always good enough for me. I don't want to have to give anybody seventy; I don't want anybody to give me seventy. I want fifty.

James Dean

Racing is the only time I feel whole.

James Dean

Dream like you'll live forever, live like you'll die today.

James Dean

If zombies were made of bacon, I would only need a couple of fried eggs and a gallon of coffee, and the problem would basically solve itself.

James Dean

Only the gentle are ever really strong.

James Dean

I used to fly around quite a bit, you know? I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highways. And I started racing, and now I drive on the highways, I'm extra cautious because no one knows what they're doing half the time. You don't know what this guy is going to do or that one.

James Dean