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

Famous As: American Actor Who is Remembered as a Cultural Icon of Teenage Disillusionment and Social Estrangement
Born On: February 8, 1931
Died On: September 30, 1955
Born In: Marion, Indiana, United States
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

James Dean
The only greatness for man is immortality.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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
I'd rather have people hiss than yawn.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Racing is the only time I feel whole.

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

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

James Dean
Only the gentle are ever really strong.

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