71 Notable Quotes By Jeanne Moreau For Those Who Wish To Stay Young At Heart
Film actor, Film director, Singer, Screenwriter, Musician, Film producer, Stage actor
Jeanne Moreau was an illustrious French actress, director, screenwriter and singer. She bagged in numerous awards and accolades for her phenomenal performances, including ‘BAFTA Awards’, ‘Cannes Film Festival Award’, ‘Cesar Award’ and a number of lifetime achievements awards that included ‘BAFTA Fellowship’. Some of her notable works include, ‘The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea’, ‘Seven Days....Seven Nights’, ‘Viva Maria!’, ‘The Man in My Life’, ‘The Victors’ amongst various others. In 1947, she made her theatrical debut and became one of the most eminent actresses of Comedie-Francaise. She was at the zenith of her career during the 1960s and continued to work and win hearts of her audiences while she was in her eighties. We have selectively created a large corpus of quotes and sayings by Jeanne Moreau which have been gathered from her vast sea of works, films, dialogues, writings, plays, thoughts, interviews and public utterances. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Jeanne Moreau on accomplishment, death, mystery, opinions, truth, people, success, story, work, powerful, hope, football, women etc.
Age does not protect you from love. But love to some extent, protects you from age. To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. Death is an absolute mystery. We are all vulnerable to it, it's what makes life interesting and suspenseful. It's like climbing a staircase. I'm on the top of the staircase, I look behind me and I see the steps. That's where I was. I have no doubt who I am. During rehearsals I am confronted by things very mysterious. I have terrific fights with inner demons, and it's more painful than it ever was. To me age is a number, just a number. Who cares? I've never worried about age. If you're extremely, painfully frightened of age, it shows. Nostalgia is when you want things to stay the same. I know so many people staying in the same place. The life you had is nothing. It is the life you have that is important. My life is very exciting now. We have so many words for states of the mind, and so few for states of the body. Making films is no longer a way of acting, it is a way of life. I am a woman with absolutely no sense of nostalgia. I don't think success is harmful, as so many people say. Rather, I believe it indispensable to talent, if for nothing else than to increase the talent. Some people are addicts. If they don't act, they don't exist. You should not separate your life from what you do. When Tony was madly in love with me, his relationship with Vanessa Redgrave was ending. When I'm acting, I'm two beings. There's the one monitoring the distance between myself and the camera, making sure I hit my marks, and there is the one driven by this inner fire, this delicious fear. What is amazing for a woman of my age is that I change as the world is changing-and changing very, very fast. I don't think my mother had that opportunity to change. To give a character life in a short space of time, it helps if you arrive on screen with a past. Sometimes the directors were afraid of what they brought out of me. Something pretty... that's just the surface. People worry so much about aging, but you look younger if you don't worry about it. Some gods may cross your path, but why should gods be beautiful? They could also be frightening. Some children I have met are very beautiful. Some children are imbeciles, vulgar, terrible. One thing you have to give up is attaching importance to what people see in you. My face has changed with the years and has enough history in it to give audiences something to work with. My aim in life is not to judge. It's just as idiotic to say there is no life after death as it is to say there is one. It's dangerous to assert oneself. I'm always amazed when young women who are having babies want their husbands to watch the babies come out. I would never allow anything like that. I think more and more people want to live alone. You can be a couple without being in each other's pockets. I don't see why you have to share the same bathroom. I need, absolutely, to be alone. I gradually work myself into a frenzy as the shoot approaches, while we're choosing the costumes or working with the make-up artist. I'm not so much interested in my character as the film itself. I don't feel guilt. Whatever I wish to do, I do. I can't belong to groups. I've tried. I behave normally, but people don't look at me normally. I can be intimidating, but not within the confines of a film shoot. Characters who are on screen from start to finish are not necessarily the ones who have the greatest impact. Beyond the beauty, the sex, the titillation, the surface, there is a human being. And that has to emerge. Being an actress is to be in tune with the fantasies of a man. What woman never dreamt of that? As a matter of principle, I always come to a film like a blank slate, I don't learn my lines in advance. With this approach, I feel clean. To give and receive love, you have to be in touch with pain, you have to be capable of provoking it and feeling it. Life is given to you like a flat piece of land and everything has to be done. I hope that when I am finished, my piece of land will be a beautiful garden, so there is a lot of work. Usually when a woman is 60, it's over. Women will not talk about football unless one of them is in love with a football player, and then suddenly you discover that they know everything that is to be known about it. Knowing how to die is knowing how to live. What is death anyway? It's the outcome of life. I don't like the idea of separating life and work. That notion seems dated and a bit alien to me. I am subject to very powerful lows. When you have highs, you have terrible lows. When you pinpoint that you are responsible for everything that happens to you, it is very frightening. All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent. If you want to live your life through to the end, you have to live dangerously. People's opinions don't interfere with me. Ageing gracefully is supposed to mean trying not to hide time passing and just looking a wreck. That's what they call ageing gracefully. You know? Success is like a liberation or the first phrase of a love story. All those vitamins aren't to keep death at bay, they're to keep deterioration at bay. People's opinions don't interfere with me. Every night I go over what I did in the day, in ethical or moral terms. Have I treated people properly? Did I tell the truth? If you get trapped in the idea that what is most important is what image of yourself you're giving to the world, you're on a dangerous path. Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. Life is an accomplishment and each moment has a meaning and you must use it. As long as you don't make waves, ripples, life seems easy. But that's condemning yourself to impotence and death before you are dead. Although for some people cinema means something superficial and glamorous, it is something else. I think it is the mirror of the world. Aging gracefully is supposed to mean trying not to hide time passing and just looking a wreck. Don't worry girls, look like a wreck, that's the way it goes.
I don't like going where I've already been. Life is a myriad of territories to discover. I don't want to waste time with what I already know.
When you live under the power of terror and segregation, you can't ever start a work of art.
The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.
You don't have to be a wreck. You don't have to be sick. One's aim in life should be to die in good health. Just like a candle that burns out.
Age doesn’t protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
My life is very exciting now. Nostalgia for what? It's like climbing a staircase. I'm on the top of the staircase, I look behind and see the steps. That's where I was. We're here right now. Tomorrow, we'll be someplace else. So why nostalgia? I work more now because at this time of my life I am not disturbed from my aim by outside pressures such as family, passionate relationships, dealing with 'who am I?' - those complications when one is searching for one's self.