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182 William Shatner Quotes That Will Make You Feel Better & Light

Famous As: Famous for His Portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the 'Star Trek' Franchise
Born On: March 22, 1931
Born In: Montreal, Canada
Age: 91 Years

William Shatner is a Canadian actor, director, producer and author. He has had a long television career and is the face of the Star Trek franchise. Shatner became a household name by portraying the role of Captain of the USS Enterprise ‘James Kirk’ in the hit series ‘Star Trek’. He is also the co-writer of numerous novels in the Star Trek universe. The most popular of his written work has to be the TekWars, which not surprisingly, did make its way into television. He also played prominent roles in several other hit series such as ‘Rescue 911’, ‘The Practice’ and ‘Boston Legal’. This Television Hall of Fame inductee has bagged several precious accolades such as Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award (twice), Saturn Award (twice), Golden Raspberry Award (twice), Prism Award and many more. Along with these honors, Shatner also has a star in the Hollywood and Canadian Walk of Fame. Since he has had a long acting career and given several popular TV series and films, many of his characters have become very popular. We have collected some of the most famous of William Shantner quotes that have come through either his popular characters or through his observations on several subjects, and also his interviews and publications. Here are some the most popular quotes from this American television icon, highlighting his thoughts and sayings.

I don't want people to know me. I want them to believe my version.

I don't want people to know me. I want them to believe my version.

William Shatner
My boy, that was a TV show. I used a stunt double. I always use a stunt double. Except in love scenes. I insist on doing those myself.

My boy, that was a TV show. I used a stunt double. I always use a stunt double. Except in love scenes. I insist on doing those myself.

William Shatner
Being an icon is overrated, remember an icon can be moved by a mouse

Being an icon is overrated, remember an icon can be moved by a mouse

William Shatner
We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.

We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.

William Shatner
You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture.

You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture.

William Shatner
I love the concept of togetherness and the entwinement of marriage.

I love the concept of togetherness and the entwinement of marriage.

William Shatner
I've been in that angst of loneliness, where you're really alone in the universe, except for the dog.

I've been in that angst of loneliness, where you're really alone in the universe, except for the dog.

William Shatner
The good life is one that's artistically made.

The good life is one that's artistically made.

William Shatner
What does God need with a starship?

What does God need with a starship?

William Shatner
Why does the lizard stick his tongue out? The lizard sticks its tongue out because that's the way its listening and looking and tasting its environment. It's its means of appreciating what's in front of it.

Why does the lizard stick his tongue out? The lizard sticks its tongue out because that's the way its listening and looking and tasting its environment. It's its means of appreciating what's in front of it.

William Shatner
I frequently dream of being on these horses' backs and running across a field. And the horse and I are one.

I frequently dream of being on these horses' backs and running across a field. And the horse and I are one.

William Shatner
If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.

If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.

William Shatner
If we can clean up our world, I'll bet you we can achieve warp drive.

If we can clean up our world, I'll bet you we can achieve warp drive.

William Shatner
No, I don't regret anything at this point. That may change on the next phone call, but at the moment I don't regret anything.

No, I don't regret anything at this point. That may change on the next phone call, but at the moment I don't regret anything.

William Shatner
The possibilities that are suggested in quantum physics tell us that everything that we're looking at may not be in fact there, so the underlying nature of being is weird.

The possibilities that are suggested in quantum physics tell us that everything that we're looking at may not be in fact there, so the underlying nature of being is weird.

William Shatner
The ability to breathe the air and drink the water will be what the wars will be about from here on in. And it's coming with alarming rapidity.

The ability to breathe the air and drink the water will be what the wars will be about from here on in. And it's coming with alarming rapidity.

William Shatner
The longer I go about living, I see it's the relationship that is most meaningful.

The longer I go about living, I see it's the relationship that is most meaningful.

William Shatner
Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life.

Energy is the key to creativity. Energy is the key to life.

William Shatner
Everyone knows everything about all of us. That's too much knowledge!

Everyone knows everything about all of us. That's too much knowledge!

William Shatner
My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life.

My beautiful wife is dead. She meant everything to me. Her laughter, her tears and her joy will remain with me the rest of my life.

William Shatner
I was built for the long run, not for the short dash, I guess.

I was built for the long run, not for the short dash, I guess.

William Shatner
Don't be afraid to make an ass of yourself. I do it all the time, and look what I got.

Don't be afraid to make an ass of yourself. I do it all the time, and look what I got." (Spoken at a graduation ceremony while holding aloft an honorary doctoral degree from McGill University)

William Shatner
I love technology.

I love technology.

William Shatner
Nature is perfect.

Nature is perfect.

William Shatner
I don't know how I got to this point but it must be as a result of everything that has come before so if I were to change something, I might not be at this point now.

I don't know how I got to this point but it must be as a result of everything that has come before so if I were to change something, I might not be at this point now.

William Shatner
I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs... the ocean... and love.

I also derive a great deal of pleasure from horses and dogs... the ocean... and love.

William Shatner
I like making people laugh. It comes off and shines in everything I do.

I like making people laugh. It comes off and shines in everything I do.

William Shatner
My wife and my three kids and my grandchildren are my life, but my horses and my dogs are everything else.

My wife and my three kids and my grandchildren are my life, but my horses and my dogs are everything else.

William Shatner
How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It's simple. I drink the blood of young runaways.

How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It's simple. I drink the blood of young runaways.

William Shatner
I don't watch television.

I don't watch television.

William Shatner
I've been approached to do some things with astronauts and the preparation that astronauts go through.

I've been approached to do some things with astronauts and the preparation that astronauts go through.

William Shatner
I'm not out to convince anybody of anything.

I'm not out to convince anybody of anything.

William Shatner
My dad was good with actions.

My dad was good with actions.

William Shatner
I don't know how to deal with being 80.

I don't know how to deal with being 80.

William Shatner
I never watched 'Star Trek.'

I never watched 'Star Trek.'

William Shatner
I'm anxious to make another film.

I'm anxious to make another film.

William Shatner
Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little bodies with tiny little arms and legs. So did the aliens at Roswell! I rest my case.

Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little bodies with tiny little arms and legs. So did the aliens at Roswell! I rest my case.

William Shatner
I believe that when things happen, they happen with a purpose.

I believe that when things happen, they happen with a purpose.

William Shatner
If saving money is wrong, I don't want to be right!

If saving money is wrong, I don't want to be right!

William Shatner

I was always working. Maybe you weren't aware of the movies I was making, or the television I was doing, or the shows I was creating, or the books I was writing; there have been thirty. But I have always been solidly at work, running as fast as I can.

William Shatner
In entertainment, whether it's movies or television or whatever, I'm a great audience, but I don't remember the names of the people I've seen or the groups that I've heard.

In entertainment, whether it's movies or television or whatever, I'm a great audience, but I don't remember the names of the people I've seen or the groups that I've heard.

William Shatner
I've never been without a dog. I've made trips across the country with a dog.

I've never been without a dog. I've made trips across the country with a dog.

William Shatner
I am private.

I am private.

William Shatner
Every piece of entertainment is made with the idea that 'This is going to be terrific' and 'This is the best thing I've ever done' and then it hits the public and then the public tells you whether it's good or bad.

Every piece of entertainment is made with the idea that 'This is going to be terrific' and 'This is the best thing I've ever done' and then it hits the public and then the public tells you whether it's good or bad.

William Shatner
A stage actor has to be 10% aware of the audience as he's performing.

A stage actor has to be 10% aware of the audience as he's performing.

William Shatner
I know very little about the viral, electronic world, but I use Twitter to communicate not only information that I think some of the fans want to hear about but also ideas.

I know very little about the viral, electronic world, but I use Twitter to communicate not only information that I think some of the fans want to hear about but also ideas.

William Shatner
I'm an optimist.

I'm an optimist.

William Shatner
All any artist can do is please themselves.

All any artist can do is please themselves.

William Shatner
My dad died of a stroke.

My dad died of a stroke.

William Shatner
I love living in Los Angeles.

I love living in Los Angeles.

William Shatner
Death is an absolute marvel.

Death is an absolute marvel.

William Shatner
Fate gives you the finger and you accept.

Fate gives you the finger and you accept.

William Shatner
I thought I was loved.

I thought I was loved.

William Shatner
I think the acting satisfies the need and desire for approval.

I think the acting satisfies the need and desire for approval.

William Shatner
When I'm interviewing somebody I don't work from prepared questions.

When I'm interviewing somebody I don't work from prepared questions.

William Shatner
Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.

Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.

William Shatner
I love to evoke the bones and meat and thoughts of characters.

I love to evoke the bones and meat and thoughts of characters.

William Shatner
I've been breeding Dobies for years. Almost won the breed in Westminster at one time.

I've been breeding Dobies for years. Almost won the breed in Westminster at one time.

William Shatner
I love horses. There's something practical and mystical about them.

I love horses. There's something practical and mystical about them.

William Shatner
I'm gonna reveal something to you that's going to come as a shock: If you're a stupid young man, you're usually a stupid old man. Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.

I'm gonna reveal something to you that's going to come as a shock: If you're a stupid young man, you're usually a stupid old man. Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.

William Shatner
I think making a good film shot is joyful.

I think making a good film shot is joyful.

William Shatner
I often conduct interviews in my truck.

I often conduct interviews in my truck.

William Shatner
I'm always open to the possibility that somebody's got a better idea than I have. It happens with some frequency.

I'm always open to the possibility that somebody's got a better idea than I have. It happens with some frequency.

William Shatner
I'm surfing the giant life wave.

I'm surfing the giant life wave.

William Shatner

I think that prog rock is the science fiction of music. Science fiction speculates on what the future might be and look like and how we'll get there, and yet there's always a central theme of humanity, or there should be. Progressive rock has the same concept of exploration into the parts of the music world that hasn't been explored.

William Shatner
I watch movies and sports. I can count on the fingers of my hand the number of times I have watched an hour show. I never watch a half-hour show, and I never watch myself.

I watch movies and sports. I can count on the fingers of my hand the number of times I have watched an hour show. I never watch a half-hour show, and I never watch myself.

William Shatner
The problem is I don't know anything or anyone. I am so focused on the immediate picture in front of me.

The problem is I don't know anything or anyone. I am so focused on the immediate picture in front of me.

William Shatner
I see myself as an actor with a love of music.

I see myself as an actor with a love of music.

William Shatner
I'm not technically adept at music, but I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins.

I'm not technically adept at music, but I'd love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins.

William Shatner
Instead of playing something heavily, I play it lightly. Since people like to cast cyclically, once you've done one thing, people want to put you in that bag again. And since I want to work, I let it happen.

Instead of playing something heavily, I play it lightly. Since people like to cast cyclically, once you've done one thing, people want to put you in that bag again. And since I want to work, I let it happen.

William Shatner
My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!

My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!

William Shatner
Yeah, I do stand-up, my own type of stand-up.

Yeah, I do stand-up, my own type of stand-up.

William Shatner
My mother was an exuberant, silly lady.

My mother was an exuberant, silly lady.

William Shatner
No matter how prosaic something is that you've done and been a part of again and again, there is so much more there that you haven't seen.

No matter how prosaic something is that you've done and been a part of again and again, there is so much more there that you haven't seen.

William Shatner
At 40, I went to bed for three days. I thought my life is over.

At 40, I went to bed for three days. I thought my life is over.

William Shatner
I've never not appeared in front of a live audience for any longer period than a month or two.

I've never not appeared in front of a live audience for any longer period than a month or two.

William Shatner
The actor is in the hands of a lot of other people, over which he has no control.

The actor is in the hands of a lot of other people, over which he has no control.

William Shatner
Tabloid stuff just offends.

Tabloid stuff just offends.

William Shatner
I can't type. Can't do it.

I can't type. Can't do it.

William Shatner
I'm just quizzical about how things work and why things are.

I'm just quizzical about how things work and why things are.

William Shatner
There's too many people in the world.

There's too many people in the world.

William Shatner
I didn't want to do the sitcom thing, but I didn't know what else to do.

I didn't want to do the sitcom thing, but I didn't know what else to do.

William Shatner
I believe in taking what happens as inevitable.

I believe in taking what happens as inevitable.

William Shatner
Gradually the live TV scene simmered out, replaced by film, and that took place in L.A. So many actors left New York.

Gradually the live TV scene simmered out, replaced by film, and that took place in L.A. So many actors left New York.

William Shatner
If I'm given an opportunity to do something, I do it. Or else I fool around with it.

If I'm given an opportunity to do something, I do it. Or else I fool around with it.

William Shatner
It's very easy to say no to leaving the house.

It's very easy to say no to leaving the house.

William Shatner
The only subject I know anything about is myself and I don't know that too clearly.

The only subject I know anything about is myself and I don't know that too clearly.

William Shatner
My site has the whole thing - blogs, information, video interviews.

My site has the whole thing - blogs, information, video interviews.

William Shatner
When there are tiers of meaning in an ad it intrigues the audience and they look for it again and again.

When there are tiers of meaning in an ad it intrigues the audience and they look for it again and again.

William Shatner
Ads need to be little pieces of entertainment.

Ads need to be little pieces of entertainment.

William Shatner
Things people say strike me as amusing, and I am prone to saying out loud what everybody's thinking.

Things people say strike me as amusing, and I am prone to saying out loud what everybody's thinking.

William Shatner
I did a movie in Esperanto.

I did a movie in Esperanto.

William Shatner
I played comedies and dramas.

I played comedies and dramas.

William Shatner
When I direct and have to look at filmed scenes of myself, I suck.

When I direct and have to look at filmed scenes of myself, I suck.

William Shatner
So many dot-com companies were formulated on air.

So many dot-com companies were formulated on air.

William Shatner
It's irksome to read about someone I don't recognize. It frightens me.

It's irksome to read about someone I don't recognize. It frightens me.

William Shatner
In my proudest moments, I think I had a real hand in the creative force of making 'Star Trek.' But most of the time, I don't think about it.

In my proudest moments, I think I had a real hand in the creative force of making 'Star Trek.' But most of the time, I don't think about it.

William Shatner
Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became. It's still almost impossible to imagine.

Nobody could have imagined the phenomenon that 'Star Trek' became. It's still almost impossible to imagine.

William Shatner
A series is filled with compromises.

A series is filled with compromises.

William Shatner
Here's something pompous - you take your day and artistically create it, so every moment has an artistic flavor.

Here's something pompous - you take your day and artistically create it, so every moment has an artistic flavor.

William Shatner
I'm looking for the perfect paintball movie.

I'm looking for the perfect paintball movie.

William Shatner
When I did the film Generations, in which the character died, I felt like a guest for the first time. That made me very sad.

When I did the film Generations, in which the character died, I felt like a guest for the first time. That made me very sad.

William Shatner