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Motivational Kirk Douglas Quotes and Sayings

Kirk Douglas Quotes:- Kirk Douglas (born December 9, 1916) is an American retired actor, filmmaker, and author. A centenarian, he is one of the last surviving stars of the film industry’s Golden Age.

After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers with Barbara Stanwyck and Lizabeth Scott.

Inspirational Kirk Douglas Quotes

“I have been an actor for most of my life. When I started out, I didn’t think about anything except what was good for me. Like many movie stars, I became all wrapped up in myself.“-Kirk Douglas

Inspirational Kirk Douglas Quotes

“People are always talking about the old days. They say that the old movies were better, that the old actors were so great. But I don’t think so. All I can say about the old days is that they have passed.“-Kirk Douglas


“Acting is make-believe. I never believe I’m the character; I want you to believe.“-Kirk Douglas


“You know, you have to have some inner philosophy to deal with adversity.“-Kirk Douglas

“Listen – pacemaker, crash, stroke. What does it mean? God doesn’t want me now. That’s all.“-Kirk Douglas


“Love has more depth as you get older.“-Kirk Douglas


“Virtue is not photogenic. What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that’s what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody.“-Kirk Douglas


“I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up.“-Kirk Douglas


Best Film Quotes by Kirk Douglas


“People are composed of many things, and in my work, what influences me is the complexity of people – the chiaroscuro of dark and light. When I play a strong guy, I try to find, where is he weak? And, conversely, when I play a weak guy, where is he strong?“-Kirk Douglas


“Now, what does an actor who can’t talk do? Wait for silent pictures to come back?“-Kirk Douglas


“I never had any desire to be a film actor. I never thought I was the good-looking movie type, which I assumed they wanted.“-Kirk Douglas

“All children are natural actors, and I’m still a kid. If you grow up completely, you can never be an actor.“-Kirk Douglas


“The learning process continues until the day you die.“-Kirk Douglas


“Why can’t a woman be more like a dog, huh? So sweet, loving, attentive.“-Kirk Douglas


“Fame is as much about luck as it is about talent, perhaps more.“-Kirk Douglas


“Fear is a terrible thing. It makes you do awful things.“-Kirk Douglas


“I have one computer that my wife gave me. All I know how to do, and I do it every day, is play Spider Solitaire. And I don’t have a cell phone.“-Kirk Douglas

“I know Italians and I like them. A lot of my father’s best friends were Italians.“-Kirk Douglas


“Too often, I have not been what I wanted to be; I’ve succumbed to pressures. Yes, I have. The things I’ve done that I liked, I’ve always done against advice.“-Kirk Douglas


“Sometimes, the thing that ties you down sets you free.“-Kirk Douglas


Kirk Douglas Quotes About Hollywood


“If I thought a man had never committed a sin in his life, I don’t think I’d want to talk with him. A man with flaws is more interesting.“-Kirk Douglas


“No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. So what if my stroke left me with a speech impediment? Moses had one, and he did all right.“-Kirk Douglas

“I didn’t start out to be a movie star. I started out to be an actor.“-Kirk Douglas


“My first job was on Broadway. Then I went into the Navy. When I came out of the Navy, I went back to Broadway and a friend of mine, Lauren Bacall, was in Hollywood filming with Humphrey Bogart. She told one of her producers I was great in my play, and he saw it and cast me in ‘The Strange Love of Martha Ivers’.“-Kirk Douglas


“My mother, we were a very poor family. When I was a kid, we would be in our little room, and there would be a knock on the door almost every night with a hobo begging for food. Even though we didn’t even have enough to eat, my mother always found something to give them.“-Kirk Douglas


“When I first came to Hollywood, the blacklist was just starting, and they were having hearings in Washington. What most people don’t know is the judge of these hearings himself was later convicted of misappropriation. ‘Spartacus’ helped break the blacklist, because Spartacus was a real character.“-Kirk Douglas


Famous Kirk Douglas Quotes About Acting


“I think religion has caused so much catastrophe in the world.“-Kirk Douglas


“I was living in a terrible time when people were being accused of being communists, and they attacked the movie industry, especially the writers. People couldn’t work if they were on the blacklist. The studios banned them. It was the most onerous period in movie history. I don’t think we have ever had a period so dark as that.“-Kirk Douglas

“You know, sometimes an interviewer will look at me and say – you’re bright! They’re actually surprised I might be bright.“-Kirk Douglas


“I don’t need a critic to tell me I’m an actor. I make my own way. Nobody’s my boss. Nobody’s ever been, my boss.“-Kirk Douglas


“I was not a very good Jew. I never practiced what Judaism tells you to do, to teach your kids all about Judaism.“-Kirk Douglas


“My four sons all knew I was a Jew, but they were allowed to be whatever they wanted to be. The only thing important to me was that they be good people who help other people because all religion should try to make you a better person and a more caring person. Whenever religion does that for you, it’s a good religion.“-Kirk Douglas


Top Kirk Douglas Quotes About Movies


“All my life, I have taken inventory at intervals. For example, when I became a movie actor and suddenly I had to deal with fame, money and playing so many roles, I lost myself. I said, ‘Who am I?’ And I wrote my first book to deal with that, ‘The Ragman’s Son.“-Kirk Douglas


“I’m an actor; I have made my living by acting, and I almost think I owe it to the public to express my feelings and not as a character on a screen but as myself.“-Kirk Douglas


“God bless Dad, he came to every one of my shows. I was bad, and I had horrible stage fright. My dad was so relieved – he’d say, ‘You were terrible; this kid is not going to be an actor.’ Finally, I did a play and he said, ‘Son – you were really good.’“-Kirk Douglas


“I studied Judaism a lot. I studied religion in general, and I have never imposed my Judaism on my kids. They are what they want to be. I think… you must care for others. That’s the correct religion, I think.“-Kirk Douglas


“Virtue is not photogenic, so I liked playing bad guys. But, whenever I played a bad guy, I tried to find something good in him, and that kept my contact with the audience.“-Kirk Douglas


“I didn’t think I was so tough until I did ‘Champion’; then I was a tough guy.“-Kirk Douglas


“It’s tough to make a movie about movies… We’re all too close to it. But ‘The Bad and the Beautiful’ was very good.“-Kirk Douglas