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Quotes of the day: Marlon Brando

Published Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:31 AM EDT
Jul 01 2016

Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004) was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life.

Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.

Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.

Acting, not prostitution, is the oldest profession. Even apes act.

All I want to be is normally insane.

An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening.

I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.

If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.

If we are not our brother's keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.

It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek.

Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings.

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.

Regret is useless in life. It's in the past. All we have is now.

The four pillars of wisdom that support journalistic endeavors are: lies, stupidity, money-grubbing, and ethical irresponsibility.

The principal benefit acting has accorded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.

Too much success can ruin you as surely as too much failure.


(July 1 is also the birthday of George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.)

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