Al Pacino Quotes


I' ve won awards. And they didn't make me feel bad winning them. They made me feel pretty good. But it also did not make me feel bad NOT winning the Academy Award.

sometimes it's better to be with the devil u know than the angel u didn't know

On any given Sunday you're gonna win or you're gonna lose. The point is -- can you win or lose like a man?

I don't ever give my opinion. Opinions I have about anything are in my personal life.

Opinions I have about anything are in my personal life.

Chekhov was as important to me as anybody as a writer.

[Marlon] Brando's a giant on every level. When he acts it's as if he landed from another planet. A planet where they produce great actors.

At this point in my career I don't have to deal with audition rejections. So I get my rejection from other things. My children can make me feel rejected. They can humble you pretty quick.

I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience.

I went to Performing Arts because that was the only school that would accept me. My scholastic level was not very high.

Any project that I find encouraging that isn't attached to a studio I can go to them which I definitely would. You have to take an interest in what you do.

The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful - my personal life suffers.

I've never cared for guns. In fact when I did 'Scent of a Woman' I had to learn how to assemble one.

All I am is what I'm going after.

You don't get to know anybody in a movie until after it's over. You work less together in a film than you do onstage.

A lot of acting is private time.

Either I act or I die.

The actor becomes an emotional athlete.

You'll never be alone if youâ??ve got a book.

It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart.

Sometimes the only way you can get an audience is at an audition.

Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We've been here 100 years. Isn't Italian-American culture American culture? That's because we're so diverse in terms of intermarriage.

Learning (Shakespeare's plays) ...in school was a bit of a bore.

Acting is hard work. At times it's very energizing and enervating. It's childish. It's also responsible. It's illuminating enriching joyful drab. It's bizarre diabolical. It's exciting.

I don't need bodyguards. I'm from the South Bronx.

The thing that can get you a little upset is when people say other people are better than you. That can bug you.

Man is a little bit better than his reputation and a little bit worse

What's this thing that gets between us and Shakespeare?

Certainly the movies were always in the air for me. I come from the era when actors thought it was a big deal to be in the movies.

One of the things that made me want to be an actor more than ever was seeing a Chekhov play "The Sea Gull " when was 14 in the Bronx.

I come from the South Bronx - a true descendant of the melting pot. I grew up in a really mixed neighborhood; it was a very integrated life.

The only thing in this world that gives orders is balls.

I'm constantly striving to break through to something new. You try to maintain a neutral approach to your work and not be too hard on yourself.

It turned out that time doesn't heal the wound but in its so merciful way blunts the edges ever so slightly

Freedom baby is never having to say youre sorry.

The fruit falls off the tree. You don't shake it off before it's ready to fall.

The truth is you know we need our anodynes. You know that word anodynes? We need that in life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you or a whatever.

The literal basic thing of the stage is really like a magnet. It brings me back to earth.

Love goes through different stages. But it endures.

Be careful how you judge people most of all friends. You don't sum up a man's life in one moment.

Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them. That's how I saw myself in comedy.

I love work because it keeps sex in perspective. Otherwise it can become a preoccupation.

There was a time in my life when being dishonest with women was the natural way to be. I finally said "Hey I have to stop this silliness.

I'm always on a red carpet . . . the other day I thought this ain't bad. You can meet people on it.

I didn't go for the needle at all. I never cared for drugs because I saw what they did to most people. I thought that was the end of the road.

That's where humour lives for me. In the body. The Steve Martin kind of stuff or Jim Carrey that's what I like. I've always felt that's what I would like to do.

Actually the person I related to was James Dean. I grew up with the Dean thing. Rebel Without A Cause had a very powerful effect on me.

Great directors can understand the staging in such a way that can make a scene come alive. Others have a certain way of pacing the scene.

The camera can film my face but until it captures my soul you don't have a movie

Love is overrated. Biochemically no different than eating large quantities of chocolate

There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

Without coffee somethingâ??s missing

People are always asking me to do Shakespeare - at home at colleges on film locations in restaurants. It's like playing a piece of music getting all the notes. It's great therapy.

My weaknesses... I wish I could come up with something. I'd probably have the same pause if you asked me what my strengths are. Maybe they're the same thing.

There is no happiness. There is only concentration.

My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness.

I went back to the stage because it was my way of dealing with the success I had my way of coping. It was a way of escaping the responsibilty of what was happening.

Sometimes you're fighting corporations and forget that people can talk to each other.

I want to be a great actor someday and I've decided there's no use philosophizing; the only way is to work at my craft.

Romantic love can be a lot of crap though let me tell you. And it can hurt you.

I used to wear disguises like hats and false beards just to walk around and avoid attention.

Actors are always outsiders. It's necessary to be able to interpret - and that gets distorted when you become famous.

Playing a character is an illusion and I feel that when you know too much about a person possibly part of that illusion is disrupted.

Drinking and smoking grass were a part of my life as far back as I can remember.

My grandmother always came to my shows. She was always concerned about the way I dressed - even later on when I was well known and I supported her.

Most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.

In America most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.

It would be hard to play a character you don't like - for me anyway - or can't find something in them to like.

All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be: I am a dancer.

You do get very tired sometimes when you're sitting around for hours in movies. You get depleted.

All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be I am a dancer. But I don't think I would be on 'Dancing with the Stars ' mainly because I would be too shy.

I learned to wrestle I learned defensive fighting at a young age because when someone hit me I would throw up and fall down.

If you have the opportunity to meet someone as an actor it's just great fodder for you. It's wonderful source stuff that we die for.

Sometimes what we imagine and the world aren't different things. Sometimes they are the same exact thing.

A kiss is a lusty dollop of dessert to be served with desire and savored with passion.

Our ability to manufacture fraud now exceeds our ability to detect it.

I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go.

I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.

There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life.

Either we heal now as a team or we will die as individuals.

Our life is looking forward or looking back that's it. Where is the moment?

Vanity: my favorite sin.

Vanity is my favourite sin.

If something is working don't fix it. Keep going. Go with the glow.

I turned down a lot of films before I made my first one. I knew that it was time for me to get into movies.

I used to say I wanted to genuflect to a woman put her up on a pedestal higher and higher way up beyond my grasp...Then I'd find another one.

An actor basically likes to be asked to do something no matter what position he's in. It feels more natural. Sitting and waiting is more gratifying.

My grandfather was a provider. Work any kind of work was the joy of his life. So I grew up having a certain relationship to work. It was something that I always wanted.

I've often said there's two kinds of actors. There's a more gregarious type and the shy type.

I wouldn't be interested in [nowadays] television simply because I think it goes too fast. Except if something was maybe a play on television or some great television script.

When you're reading some of the great plays when you do what I call "taking up with a writer " something happens.

I wanted to be a baseball player naturally but I wasn't good enough. I didn't know what I was going to do with my life. I just had a kind of energy I was a fairly happy kid.

I'm an actor not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools.

I've never liked the recognition the questions the publicity. I have often felt like running away and hiding.

I am more alive in the theater than anywhere else but what I take into the theater I get from the streets.

I hope the perception is that I'm an actor I never intended to be a movie star.

We live in a world where the more you're working the more things you do. It's a workaday world.

Take a look at Israel's history and you would know who the terrorist is.

I want to be interesting in an interview just as much as I want to do well in a part.

It wasn't until I got older that I realized acting was something I could really do.

I was never very happy with performing; it didn't turn me on much.

I believe in one day at a time; you've got TODAY that's what you' ve got.

If you get all tangled up just tango on.

Jamie Foxx does a good rendition of me. It's a real gift mimicry of that kind the tonal thing. It's sort of like having a talent for playing an instrument.

They say we die twice - once when the last breath leaves our body and once when the last person we know says our name.

There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare basically. If I feel that the script is a movie I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare's.

You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.

Forget the career do the work. If you feel what you are doing is on line and you're going someplace and you have a vision and you stay with it eventually things will happen.

It's not personal it's strictly business

The difference between the actor and the painter is that the actor would buy somebody a knish in order to have them watch him act.

Show me a bad script and I will show you a big payday.

Shakespeare's plays are more violent than 'Scarface.'

Responsibilities are relative. My responsibility is to a character in a script to a part I'm playing.

That's the way to live - around people who care. It may be a tough ride but something is going to come out of it.

Look but don't touch. Touch but don't taste. Taste but don't swallow.

The problem with me is I guess the way I express myself you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about.