James Stewart Quotes


I lasted one night. They said my playing spoiled people's appetites.

I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.

After age 70 it's patch patch patch.

The problem of evil is raised more often by spectators of life than the actual combatants. You will hardly ever find that the great sufferers are the great skeptics.

Learn from the masters learn from your contemporaries. Always try to update yourself.

You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it not just develop a bag of tricks. Always be yourself.

Never treat your audience as customers always as partners.

It was amazing that a play that seems dated in this world... A man whose best friend is a six-foot white rabbit... But it caught on especially with young people - they surprised me most of all.

I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said 'Who's that?' But this got me started in acting.

Mr. Hitchcock did not say actors are cattle. He said they should be treated like cattle.

I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if behind them they didn't have a little bit of plain ordinary everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella too.

Champagne's funny stuff. I'm used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back and champagne's a heavy mist before my eyes.

When it came to kissing Harlow was the best.

If a western is a good western it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had; their comradeship loyalty and physical courage.

It may sound corny but what's wrong with wanting to fight for your country. Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?

It's well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show.

I'd like to do Harvey again. I did it two years ago with Helen Hayes in New York. It was a joy. I was so glad to do it again because I never thought I did it right the first time.

I think one day youll find that you're the hero you've been looking for.

I don't need other people. I don't need help. I can take care of me.

I sort of got into Westerns... It was a sort of desperation move really. I had several pictures that didn't go very well and I just realised that I would have to try something else.

Frank called me one day and said 'I have an idea for a movie why don't you come over and I'll tell you?' So I went over and we sat down and he said 'This picture starts in heaven'. That shook me.

The great thing about the movies ... is-you're giving people little ... tiny pieces of time ... that they never forget.

One time they traded me for seven horses. Seven stunt horses.

To the man who prays habitually (not only when he feels like it-that is one of the snares of religion-but also when he does not feel like it) Christ is sure to make Himself real.

I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets.

We all look the same with our helmets on.

You know people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.

Well I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.

If I had my career over again? Maybe I'd say to myself speed it up a little.

You must be oh-so smart or oh-so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant...and you may quote me.