Paul Newman Quotes


So you wound up with Apollo/If he's sometimes hard to swallow/Use this.

For those of you who like to scarf your popcorn in the sack the good news is that Newman's Own contains an aphrodisiac.

I am convinced that a person is entitled to as much privacy as he wants. It should be his privilege to keep certain areas of his life out of the newspapers.

Well the nice thing about animation you don't even really have to account for yourself. All of the physical stuff that you work on as an actor you just throw away.

I have an extraordinary attention span. I manage to juggle two or three different ideas at the same time and that's probably if I have a gift that's probably the best gift that's given me.

It's really important to be attentive to the people who have less - who are less fortunate than you are.

I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

An actor has to evaluate his own abilities and be honest with himself.

You discover a lot of things on your feet and if you don't have any rehearsal then anything that happens on the screen is by accident.

Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.

To be an actor you have to be a child.

I believe there can be dignity in the acting profession. And I think there ought to be more dignity in the publicity an actor gets.

Acting isn't really a creative profession. It's an interpretative one.

The accusation is always on the first page and the retraction on page 19.

I've been accused of being aloof. I'm not. I'm just wary.

I want to acknowledge luck the benevolence of it in my life and the brutality of it in the lives of others.

Admit it. I'm the best you ever seen Fats. I'm the best there is. And even if you beat me I'm still the best.

You only grow when you are alone.

How many honest men do you know? Take the sinners away from the saints you're lucky to end up with Abraham Lincoln.

It's absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.

It's always darkest before it turns absolutely pitch black.

[Getting the truth in the New York Post has been as] difficult as finding a good hamburger in Albania.

The Alexander Technique helped a long-standing back problem and to get a good night's sleep after many years of tossing and turning.

From salad dressings all blessings flow.

I would like it if people would think that beyond Newman there's a spirit that takes action a heart and a talent that doesn't come from my blue eyes.

When you see the right thing to do you'd better do it.

What could be better than to hold your hand out to people less fortunate than you are?

The best gift you can give yourself is the gift of possibility.

The only way we can give our children the best education in the world and prepare them for the next century is by funding the programs that serve them.

To that extent that you can sustain and maintain that childlike part of your personality is probably the best part of acting.

Choose between yesterday and tomorrow.

I have vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals.

I picture my epitaph: 'Here lies Paul Newman who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.

You got to have two things to win. You got to have brains and you got to have balls. Now you've got too much of one and not enough of the other.

Newman's first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you're upside down.

There are two Newman's laws. The first one is "It is useless to put on your brakes when you're upside down." The second is "Just when things look darkest they go black.

Natural law. Sons are put on this earth to trouble their fathers.

Fill the moment and find variety.

A man can only be judged by his actions and not by his good intentions or his beliefs

I'm a great believer in luck and the extraordinary role that plays in all of our lives.

Sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.

Make sure you live life which means don't do things where you court celebrity and give something positive back to our society.

Almost everything I learned about being an actor came from those early years at the Actor's Studio.

Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?

People like to do what they used to do after they've stopped being able to do it.

I was terrorized by the emotional requirements of being an actor. Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.

Building weapons that we don't need don't work and aren't necessary and have no mission Â? that's not bad politics that's robbery.

You say somebody's guilty everybody believes you. You say they're innocent nobody cares.

It's like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally she relents and you say 'I'm terribly sorry. I'm tired.' [After winning his first Oscar after so many losses]

Those with a moral deficit put on a good show and sleep like a baby.

It's been a privilege to be here.

I don't like gossip stories. Facts are okay. But when gossips begin making items that's something else again.

Our marriage works because we each carry clubs of equal weight and size.

Where the hell are the singing cats?

From the very beginning we bucked tradition. When the experts said that something was "always done" in a certain way we'd do it our way which was sometimes the very opposite.

I check my pulse and if I can find it I know I've got a chance

I changed my life today. What did you do?

Hollywood is a changing world these days. This is one of the things that ought to be changed.

A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.

A man without enemies is a man without character.

I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.

I just hope when my body goes or when my mind does I have the guts to end it the way Hemingway did. I don't want anybody wiping drool off my chin.

There really is no such thing as a sick child; there are children who happen to be sick. Think about it and you will understand the magic of the Camps

No sense in being a grifter if it's the same as being a citizen.

Once I started taking drama classes I asked myself why I had ever wasted so much time on a football team.

I don't go for the so-called "intimate" stuff. Column items that report: "Minerva Ferncroft sleeps in pink dusting powder between puce-colored sheets in a heart-shaped bed." It leaves me cold.

A feud should live a full and colorful life and then it should die a natural death and be forgotten.

The only question I ever ask any woman is 'what time is your husband coming home?'

What we got here is a failure to communicate.

I wasn't driven to acting by any inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.

I never ask my wife about my flaws. Instead I try to get her to ignore them and concentrate on my sense of humor.

I don't like to discuss my marriage but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?

In the early days of films the movie star in this country replaced royalty. They've been demoted since then but they're still treated as beings larger than life.

I will continue to get behind the wheel of a racing car as long as I am able. But that could all end tomorrow.

You can't stop being a citizen just because you have a Screen Actors' Guild card.

If you have no enemies you have no character. Taking a stand always creates opposition.

A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.

It happens to everybody horses dogs men. Nobody gets out of life alive.

Watching something is nothing like doing it.

The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it.

I really just can't watch myself. I see all the machinery at work and it just drives me nuts.

People stay married because they want to not because the doors are locked.

I find it hard to believe that anyone could be so curious about me that they would want to read that I wear underwear shorts with green polka dots on them.

A lot of people have dreams and never do anything about them. When you have ideas and dreams you do something about it.

The characters I have the least in common with are the ones I have the greatest success with. The further a role is from my own experience the more I try to deepen it.

We all die. It's just a question of when.

The need is great and so are the opportunities to make a difference.

Newman's second law: Just when things look darkest they go black.

I think it's very desirable to be an individual and a free thinker.

You can't be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning.

So I've worked really hard because nothing ever came easily to me.

I can eat fifty eggs.

Who's to say who's an expert?

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

If you don't have enemies you don't have character.

If you have no enemies you have no character.

There are three rules for running a business; fortunately we don't know any of them.

On adultery: "Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?

In racing the fastest person wins. It is very simple.

There are many ingredients that go into making a film. It baffles me what works and what doesn't.

Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.

The spaghetti sauce is a good thing to think about. Morning noon and night think about the spaghetti sauce. Think about hustling other people to buy the spaghetti sauce.

I respect generosity in people and I respect it in companies too I don't look at it as philanthropy; I see it as an investment in the community.

If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is it's you.

The problem with getting older is you still remember how things used to be.

While progress should never come to a halt there are many places it should never come to at all.

For some players luck itself is an art

I think Hollywood is in love with sequels. If it's successful once just jazz it up and shoot it out there again. I think it's unfortunate.

I have taken roads that I wished I had not traveled on. And I'm traveling on some pretty exciting ones too.

At the beginning of your career it's 'Who is Paul Newman?' and then it's 'Get me Paul Newman.' Then it's 'Get me a young Paul Newman.' Then it's 'Who is Paul Newman?'

The star of oil and vinegar and the oil and vinegar of the stars.

If I ever feel like I'm doing something I've done before I scrap it and start over again.

It seems to me that the older I get the more running around I do with less satisfaction just spinning my wheels.

Winning isn't everything.... it's just all there is.