Rob Lowe Quotes


Whether you're a presidential front-runner or an Academy Award-winning actor or head of a TV ministry if you stay in the public eye long enough they're going to try and find a scandal.

Apparently Sodapop Curtis said "gnarly " and Chris Traeger said "literally." Every decade I have a favorite phrase I can't stop with.

My two sons are the most important things in the world to my wife and I - they are what I build my world around.

Ridley Scott's company makes great work in whatever arena whether it's movies or commercials or television. They just do really quality stuff so you know it's going to be quality.

I made a conscious effort to focus on television so I could stay in Los Angeles so I wasn't on a location all over the world doing movies.

They (teenage boys)don't really listen to speeches or talks. They absorb incrementally through hours and hours of observation.

When I'm angry I'm an incredibly tough person because I don't get angry easily.

Chris [Farley] - I would consider him a comic animal. With the emphasis on "animal.

You wouldn't want somebody in office who hasn't experienced life.

Guys are really lucky. We become our authentic selves the older we get.

I feel like every movie is definitely the last one that I've had my moment; that I'm going to be selling autographs at malls.

If people find me attractive it would be for reasons that anybody finds anybody attractive. It's something that comes from within and it manifests itself physically.

My dad is an attorney. I've always been interested in it. My sons are probably going to law school.

Belonging to one party is acceptable. But my days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for who they are.

The minute you start making calculations about what people will think of you as a person based on your work as an actor you're on the road to becoming a bad one.

Intelligence is that aspect of human cognition that we haven't managed to emulate yet.

Can someone explain the vitriol whenever Ayn Rand comes up? 'Atlas' is the greatest motivator for the individual that I can imagine.

When I had my Comedy Central roast David [Spade] was my first choice to be roastmaster because I adore him. He's funny as hell and nobody is meaner.

It's always a good day when I get to work with Jim Belushi who I adore.

I have been looking forward to this age of my life for a long time. In my twenties I marked the days on the calendar - I was sick of playing high-school kids.

The media have such a strong hand in deciding what people's perceptions are. They decide what the agenda is going to be what the issues are.

My issue isn't about physical aging; my issue is about wanting to remain vigorous and youthful in my spirit.

There's this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people that they can't be in pain or they can't have rough lives or be deep or interesting.

I love acting so much that I don't want to give that up.

In the business of acting those are the actors that make the trains run on time you know? There's nothing without them.

My life and the lives of many across the world have been deeply affected by lymphoma.

To be counter to the culture you are by definition willfully and actively ignoring the culture i.e. reality.

To achieve longevity you will have cycles. No one gets there in one straight shot.

If somebody else is achieving more than I am that means I can do it too. Everybody has the ability to raise themselves up and my life has been marked by that.

The first shooter video game stuff which - look admittedly I missed that generationally so it's not a thing for me. I've never played them. I don't really get it. My kids do.

[Jodie Foster] is one of my favorite actors and people in the business.

David Mamet Tim Kazurinsky and Denise DeClue who adapted [ About Last Night]. Between the three of them... I mean it's always down to the writing. You're only as good as your writing.

Helmut Newton shot the ad campaign [for Bad Influence]. It's [James] Spader at the top of his game right after Sex Lies And Videotape. It's sexy. It's weird. It's dark. The characters are great.

Comedies always need to be provocative and catch your attention in a way that dramas don't have to.

My thing is personal freedoms: freedoms for the individual to love whom they want do with what they want. In fact I want the government out of almost everything.

I have a lot of great memories but I can't imagine anything more exciting than the life I have now.

I never get bored talking about themes dealing with ambition leadership and what it means to be an American. I love that stuff. I just love it. I've loved it ever since I was on 'The West Wing.'

Things that I consider bad qualities I always try and figure out where they are coming from. I don't consider ambition to be a bad one. It's served me very well in my life. Very well.

I have had a lot of blessed interesting things happen to me and have bumped up against some amazing people.

I like the way you can circumvent the media gatekeepers and go right to the people. That's my favorite thing about Twitter.

I'm not going to stop talking to people who come up to me in an airport. I'm not going to worry about what may be their ulterior motive.

Directors are not worried about casting beautiful women but they are not sure that they want to cast great-looking men. My looks have prevented people from seeing my work.

One of my favorite books [The Stand] of all time. I grew up reading it.

[Allison Janney] could memorize anything.She would memorize in the makeup trailer!

Allison Janney is the best actor on the series.Allison is one of the few actors I ever worked with who is incapable of hitting a false note.

Last night we were all watching Harry Potter in bed and I thought 'This isn't something you have when you're single that's for sure.'

I am the guy dressing up in you know the caveman outfit for the kids birthday parties.

I don't look back with any bitterness though there are a couple of judgment calls and some '80s hairdos that I'd like to do over.

Individuals usually do a better job than the government.

Getting married isn't going to make your relationship better. It's just a ceremony.

In school I had two or three best guy friends but mostly if I was just hanging I'd like to talk to the girls because they were more interesting. I think they were smarter.

The best part is not the biggest it's the one that's most memorable.

Of the many horrors of divorce the most egregious is that it robs a kid of the best of both worlds. Dads can do many things that even the best moms can't and vice versa.

You would not believe the amount of feedback I've gotten over people binge-watching The West Wing. Most of them have binge-watched it countless times.

Can we understand - just for the record we do need the government for a lot of big ticket items.

People have a responsibility especially with today's media to read between the lines.

Read between the lines folks 'cause I'm here to tell you you're not getting the straight story. Ever. You're getting variations of the truth if you're lucky.

The '90s were a time of building for me. Building a life that was sober drained of harmful wasteful excess and manufacturing in its place a family of my own.

As an actor you deal in fantasy imagination and concentration. Those are your three weapons. Those are your bullets.

Fred Savage he's America's sweetheart like I always say. One of the funniest nicest most decent... I love him like a brother.

[The Outsiders] was very competitive in the best possible way. Full of love full of companionship and fellowship pranks and practical jokes and ball-busting.

David Blum burned a lot of bridges. He burned people early in their careers. He took on the wrong people though. He's not Hunter Thompson or Tom Wolfe he's David Blum living in a cheap flat.

Anyone who's lived their life to the fullest extent has a scandal buried somewhere.

What people do in their private lives is their business and shouldn't be anybody else's business.

[Doctor Cukrowicz in Suddenly Last Summer is] is one of the most unpronounceable roles in the modern-day theater day canon and one of the most boring!

Fame is not a natural condition for human beings.

Somewhere in my callow misspent youth I was smart enough to marry my best friend.

I've been on TV a long time and I've never had a catch phrase.

I don't think you have to be perfect to be a role model.

The cast of 'Parks & Rec' is just a group of unbelievably nice humble down to earth hilarious friends.

I think part of maturity is knowing who you are.

Fake confidence on the outside often trumps truthful turmoil on the inside.

The umbrella that I live under is that you must be truthful with everyone except when to do so would injure them or others.

I only pray when it suits my own needs. I'm not proud about that.

Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?

I try to be authentically who I am.

I've said before that the common perception that all good actors should be good liars is exactly the opposite; only bad actors lie when they act.

People are human. There's such a premium today on being perfect. That's just not the way people are.

I don't like being taken for granted anywhere in life. I don't want my vote taken for granted.

I have never felt at any point in my life good or bad any ill will ever from the man or woman on the street.

My son Matthew's beloved dog is a Jack Russell. His name is Buster. Matthew picked him as a puppy when he was tiny himself.

I've been around for so long people have their perceptions of me: good bad or indifferent.

You can't believe everything you read. It's never been more true.

I wish I was a more religious person. I really admire Martin Sheen for his Catholicism. It's such a bedrock. I wish I had that in my life.

Like most guys I don't come to beauty regimes naturally. I'm dragged kicking and screaming by the best in the world.

It's a little bit of a 'if you can't beat 'em - join 'em' mentality for me when I think about Twitter.

It's part of your job as an actor to put your personal problems behind you and work. Good actors can do that.

I liked being a teenager but I would not go back for all the tea in China.

The '80s were about trying to establish myself as an actor with a career. And being a teenager enjoying the fruits of being successful with lots of what I think is appropriate for that age.

I like all of John Carpenter's movies. 'The Thing' is my favorite.

[The Outsiders] was all new to me. It's been fun to be a part of that ride where it's become on the level of Catcher In The Rye in terms of people's required reading in schools.

As far as my work for causes or social issues that's something I'm doing as a private citizen.

I enjoy experiencing life. Being a celebrity can really stand in the way of that.

I don't like to let my celebrity interfere with me living my life. I like to meet people I like to talk to people.

Sampling statisticians have told us is a much more effective way of getting a good census.

[ Hosting Saturday Night Live ] paved the way for Parks And Rec and The Grinder the Comedy Central Roast and that whole side of my career.

I'm a true centrist: my beliefs put me in the middle... You know what happens to people who drive in the middle of the road? They get run over.

I believe in ceremony. I think ceremony is important pomp and circumstance tradition. I'm into those things.

If you are worried about what people think of you you should go into politics. Real actors take chances.

My greatest regret at the passing of America-hating strongman Hugo Chavez is that he didn't live long enough to party with Dennis Rodman.

The president of the United States can't even fire his chef. I'm not kidding.

That chemistry that we had [with Fred Savage] is very very hard to find. We were lucky to have those 22 episodes [of The Grinder]. I'm unendingly proud of it.

There's an argument that maybe [The Grinder] was better suited for streaming or cable. I don't know. I still like to think there's a place for smart subversive original comedies on networks.

["John F. Kennedy" movie] was just really clever storytelling.

You show me a perfect person and I'll show you somebody who has lived a very closed life.

Medical-genre shows have been around forever they will be around forever and I think this [Code Black] is a great iteration of the next generation.

[Code Black] doesn't look like any other CBS show... and I don't mean that as any sort of judgment. It's just unbelievably unique it's gorgeous and it looks like a film.

I think that in today's world the right to privacy and freedom of the press are set on a collision course.

I've come to really like Twitter. You really do get to see what I'm about and I like sharing with my fans.

Every relationship has its complications.

Cannes is a little bit like French wine. There are certain years that people prefer over others.

I don't flip. I don't even dive into a pool - straight cannonball for me. No thanks.

The press concentrates on a divorce an actor's going through and they ignore the good performances he gives or the causes that he works for.

When people consent to do something they should be able to do whatever they want.

My first lessons in comedy how to construct a joke I learned from Eileen Brennan who had unbelievable timing.

I had long ago become a creation a public image made to be consumed piled on top of a precarious shell of a little boy wanting to be loved.

The highest levels of fame in the entertainment business are geared toward keeping the artist disconnected disinterested and continuing to make product and not developing any sort of 'normal life.'

Conventions are by nature a party. I mean that's why people become delegates. They come from all over the world to exercise their democratic rights and to party.

Malibu was a wellspring of counterculture group think.

I'd love to serve my country. I would love it.

I am getting on in years and I have a very extensive IMDB page and I cannot keep track of my own credits.

I always wanted that house where everybody wants to go full of energy dogs music fun.

For me the battle is finding the balance between wanting to spend time with my boys and then having enough perspective to still be the disciplinarian and like not be in the best friend business.

Ginnifer Goodwin said it very well - we're not doing the Hall Of Presidents at Disneyland. This is my interpretation of [J.F] Kennedy.

I didn't go to Ivy League schools. I dropped out of college to go into movies.

The first private space of my own wasn't a dorm room; it was a hotel room in Tulsa Oklahoma.

JFK is a role I've always dreamt of playing.

I've never met a funny person who wasn't smart. I've met a lot of dramatic people who were stupid. But I've never met a funny person who wasn't smart.

My deep dark secret is that I was a nerd in school. I liked the theater. I liked to study. I wasn't very good at sports.

As an actor and a fledgling director I'm used to making snap decisions that I'll have to live with.

My parents did divorce but my dad has always been present for me and loving me and my mom as well when she was alive.

There is good and evil in each of us and you can easily be led to the dark side.

We always reminisce about how everyone tried to get Diane Lane's attention to very little success.

By making more people aware of lymphoma Worldwide Lymphoma Awareness Day hopes to save lives by increasing early diagnosis and suitable treatment.

Everybody is naughty everybody is good.

Be funny whenever possible even if some people don't get it.

Anything that is stifled will eventually ferment or explode.

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.

I feel pressures to stay relevant. To stay interesting and interested. To stay at the top of my game and expand.

[The Specials ]was always going to be an underground underdog kind of movie. But I love when people bring that up because it's very early vintage James Gunn.

Some of the '80s movies I did are sort of museum pieces. St. Elmo's Fire is great as a sort of kitschy "Oh my god I can't believe we wore that" type of movie.

It's easy to live in a fantasy world and that's why I refuse to live in an isolated environment.

I don't like any sport where you're already exhausted when you're done putting on the equipment.

I think of myself as a human being first and foremost and secondly as a person whose profession is acting. If people want to make that into something more or less that's up to them.

I've always found women more interesting than men.

I loved fun. I spent my whole life in search of fun. I have not given up that part of myself.

My life is really based around my house and my friends and my family at the moment and has been for a while now.

I have other obligations now - the show my family my life... though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn't have any of those things.

Sun Valley is one of my favorite spots.

Matthew Lowe is one of the great water men that I know. He's a surfer a great water polo player. I think he's half fish.

If people are watching me 365 days a year 360 days they might be bored to tears. And on the other five days maybe I would qualify as Satan.

The challenge as a parent is letting your kids fail in the right ways because that's where we do most of our learning.

When I was filming 'The Outsiders ' my idea of success was getting the next Martin Scorsese movie.

William Devane was amazing [ in The Grinder] - that we were able to reinvent an acting legend as a comedy star - that's very gratifying.

Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself.

I can't help but be a little more gun-shy and wary about people.

[Hank in the Sex Tape] such a fun part. That's how Jake Kasdan and I ended up doing The Grinder together because we had such a great time on Sex Tape.

To go from "gnarly" to "literally " that shows I'm growing up right?

The West Wing and The Outsiders are the gifts that keep on giving.

The really good thing about my career is that I never went through a phase where I played characters who had names like "Partygoer " "Waiter " or "Guy #1.

For guys I don't think you're ever ready... I don't think you wake up and go 'You know today's the day I'm going to get married. By God I'm ready. My house is in order and it is time.'

Oh my God I love rehab! I highly recommend it.

Everybody is God. Everybody is the devil. And if you don't realize you have both parts that's what really causes problems.

I remember Tucker Toomey was named so because "T's are funny!" And if Garry Marshall says it's funny by god it must be so.

People should be allowed to do whatever they want in the privacy of their own home or their own hotel room.

I'm a Hollywood pinhead; I don't know about political labels.

There was a period in my life where I went out a lot and I had a really good time. But that period is over.

[Tony Richardson ] just liked me knew I was going to be what he wanted [in The Hotel New Hampshire] and that was the end of it. It was unbelievable.

I happen to be a movie star but I'm not saying "Hey I'm a role model. Imitate me.

I have on the other hand felt ill will from various people in the industry and the press.

I am still in love with my wife.

I - you know I loved politics more as a younger man.

I would've loved Jack Kennedy. I would've loved to have campaigned for him and supported him. I wish there were more like him today.

When I was a teen idol I was so goddamn pretty I wouldn't have taken myself seriously.

So I came to the realization: Nothing in life is unfair. It's just life.

I love that movie [The Specials]. I love James Gunn. I always sort of suspected that he would do well for himself.

The Kennedys are our royals.

My looks have prevented people from seeing my work.

About Last Night... [movie] still stands up for me. Like I'm as proud of that today and still have the kind of faith in it today to show it to a young couple as I did when it came out.

There is no recovery for anyone without lifting the lid on the pain of the past and letting in the light.

You show me someone who's led a perfect life and I'll show you a dullard.

I'll be a role model on my terms but don't make a role model on your terms.

I really make a point of never worrying or trying not to worry about the way I'm perceived. You'll go crazy otherwise.

I'll be sober ten years and married nine soon.

I think my thing is that I try and pick up on things that other people have maybe not picked up on.

I'm a sportsman you know and I shoot skeet and I grew up in the Midwest so that's a part of my culture.

I wouldn't go back on my old days though; everybody needs to have their wild years. It's just a question of when and I'd rather have had them early than be doing it as a mid-life crisis type thing.

Anybody who doesn't have a scandal I have no interest in meeting because they haven't lived their lives.

I am terrible with people's names.

Any time an opportunity scares you that much you should seriously consider saying yes.

Random Roles? Oh I saw Virginia Madsen do this the other day! You see? I'm paying attention!

Show me someone who doesn't have some sort of experience that they would be uncomfortable for people to know about and I'll show you a dullard.

I had to learn American sign language. And I did stuff in it stuff that was just for me and was fun that I don't think anyone would ever notice.

It was sort of the first movie [The Specials ] where I really got to let my comedy freak flag fly. And everybody in it made me laugh really hard. I wish more people had seen it.