Warren Beatty Quotes

I grew up in this Southern Baptist atmosphere and my mother and father were both I guess you would say academics. They were both teachers.

Arnold has had his spokesman call me a crackpot. That was a mistake.

Marriage requires a special talent like acting. Monogamy requires genius.

Charity is taking an ugly girl to lunch.

Those people upstairs think that Karl Marx was somebody who wrote a good anti-trust law.

To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California - mightily.

My notion of a wife at 40 is that a man should be able to change her like a bank note for two 20s.

But the Republican right-wing agenda these people - Arnold and his patrons - felt it could be accomplished by circumventing the Legislature and spending money and organizing and giving sound bites.

Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation.

You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play.

I don't think there's anything to be admired in lying cheating or philandering. But there might be something to be admired in not burning people at the stake because they have those weaknesses.

I've never been one to shortchange the importance of actors.

There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.

The definition of a Schwarzenegger Republican is a Bush Republican who says he's a Schwarzenegger Republican.

The Golden Globes are fun. The Oscars are Business.

In a way I'd rather ride down the street on a camel than give what is sometimes called an in-depth interview. I'd rather ride down the street on a camel nude. In a snowstorm. Backwards.

I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me 'I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.

I don't want to run for governor but I don't think anyone should put public service out of the question because that's not what a good citizen does.

Movies are fun but they're not a cure for cancer.

I believe if a private citizen is able to affect public opinion in a constructive way he doesn't have to be an elected public servant to perform a public service.

I'm not going to call a dog "Dog." I suppose if she were a baby you'd cal her "Person.

Just because you need a quart of milk doesn't mean you have to go out and buy a whole cow.

And then the conditions of safety - or lack of safety - for teachers in public schools and the disparity between public schools and private schools is shameful.

I have a day job. I can make movies when I want to.

Lenin said that people vote with their feet. Well that's what's happening. They either go or they don't go. It's all politics. It's all demographics.

To denigrate the union movement in this way is to denigrate the right and the ability of people who are not rich to organize and to accomplish things together.

The highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.

For me the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.

Even the promiscuous feel pain.

I didn't have a rigidly enforced religious parental pressure but I did have a few years in my mid-teens of turning to religion and it was very meaningful to me.

How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they're giving you an enema.

Government is not show business.

I mourn the loss of the gigantic screen but I guess you can't have everything.

That's all gone now the old Hollywood.

And the success of the union movement historically has always been to benefit all working men and women - not just people who belong to the union.

When you mutilate movies for mass media you tamper with the hearts and minds of America.

I'm old I'm young I'm intelligent I'm stupid. My tide goes in and out.

Women are a problem but if you haven't already guessed they are the kind of problem I enjoy wrestling with.

You'd rather have nothing than settle for less.

There's no point in making a movie just to be making a movie.

Always thank your nurse. Sometimes they're the only one between you and a hearse.

It makes you feel good when a movie works. Usually when I see an old movie I've made I say to myself 'Oh God why did I do this?' and 'Why didn't I change that?' and things like that.

Organized labor if they're doing a responsible job is going to organize the pooling of small amounts of money to protect the interests of the people who are not rich.

There are some people whom you have in life who have the capacity for real passionate commitment to something and sometimes you may be passionately committed to the same thing.