The Best James Stewart Quotes

James Stewart was an American actor who lived from May 20, 1908, to July 2, 1997. Stewart’s film career spanned 80 movies from 1935 to 1991. He was known for his distinct drawl and everyman on-screen persona.

25 James Stewart Quotes

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  1. “The secret to a happy life is to accept change gracefully.”
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2. “Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”

3. “Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it’s contagious.”

4. “It’s well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show.”

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

6. “I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said, ‘Who’s that?’ But this got me started in acting.”

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

8. “I’d like to just win out, and I feel that I can do that.”

9. “I think one day youll find that youre the hero youve been looking for.”

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

11. “Learn from the masters, learn from your contemporaries. Always try to update yourself.”

12. “One time they traded me for seven horses. Seven stunt horses.”

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13. “We all look the same with our helmets on.”

14. “I don’t need other people. I don’t need help. I can take care of me.”

15. “After age 70, it’s patch, patch, patch.’’

16. “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.”

17. “When it came to kissing, Harlow was the best.”

18. “I don’t act. I react.”

19. “What you are seeing is an improved equity market, a deteriorating bond market and the currency under control. The government is very aware that it mustn’t loose this advantageous combination.”

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

21. “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.”

22. “I lasted one night. They said my playing spoiled people’s appetites.”

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

24. “We tend to avoid that and keep our attorney population steady.”

25. “Just to look at it, most people, even other law enforcement agencies, would not have noticed that particular patch had been expired,”

Additional Read: Jimmy Stewart Biography

In the middle of the twentieth century, he personified the “American ideal” due to the strong morals he exhibited both on and off the screen. He was ranked third among the top American male actors by the American Film Institute (AFI) in 1999.

Among the many awards he was given were the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Academy Honorary Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1968, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1980, the Kennedy Center Honor in 1983, and the AFI Life Achievement Award.

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