The Secret of Steve McQueen in Steve McQueen Quotes

Best Steve McQueen Quotes

Read Steve McQueen quotes on life and acting, as well as his best quotes from movies. If you read them carefully, you may discover the secret of this great American actor.

Steve McQueen Personal Quotes

[His last words] I did it.

I live for myself and I answer to nobody.

I don’t believe in that phony hero stuff.

You only say what’s important and you own the scene.

When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it.

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I worked hard, and if you work hard you get the goodies.

Stardom equals freedom. It’s the only equation that matters.

If I hadn’t made it as an actor, I might have wound up a hood.

They call me a chauvinist pig. I am … and I don’t give a damn!

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Every time I look in the rear-view mirror, I see Robert Redford.

I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who races or a racer who acts.

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Sometimes kids ask me what a pro is. I just point to the Duke [John Wayne]

There’s something about my shaggy-dog eyes that makes people think I’m good.

[From TV Guide]: When a horse learns to buy martinis, I’ll learn to like horses.

In my own mind, I’m not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.

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[on Dustin Hoffman] If a guy like him can become a star, what’ll happen to guys like Newman and me?

Listen, in Taiwan most people don’t know who Lyndon Johnson is, but they sure as hell know who John Wayne is.

I just want the pine trees and my kids and the green grass. I want to get rich and fat and watch my children grow.

Stardom equals financial success and financial success equals security. I’ve spent too much of my life feeling insecure. I still have nightmares about being poor, of everything I own just vanishing away. Stardom means that can’t happen.

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[on “An Enemy of the People”] The main thing I was shooting for was not to make bucks but to have something I could believe in.

I’m out of the Midwest. It was a good place to come from. It gives you a sense of right or wrong and fairness, which is lacking in our society.

I really don’t like to act. At the beginning, back in ’52, I had to force myself to stick with it. I was real uncomfortable, real uncomfortable.

I am a limited actor. My range isn’t that great and I don’t have that much scope. I’m pretty much myself most of the time in my movies and I have accepted that.

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The Marines gave me discipline I could live with. By the time I got out I could deal with things on a more realistic level. All in all, despite my problems, I liked my time in the Marines.

When a kid didn’t have any love when he was small, he begins to wonder if he’s good enough. You know if my mother didn’t love me, and I didn’t have a father, I mean, well, I guess I’m not very good.

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An actor is a puppet, manipulated by a dozen other people. Auto racing has dignity. But you need the same absolute concentration. You have to reach inside yourself and bring forth a lot of broken glass.

I have to be careful because I’m a limited actor. I mean, my range isn’t very great. There’s a whole lot of stuff I can’t do, so I have to find characters and situations that feel right. Even then, when I’ve got something that fits, it’s a hell of a lot of work. I’m not a serious actor. There’s something about my shaggy-dog eyes that makes people think I’m good. I’m not all that good.

Steve McQueen Movie Quotes

As Rocky Papasano in the movie Love with the Proper Stranger (1963):
Angie Rossini: You better understand something here and now – what we did before, that was something happened – don’t ask me how or why. But it’s not going to happen again.
Rocky Papasano: Well, why not?
Angie Rossini: [Yelling] Don’t you understand? I didn’t *know* you then. I didn’t *care* about you. But I *know* you now. I *LIKE* you.
Rocky Papasano: Man, I end up with the…
Angie Rossini: [Angrily] Look, why don’t you sit down? I invited you to dinner, let’s have DINNER.
Rocky Papasano: Tell me something. That cook – that friend of yours in the restaurant business. Do you like him too the way you like me now, or don’t you care about him the way you used to not care about me?

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As Lt. Fergie Howard in the movie The Honeymoon Machine (1961): Any girl that would double-cross her own father, that’s my kind of woman.

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Walter Chalmers: Frank, we must all compromise. Bullitt: Bullshit.

As Rocky Papasano in the movie Love with the Proper Stranger (1963):
Angie Rossini: It seems very funny, putting you together with a family, somehow.
Rocky Papasano: Well, what did you think – I got hatched out of an egg?

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