100+ Gregory Peck Quotes That Will Teach You To Be Humble

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Gregory Peck quotes that will teach you to be humble. There are so many Gregory Peck quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Gregory Peck quotes exists just do that.

Gregory Peck had been a very famous American actor. Gregory Peck was one of the most popular movie actors till the 1960s. Gregory Peck had earned five Academy Award for Best Actor nominations, and also won once – for his performance as the character, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Gregory Peck has earned a lot of Oscar nominations for his roles in The Yearling (1946), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), Twelve O’Clock High (1949) and also, Gentleman’s Agreement(1947). Gregory Peck has made an appearance in The Gunfighter (1950), Spellbound (1945), Moby Dick, The Big Country (1958), Roman Holiday (1953), Cape Fear, The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Omen (1976), The Boys from Brazil (1978) and also, How the West Was Won (1962).

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson had honoured Gregory Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year, 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts.

We have dug up these Gregory Peck quotes from the depths of the internet and brought together best of these sayings in a single article. This post is probably the biggest database of Gregory Peck Sayings in a single place. These famous Gregory Peck quotes have the power to change your life by giving a novel outlook about the way you observe different aspects of your life. Hence, these popular Gregory Peck quotes should be read with caution and proper understanding of the context. Here are tons of Gregory Peck quotes that will open a treasure chest of Wisdom and experiences:

“When I’m wrongly cast, or in a poor script, I sink with the ship.”

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“If you have to tell them who you are, you aren’t anybody.”

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“The emotion is the music and the script is the libretto.”

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“Do I think there’s a glamorous male actor today? No way.”

Gregory Peck quotes “Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?”

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“[when he discovered that his second wife, French journalist Veronique Peck, had passed up an opportunity to interview Albert Schweitzer at a lunch hosted by
Jean-Paul Sartre in order to go out on a date with Peck] You made the right choice, kiddo!”

“[on his 1962 Oscar-winning role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)] I put everything I had into it – all my feelings and everything I’d learned in 46 years of
living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.”

“They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that – playing the good guys is more challenging because it’s harder to make
them interesting.”

“I just do things I really enjoy. I enjoy acting. When I’m driving to the studio, I sing in the car. I love my work and my wife and my kids and my friends.
And I think, “You’re a lucky man, Gregory Peck, a damn lucky man.”

“Gregory Peck is the hottest thing in town. Some say he is a second Gary Cooper. Actually, he is the first Gregory Peck.”

“[on gay rights] It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all.”

“I’m not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.”

“I don’t lecture and I don’t grind any axes. I just want to entertain.”

“You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far
beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.”

“I am a Roman Catholic. Not a fanatic, but I practice enough to keep the franchise. I don’t always agree with the Pope . . . there are issues that concern me, like abortion, contraception, the ordination of women . . . and others. I think the Church should open up.”

“[when asked what he thought about the John Holmes porn trial] You know, someone once asked me that and I said the day that Laurence Olivier drops his pants
on the screen is the day that I will support adult actors, and then I saw the movie The Betsy (1978).”

“[1987] Robert Bork wants to be a Supreme Court justice. But the record shows he has a strange idea of what justice is. He defended poll taxes and literacy
tests, which kept many Americans from voting. He opposed the civil rights law that ended “whites only” signs at lunch counters. He doesn’t believe the
Constitution protects your privacy. Please urge your senators to vote against the Bork nomination. Because, if Robert Bork wins a seat on the Supreme Court,
it will be for life. His life . . . and yours.”

“Faith is a force, a powerful force. To me, it’s been like an anchor to windward – something that’s seen me through troubled times and some personal tragedies and also through the good times and success and the happy times.”

“[on meeting Pope John Paul II at the White House in 1978] He impressed me more than any other man I’ve ever met, and I’ve met a lot. My wife and I happened
to be seated on one of the aisles, and the Pope came right down and he saw me and smiled. The smile was genuine, not a politician smile, the practiced smile.
He shook hands with me and went on. And then [US President Jimmy Carter] said, “Hello, Gregory, what are you doing here?” and I said, “Well, Mr. President,
you invited me”. He said, “Just a minute”–and damned if he didn’t run after the Pope, grabbing him by the arm and pulled him back. He said, “Your
Excellency, this is one of our best-known, most beloved American film actors”. And he looked at me, ah! There was a glimmer as if somehow he must have seen
me in a movie. His eyes widened and he took me in his arms. And he sort of grabbed me by the elbow and said, “God bless you, Gregory. God bless you in your
mission”. And he went on.”

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“[on Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)] We felt we were brave pioneers exploring anti-Semitism in the United States – today, it seems a little dated.”

“[on The Boys from Brazil (1978)] I felt, Laurence Olivier felt, friends of mine like Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon felt, that I was good in this part. Some
critics seem unwilling to accept actors when they break what they think is the mold or the image.”

“I’ve had my ups and downs. There have been times when I wanted to quit. Times when I hit the bottle. Marital problems. I’ve touched most of the bases.”

“[1956] Of the movies I’ve done, there isn’t much I really like. The Gunfighter (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), Twelve O’Clock High (1949) I feel were my best.”

“That’s why those fellas were so magnificent playing the same part, because they’d played it forty times. That’s why John Wayne finally became a good actor in True Grit (1969) – he’s got 150 of them behind him. Now he’s developed a saltiness and an earthiness and a humor and a subtlety that comes from mining that same vein over and over again.”

“[1987] I would give up everything I do and everything I have if I could make a significant difference in getting the nuclear arms race reversed. It is the
number-one priority in my life. My work was the main thing in my life for a long time; now I’m beginning to think a little more about what the future will
hold and what kind of world my kids will live in.”

“I realize now how very short life is, because I’ve got to be considered to be in the home stretch. But I won’t waste time on recriminations and regrets. And
the same goes for my shortcomings and my own failures.”

“Every script I’m offered has Cary Grant’s paw prints on it.”

“[in 1965] There are times when I could cheerfully walk out on the whole goddamn setup. I don’t have to make pictures any more. When I first came out here to
work from the New York stage, I was carved up in all directions, a dumb actor tied to a slew of contractual clauses. Today I’m my own man – free, off the
hook. This is a collective business, I know. But now it’s up to me to decide the stories we use and the kind of picture in which I’m prepared to get
involved. I’m no longer the dumb and trusting ham being shuttled from picture to picture at someone else’s whim. I’m a company boss who has to make big
decisions right or wrong, responsible only to myself in the long run. For years we actors have been fighting for our so-called artistic freedom. We wanted to
get rid of the moguls and their accountants. We damned the studio shylocks for their materialism and lack of taste. Now, most of us are on our own. So what
happens? This morning I had to call my office and scrap a production on which people had been working for months . . . I decided it would be best to chuck it
in rather than risk making a bad picture. All night I’ve been pacing up and down the house trying to make the right decision. I tell you there are times when
I wish Hollywood actors had retained the status of bums and gypsies and left the planning to others. Right now, I’m tempted to say, “The hell with all of
it”. The picture has changed, my friend. The old omnipotent caliphs are dying fast. Television plus the weight of years has weakened the survivors. It will
need energy and a fresh executive approach to redirect the creative drive, re-channel the talent. The monopolies of the studios have been broken. The anti-
trust laws have severed their distribution outlets. The shackling of actors to loaded long-term contracts is virtually a thing of the past. In effect, I have
complete control over what I do. A year of two back this was considered some kind of victory of art over tyranny. Now I’m not so sure. I’m a free soul, you
remember. Before I became an actor, I wanted to be a writer. Freedom of mind and action is important to me. Right now I’d like to take off for Mexico and
fish for a while and swim and read books without wondering whether they would make a good picture. Now I’ll have to follow another production through from
the drawing board to the cutting room. And then go out on the road and sell it with personal appearances. It can be stimulating. A challenge, as they say at
Chasens. But there are times when actors like myself find themselves wishing we could resurrect Irving Thalberg and pass the ball to him or people like him.
The town’s wide open for any operator with the ability to finance, package and sell motion pictures.”

“[on Robert Mitchum] I had given him the role and had paid him a terrific amount of money. It was obvious he had the better role. I thought he would
understand that, but he apparently thought he acted me off the screen. I didn’t think highly of him for that.”

“Marilyn Monroe may have been a bit of an extreme example, but she was given the best stories to suit her talents, she was stroked and cared for and treasured and treated like a little princess, treated as a valuable, talented person. What it was that led her to drink and take pills, I don’t know. I don’t think anyone can put it all together, but it’s too easy to say that Hollywood wrung her out and exhausted her, strained her nerves and destroyed her. I think she’d have gone to pieces even sooner without the adulation and the care she received at the hands of her directors and producers and the big studios.”

“[on what he thought about stars being paid $30 million per movie] I was born too soon!”

“[on Frank Sinatra] Undeniably the title holder in the soft-touch department.”

“One good thing about the bad movies is that people don’t remember them. Nobody ever comes up to me and says, ‘I hated you in I Walk the Line (1970)!’.”

“I enjoy practicing my craft as well as I possibly can. I enjoy the work for its own sake.”

“[on James Cagney] Now, you take a great cinema actor, in my opinion, James Cagney. He went very far. He was very theatrical, very intense, and yet always
believable. He riveted the audience’s attention. His acting advice was, “Believe what you say — say what you believe.” And that says it, really.”

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“I can honestly say that in twenty years of making movies I never had a part that came close to being the real me until Atticus Finch.”

“[on preferring his middle name to his first name] There’s no nickname for Eldred.”

“(On Mackenna’s Gold (1969) and Marooned (1969)] They weren’t very good, but they were the best that was offered. I did not do them only for the money. I knew they weren;t worth much when I read the scripts. But as soon as I started working on them, damned if I didn’t start believing in them. It just goes to prove you can’t be an actor and Pauline Kael at the same time.”

“(In 1984 Peck claimed to have been misquoted in a 1967 interview in which he said Elia Kazan was the wrong director for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947).)” That’s
a misunderstanding. I don’t think there could have been a better director for the film.” What I meant was that he and I didn’t have a rapport; emotionally,
we were not on the same wave length. I don’t think that I did my best work for him. If I worked with him now – as a mature man – I think I would give him
everything he would want.”

“[on The Yearling (1946) in a 1967 interview] It was much too lushly done… The boy cried too much.”

“People identify the Stanislavsky method with a group of actors who are physically unlike me – Marlon Brando, James Dean, nowadays Al Pacino, Robert De Niro.
That doesn’t mean a tall, lanky California actor can’t use it. I do and always have.”

“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”

“There is no doubt that the princess did become a queen—not only on the screen. One of the most loved, one of the most skillful, one of the most intelligent, one of the most sensitive, charming actresses—and friends, in my life—but also in the later stages of her life, the UNICEF ambassador to the children of the world. The generosity, sensitivity, the nobility of her service to the children of the world and the mothers of the world will never be forgotten.”

“If these Mount Everests of the financial world are going to labor and bring forth still more pictures with people being blown to bits with bazookas and automatic assault rifles with no gory detail left unexploited, if they are going to encourage anxious, ambitious actors, directors, writers and producers to continue their assault on the English language by reducing the vocabularies of their characters to half a dozen words, with one colorful but overused Anglo-Saxon verb and one unbeautiful Anglo-Saxon noun covering just about every situation, then I would like to suggest that they stop and think about this: making millions is not the whole ball game, fellows. Pride of workmanship is worth more. Artistry is worth more.”

“You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.”

“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”

“I just do things I really enjoy. I enjoy acting. When I’m driving to the studio, I sing in the car. I love my work and my wife and my kids and my friends. And I think, ‘You’re a lucky man, Gregory Peck, a damn lucky man.'”

“Entertainment is all right, but entertainment with an idea behind it is much more important.”

“I hold no brief for Communists, but I believe in and will defend their right to act independently within the law. I question whether members of the committee are interested in defending our form of government or whether they are attempting to suppress political opinion at odds with their own.”

“It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all.”

“They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that – playing the good guys is more challenging because it’s harder to make them interesting.”

“What is wrong with keeping guns out of the hands of the wrong people?”

“There is no doubt that the princess did become a queen—not only on the screen. One of the most loved, one of the most skillful, one of the most intelligent, one of the most sensitive, charming actresses—and friends, in my life—but also in the later stages of her life, the UNICEF ambassador to the children of the world. The generosity, sensitivity, the nobility of her service to the children of the world and the mothers of the world will never be forgotten.”

“Gregory Peck is the hottest thing in town. Some say he is a second Gary Cooper. Actually, he is the first Gregory Peck.”

“In art there is compassion, in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love,’ Peters said.”

“I put everything I had into it – all my feelings and everything I’d learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.”

“Inside of all the makeup and the character and makeup, it’s you, and I think that’s what the audience is really interested in… you, how you’re going to cope with the situation, the obstacles, the troubles that the writer put in front of you.”

“I have tales to tell, but I don’t tell them. Discretion. Discretion.”

“What did I do in high school? I grew from 5 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 2 inches.”

“Overacting is a self-indulgence, while underacting comes either through a lack of talent or a lack of courage.”

“I had that stubborn streak, the Irish in me I guess.”

“I’m not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.”

“Sorry, honey, but I haven’t worn a nightgown in years.”

“I never liked the name Eldred. Since nobody knew me in New York, I just changed to my middle name.”

“I don’t lecture and I don’t grind any axes. I just want to entertain.”

“I don’t think I could stay interested for a couple of months in a character of mean motivation.”

“I’m not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.”

“I put everything I had into it — all my feelings and everything I’d learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my
feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.”

“I think I should have been more ferocious in pursuit of the whale, more cruel to the crew, and I think I’d have a better grasp now of what Melville was
talking about. Ahab focused all his energies on avenging himself against the whale, but he was trying to penetrate the mystery of why we are here at all, why
there is anything. I wasn’t mad enough, not crazy enough, not obsessive enough. I should have done more. … At the time, I didn’t have more in me.”

“I don’t think I could stay interested for a couple of months in a character of mean motivation.”

“If these Mount Everests of the financial world are going to labor and bring forth still more pictures with people being blown to bits with bazookas and
automatic assault rifles with no gory detail left unexploited, if they are going to encourage anxious, ambitious actors, directors, writers and producers to
continue their assault on the English language by reducing the vocabularies of their characters to half a dozen words, with one colorful but overused Anglo-
Saxon verb and one unbeautiful Anglo-Saxon noun covering just about every situation, then I would like to suggest that they stop and think about this: making
millions is not the whole ball game, fellows. Pride of workmanship is worth more. Artistry is worth more.”

“It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all.”

“They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that — playing the good guys is more challenging because it’s harder to make
them interesting.”

“You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far
beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.”

“Entertainment is all right, but entertainment with an idea behind it is much more important.”

“I hold no brief for Communists, but I believe in and will defend their right to act independently within the law. I question whether members of the committee are interested in defending our form of government or whether they are attempting to suppress political opinion at odds with their own.”

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?”

“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”

“I’m not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.”

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“Inside of all the makeup and the character and makeup, it’s you, and I think that’s what the audience is really interested in… you, how you’re going to cope with the situation, the obstacles, the troubles that the writer put in front of you.”

“There we were, hundreds of us lined up, waving at the great man as he tipped his hat to us. And that is the extent of my acquaintance with Albert Einstein.”

“My feeling about him is that the America that we have today, the freedoms we enjoy and the privileges we have, are really the reflection of Abe Lincoln’s convictions, his vision, and his toughness.”

“Entertainment is all right, but entertainment with an idea behind it is much more important.”

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Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”

“I hold no brief for Communists, but I believe in and will defend their right to act independently within the law. I question whether members of the committee are interested in defending our form of government or whether they are attempting to suppress political opinion at odds with their own.

“They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that – playing the good guys is more challenging because it’s harder to make them interesting.”

“You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.”

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… ’til you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

“Stop worrying about fear. Think of yourself as already dead.”

“I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thought will be of the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps. I bid you farewell.”

“Aye, it was Moby Dick that tore my soul and body until they bled into each other.”

“Well, I can tell you right now what the problem is. I saw it in your faces last night. I can see it there now. You’ve been looking at a lot of air lately, and you feel you need a rest. In short, you’re feeling sorry for yourselves. Now I don’t have a lot of patience with this “What are we fighting for?” stuff. We’re in a war, a shooting war. We’ve got to fight. And some of us have got to die.”

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”

“Someone’s got to take the responsibility if the job’s going to get done. Do you think that’s easy?”

“Do you know what I saw on the television in my motel room at oe o’clock this morning? Films of Hitler! They are showing films about the war! The movement! People are fascinated! The time is ripe! Adolf Hitler is alive!”

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and you walk around in it.”

“I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted—if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

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