100+ James Stewart Quotes That Will Really Boost Your Motivation


James Stewart quotes that will really boost your motivation. There are so many James Stewart 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 James Stewart quotes exists just do that.

James Stewart had been a very famous actor and also a military officer, and he is amongst the most honored and also popular stars in movie history. James Stewart is well-known for his distinctive drawl persona, and his movie career had spanned for more than 50 years, and this also included his 80 films. James Stewart had made an appearance in a lot of genres, from westerns to even mystery thrillers. In the year, 1999, James Stewart had been named as the third-greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American Film Institute. James Stewart had been nominated for five Academy Awards, and he had won one for The Philadelphia Story and James Stewart had earned an Academy Honorary Award for his achievements in the year, 1985.

James Stewart had started his career as a performer on Broadway which had earned James Stewart a movie contract at MGM after James Stewart had caught the attention of a talent scout. James Stewart had a noted military career and had been a World War II and Vietnam War veteran and also a pilot, and he had risen to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

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“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”

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

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“Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing a Jimmy Stewart imitation myself.”

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“The secret to a happy life is to accept change gracefully.”

James Stewart quotes “I always watch Dean Martin’s show… just to see if he falls down.”

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

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

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

“[in 1983] I’d like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said.”

“There ought to be a law against any man who doesn’t want to marry Myrna Loy.”

“[on John Wayne] I can’t imagine there’s anyone in the country who doesn’t know who he is. Kids will be talking about him long after the rest of us are gone.
John will make the history books, as Will Rogers did, because he as lived his life to reflect the ideals of his country.”

“It’s much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you’re withdrawing – you tear the ceiling off – that’s much easier than it is to come in and say,
Hello” or “I love you”. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn’t as difficult.”

[10/1/48, upon being named a Pennsylvania Ambassador (he was born and raised in the town of Indiana) by Gov. James Duff] Indiana means home to me. It is a
town for me to cling to, because my mother and father are here. I was born and reared here. I have a great love and pride for Indiana. I love every bit of

“I don’t act. I react.”

“I’m the inarticulate man who tries. I don’t really have all the answers, but for some reason, somehow, I make it.”

“The big studios were an ideal way to make films – because they were a home base for people. When you were under contract, you had no chance to relax.”

“If I had my career over again? Maybe I’d say to myself, “Speed it up a little”.”

“[5/20/58, from a speech at a Boy Scout Testimonial Dinner celebrating his 50th birthday] Through the years Indiana [his home town of Indiana, PA] has been
something of tremendous importance in my life. It’s true there is something special about the place where you were raised–your hometown. I have found through the years during the times when I’ve been here in Indiana that almost every direction I look, and so many faces I see, immediately cause a picture to
be formed of an event, a happening in my life that I remember well. I think the main thing that has kept Indiana so close to my heart is the fact that
Indiana has been, and still is, the headquarters of Mr. Alex Stewart and his family … My father has been almost fanatical in his determination to keep our
family together–and he has done it. Time and distance haven’t seemed to have affected this headquarters in Indiana. I’ve settled down three thousand miles
from Indiana. I’ve traveled to points in the world three times that distance. At times I’ve stayed away several years at a stretch, but I somehow have never
felt that I was very far from here … somehow I don’t feel that I have ever been away.”

“John Wayne was probably the biggest star in the world, yet he retained the qualities of a small boy. He had the enthusiasm for life that would make a high
school football star envious. And through it all, Duke never changed. As a man he was exactly the boy he started out. And as a friend . . . well, you just
wouldn’t want a better one. In his lifetime, Duke stamped AMERICA across the face of the motion picture industry. Few other men, living or dead, have ever
portrayed the fine, decent, and generous American qualities as Duke did. He portrayed on screen the values he lived off screen. Gentle – so much so, it would
have surprised his critics. Loyal – once your friend, always your friend. Courageous – if you doubt it, remember his fight against cancer, or the way he
faced heart surgery. And decent. Above all, Duke was a decent man. He was also far from perfect. He made his mistakes as I have made mine and you have made
yours. All in all, I would say they were unintentional. Mistakes of the heart, I would say. Let me say this about the John Wayne I knew. He was an original.
He was the statue of his times. All in all, I think it was the man’s integrity that speaks most of him. His principles never varied. Nor did his ideals. Nor
did his faith in mankind.”

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“[in 1970] I don’t think there’s any question that the Communists are behind a great deal of unrest in the United States. In addition, I feel they are still a potential danger in show business.”

“[on draft-age men who evaded military service during the Vietnam war] I hate them! I absolutely hate them! Whether right or wrong, their country was at war
and their country asked them to serve, and they refused and ran away. Cowards, that’s what they were.”

“[his last words] I’m going to be with Gloria [deceased wife Gloria Stewart] now.”

“If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had – their comradeship, loyalty, and physical ”
courage. The vogue for the new kind of western seems pretty unimportant to me. They try to destroy something that has been vital to people for so long.

“I am James Stewart playing James Stewart. I couldn’t mess around with the characterizations. I play variations on myself.”

“Mr. Hitchcock [Alfred Hitchcock] did not say actors are cattle. He said they should be treated like cattle.”

“I have my own rules and adhere to them. The rule is simple but inflexible. A James Stewart picture must have two vital ingredients: it will be clean and it
will involve the triumph of the underdog over the bully.”

“You hear so much about the old movie moguls and the impersonal factories where there is no freedom. MGM was a wonderful place where decisions were made on my behalf by my superiors. What’s wrong with that?”

“[asked how he wanted to be remembered] As someone who believed in hard work and love of country, love of family and love of community.”

“John Wayne was the greatest cowboy. Henry Fonda was the better actor but John Wayne, well, he was a champ.”

“[on Joan Crawford] My first impression of Joan Crawford was of glamor.”

“[on Jean Arthur] Jean was the finest actress I ever worked with. No one had her humor, her timing.”

“[on Margaret Sullavan] She could do maybe a look, or a line or two, but they would hit like flashes or earthquakes.”

“I suppose people can relate to being me, while they dream about being John Wayne.”

“[on longtime friend Henry Fonda, a liberal Democrat] Our views never interfered with our feelings for each other, we just didn’t talk about certain things.”

“[to longtime friend Ronald Reagan, on his inauguration as US President on 1/20/81] I cannot tell you, Mr President, just how happy I am to finally be able to call you my Commander-in-Chief.”

“I’ve always thought [John Wayne] is underrated as an actor. I think The Searchers (1956) is one of the most marvelous performances of all time.”

“[in 1976] I am sixty-eight years old and I feel every damn day of it.”

“I’ve always regretted that I didn’t spend more time on the stage because there’s nothing like that for experience – real experience – and to bring you up to
snuff as far as the acting is concerned.”

“From 1932 through 1934 I’d only worked three months. Every play I got into folded.”

“[on Grace Kelly] We all say she made as good a princess as she did a movie actress, even better.”

“[on John Ford] The set was anything but tranquil on a Ford picture. Ford believed that acting is a competitive thing. That it’s good to be tense, good to be
suspicious of other actors. His direction would be mostly asides, whispers … In a Ford film you never exactly sure of what was going to happen next. And
this is the way he wanted it.”

“[Asked in March 1957 interview “What do you think of your future”:] Eventually I’d like to direct. I’d like to use the tools I’ve developed in my years in
the movie business. If I haven’t learned enough in all this time, I’d better quit and go back to my father’s hardware store.
[Asked in March 1957 interview “What do you do for kicks when you’re not working”:] I like to fly. And I like music. I’ve got a cabinet full of pop stuff.
Also some Elvis Presley and that sort of thing that the kids drive me nuts with. When I had a press conference in Chile a few weeks ago, I happened to remark
that I didn’t like rock ‘n’ roll. Well, you’d think I had insulted the whole Chilean republic. I had to backtrack on my statement.”

“[to Frank Capra when he was offered the role of George Bailey] Frank, if you want to do a movie about me committing suicide, with an angel with no wings
named Clarence, I’m your man.”

“[to Philip Van Doren Stern, the author of The Greatest Gift, the short story that inspired It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) via letter on December 31st, 1946]
More important than anything, thank you for giving us that idea, which I think is the best one anyone has had for a long time. It was an inspiration for
everyone concerned with the picture to work in it, because everyone seemed to feel that the fundamental story was so sound and right, and that story was
yours, and you should be justly proud of it.”

“[Stewart testifying before Congress about Hollywood colourizing It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)] I tried to look at the colourized version, but I had to switch
it off – it made me feel sick.”

“[It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)] It didn’t do well at all. I don’t think it was the type of story people wanted right after the war. They wanted a war-related
story or a pure slapstick, Red Skelton type of comedy. Our movie just got lost.”

“[It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)] Such a pure movie. It wasn’t taken from a novel or a play. It was developed from one little paragraph. Simple story, no
message, no violence, no mob scenes. When the movies have a story like this, they do it better than any medium there is.”

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“I was six feet three and 138 pounds. They must have thought I looked like I had just survived a famine.”

“Well, John Ford was a man who had certain values that he was dedicated to and he could get that up on the screen. Not by telling actors what to do and having
long rehearsal sessions with them, because he never did that. He just had a vision of what the film should be like and he would let us sort of go along with
him and do it. If we didn’t do it the way he liked, we would certainly hear about it. He came so well prepared, knowing the script and everything about the
picture, that I never even saw him even look at the script. He’d just say to his cameraman, “I want this, tell me when your ready.” Then he’d shoo us actors
in front of the camera and say, “all right, this is what you’re being paid for, go and get comfortable with what you’re going to do and whenever you’re
ready, let me know and we’ll shoot it.”

“(On John Wayne) Duke Wayne was a great friend of mine and I also think he was an excellent actor. He was a tremendous force in the whole production.
Everybody, including the actors, the producer and the director looked to Duke to sort of get the idea of what the scene meant, or how it should go. Not, “how
do I do this,” but the idea behind it, the tone of the scene. I was also in his last picture, The Shootist (1976) and it was a great privilege and a
wonderful honor to have worked with him.”

“A half (percentage) point cut will offer some comfort to the European markets, … A quarter is not helpful.”

“After the awards, I didn’t win, my father called me up and told me that the man from Johnstown had put all kinds of signs in the theatre saying, ‘This year’s Academy Award winner… ‘ because my father had said I was going to win. And I didn’t. But this guy asked if it would be alright if he took the Oscar and put it in the lobby and put a sign saying, ‘This is what it would look like if he had won’.”

“All I can do is my best. If I win the Vegas race and the world title I can’t really ask for anything else.”

“All the senators were there, and Frank Capra was in a box with his wife with the vice president and his wife, and several other senators. They, as the picture started going, became very quiet. After the picture had been going for three quarters of an hour, the film broke. Frank didn’t know where the projection room was exactly, and he found himself outside the building, crawling up a ladder.”

“And for close-range projectors and domestic use, brightness is not so much of a problem.”

“And in my opinion we had a true coalition of forces.”

“Film itself is very technical, and I think you need this period when things are a little out of control for it to work right.”

“He called me up saying, ‘What’s all this I hear about you making a dirty picture?'”

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

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

“I am really bummed that I have not been able to race since the Unadilla crash. I am sorry to disappoint the fans, Kawasaki, and my sponsors. There’s a week off after Washougal so I should be 100% by Spring Creek and look forward to a strong ride there.”

“I am sorry that I crashed that way and the race ended. It was a good clean race, and we have one more stop in Anaheim, so that will be my next chance to get a win in front of these fans.”

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

“I felt like I threw the race away tonight. The front end just topped over on me, but I came back and did the best I could.”

“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.”

“I love all kinds of racing. Eventually it would be cool to be the first to do this, or the first to do that. But right now I’m having fun where I’m at, and there’s no reason for me to leave. Who knows what might happen?”

“I sort of got into Westerns… It was a sort of desperation move, really. I had several pictures that didn’t go very well, and I just realised that I would have to try something else.”

“I think we will see a rebound in the economy partly because of this substantial easing that we’ve seen from the Fed, but I think it will be delayed. I think we are likely to see clear evidence of this emerging towards the end of the fourth quarter this year and a rebound well under way in the first quarter next year.”

“I wanted that race to go down to the final lap. It was such a good battle that it’s a shame that it ended the way it did. I saw a lapped rider down in the turn and just lost concentration for a split second. That corner was slick and I washed out my front wheel and I was on the ground before I knew it. It’s a tough series and things like that are going to happen. Fortunately I didn’t lose too much ground in the points and I’ll go to San Francisco hoping to come back strong.”

“I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I’d done theatricals in college, but I’d done them because it was fun.”

“I was just trying to win out there tonight. Next week we go to my home state of Florida, and I love racing at Daytona. I hope I can get a win there.”

“I was saying to myself, ‘Down goes Frazier!'”

“I’d like to do Harvey again. I did it two years ago with Helen Hayes in New York. It was a joy. I was so glad to do it again because I never thought I did it right the first time.”

“If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had; their comradeship, loyalty, and physical courage.”

“If I had my career over again? Maybe I’d say to myself, speed it up a little.”

“I’m going to give it all I’ve got every weekend. All I can do is keep trying to win races. Anything can happen in the championship, you only need to look at the St. Louis race to see that.”

“I’m happy with where we are coming into Anaheim. Everyone else has a lot of race experience on the four-strokes and I’ve just got two races on the bike. I’m still learning and getting more comfortable with it. I’ve had to change my riding style a bit, but I plan on training harder than ever to get ready for Anaheim and the rest of the season.”

“I’m running my own races now and having fun winning. I just want to keep winning races, that’s my goal right now and I’m not thinking that much about the points. If I can keep this streak alive then maybe at some point I’ll have a shot.”

“Investors will be looking for clues for interest rate cuts. A U.K. rate cut is expected in February, the European Central Bank is most likely to cut rates sometime at the end of the first quarter, start of the second quarter.”

“It was amazing that a play that seems dated in this world… A man whose best friend is a six-foot white rabbit… But it caught on, especially with young people – they surprised me most of all.”

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

“It’s much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you’re withdrawing – you tear the ceiling off – that’s much easier than it is to come in and say, ‘Hello.’ Or, ‘I love you’. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn’t as difficult.”

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

“Maybe we are already seeing strong sterling impacting on the sector.”

“Mr. Hitchcock did not say actors are cattle. He said they should be treated like cattle.”

“My dogs have never been good at things like “sit,” “stay,” or even “come.” I think that we’ve given the tourists a few laughs, especially when the dogs hit the end of their leashes hard enough to drag Gloria down the street.”

“My mother approved, my father just didn’t accept the idea of my being an actor. I think that’s the reason he kept the hardware store in operation, because I think he was pretty sure that I was going to be found out sooner or later, and he wanted to have a job for me to come back to.”

“Not all of us were working at the same time, but enough of us… Hank Fonda knew how to cook rice. We lived pretty much on a rice diet.”

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

“She didn’t know who told anybody to do any of that.”

“The best part was working with people I wouldn’t normally have spoken to.”

“The difference between “trained OK” and “trained perfectly” doesn’t really matter all that much to me. I once did a film with Lassie. When that dog got excited he jumped all over Rudd Weatherwax [Lassie’s trainer]. Now that’s the smartest dog in the world. If the world’s best-trained dog can jump around to show he’s happy then my dogs should be allowed to do the same.”

“The euro can be a serious problem for the U.S. but there is little the European Central Bank can do; it’s already raised rates aggressively, … The euro could gently descend to 80 cents.”

“The first few laps I was in my own world and was thinking, ‘I just wanted to finish. I made a few mistakes, but I think it was just more the track than me making mistakes.”

“The implication of that for the euro zone as a whole is that there will be increased pressure on the European Central Bank to cut rates after it returns from its August summer break.”

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“The markets are expected to be subdued ahead of a raft of data from the U.K. and U.S.,”

“The markets have factored in weaker results in the first half of the year,”

“The U.S. is going to take a long time to turn around — but Europe will take a lot longer.”

“The U.S. is the world’s engine of growth and when that splutters we should all be worried,”

“There was nobody like him, and he’ll be hard to replace. I’ve lost a wonderful friend. The world has lost a tremendous contribution to the art of film and to millions and millions of people.”

“This was the time of training, when you were learning your craft, and I don’t think that you can work too hard at that particular time.”

“Tiger is very popular and golf is a more popular sport than our sport, so naturally he’s going to be bigger than me. To me, I kind of would like to be known as the first James Stewart. We’re in two different sports so I’m not sure about any comparisons.”

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

“We are all athletes and have to deal with injuries. I’ve had to ride with broken bones and stuff, but I have to give Chad props because he kept going.”

“We had an apartment on west side of Central Park. The rent was very reasonable. We found out later that it belonged to a gangster called Legs Diamond and it was a front to his headquarters. It was fine.”

“We size our summer class to anticipate our needs, hoping all of them get offers and all of them accept.”

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

“Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.”

“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.”

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

“William Wyler has always been famous for taking a lot of takes. There is this story that he did this scene with a bunch of very competent people, a very important scene in the movie, and he’d already done it thirty times. One of them came to Willie and said, ‘I want to know what we’re doing wrong. What do you want us to do?’ And Willie said, ‘No, you’re doing it fine. I’m just waiting for something to happen’.”

“Winning is all I can try to do now. Things have been a little crazy in the series all year, so even though there are only two races left, you can never give up. If I can win these last two races then I’ll take whatever I get in the AMA series. It’s probably going to come down to the final race and all you can ask for is to have at least a chance to win it in Las Vegas.”


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