80+ Richard Dreyfuss Quotes That You Just Cannot Miss

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Richard Dreyfuss quotes that you just cannot miss. There are so many Richard Dreyfuss 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 Richard Dreyfuss quotes exists just do that.

Richard Dreyfuss is a very famous actor and is well-known for starring in many movies during the 1970s till the 1990s, and this included Jaws, American Graffiti, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Stand by Me, The Goodbye Girl, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Always, Stakeout, Mr. Holland’s Opus and What About Bob?

Richard Dreyfuss had won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Goodbye Girl and had been nominated in the year, 1995 for Mr Holland’s Opus. Richard Dreyfuss had then earned a Golden Globe Award, nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries categories and won a BAFTA Award.

Richard Dreyfuss had started acting during his youth, at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Arts Center and Westside Jewish Community Center, and this had been under his drama teacher, Bill Miller. Richard Dreyfuss had then debuted in the TV production In Mama’s House when he had been a teen. Richard Dreyfuss had then studied at San Fernando Valley State College and had been a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Richard Dreyfuss had then acted in small TV roles on shows like Gidget, Peyton Place, Gunsmoke, That Girl, The Ghost & Mrs Muir, Bewitched, and also, The Big Valley.

We have dug up these Richard Dreyfuss 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 Richard Dreyfuss Sayings in a single place. These famous Richard Dreyfuss 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 Richard Dreyfuss quotes should be read with caution and proper understanding of the context. Here are tons of Richard Dreyfuss quotes that will open a treasure chest of Wisdom and experiences:

“The motion picture business is run by corporate thieves.”

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“I enjoyed the journey to the top but then found myself disappointed.”

Richard Dreyfuss popular quotes “Behind all art is ego and I am an artist and I am unique.”

Richard Dreyfuss quotes “Let’s give some substance to patriotism. It may take a generation.”

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“Wake up and live. It’s a fast world out there.”

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“[In 1976] People who commit adultery must die. Everyone knows that. Any movie tells you that!”

“I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.”

“Happiness has a bum rap. People say it shouldn’t be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.”

“Actually, when I was a kid I was really more aware of the star and the handprints in Grauman’s Chinese more than I was aware of anything else, including the
Oscar. I wanted to have a star. I wanted to be able to see, you know, old gum on my star.”

“I don’t think film acting is necessarily a triumph of technique. Film stardom is a friendship that happens between an audience and a performer. Its like you
meet someone and you click with that person for whatever reason.”

“[on Bette Midler] I loved working with Bette. I rarely get to have a good leading lady and Bette and Marsha Mason are the best. I’d work with them again
anytime.”

“[on Steven Spielberg] Steven Spielberg is the only person I’ve come across who fits my criteria of genius. And I don’t throw that word around. Genius is
imagination and attention to detail. The ability to achieve to the minutest detail what you perceive in your imagination. I don’t think there’s another
person on earth who’s as great a plot structuralist or better storyteller.”

“[on James Stewart] You personify for me part of this nation. You symbolize an America that is gentle, ironic, self-deprecating, tough, and emotional.”

“[2009, on The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)] I thought I was miscast. He’s a character I could empathize with. He’s totally human. A physically bigger person
should have played him, but it was fun, and it was especially fun because it was true, and it was a really well-written script in that way. But playing
him… You know, every actor wants to play the villain. The trick is not to wink at the audience and say, “I’m not him”.”

“[2009, on What About Bob? (1991)] Funny movie. Terribly unpleasant experience. We didn’t get along, me and Bill Murray. But I’ve got to give it to him: I
don’t like him, but he makes me laugh, even now. I’m also jealous that he’s a better golfer than I am.”

“[2009] Jaws (1975), first time I saw it, I forgot I was in it. True. Totally forgot, and got as scared as everybody else, and it’s a great movie. I learned a shitload about my whole life, and I watched Steven [Steven Spielberg] go from being a boy to being a man. He was under so much pressure you couldn’t believe.”

“And his shark never worked, so they had to re-conceive as they went, and it was because of that mind-fuck that he made a great film.”

“I always knew that I could be a star for this whole audience that didn’t relate to John Wayne or Al Pacino. An urban, progressive, intellectually-oriented
audience, not too macho, people who read, people who listen to Paul Simon and Randy Newman. People like me.”

“[on The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)] It was the first time I’d ever seen myself in a feature film as a lead, and all I could remember was the bad
moments that I didn’t succeed at. I didn’t really see the film and the performance as a whole until about ten years later.”

“It’s really a mitzvah for the actor to know when you make people laugh, you are giving them a gift. You are, as Shakespeare said, giving surcease from
sorrow. And that’s an easy thing to fall in love with.”

“Acting is the only art form that is based entirely on pretense. The clothes you’re wearing are not yours, the words you’re saying are not yours, you pretend
that you don’t see the stagehand and you pretend you don’t see the audience – and the audience pretends you’re not actors, that you’re real life. And that
house of pretense creates art and truth. And it is an amazing feeling to make people laugh or make people cry.”

“I always knew I was going to be an actor and that was that – no doubts, no uncertainties, no changing my mind. And that was when I was like, nine, ten. And
it never changed.”

“I’d like to reinvent radio the way Orson Welles did. I’d like to do Hamlet or I’d like to do a master-class in Hamlet, or I’d like to do something with
history.”

“I much prefer the stage. Much. But I also prefer being paid. I like being paid as a screen actor but working on the stage.”

“When I saw Jaws (1975) for the first time, I forgot I was in it. It scared the crap out of me. That night, I heard something I’d never heard before. They
[the audience] went crazy, and then they silently watched the scroll and then they clapped again.”

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“I wouldn’t recommend to a young actor anymore to become an actor because I think the film industry has changed so terribly. The tools in the director’s tool
kit used to be story, dialogue, character… after that came cinematography and editing. Now it’s special effects, editing and we [actors] are way down at
the bottom part.”

“Film acting is about the hollowest experience you can have as an actor. When you do a film, it’s out of order and sequence and everyone around you is working — even directors now are behind the little video thing — so you’re alone. You’re working for yourself.”

“[from his own homepage, The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative] “To teach our kids how to run our country, before they are called upon to run our country…if we
don’t, someone else will run our country.”

“Civility is not not saying negative or harsh things. It is not the absence of critical analysis. It is the manner in which we are sharing this territorial freedom of political discussion. If our discourse is yelled and screamed and interrupted and patronized, that’s uncivil.”

“Power never turns power down, ever, unless institutionally demanded.”

“Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn’t be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.”

“I spoke so much about being a manic-depressive. I want to bring everyone back to my earliest memories of this companion of mine. Some people call this companion I have an ailment, or worse a terrible nightmare from which some people cannot awaken. I know that I have nothing to be ashamed of. I have nothing that should garner a stigma.”

“I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.”

“It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance.”

“John Kennedy really did extend the reach of the American people and said, like Lincoln said in a way, that our reach is farther than our grasp – and we should aim high.”

“In a way, J.F.K. was the high point of the American dream. In order to go to the moon and back, all we did was say we could – and we did.”

“When you Google me, you’ll find a lot of people don’t like Richard Dreyfuss. Because I’m cocky and I present a cocky attitude. But no one has ever disagreed with the notion I represent, that we need more civic education. So far there’s 100 percent support for that.”

“Civics is not only how to run the country before it’s your turn to run the country; it is, in fact, the study of power, practical political power. And you must start that process at an age level when kids’ brains are still open and malleable.”

“It is an obvious and blatant stupidity beyond my ability to articulate how dumb it is for us not to teach our children how to run the government.”

“The bad guy always gets the best scene and the best lines in the film, and they usually get the most days off.”

“We need to get back to reasoning and thinking things through. The future generation is being brought up in greed and without a true understanding of civics. There is no more emphasis on knowledge and time. As a society we need to process ideas and understand what certain principles are based upon.”

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“Kerry is an adult – he thinks things through. He learns from the present as well as the past. To George Bush, thinking things through is for sissies.”

“I’m nothing if not honest.”

“‘Jaws,’ first time I saw it, I forgot I was in it. True. Totally forgot, and got as scared as everybody else, and it’s a great movie.”

“There is one solution to all of our problems: Teaching our kids clarity of thought and political representation in democracy. That’s it”.

“I don’t know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfilment of personal fantasies. It isn’t just art, its about being a person I’ve always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.”

“If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a teacher, a history teacher. After all, teaching is very much like performing. A teacher is an actor, in a way. It takes a great deal to get, and hold, a class.”

“By telling my own story, I hope to help remove the stigma. It never should be something to hide.”

“Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn’t be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.”

“Part of me is still waiting to grow up, to be an adult, and the other part knows there is no such thing.”

“It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance.”

“I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.”

“Civility is not not saying negative or harsh things. It is not the absence of critical analysis. It is the manner in which we are sharing this territorial freedom of political discussion. If our discourse is yelled and screamed and interrupted and patronized, that’s uncivil.”

“It is an obvious and blatant stupidity beyond my ability to articulate how dumb it is for us not to teach our children how to run the government.”

“Theater is completely different from film or television. It has a beginning and a middle and an end and it’s different every night. And it’s far preferable to any other except in the sense of not getting paid, people who want to eat should do film and television.”

“In a way, J.F.K. was the high point of the American dream. In order to go to the moon and back, all we did was say we could – and we did.”

“You don’t have to act as if you care; you just have to care enough to act.”

“I never had a role that I set out for. I always wanted to have a body of work that I’m proud of. Save for two projects, which will never pass my lips, I’m happy with what I’ve done.”

“There is one solution to all of our problems: Teaching our kids clarity of thought and political representation in democracy. That’s it.”

“The happiest I ever been was when I was a struggling actor. I’ve had big houses and small houses. I always had work available for most of my career. When I actually had to find jobs to make money, that’s when I was happy.”

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“Civics is not only how to run the country before it’s your turn to run the country; it is, in fact, the study of power, practical political power. And you must start that process at an age level when kids’ brains are still open and malleable.”

“I didn’t understand 3-D in the fifties and I can’t say I get it now either. I just don’t see what the big deal is.”

“I said to my doctor, ‘You gotta testme, there’s something wrong with me that I would be behaving this way.'”

“I don’t know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfillment of personal fantasies. It isn’t just art, its about being a person I’ve always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.
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“I’m nothing if not honest.”

“We mistake politics for legislative debate. You can be passionate without being personal.”

“Tabouli is the best salad, but still, you don’t win friends with salad”

“I spoke so much about being a manic-depressive. I want to bring everyone back to my earliest memories of this companion of mine. Some people call this companion I have an ailment, or worse a terrible nightmare from which some people cannot awaken. I know that I have nothing to be ashamed of. I have nothing that should garner a stigma.”

“If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a teacher, a history teacher. After all, teaching is very much like performing. A teacher is an actor, in a way. It takes a great deal to get, and hold, a class.”

“When you Google me, you’ll find a lot of people don’t like Richard Dreyfuss. Because I’m cocky and I present a cocky attitude. But no one has ever disagreed with the notion I represent, that we need more civic education. So far there’s 100 percent support for that.”

“It’s fun to see the light in someone’s eyes. It’s fun to give your own eccentric experience and have it land. That’s fun.”

“I enjoyed the journey to the top but then found myself disappointed.”

“People who commit adultery must die. Everyone knows that. Any movie tells you that!”

“Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn’t be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.”

“I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.”

“Kerry is an adult – he thinks things through. He learns from the present as well as the past. To George Bush, thinking things through is for sissies.”

“It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance.”

“I don’t know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfilment of personal fantasies. It isn’t just art, its about being a person I’ve always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.”

“I don’t know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfillment of personal fantasies. It isn’t just art, its about being a person I’ve always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.”

“I decided at age 9, but I was reinforced at age 13 when a teacher told me I had talent. I can’t say she really motivated me because I already knew. I knew I had talent. I went to the Jewish community theater and got in plays there. Then I went for the movies.'”

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