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PAUL NEWMAN QUOTES

(1925-2008)

If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.

PAUL NEWMAN

Just when things seem to be at their darkest, they go black.

PAUL NEWMAN, Life Magazine, Feb. 1984

The first time I remember women reacting to me was when we were filming Hud in Texas. Women were literally trying to climb through the transoms at the motel where I stayed. At first, it's flattering to the ego. At first. Then you realize that they're mixing me up with the roles I play — characters created by writers who have nothing to do with who I am.

PAUL NEWMAN, Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

To be an actor, you have to be a child.

PAUL NEWMAN, attributed, Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures

I was terrorized by the emotional requirements of being an actor. Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.

PAUL NEWMAN, Time Magazine, Dec. 6, 1982

I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

PAUL NEWMAN, Film Monthly interview, Jul. 1, 2002

Well, the nice thing about animation, you don't even really have to account for yourself. All of the physical stuff that you work on as an actor, you just throw away.

PAUL NEWMAN, IGN interview, Jun. 9, 2006

You can't be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: "Holy Christ, whaddya know — I'm still around!"

PAUL NEWMAN, The Independent, Jun. 17, 2006

I just hope when my body goes, or when my mind does, I have the guts to end it the way Hemingway did. I don't want anybody wiping drool off my chin.

PAUL NEWMAN, Life Magazine, Feb. 1984

I'm a very competitive person. I always have been. And it's hard to be competitive about something as amorphous as acting. But you can be competitive on the track, because the rules are very simple and the declaration of the winner is very concise.

PAUL NEWMAN, IGN interview, Jun. 9, 2006

People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.

PAUL NEWMAN, Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures

I have an extraordinary attention span. I manage to juggle two or three different ideas at the same time, and that's probably, if I have a gift, that's probably the best gift that's given me.

PAUL NEWMAN, Nightline, May 2007

There are a lot of drivers who can carry a car. It doesn't happen very often very successfully. I think it takes a certain amount of sensible bravery. It's no good to be brave and just keep crashing.

PAUL NEWMAN, IGN interview, Jun. 9, 2006

I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.

PAUL NEWMAN, The Guardian, Apr. 10, 2005

I wasn't driven to acting by any inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.

PAUL NEWMAN, Time Magazine, Dec. 6, 1982

Building weapons that we don’t need, don’t work, and aren’t necessary, and have no mission — that’s not bad politics, that’s robbery.

PAUL NEWMAN, NEA Today interview, Feb. 2000

When I realized I was going to have to be a whore, to put my face on the label, I decided that the only way I could do it was to give away all the money we make. Over the years, that ethical stance has given us a 30 per cent boost. One in three customers buys my products because all the profits go to good causes and the rest buy the stuff because it is good.

PAUL NEWMAN, The Guardian, Apr. 10, 2005

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

PAUL NEWMAN, Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it.

PAUL NEWMAN, attributed, Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures

I cannot bear to look at a film that I made before 1990. Maybe 1985. There's no sense even trying to explain it. I really just can't watch myself. I see all the machinery at work and it just drives me nuts, so I don't look at anything.

PAUL NEWMAN, The Telegraph, Jul. 13, 2002

A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

PAUL NEWMAN, Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures

I think Hollywood is in love with sequels. If it's successful once, just jazz it up and shoot it out there again. I think it's unfortunate.

PAUL NEWMAN, IGN interview, Jun. 9, 2006

I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried — tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.

PAUL NEWMAN, attributed, The Films of Paul Newman (Lawrence J. Quirk)

I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.

PAUL NEWMAN, New York Times, Sep. 28, 1986

I've been accused of being aloof. I'm not. I'm just wary.

PAUL NEWMAN, Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Well, I'm not able to work anymore as an actor and still at the level I would want to ... you start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So, that's pretty much a closed book for me. And I'm grateful for the other things that have come into my life: grandkids, and restaurants and charity ... I've been doing it for 50 years. That's enough.

PAUL NEWMAN, Nightline, May 2007

The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.

PAUL NEWMAN, The Times Online, Jan. 26, 2008


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