Harrison Ford Quotes

I am not a movie star; I am an actor. Being a movie star is a quality that somebody sort of embodies, and being an actor is someone who does something.

I think retirement’s for old people. I’m still in the business, thank you. I have a young child of 14 years old, and I want to live as long as I can to see him grow up. I’m enjoying my life and I want to stick around for as long as I can.

The only thing that you can’t do on screen is be boring.

I think a lot of times we don’t pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled.

The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.

You know you’re getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.

I’m like old shoes. I’ve never been hip or cool. I’ve never tried to be hip or cool. Being hip or cool doesn’t mean anything to me.

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man. At a very early age, I knew I didn’t want to do what my dad did, which was work in an office.

I’m not really easy to live with! There needs to be unlimited patience and unconditional love. Men I’ve known before loved my independent spirit and were proud of my success, to the point that they’d become jealous of the time I devote to my career.

What’s important is to be able to see yourself, I think, as having commonality with other people and not determine, because of your good luck, that everybody is less significant, less interesting, less important than you are.

You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.

I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.

I don’t mind doing interviews. I don’t mind answering thoughtful questions. But I’m not thrilled about answering questions like, ‘If you were being mugged, and you had a lightsaber in one pocket and a whip in the other, which would you use?’

I had a phase where every day seemed like an exhausting dry run for a takeoff that never happened.

I think every person has a responsibility to improve their lives.

I have some higher purpose or calling which keeps me accountable to stay out of the flesh pits of the entertainment industry.

I was completely unprepared for the public spectacle my private life became, and didn’t like it a bit.

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.

It’s fun to be a movie star, but I think it’s more fun to make movies.

As a man I’ve always felt Irish, as an actor I’ve always felt Jewish.

I could have been somebody. I could have been a contender.

It’s always nice to be able to put your ego aside and kind of participate in the larger construct of what you’re trying to make.

I was once told that I was not a ‘movie star’ type but it wasn’t important to me. I knew that if I appeared in front of a camera, I would feel good about myself.

You have to be careful that you don’t overexpose somebody that young and use him in a way that takes advantage of his youth. You have to protect and nurture that kid because they can be exploited.

I’m not a poster boy for cool, and I don’t wear cool clothes. It’s a climate I feel comfortable in.

Being solely identified with one character is something most actors like to avoid.

I just don’t think of myself as a superstar sort of actor, and I am not interested in being that.

You know, there is nothing more interesting than truth. Truth and integrity and real character.

I get ‘overnights’ for the Nielsen ratings, which indicate the number of people who’ve tuned into the show. It’s a public record. I can look at it and gauge my career accordingly.

I have a chance to do both (blockbusters and smaller movies), and I don’t feel any limits on what I can do, not by what I’m interested in or by what I think someone else might think of me.

You know you’re getting old when you bend down to tie your shoe and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.

You know you’re getting old when you can still remember dialing the operator to make a long-distance call.

I’ve worked with some actors who think that they’re so good they can get away with murder. They’ll change dialogue and they’ll change scenes. But I’ve also found, with equal frequency, that it’s impossible to tell them what to do.

You know you’re getting old when you remember when the Dead Sea was just sick.

Money doesn’t buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant.

Blade Runner helped make my career. Everybody confuses it with Minority Report, often. But Blade Runner is a film that I think is very good, and I’m very proud of it. It’s not Ty Cobb, but it’s lasted a lot longer than a lot of Ty Cobb’s records.

The most deeply personal and highest impact achievement I’ve ever reached is being a father.

I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you’ve lost human scale.

Success is a lot of things and it comes in a lot of ways and sizes.

I don’t pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.

I don’t do nostalgia. It just doesn’t occur to me. I’m living in the moment, and I’m always looking forward.

The things I do for love.

You know, as an actor, you try to put yourself into a character’s lot.

I don’t think of myself as handsome or ugly. I’m just me.

Am I grumpy? I might be. But I think maybe sometimes it’s misinterpreted.

The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There’s still some silliness.

It’s all about hope, kindness, and a connection with one another.

Human nature doesn’t include all human beings. There are human beings who are indifferent to politics, religion, virtually anything.

Stu Larsen said it’s not often you get to see a piece of your heart live on a cinema screen.

Lately, I feel like I look like a manatee.

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