20+ Best Jeff Bridges Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Born into a Hollywood family in 1949, Jeff Bridges began his acting career as an infant. He broke through with The Last Picture Show (1971), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination. 

Bridges went on to star in the popular films Heaven’s Gate (1980) and TRON (1982), as well as the cult hit The Big Lebowski (1998). Following decades of acclaimed work, he finally nabbed an Oscar for his performance in Crazy Heart (2009).

We have compiled a list of Jeff Bridges quotes for you to read.

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Jeff Bridges Quotes

The more space and emptiness you can create in yourself, then you can let the rest of the world come in and fill you up.

 

It’s easy to point out the evil in other people, but that can be found in all of us. That selfishness, that is something we all have in us. Sometimes you are successful at dealing with it, and sometimes you are not.

 

We’re such a funky species. We’re so violent, so greedy – this is how we roll. But what are we going to do about it? How do we move forward given who we are? Because situations don’t come out of nothing. They come out of certain conditions.

 

We’re here for such a short period of time. Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you.

 

As far as the lack of hits goes, I think perhaps it’s because I’ve played a lot of different roles and have not created a persona that the public can latch on to. I have played everything from psychopathic killers to romantic leading men, and in picking such diverse roles I have avoided typecasting.

 

It can kind of screw up things if you’re trying to overwork something.

 

Your part can be the king, but unless people are treating you like royalty, you ain’t no king, man.

 

Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or the so-called negative aspects of our life to the side… we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.

 

Whenever I work on a part, I look at the world through the filter of the character and I pick things they might use through my observations of real life.

 

Sometimes I think about retiring but not stopping work. Just ‘re-tiring’ – put on some new tires and go on to do something else.

 

Like most kids, you don’t want to do what your folks want you to do. You’ve got your own thing.

 

I’m at this time in life when I have to take the opportunities I have left.

 

Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint; I do ceramics and photography. I’m interested in a lot of creative stuff.

 

There’s kind of a Zen aspect to bowling. The pins are either staying up or down before you even throw your arm back. It’s kind of a mind-set. You want to be in this perfect mind-set before you released the ball.

 

Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t.

 

My M.O. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me. I’m in this wonderful position to be able to do that.

 

I do a lot of ceramics.

 

My wife holds the kite strings that let me go ‘weeeeeee’, then she reels me back in.

 

Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they’ve been hurt, they’re sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that’s protecting this tiny, dear part in them that’s still alive.

 

With a labyrinth, you make a choice to go in – and once you’ve chosen, around and around you go. But you always find your way to the center.

 

Sticking with a marriage. That’s true grit, man.

 

Technology is such a broad kind of term, it really applies to so many things, from the electric light to running cars on oil. All of these different things can be called technology. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with it, as I expect most people do. With the computer, I spend so many hours sitting in front of a computer.

 

You prep, you prep, you prep. And on the day that you film, you let all of that go. I try to achieve emptiness as much as possible – the Zen thing – to let the deal come out of that nothing.

 

One of the things I want to do that’s outside the realm of acting and the arts – although both have their place in this – is ending childhood hunger here in America.

 

As far as Beau is concerned, we’re on the same team, we root for each other. If my parts are slightly more attractive, or are perceived that way by others, he’s very content.

 

I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour.

 

The problem with the designated driver programme, it’s not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At then end of the night drop them off at the wrong house.

 

I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised and happy I survived it all. Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking, Oh God, the things you did!

 

I’m very manipulative towards directors. My theory is that everyone on the set is directing the film, we’re all receiving art messages from the universe on how we should do the film.

 

I’ve had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I’ve been very lucky that way.

 

Movies are like magic tricks.

 

Nowadays, in the contract that actors sign, you have to agree that you’re going to do a certain amount of publicity-the hard part they don’t pay you for.

 

I’m not counting any chickens.

 

Working with my dad was such a gas. We approached the work in a similar way. We only made two films together when I was an adult, Tucker, and Blown Away, but it was so much fun to play with your parent like that.

 

Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don’t know if it’s a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by.

 

Making films is sort of like you’re pulling off a magic trick. It’s sort of like an illusion. It’s not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you’re wearing to the make-up, to the light.

 

This idea of how everything is interconnected, and the impermanence of things.. It sums up the human condition to me, and it helps me on my path.

 

My m.o. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me. I’m in this wonderful position to be able to do that. The reason I do that is because I know what it takes once I engage, what that means for me personally and for my wife.

 

What are the aspects of yourself that line up with the character? You magnify those, and the ones that don’t match up you kind of kick to the curb.

 

For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don’t want to stand out. You don’t want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I’m a product of nepotism. That’s how I got my foot in the door, through my dad.

 

What I learned most from my father wasn’t anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it.

 

A large part of acting is just pretending. You get to work with these other great make-believers, all making believe as hard as they can.

 

I don’t think I ever went down that movie star path. I always enjoy taking a 90-degree turn from the last thing I did.

 

Whenever you’re the child of a famous person, you get judged in odd ways because of that.

 

I found that photography was a great way of relaxing on the set.

 

My wife, whenever I’d go off to work and I’d be kind of anxious, she’ll say, ‘Remember, have fun.’ Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously and there’s a lot of joy to be had wherever you are.

 

I don’t have one movie that is my favorite, I have about 25-30 favorites.

 

Normally, I love to go to the movies and when I see a character portrayed by different actors at different ages, it kind of pops a little bit for me. It brings me out of the movie experience. Now we have the technology to cure that.

 

I’m very much into the costuming of any character that I portray and it’s one of the great things about making movies is it’s a collaborative art form so you get all these artists who are looking specifically about for this instance your character’s costume and what that might tell about your character.

 

If you change partners every time it gets tough or you get a little dissatisfied, then I don’t think you get the richness that’s available in a long-term relationship.

 

One of the tough things about being an actor, probably the hardest thing, is getting your foot in the door, and my father handled that for me at a very early age.

 

Often when I finish a film I’ll have that feeling inside me: ‘I never want to do this ever again. I don’t want to pretend anymore. I want to be myself and do that.’ And then, thank God, that feeling goes away after a month or so and I’m raring to go again.

 

I first got involved with ending world hunger, and I got hip to the facts about it – what a huge problem it was and how it wasn’t a matter of not having food or not knowing how to end it, but it was a matter of creating the political will.

 

I kind of quit surfing when I got out of high school, but then a few years ago I started to take it up again. I’m not an expert by any means, but it’s so wonderful to get out in the ocean and get a different perspective on things.

 

If you’re like me, I get hooked into to-do lists, you know. I’ll say I checked that off. Okay, I did that. And you have all these things you’re doing.

 

I’ve produced a couple of films and really enjoyed starting it from the very beginning and seeing it all the way through to the end; that was very gratifying.

 

Every time I walk down one of those red carpets, you think I’d be used to it after all these years, but it’s like it’s happening for the first time.

 

I hate it when there’s a good movie, someone overhypes it and I’m disappointed that I don’t like it more.

 

Generally speaking I would say I enjoy the smaller films more because there’s a less sense of pressure and often the material is more unusual.

 

When I’m working, I’m very purposeful and everything else gets out of focus. Something I’ve had to work on together with my wife is how to acknowledge each other in the midst of this and keep the relationship going.

 

I just hope that theaters remain. I think there’s something very wonderful about getting into a dark room with a bunch of people. There’s something cool about that. Brings us all together in one room where we can experience all those emotions.

 

In life and in movies, it’s a similar challenge, where you have expectations, and you end up in situations that are not meeting your expectations.

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