Humphrey Bogart Poster

Quotes (41)

  • The trouble with the world is that it's always one drink behind.
  • Acting is experience with something sweet behind it.
  • It's been misspelt a lot. He decided on it. It's not Bog-ey. He signed with an -ie. And that's good enough for me. -
  • [on Lauren Bacall] "She's a real Joe. You'll fall in love with her like everybody else."
  • [attributed last words] "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."
  • [on the House Un-American Activities Committee] "They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem."
  • I came out here with one suit and everybody said I looked like a bum. Twenty years later Marlon Brando came out with only a sweatshirt and the town drooled over him. That shows how much Hollywood has progressed.
  • A hotdog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz.
  • When the heavy, full of crime and bitterness, grabs his wounds and talks about death and taxes in a husky voice, the audience is his and his alone.
  • [about himself] "Democrat in politics, Episcopalian by upbringing, dissenter by disposition."
  • I can't say I ever loved my mother, I admired her.
  • I don't approve of the John Waynes and the Gary Coopers saying 'Shucks, I ain't no actor -- I'm just a bridge builder or a gas station attendant.' If they aren't actors, what the hell are they getting paid for? I have respect for my profession. I worked hard at it.
  • The only good reason to have money is this: so that you can tell any SOB in the world to go to hell.
  • I hate funerals. They aren't for the guy who's dead. They're for the guys who are left alive and enjoy mourning.
  • The whole world is three drinks behind. If everybody in the world would take three drinks, we would have no trouble.
  • Acting is like sex: you either do it and don't talk about it, or you talk about it and don't do it. That's why I'm always suspicious of people who talk too much about either.
  • The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.
  • You're not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi.
  • I made more lousy pictures than any actor in history.
  • [on the untrained beefcake stars of the early 1950s, many of them picked up for screen tests from sidewalks and gas stations] "Shout 'gas' around the studios today, and half the young male stars will come running."
  • Do I subscribe to the [Laurence Olivier] school of acting? Ah, nuts. I'm an actor. I just do what comes naturally.
  • I don't hurt the industry. The industry hurts itself, by making so many lousy movies - as if General Motors deliberately put out a bad car.
  • [on Ingrid Bergman] "I didn't do anything I've never done before, but when the camera moves in on that Bergman face, and she's saying she loves you, it would make anybody feel romantic."
  • [on Warner Brothers] This studio has more suspensions than the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • [on Katharine Hepburn] She talks at you as though you were a microphone. She lectured the hell out of me on temperance and the evils of drink. She doesn't give a damn how she looks. I don't think she tries to be a character. I think she is one.
  • [on Bette Davis] Even when I was carrying a gun, she scared the be-jesus out of me.
  • It is at least worth arguing that there is a modicum of the creative novelist in all of us, and that this absorption with how men get out of difficulties, single-handedly and alone if possible, is the stuff of which we weave the warp and woof of our own better dramatic imaginings.
  • [while visiting the set of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)] This guy [Marlon Brando] - he'll be doing Hamlet when the rest of us are selling potatoes.
  • [on publicity] As long as they spell your name right and you are not accused of dope or rape, you are all right.
  • [on screen love] I have absolutely no interest in who gets the girl. I don't care. I don't see any reason to spend two hours to see who gets the girl especially since you know who's going to get her from the beginning - usually the actor who gets the most money.
  • I'm not good-looking. I used to be but not any more. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. it's taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, 'Don't take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.'
  • [on movie fan magazines] They are the damnedest bilge. They distort everything. I can't stand them. They build up an audience of people who read fan magazines.
  • [on Katharine Hepburn, during the filming of The African Queen (1951) on location in the Congo] You could argue with her, but she was tough. When Jack [cinematographer Jack Cardiff] saw her striding into the jungle alone one morning, he thought, "God help the jungle".
  • [After viewing 'In Which We Serve' (1942)] Obviously, Noël Coward is the guy Orson Welles thinks he is.
  • [on Academy Awards] The only honest way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win. Of course, you'd get some pretty funny Hamlets that way.
  • [on working with Rod Steiger in The Harder They Fall (1956)] These Actor's Studio types - they mumble their lines. I can't hear their words. I miss the cues. This scratch-your-ass-and-mumble school of acting doesn't please me.
  • [on the 1952 Oscars] I don't think I have a chance. For one thing, I don't have a big studio behind me to do the campaigning. And there are some pretty sharp boys in the race.
  • I think Marlon Brando is one of the best young actors in the business, and I think he'll be great as soon as he gets that potato out of his mouth.
  • I'm no Communist, just an American dope.
  • The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.
  • A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.