Harrison Ford quote

"My goal was just to work regularly. I didn't ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor."

Harrison Ford

Born: July 13, 1942

Occupation: Film actor

Comment

More quotes of Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

I am my age. I'm not making any effort to change it.

Read more


Harrison Ford

All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your...

Read more


Harrison Ford

What I hate is the loss of anonymity.

Read more


Harrison Ford

My occupation is assistant storyteller. It is not "icon."

Read more


Harrison Ford

Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.

Read more


Harrison Ford

When we protect the places where the processes of life can flourish, we strengthen not only the future of medicine, agriculture and industry, but also the essential conditions for peace and prosperity.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth.

Read more


Harrison Ford

You have to have a darkness...for the dawn to come. You have to have experienced difficulties and challenges to fully appreciate and be grateful for success.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I was always very grateful I was never hot. In the entire length of my career, I haven't been the most adored.

Read more


Harrison Ford

There are a lot of different paths through the jungle, but...the simplest thing you can do is make yourself useful. Be easy to work with, be a hard worker and help people get the job done. And do it with...

Read more


Harrison Ford

To me, success is choice and opportunity.

Read more


Harrison Ford

The only thing that I have done that is not mitigated by luck, diminished by good fortune, is that I persisted, and other people gave up.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the...

Read more


Harrison Ford

'May the Force be with you' is charming but it's not important. What's important is that you become the Force - for yourself and perhaps for other people.

Read more


Harrison Ford

People need to see what's going on, and they have to be exposed to the mechanisms that can help make it right.

Read more


Harrison Ford

My character is meant to know nothing about rap, and not to like it very much, but I know about it, because my kids make me listen to it. There's some rap I do like very much. I like Eminem, Blackalicious.

Read more


Harrison Ford

We have been led to believe that we have come a long way toward world nuclear disarmament. But that is not the case. Our government is not doing all that it could. We must urge our leaders to fulfill the...

Read more


Harrison Ford

I was never that much a focus of interest in my career. I'm aware of that now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure.

Read more


Harrison Ford

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.

Read more


Harrison Ford

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...

Read more


Harrison Ford

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

Read more


Harrison Ford

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

Read more


Harrison Ford

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...

Read more


Harrison Ford

Bikes and planes aren't about going fast or having fun; they're toys, but serious ones.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I'm like old shoes. I've never been hip. I think the reason I'm still here is that I was never enough in fashion that I had to be replaced by something new.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I wanted to live the life, a different life. I didn't want to go to the same place every day and see the same people and do the same job. I wanted interesting challenges.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I've never wanted to be the boss.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I don't do a huge amount of physical activity. I play tennis, I work out sporadically, and I eat well and take care of myself.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I'm addicted to Altoids. I call them 'acting pills.'

Read more


Harrison Ford

What I observed about my fellow actors was that most gave up very easily.

Read more


Harrison Ford

You may get real tired watching me, but I'm not going to quit.

Read more


Harrison Ford

All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn't pay very well.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Everything I do, I'm sort of half in, half out.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Hollywood's got its own particular environment.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I accrued anger from people's low opinion of me and my work, and for the work I might be capable of.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I am not the first man who wanted to make changes in his life at 60 and I won't be the last. It is just that others can do it with anonymity.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I could take Sean Connery in a fight... I could definitely take him.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I enjoyed carpentry, and it was very good to me for 12 years.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I get mad when people call me an action movie star. Indiana Jones is an adventure film, a comic book, a fantasy.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I love the comic opportunities that come up in the context of a father-son relationship.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I rarely play a real person, because I don't think I'm a good imitator.

Read more


Harrison Ford

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.

Read more


Harrison Ford

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

Read more


Harrison Ford

My goal was just to work regularly. I didn't ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I think retirement's for old people. I'm still in the business, thank you. I have a young child of nine 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...

Read more


Harrison Ford

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.

Read more


Harrison Ford

It doesn't interest me to be Harrison Ford. It interests me to be Mike Pomeroy and Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan. I don't want to be in the Harrison Ford business. I take what I do seriously, but I don't...

Read more


Harrison Ford

Sometimes I try to improve the language, the lines, or the delivery, but I don't ad-lib because I think that makes it really hard for everybody else involved.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Romantic love is one of the most exciting and fulfilling kinds of love and I think there is potential for it at any stage of your life.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Failures are inevitable. Unfortunately, in film they live for ever and they're 40 ft wide and 20 ft high.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Parenting is an impossible job at any age.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

Read more


Harrison Ford

When I first started out, I was a bad actor.

Read more


Harrison Ford

It took me a long time to figure out how to act, and how to conduct myself in the business so I could get what I felt I needed to support my potential and give them what they wanted.

Read more


Harrison Ford

You keep on going until you get it as close to being right as the time and patience of others will allow.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is...

Read more


Harrison Ford

Irish as a person but I feel Jewish as an actor.

Read more


Harrison Ford

The Force is within you. Force yourself.

Read more


Harrison Ford

When I was a carpenter, I once worked with this Russian lady architect. I would tell her, ‘Look, I’m terribly sorry, but I want to change that a half inch,’ and she would say, ‘No limit for better.’...

Read more


Harrison Ford

Starring in a science fiction film doesn't mean you have to act science fiction.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Hell of a thing when a man's got good health, plenty of money and absolutely nothing to do.

Read more


Harrison Ford

It's not the years honey, it's the mileage.

Read more


Harrison Ford

I just don't think of age and time in respect of years. I have too much experience of people in their seventies who are vigorous and useful and people who are thirty-five who are in lousy physical shape...

Read more


Harrison Ford

You know how a woman gets a man excited? She shows up.

Read more


Harrison Ford

The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie.

Read more


Harrison Ford

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

Read more


Harrison Ford

Really, what are the options? Levi's or Wranglers. And you just pick one. It's one of those life choices.

Read more


Harrison Ford

Why do I ask for directions? Because I hate wasting time.

Read more


Harrison Ford

The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.

Read more



Related quote

Ed Harris

I've always wanted to work with Paul Newman. I had a couple opportunities in the past, and I didn't take advantage of it, so it was really fun to be working with him

Read more


Jennifer Weiner

This is so much harder than I ever thought it would be...because the thing is, even if you're just working part-time, your boss is going to expect a full week's worth of work, no matter how understanding...

Read more


Lou Reed

I wanted to be an actor. That was my real goal. But I wasn't any good at it, so I wrote my own material and acted through that. That's my idea of fun. I get to be all these things in the songs.

Read more


Katey Sagal

It was never about sort of being famous. I just wanted to be good at what I did.

Read more


J. K. Rowling

The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous. You know, my fantasy of being a famous writer, and again there's a slight disconnect with reality...

Read more


Bill Murray

I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having...

Read more


Steve Martin

I just wanted to be in show business. I didn't care if I was going to be an actor or a magician or what. Comedy was a point of the least resistance, really. And on the simplest level, I loved comedy.

Read more


Joseph Gordon-Levitt

When I was Younger, I wanted to be something.Now, I just want to be younger.

Read more


Randy Harrison

I love my parents. Coming out to them was sort of coming out to myself. I educated them, and I wanted our relationship to keep growing. I wanted them to be a part of my life still. I wanted to be able...

Read more


Tommy Dreamer

That was my heart and that was my passion. All I ever wanted to do is wrestle. I never wanted to pitch in Game Seven of the World Series, I never wanted to throw the touchdown in the Superbowl, I wanted...

Read more


Larry Bird

My goal was just to try and be the best player on my high school team, and look where I am now. And that was still my goal as a young kid, just to try and be a little better than my brother was.

Read more


Meredith Monk

I somehow sensed when I was a teenager that I wanted to do my own work. I was quite clear that I didn't want to be an interpretative kind of artist. I had an intuition about wanting to create my own form,...

Read more


Robert Downey, Jr.

I used to be so convinced that happiness was the goal, yet all those years I was chasing after it I was unhappy in the pursuit. Maybe the goal really should be a life that values honor, duty, good work,...

Read more


Jason Sudeikis

I didn't really want to be an actor when I was growing up - I wanted to be whatever I was reading about or seeing at the time. When I read The Firm I wanted to be a lawyer; when I saw Top Gun, I wanted...

Read more


Eric Bana

I wanted to be a mechanic. When I was 14 I wanted to quit school and go work on my car. But my dad said Son, you shouldn't do that. You should stay in school until your education is finished, and when...

Read more


Emma Watson

To be honest, I've always had far too much freedom. I had a job when I was 10. I started living on my own when I was 17 or 18. I've earned my own money; I've traveled the world. What would I rebel against?...

Read more


Chiwetel Ejiofor

I wanted to be an actor ever since I got on stage for the first time, aged 13. Before that, I thought I might follow in the medical footsteps of my parents: my father was a doctor, my mother a pharmacist.

Read more


Jason Lee

I wasn't a kid who moved out from Iowa with aspirations of becoming a famous star - I was intrigued by the idea of filmmaking and by the idea of what it would be like to play a character in a movie.

Read more


Ray Charles

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.

Read more


Guy Pearce

I tend to project my father figure onto any director that I'm working with, or mother, if I'm working with a female, or it can be confused.

Read more


John C. Reilly

I like working. I wish I could say I made a deliberate choice to comedy, but it's just what came my way. It's what the studios wanted to make. Some of my friends were doing it, like Will Ferrell and Adam...

Read more


“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss