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Top 64 Most Inspiring Jimmy Stewart Quotes (LIFE)

Top 16 Most Famous Jimmy Stewart Quotes (BEST)

“Having friends around for a pleasant evening is one of life’s most cherished joys as far as I am concerned. But when those with me are fellow believers, how much greater that joy is, for we know that it’s rekindled, one day in eternity.”

Jimmy Stewart
Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it's contagious.Pin
Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it’s contagious.
I'm not a movie star, and I don't have the perfect body. But I do love acting, and I will do my best to continue to grow and learn as an actor.Pin
I’m not a movie star, and I don’t have the perfect body. But I do love acting, and I will do my best to continue to grow and learn as an actor.
I've always had a strong moral compass, and I think that comes through in my work.Pin
I’ve always had a strong moral compass, and I think that comes through in my work.
It may sound corny, but what's wrong with wanting to fight for your country. Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotismPin
It may sound corny, but what’s wrong with wanting to fight for your country. Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?
I'm an American, and I believe in American exceptionalism. But that doesn't mean I think we're perfect. We have our flaws, and we need to work to improve.Pin
I’m an American, and I believe in American exceptionalism. But that doesn’t mean I think we’re perfect. We have our flaws, and we need to work to improve.
I don't feel any pressure to conform to Hollywood standards. I just try to be myself and do the best I can.Pin
I don’t feel any pressure to conform to Hollywood standards. I just try to be myself and do the best I can.
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.Pin
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
I think one day you'll find that you're the hero you've been looking for.Pin
I think one day you’ll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for.

“I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.”

Jimmy Stewart
I'd like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said.Pin
I’d like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said.
I believe in the power of laughter. It can lift people up and help them through tough times.Pin
I believe in the power of laughter. It can lift people up and help them through tough times.
Learn from the masters, learn from your contemporaries. Always try to update yourself.Pin
Learn from the masters, learn from your contemporaries. Always try to update yourself.
If I had my career over again Maybe I’d say to myself, speed it up a little.Pin
If I had my career over again? Maybe I’d say to myself, speed it up a little.
The secret to a happy life is to accept change gracefully.Pin
The secret to a happy life is to accept change gracefully.
The most important thing in life is human relationships.Pin
The most important thing in life is human relationships.

8 Thought-Provoking Jimmy Stewart Quotes

“I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I’d done theatricals in college, but I’d done them because it was fun.”

Jimmy Stewart
You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.Pin
You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.
The great thing about the movies is you're giving people little tiny pieces of time that they never forget.Pin
The great thing about the movies is you’re giving people little tiny pieces of time that they never forget.
You must be oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant and you may quote me.Pin
You must be oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant and you may quote me.
You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.Pin
You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.
I'm the inarticulate man who tries. I don't really have all the answers, but for some reason, somehow, I make it.Pin
I’m the inarticulate man who tries. I don’t really have all the answers, but for some reason, somehow, I make it.
If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had; their comradeship, loyalty, and physical courage.Pin
If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had; their comradeship, loyalty, and physical courage.
I don’t need other people. I don’t need help. I can take care of me.Pin
I don’t need other people. I don’t need help. I can take care of me.

11 Jimmy Stewart Quotes on Acting

“I sort of got into Westerns. It was a sort of desperation move, really. I had several pictures that didn’t go very well, and I just realized that I would have to try something else.”

Jimmy Stewart
Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.Pin
Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.
It's well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show.Pin
It’s well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show.

“I have my own rules and adhere to them. The rule is simple but inflexible. A James Stewart picture must have two vital ingredients. It will be clean and it will involve the triumph of the underdog over the bully.”

Jimmy Stewart
One time they traded me for seven horses. Seven stunt horses.Pin
One time they traded me for seven horses. Seven stunt horses.
When it came to kissing, Harlow was the best.Pin
When it came to kissing, Harlow was the best.

“I came out here as a contract player at MGM, and I went to work every day. It might be a big part in a little picture, or a little part in a big picture. You learned your craft by working at it. You crawled before you walked.”

Jimmy Stewart
I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said, 'Who's that' But this got me started in acting.Pin
I always stayed for the first curtain call and people always said, ‘Who’s that?’ But this got me started in acting.
Mr. Hitchcock did not say actors are cattle. He said they should be treated like cattle.Pin
Mr. Hitchcock did not say actors are cattle. He said they should be treated like cattle.

“It’s much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you’re withdrawing – you tear the ceiling off – that’s much easier than it is to come in and say, “Hello” or “I love you”. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn’t as difficult.”

Jimmy Stewart
When I got back from the war in 1946 people didn't want the Mr. Smith kind of movie any more, and I refused to make war pictures.Pin
When I got back from the war in 1946 people didn’t want the Mr. Smith kind of movie any more, and I refused to make war pictures.

2 Jimmy Stewart Quotes About Spectators

“It is the spectators, the people who are outside, looking at the tragedy, from whose ranks the skeptics come; it is not those who are actually in the arena and who know suffering from the inside. Indeed, the fact is that it is the world’s greatest sufferers who have produced the most shining examples of unconquerable faith.”

Jimmy Stewart
The problem of evil is raised more often by spectators of life than the actual combatants. You will hardly ever find that the great sufferers are the great skeptics.Pin
The problem of evil is raised more often by spectators of life than the actual combatants. You will hardly ever find that the great sufferers are the great skeptics.

3 Jimmy Stewart Quotes that Inspires Spirituality

“The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life’s difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown.”

Jimmy Stewart
Behind Calvary’s cross is the throne of heaven.Pin
Behind Calvary’s cross is the throne of heaven.

“To the man who prays habitually (not only when he feels like it-that is one of the snares of religion-but also when he does not feel like it) Christ is sure to make Himself real.”

Jimmy Stewart

4 Jimmy Stewart Quotes About Animals

“The truth is that it’s just really hard for me to get to sleep without a dog in my bedroom. I once had a dog named Beau. He used to sleep in the corner of the bedroom. Some nights, though, he would sneak onto the bed and lie right between Gloria and me. I know that I should have pushed him off the bed, but I didn’t. He was up there because he wanted me to pat his head, so that’s what I would do.”

Jimmy Stewart

“Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.”

Jimmy Stewart

“My dogs have never been good at things like “sit,” “stay,” or even “come.” I think that we’ve given the tourists a few laughs, especially when the dogs hit the end of their leashes hard enough to drag Gloria down the street.”

Jimmy Stewart

“The difference between “trained OK” and “trained perfectly” doesn’t really matter all that much to me. I once did a film with Lassie. When that dog got excited he jumped all over Rudd Weatherwax [Lassie’s trainer]. Now that’s the smartest dog in the world. If the world’s best-trained dog can jump around to show he’s happy then my dogs should be allowed to do the same.”

Jimmy Stewart

20 Jimmy Stewart Quotes That Will Make You Think

“Frank called me one day and said, ‘I have an idea for a movie, why don’t you come over and I’ll tell you?’ So I went over and we sat down and he said, ‘This picture starts in heaven’. That shook me.”

Jimmy Stewart
I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets.Pin
I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets.
I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, and I'm happy, Doctor, I finally won out over it.Pin
I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, and I’m happy, Doctor, I finally won out over it.

“It was amazing that a play that seems dated in this world. A man whose best friend is a six-foot white rabbit but it caught on, especially with young people – they surprised me most of all.”

Jimmy Stewart
I always watch Dean Martin's show just to see if he falls down.Pin
I always watch Dean Martin’s show just to see if he falls down.
I lasted one night. They said my playing spoiled people's appetites.Pin
I lasted one night. They said my playing spoiled people’s appetites.

“We had an apartment on west side of Central Park. The rent was very reasonable. We found out later that it belonged to a gangster called Legs Diamond and it was a front to his headquarters. It was fine.”

Jimmy Stewart
Champagne's funny stuff. I'm used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back, and champagne's a heavy mist before my eyes.Pin
Champagne’s funny stuff. I’m used to whiskey. Whiskey is a slap on the back, and champagne’s a heavy mist before my eyes.
We all look the same with our helmets on.Pin
We all look the same with our helmets on.

“I’d like to do Harvey again. I did it two years ago with Helen Hayes in New York. It was a joy. I was so glad to do it again because I never thought I did it right the first time.”

Jimmy Stewart
After age 70, it's patch, patch, patch.Pin
After age 70, it’s patch, patch, patch.
There ought to be a law against any man who doesn't want to marry Myrna Loy.Pin
There ought to be a law against any man who doesn’t want to marry Myrna Loy.

“I can’t imagine there’s anyone in the country who doesn’t know who he is. Kids will be talking about him long after the rest of us are gone. John will make the history books, as Will Rogers did, because he as lived his life to reflect the ideals of his country.”

Jimmy Stewart
The big studios were an ideal way to make films - because they were a home base for people. When you were under contract, you had no chance to relax.Pin
The big studios were an ideal way to make films – because they were a home base for people. When you were under contract, you had no chance to relax.
I don't act. I react.Pin
I don’t act. I react.

“Indiana means home to me. It is a town for me to cling to, because my mother and father are here. I was born and reared here. I have a great love and pride for Indiana. I love every bit of it.”

Jimmy Stewart
My first impression of Joan Crawford was of glamor.Pin
My first impression of Joan Crawford was of glamor.
Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing a Jimmy Stewart imitation myself.Pin
Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing a Jimmy Stewart imitation myself.

“You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met. Grace brought into my life as she brought into yours, a soft, warm light every time I saw her, and every time I saw her was a holiday of its own. No question, I’ll miss her, we’ll all miss her, God bless you, Princess Grace.”

Jimmy Stewart

“I don’t think there’s any question that the Communists are behind a great deal of unrest in the United States. In addition, I feel they are still a potential danger in show business.”

Jimmy Stewart
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