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Quotes By James Dean

"I think there is only one form of greatness
for man.  If a man can bridge the gap
between life and death.  I mean, if he can live
on after he has died, then maybe he was a great
man.  To me the only success, the only
greatness, is immortality." 

"Live fast, die young, and have a beautiful looking corpse"

"Only the gentle are ever really strong."

"Gratification comes in the doing, not in the results."

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

"When told he was too short to be an actor: "How can you measure acting in inches?"

"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication. Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done."

Quotes About James Dean

"Without James Dean, the Beatles would have never existed." John Lennon

"James Dean was a genius." Elvis Presley

"It's a good thing [James] Dean died when he did. If he'd lived, he'd never have been able to live up to the publicity." -- Humphrey Bogart

"All of us were touched by Jimmy, and he was touched by greatness." - Natalie Wood

 "Jim Dean and Elvis were the spokesmen for an entire generation. When I was in acting school in New York, years ago, there was a saying that if Marlon Brando changed the way people acted, then James Dean changed the way people lived. He was the greatest actor who ever lived. He was simply a genius." - Martin Sheen

"He didn't show you very much. He'd challenge you to find him. Then when you'd found him, he'd still make you guess. It was an endless game with him. The thing people missed about Jimmy was his mischievousness. He was the most constantly mischievous person I think I've ever met. Full of tricks, full of magic, full of outrageousness." - Stewart Stern

"He was very afraid of being hurt. He was afraid of opening up in case it was turned around and used against him." - Elizabeth Taylor



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