Steve Martin Quotes

- Notable Steve Martin Quotes Index -

Born: August 14, 1945, Waco, Texas, USA
Birth Country: USA
Occupation: Actor

1.
'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' is a good one because it not only turned out, I think, to be a really funny movie but it was also a delight to shoot. We were in the South of France, working with Glenne Headly and Michael Caine and Frank Oz the director - who were just fun.
- Steve Martin

2.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
- Steve Martin

3.
Bad psychoanalysis would say I enjoyed pleasing people, working really hard and pleasing people, which is probably related to my father in some way. But I really liked working hard. When I worked at Disneyland, I'd do 12 hours straight and go home thrilled.
- Steve Martin

4.
Boy, those French: they have a different word for everything!
- Steve Martin

5.
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
- Steve Martin

6.
Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.
- Steve Martin

7.
Everything is fraught with danger. I love technology and I love science. It's just always all in the way you use it. So there's no - you can't really blame anything on the technology. It's just the way people use it, and it always has been.
- Steve Martin

8.
I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.
- Steve Martin

9.
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
- Steve Martin

10.
I cringe at backstory. Because it never quite explains or gets into some psychological thing that is never quite right and never quite the truth and who knows why someone is some way.
- Steve Martin

11.
I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic.
- Steve Martin

12.
I feel good about being able to take bluegrass on to television like 'Letterman' and 'The View,' and I've heard nice things about being able to do that. I really haven't felt any negativity toward me or my music.
- Steve Martin

13.
I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.
- Steve Martin

14.
I like all kinds of music. I listen to Abigail Washburn, the Punch Brothers, and Marc Johnson, the great clawhammer player. I also listen a lot to Sirius Radio, there's a lot of bluegrass there.
- Steve Martin

15.
I think I meant that, given the circumstances of my childhood, I had the illusion that it's easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person, because it was more romantic. You know, I was raised on the idea of the ramblin' man and the loner.
- Steve Martin

16.
I thought 'Borat' was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn't some studio-produced script with 14 writers.
- Steve Martin

17.
I'm enamored with the art world. Anytime you look at anything that's considered artistic, there's a commercial world around it: the ballet, opera, any kind of music. It can't exist without it.
- Steve Martin

18.
I've always believed that there are funny people everywhere, but they're just not comedians. In fact, some of my best comedic inspirations were not professional entertainers.
- Steve Martin

19.
I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.
- Steve Martin

20.
Movies always are open to being remade because times change so much, and the tempo of movies changes. I think of it like a James Bond. They can have different actors play the same role... I've had people come up to me and say, 'We want to remake 'The Jerk' with so and so.' And I say, 'Fine.' It just doesn't bother me. It's an honor actually.
- Steve Martin

21.
No matter how many times people say it - 'Oh, I'm just writing this for myself' 'Oh, I'm just doing this for myself' - nobody's doing it for themselves! You're doing it for an audience. So whether I'm performing or writing a book or playing music, it's definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way, definitely.
- Steve Martin

22.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Steve Martin

23.
There's a lot of thought in art. People get to talk about important things. There's a lot of sex, you know, in art. There's a lot of naked women and men, and there's intrigue, there's fakery. It's a real microcosm of the larger world.
- Steve Martin

24.
Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I've never played with a band. I've always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn.
- Steve Martin

25.
What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.
- Steve Martin

26.
When I was in college, I was debating to try my hand at show business, or to become a professor. I just thought of the risk of not going into show business and always wondering if I would've had a chance. Because that's where my real heart was.
- Steve Martin

27.
When your hobbies get in the way of your work - that's OK but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves... well.
- Steve Martin

28.
You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.
- Steve Martin

29.
You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do.
- Steve Martin

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