Quotes by: Jack Nicholson
I wanted to be the best actor possible. I worked very hard at the craft of it.
I would never complain about my life, even though I really would like to have a mate.
I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away.
There's a period just before you start a movie when you start thinking, I don't know what in the world I'm going to do. It's free-floating anxiety. In my case, though, this is over by lunch the first day of shooting.
I sort of understood that when I first started: that you shouldn't repeat a success. Very often you're going to, and maybe the first time you do, it works. And you love it. But then you're trapped.
If I go into a restaurant there's a very good chance that I'm going to spend my time being the mayor. If I want to have a good time, I'm happier having dinner here.
The blues and jazz will live forever... So will the Delta and the Big Easy.
Once you've been really bad in a movie, there's a certain kind of fearlessness you develop.
Played tennis for years. But you can't improve at tennis after you're 50. You get to be in your 40s, and suddenly you're a doubles player.
Well, a girlfriend once told me never to fight with anybody you don't love.
I can't hit on women in public any more. I didn't decide this; it just doesn't feel right at my age.
In this industry, there are only two ways up the ladder. Rung by rung or claw your way to the top. It's sure been tough on my nails.
With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60.
I'm an actor who they said was wrinkled and balding and everything else when I was in my early 30's. Most of the people who wrote that who thought they were younger than me are now bald and wrinkled.