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12 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Actors On Acting, Rejection & Perseverance

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If there's one thing I know for sure about actors it's this…

Actors need inspiration.

It's like oxygen.

You need inspiration to survive, thrive and live the life of passion and purpose you were meant to live.

So in the interest of giving you a source of “oxygen” whenever you have a moment where inspiration fails you, here are 12 of my favorite quotes by famous actors on acting, rejection & perseverance of the craft.

Read and breathe deeply…

1 – George Clooney

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“The only failure is not to try” ~George Clooney
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2 – Jon Hamm 

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“Don't be afraid to fail. It's not the end of the world and in many ways it's the first step toward learning something better and getting better at it” ~Jon Hamm
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3 – Chris Pine

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“After many years of self-flagellation, I've realized that beating myself up doesn't get me anywhere” ~Chris Pine
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4 – Cameron Diaz

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“Your regrets aren't what you did, but what you didn't do. So I take every opportunity” ~Cameron Diaz
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5 – Clive Owen

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“I've come across many actors like me who didn't have a backup. That drive & will made it work” ~Clive Owen
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6 – Denzel Washington

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“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it” ~Denzel Washington
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7 – Felicity Jones

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“You have to be totally tough to deal with all those times when you're being turned down, and then really soft in order to access your character's emotions” ~Felicity Jones

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8 – Morgan Freeman

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“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit” ~Morgan Freeman

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9 – Liam Neeson

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“If I get rejected for a part, I pick myself up and say ‘OK not today, maybe tomorrow I'll get this other part or something' ” ~Liam Neeson

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10 – Jim Parsons

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“I'm a big believer in ‘never say never' ” ~Jim Parsons

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11 – Steve Martin

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“Be so good they can't ignore you” ~Steve Martin

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12 – Taraji Henson

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“I was armored enough to come out to Hollywood. And I knew that I would get told ‘no' a million times” ~Taraji Henson

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Your turn! Were these 12 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Actors On Acting, Rejection & Perseverance  helpful?  Which one rang your bell? Tell me about it in the comments below… :-)

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67 Responses

  1. Christiaan Ryder says:

    For me, Morgan Freeman covered it all..”The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit” and THAT ain’t going to happen.. Determined!?

  2. natureboy says:

    LUCK is what happens when opportunity comes along you’re preparrd for! Denzel’s hit the hammer on the nail.

  3. Laura Pirard says:

    I really like Felicity Jones’ quote; it hits it on the nose for me in terms of addressing one of the dichotomies about being an actor that fascinates me so much. We have to wear this armor that allows us to not take rejection personally, then be willing to become so accessible when someone *wants* us. Being able to strike the right balance and not shell up in our armor constantly (or avoid developing *bad* armor or no armor at all) can be quite a challenge…but we’re not the sorts to back down from a good challenge, right? ;)

  4. Michelle Stephanie Dowell says:

    Thanks so much for this Amy!!!

  5. Victoria Blackburn says:

    Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. Those both struck a chord.

  6. Jona L. Hitchcock Johnson says:

    I teally loved 8,9,and 12. Thanks for sharing this Amy,I needed it

  7. Logan Hunt says:

    “Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin

  8. Amy Jensenlover Stack says:

    Those quotes were definitely thought provoking! Thank you for sharing, Amy!

  9. Jiji Hise says:

    I like them all.

  10. Janine King says:

    Yes, #6- Denzels’ “Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it”. Boom!

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  14. god girl 101 says:

    LOL

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  15. I hate this quotes. My mother is a donkey!

  16. Holy Rhubarb says:

    When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made. I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.”

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    Im having a meet and greet at church come see me eat the bread and pray! check out the details at GODJESUSCHRIST girl 101

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  22. Hi Rod,
    This is my official resume to apply as a janitor. Being a janitor is a much better job than being an incredibly rich President. Cleaning toilets and vomit has always been a dream for me, and my dear father was a plumber. My mother was a armpit sniffer, collecting samples to create deodrant.
    Many thanks!
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  23. Neil says:

    Good afternoon my fellow commenters its me Neil! i am joining this club as a member putting my heart and soul into what i comment i will be inspirational to all of you! i am a very proud retired man and i have protein shakes everday! sincerely Neil!!

  24. Neil says:

    Hello fellow commenters its me Neil again i feel as if i am being exscluded from your holy gang! and am very sad what do i have to do to join I love god and what to be him! sincerely Neil GODDD

  25. Amy Fisher says:

    I am a fisherrrr

  26. eg: says:

    Keep it real simple! “Wink” “Wink”

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    My name celia chiconing im here to give the world my knowledge of plants and stamps i work at a post office and i love it i am 65 years old and i am ready for the world to grow more plants also i have 7 kids who are respectfull

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  29. c elia says:

    My name celia chiconing im here to give the world my knowledge of plants and stamps i work at a post office and i love it i am 65 years old and i am ready for the world to grow more plants also i have 7 kids who are respectfull and i love my hubby and hubbagum

  30. nipper says:

    i do little nippers ><

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    i do underwater volleyball

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    What they have 20% of at dollar king i will send you the address!

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    ooooooooooooooooh now the dice are turnin’

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  38. all my friends are hevens take it slow… finish the lyrics withy cool replies i check

  39. Sandra Scragg says:

    Amy Jo, my favorite has always been -the only failure is not trying! Isn’t that the truth. There are some days when I’m just tired and lacking in confidence contemplating whether to cancel my audition. But then I think of that and know that I’m going to learn something valuable either way. I have never missed an audition 🤗

  40. “The only failure is not to try.” from George Clooney sticks out because when I have tried and failed ..I feel like a failure for trying when I really should have quit before I started.

  41. No matter what you do or what your goals, all these quotes are compelling and provide a perspective on not giving up. We all get rejected and dejected from time to time in every facet of life. I’m a writer, not an actor, but I’m going after that last one…“Be so good they can’t ignore you” ~Steve Martin :-) Thanks.

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  43. Mike Rusnak says:

    I take rejection as part of life. Not everybody will like or appreciate who you are. Let it go, learn from it.
    Do your best and be proud of who you are. Don’t compromise yourself, but don’t be afraid to push harder and higher.
    Don’t settle !!!
    Remember, you are unique. Let the world see who you are.

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