Dick Van Dyke quotes

Born
December 13, 1925, West Plains, Missouri, U.S.

Occupation
Actor, comedian.

Dick Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian. His entertainment career has spanned seven decades. He first gained recognition on radio and Broadway.

In my seventies, I exercised to stay ambulatory. In my eighties, I exercise to avoid assisted living.
– Dick Van Dyke

I sing and dance. That’s my job.
– Dick Van Dyke

I never made a good movie.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’m not a loner. I have to have a life partner.
– Dick Van Dyke

Don’t worry so much. Most of the things you worry about never end up happening.
– Dick Van Dyke

The years have been just full of surprises for me, and a lot of fun.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’m not cantankerous.
– Dick Van Dyke

I have a beautiful, young wife who sings and dances, so there’s a lot of duetting going on at my house.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’ve retired so many times now it’s getting to be a habit.
– Dick Van Dyke

Oh, well, my first love is comedy or singing and dancing.
– Dick Van Dyke

Once you get the kids raised and the mortgage paid off and accomplish what you wanted to do in life, there’s a great feeling of: ‘Hey, I’m free as a bird.’
– Dick Van Dyke

If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.
– Dick Van Dyke

The first time I met Mary Tyler Moore, I thought she was just beautiful, but I thought she was a little young.
– Dick Van Dyke

I was lucky to get the kinds of parts I wanted. I always said I didn’t want to do anything my kids can’t see.
– Dick Van Dyke

I have four children and I have seven grandkids.
– Dick Van Dyke

Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’ve made peace with insecurity… because there is no security of any kind.
– Dick Van Dyke

Do you know that I was the anchor on the ‘CBS Morning Show?’ And my newsman was Walter Cronkite.
– Dick Van Dyke

I never had a lot of drive, but because I had family responsibilities, I had a lot of tenacity – the tenacity of a drowning man.
– Dick Van Dyke

Somebody asked what I wanted on my gravestone. I’m just going to put: ‘Glad I Could Help.’
– Dick Van Dyke

My kids are so much better parent than I was.
– Dick Van Dyke

I was the worst game show host that ever lived, and I knew it.
– Dick Van Dyke

I did a ‘Golden Girls’ once, which shot in front of an audience, and that went well. I had a good time. But I need an audience, for comedy at least.
– Dick Van Dyke

I don’t play golf. I have more fun singing and dancing.
– Dick Van Dyke

When I started having kids, I thought, ‘I don’t want to do anything they can’t watch.’
– Dick Van Dyke

I learned everything that I know about comedy and about show business and a lot about life from Carl.
– Dick Van Dyke

Just knowing you don’t have the answers is a recipe for humility, openness, acceptance, forgiveness, and an eagerness to learn – and those are all good things.
– Dick Van Dyke

I think the saddest moment in my life just happened two months ago. My old nightclub partner passed away, Phil Erickson down in Atlanta. He – I owe him everything. He put me in the business and taught me about everything I know.
– Dick Van Dyke

I was 5 years old when the stock market crashed; I lost everything.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’m always announcing my retirement. I’m still not retired.
– Dick Van Dyke

Today, if you’re not an alcoholic, you’re nobody.
– Dick Van Dyke

I cannot tell you what it means when children recognize. This is about the third generation for me. And when kids that small recognize me, it really pleases me, very gratifying.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’ve always been a bit of an orphan, because actors say, ‘Well, he’s more of a dancer.’ And dancers say, ‘No. He’s really a singer.’ And singers say, ‘No. He’s an actor.’
– Dick Van Dyke

No, no, it was the relationships. That was that group. People believed that Rob and Laura were really married in real life. You know, a lot of people believed that.
– Dick Van Dyke

I never even had a bachelorhood: I went straight from my parents’ home to a marriage.
– Dick Van Dyke

Emotionally, I’m about 13.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’ve always wanted to learn kick boxing.
– Dick Van Dyke

Put me on solid ground and I’ll start tapping! At my age they say to keep moving.
– Dick Van Dyke

I grew up in Danville, Illinois, right in the middle of the state.
– Dick Van Dyke

I didn’t even start dancing until I was in my thirties, and it was like flying.
– Dick Van Dyke

When you’re a kid, you lay in the grass and watch the clouds going over, and you literally don’t have a thought in your mind. It’s purely meditation, and we lose that.
– Dick Van Dyke

For some reason, as time gets short in life, wasting time escaping through entertainment bothers me.
– Dick Van Dyke

There are no sure answers, only better questions.
– Dick Van Dyke

The secret to keeping moving is keeping moving.
– Dick Van Dyke

I’m really in retirement. My career is over. I’m just playing now and having a great time. I like to keep busy, and I’m doing what’s fun for me.
– Dick Van Dyke

Bob Hope, like Mark Twain, had a sense of humor that was uniquely American, and like Twain, we’ll likely not see another like him.
– Dick Van Dyke

So I think we’re kind of an alternate choice for people who have had it with sex and violence.
– Dick Van Dyke

I turned down some movies that were quite good. mainly on the basis of taste.
– Dick Van Dyke