Warren Beatty quotes

Born
March 30, 1937 Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

Occupation
Actor, director.

Warren Beatty is an American actor and director. 

I believe if a private citizen is able to affect public opinion in a constructive way he doesn’t have to be an elected public servant to perform a public service.
– Warren Beatty

Art is truth.
– Warren Beatty

And the success of the union movement, historically, has always been to benefit all working men and women – not just people who belong to the union.
– Warren Beatty

Arnold has had his spokesman call me a crackpot. That was a mistake.
– Warren Beatty

I’d rather ride down the street on a camel than give what is sometimes called an ‘in-depth’ interview.
– Warren Beatty

I think I’ve had 16 books that purport to be a biography of me. I’ve never cooperated with someone.
– Warren Beatty

That’s all gone, now, the old, Hollywood.
– Warren Beatty

Invented memory is a subject that fascinates me.
– Warren Beatty

For years, Warner Bros. was trying to get me to make a movie about Howard Hughes.
– Warren Beatty

Building a house is a lot like moviemaking. The attention to detail, the sense that you’re doing something that has longevity.
– Warren Beatty

I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me, ‘I don’t know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.’
– Warren Beatty

It’s hard to misquote someone who doesn’t say anything.
– Warren Beatty

There’s almost nothing that hasn’t been said about me. But there’s an awful lot that I haven’t said. I don’t talk about private things.
– Warren Beatty

You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.
– Warren Beatty

For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
– Warren Beatty

It’s very clear you have to engage the public and say: You have to vote no on 74, no on 75, no on 76, no on 77. Those are the issues that Arnold pushing. And those are reactionary, Republican initiatives.
– Warren Beatty

Character is plot, and casting is character.
– Warren Beatty

I have been famous for a long time.
– Warren Beatty

I don’t want to run for governor, but I don’t think anyone should put public service out of the question because that’s not what a good citizen does.
– Warren Beatty

I left Northwestern University after a year and was in New York playing piano in a little bar on 58th Street, and I didn’t know whether to go back.
– Warren Beatty

Movies are fun, but they’re not a cure for cancer.
– Warren Beatty

To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California – mightily.
– Warren Beatty

The definition of a Schwarzenegger Republican is a Bush Republican who says he’s a Schwarzenegger Republican.
– Warren Beatty

I actually knew Adlai Stevenson and Jack and Bobby Kennedy.
– Warren Beatty

I have a day job. I can make movies when I want to.
– Warren Beatty

Government is not show business.
– Warren Beatty

I don’t know that any of us can control our own image. We are what other people see.
– Warren Beatty

My notion of a wife at 40 is that a man should be able to change her, like a bank note, for two 20s.
– Warren Beatty

How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they’re giving you an enema.
– Warren Beatty

You know you’re old when you’re asked, ‘Do you have hobbies?’
– Warren Beatty

When you mutilate movies for mass media, you tamper with the hearts and minds of America.
– Warren Beatty

The unconscious is much smarter than the conscious.
– Warren Beatty

I’m slow at everything I do.
– Warren Beatty

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius.
– Warren Beatty

Lenin said that people vote with their feet. Well, that’s what’s happening. They either go, or they don’t go. It’s all politics. It’s all demographics.
– Warren Beatty

I think I’ve been lucky enough not to have to do movie after movie after movie for financial reasons, so I’ve been able to live life and also make movies. I didn’t have to grind them out. I could go long periods where I was living life rather than tripping over cables.
– Warren Beatty

There’s no point in making a movie just to be making a movie.
– Warren Beatty

I sometimes feel I have met everyone he ever met, but I never met him. I am afraid to say I have always been – the word I would have to use is – amused by Howard Hughes.
– Warren Beatty