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I wanted very much to do Traffic and at one point it
by Kevin Costner

I wanted very much to do Traffic and at one point it
looked like I was going to work on it.
And then, of course, Catherine Zeta-Jones had her relationship
with Michael Douglas and it suddenly didn't happen.
- Kevin Costner

In America, politicians do whatever to get re-elected,
and a lot of decisions that were being made at that
time by Kennedy were certain not to get him re-elected.
- Kevin Costner

When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was
Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me.
I always think that leading actors should be called
the best supporting actors.
- Kevin Costner

I don't think I'd have been as good as Bruce was.
He was a better JFK than I would have been.
- Kevin Costner

 

I'm getting those familiar feelings,
and I'm just going to enjoy the process of getting to know someone again.
- Kevin Costner

Being a celebrity is probably the closest to being
a beautiful woman as you can get.
- Kevin Costner

I haven't tried to buffer myself.
I like rolling the dice.
- Kevin Costner

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You have to pick the stories that you want to be involved
with and the end game is you'd like to be a part of a hit.
But I think your moral obligation is to follow your own heart.
- Kevin Costner

I've had some movies that have been ridiculed,
but that's OK with me.
I don't feel that really defines me.
Should I change who I am to be popular?
- Kevin Costner

You have to decide if you're going to wilt like a daisy
or if you're just going to go forward and live the
life that you've been granted.
- Kevin Costner

Field of Dreams is probably our generation's It's A Wonderful Life.
- Kevin Costner

I work for the public, for the people who are paying to go to the cinema,
rather than for the critics.
- Kevin Costner

If you don't understand your limitations you won't
achieve much in your life.
- Kevin Costner

I like when my face tingles, when the hair on the back of my neck stands up.
- Kevin Costner

I enjoy sports.
I get a real joy from playing sports but I don't look for those movies.
Oliver Stone wanted to know if I would do Any Given
Sunday and it just didn't appeal to me.
- Kevin Costner

I am not a cynic.
- Kevin Costner

I've been around where I knew other actors were going to steal the scene,
and I don't compete with them.
- Kevin Costner

I don't think I ever take huge risks,
though I'm not scared of doing so.
- Kevin Costner

Failure doesn't kill you...
it increases your desire to make something happen.
- Kevin Costner

I stand up for what I believe.
I don't know if it's always paid off for me,
because I've been ridiculed and humiliated.
- Kevin Costner

I'm a pretty convenient foil for a lot of people.
- Kevin Costner

Lincoln was the greatest speaker and he was ridiculed for how he looked,
you know?
- Kevin Costner

Money isn't a major motivating force in my life.
Nor is my profession.
There are other things that I care more about than being an actor.
- Kevin Costner

If it's going to be wrecked, I want to make sure I wreck it.
- Kevin Costner

One person doesn't have to shoulder all the responsibility
for why a film does or doesn't do well.
- Kevin Costner

When I make a film I'm away from home for two to three months.
So I want my kids to look at my films one day and say,
I love his movies, I love his choices-because he loved them.
- Kevin Costner

What are we blaming? Is this Vietnam? We made a movie,
it didn't make much money.
I'm gonna be really happy if somebody watches it in
10 years' time and really enjoys it.
- Kevin Costner

I'm a big fan of dreams.
Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life -
people seem to give them up,
quicker than anything, for a 'reality.'
- Kevin Costner

If you think of 'Liberty Valance' or 'The Searchers,'
there are moments in there that you'll never,
ever forget...
And it does not matter what century you are from.
- Kevin Costner

We still live with this unbelievable threat over our heads of nuclear war.
I mean, are we stupid? Do we think that the nuclear threat has gone,
that the nuclear destruction of the planet is not imminent?
It's a delusion to think it's gone away.
- Kevin Costner

I'm proud of all the movies I've made.
They're not sequels, they're not franchises.
And the reason I pick my films carefully is that I
don't want to spit on my life.
I like to think of myself as more than that.
- Kevin Costner

There are a lot of things that come to bear on movies
now that I don't think are good for movies.
They're trying to appeal to the biggest demographic and,
when they do that, you sometimes flatten out.
- Kevin Costner

I think there are good men and women in all decades.
We've grown cynical.
And look at what we do to all our heroes:
Churchill,
FDR, Kennedy, they all had affairs.
But heroic things happen every day.
- Kevin Costner

I believe people who go into politics want to do the right thing.
And then they hit a big wall of re-election and the pettiness of politics.
In the end, politics gets in the way of the business of people.
- Kevin Costner

I think these movies are as much for people of that
time as for people who weren't born.
For people who weren't born, they see how leaders must
act under a crisis situation,
not trying to be re-elected or not trying to check polls,
that they go from their gut check.
- Kevin Costner

I'm only interested in being a good actor and in being
remembered for my best films,
not for the way I look.
But it seems inevitable in this line of work that I
have to care about the way I look without getting obsessed about it.
- Kevin Costner

I don't feel the need to direct.
I tried to get other people to direct Dances,
but they wouldn't do it.
They all thought it was too long.
One director wanted to cut the Civil War sequence.
Another thought the white woman was very cliched.
- Kevin Costner

I'm glad movies aren't going to please everybody,
they can't.
But what they have to be is recognisable.
I don't equate myself with a master painter,
but I think you can recognise my films.
- Kevin Costner

When I read Thirteen Days I was moved by it.
It was just a great time for the world,
in terms of looking back in history and seeing how
we got ourselves into trouble and how we got ourselves out of trouble.
- Kevin Costner

President Kennedy was willing to go to war.
He was not a coward.
The man had been in war and so had Ken O'Donnell.
He was ready to protect this nation,
but he was not ready for a military solution just because
it was being rammed down his throat.
- Kevin Costner

We stand our best chance of leaving a legacy to those who want to learn,
our children, by standing firm.
In matters of style, hey, swing with the stream.
But in matters of principle, you need to stand like a rock.
- Kevin Costner

We all have that burning question about what happens
if we lose somebody we love,
especially if we lose them tragically.
We wonder what fear was going on, we wonder if we could
have reached out and touched them,
held their hand, looked in their eyes,
been there.
- Kevin Costner

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver


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