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Steve Martin – 29 Quotes

 

29 Quotes by Steve Martin

 

Comedy may be big business but it isn’t pretty.

– Steve Martin


A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

– Steve Martin


Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

– Steve Martin


I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.

– Steve Martin


Boy, those French: they have a different word for everything!

– Steve Martin


You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do.

– Steve Martin


I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.

– Steve Martin


Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.

– Steve Martin


What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.

– Steve Martin


I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.

– Steve Martin


I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.

– Steve Martin


When your hobbies get in the way of your work – that’s OK but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves… well.

– Steve Martin


You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.

– Steve Martin


I thought ‘Borat’ was a breakthrough comedy, because it was really funny. It wasn’t some studio-produced script with 14 writers.

– Steve Martin


I’ve always believed that there are funny people everywhere, but they’re just not comedians. In fact, some of my best comedic inspirations were not professional entertainers.

– Steve Martin


I cringe at backstory. Because it never quite explains or gets into some psychological thing that is never quite right and never quite the truth and who knows why someone is some way.

– Steve Martin


I’m enamored with the art world. Anytime you look at anything that’s considered artistic, there’s a commercial world around it: the ballet, opera, any kind of music. It can’t exist without it.

– Steve Martin


I like all kinds of music. I listen to Abigail Washburn, the Punch Brothers, and Marc Johnson, the great clawhammer player. I also listen a lot to Sirius Radio, there’s a lot of bluegrass there.

– Steve Martin


I feel good about being able to take bluegrass on to television like ‘Letterman’ and ‘The View,’ and I’ve heard nice things about being able to do that. I really haven’t felt any negativity toward me or my music.

– Steve Martin


There’s a lot of thought in art. People get to talk about important things. There’s a lot of sex, you know, in art. There’s a lot of naked women and men, and there’s intrigue, there’s fakery. It’s a real microcosm of the larger world.

– Steve Martin


Everything is fraught with danger. I love technology and I love science. It’s just always all in the way you use it. So there’s no – you can’t really blame anything on the technology. It’s just the way people use it, and it always has been.

– Steve Martin


When I was in college, I was debating to try my hand at show business, or to become a professor. I just thought of the risk of not going into show business and always wondering if I would’ve had a chance. Because that’s where my real heart was.

– Steve Martin


Bad psychoanalysis would say I enjoyed pleasing people, working really hard and pleasing people, which is probably related to my father in some way. But I really liked working hard. When I worked at Disneyland, I’d do 12 hours straight and go home thrilled.

– Steve Martin


I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic.

– Steve Martin


‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ is a good one because it not only turned out, I think, to be a really funny movie but it was also a delight to shoot. We were in the South of France, working with Glenne Headly and Michael Caine and Frank Oz the director – who were just fun.

– Steve Martin


Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I’ve never played with a band. I’ve always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn.

– Steve Martin


I think I meant that, given the circumstances of my childhood, I had the illusion that it’s easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person, because it was more romantic. You know, I was raised on the idea of the ramblin’ man and the loner.

– Steve Martin


No matter how many times people say it – ‘Oh, I’m just writing this for myself’ ‘Oh, I’m just doing this for myself’ – nobody’s doing it for themselves! You’re doing it for an audience. So whether I’m performing or writing a book or playing music, it’s definitely to be put out there and to be received in some way, definitely.

– Steve Martin


Movies always are open to being remade because times change so much, and the tempo of movies changes. I think of it like a James Bond. They can have different actors play the same role… I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘We want to remake ‘The Jerk’ with so and so.’ And I say, ‘Fine.’ It just doesn’t bother me. It’s an honor actually.

– Steve Martin


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