Jack Nicholson is one of the strangest, coolest, most talented actors to ever be in a movie.
Nicholson is also one of only two actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960’s to the 2000’s.
Here are some of his greatest quotes, all of which come off of as surprisingly accurate if you’re like Jack Nicholson, less so if you’re not.
1- I always knew there wasn’t going to be anybody to help me and emotionally support me, that whatever I did I’d have to do on my own.
2- I’m definitely still wild at heart.
3- If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women.
4- Well, a younger woman is a type, but not necessarily a type for me. And what is a younger woman? I mean, I’m pretty old. Almost everyone is younger.
5- You only lie to two people in your life, your girlfriend and the police.
6- With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.
7- When I come up against a director who has a concept that I don’t agree with, or maybe I just haven’t thought of it or whatever, I’d be more prone to go with them than my own because I want to be out of control as an actor, I want them to have the control, otherwise it’s going to become predictably my work, and that’s not fun.
8- Well, a girlfriend once told me never to fight with anybody you don’t love.
9- There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad.
10- The camera photographs what’s there.
11- I don’t have any fear of intimacy, but rather thrive on it, which is rare in a public person.
12- The minute that you’re not learning I believe you’re dead.
13- I just like art. I get pure pleasure from it. I have a lot of wonderful paintings, and every time I look at them I see something different.
14- I worry from the moment I take a job. I worry about how I’m going to do it, if I can do it… Then I walk on set and the director says, ‘Roll’, and all of a sudden, all of it disappears and it’s all happening, and I relax, and I’m doing what I do, and I’m not even thinking about it.
15- Acting is everybody’s favorite second job.
16- Almost everybody’s happy to be a fool for love.
17- My motto is: more good times.
18- In this industry, there are only two ways up the ladder. Rung by rung or claw your way to the top. It’s sure been tough on my nails.
19- It’s not like I’m starved for company – I have a few very good lady friends – but there’s only a certain amount of times a woman wants to see you and never go out for dinner.
20- I don’t think many people have a very good understanding of leisure and the importance it plays in our lives.
21- We are going as fast as we can as soon as we can. We’re in a race against time, until we run out of money.
22- I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away.
23- Age is the first limitation on roles that I’ve ever had to encounter, and I hit that awhile ago.
24- I’ll tell you one thing: Don’t ever give anybody your best advice, because they’re not going to follow it.
25- The average celebrity meets, in one year, ten times the amount of people that the average person meets in his entire life.