Jeff Bridges Quotes

Jeff Bridges is one of the most celebrated and well-respected actors in Hollywood. Not only does he have a long and successful career in front of the camera, but Jeff is also an accomplished musician and photographer. As if that wasn’t enough, Jeff is also a talented writer, with several published works to his name. It’s no wonder then that Jeff has some amazing insights into life and work which he loves to share with the world. Here are some of the best quotes from Jeff Bridges on success, life, and happiness.

  • What I learned most from my father wasn’t anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Most cynics are really crushed romantics: they’ve been hurt, they’re sensitive, and their cynicism is a shell that’s protecting this tiny, dear part in them that’s still alive.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I come from a family of teasers myself. My grandfather was from Liverpool, and he had a dry sense of humor, and he would tease us terribly. My brother Beau was so skilled in his teasing that he could get a rise out of me by simply pointing at me.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Execution is everything.

    Jeff Bridges
  • One of the things I want to do that’s outside the realm of acting and the arts – although both have their place in this – is ending childhood hunger here in America.

    Jeff Bridges
  • So I have this word for much of what I do in life: ‘plorking.’ I’m not playing and I’m not working, I’m plorking.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Well, when we made ‘Tron’ there was no internet, no cellphones.

    Jeff Bridges
  • The Oscar nomination is great. It’s a great pat on the back. And I like that.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I don’t dig Trump or follow what he has to say, but I find it fascinating that he’s surfaced in the political arena. But I’m a Hillary supporter, and I don’t go the Trump way.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or the so-called negative aspects of our life to the side… we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I consider myself a lazy guy, but I do a bunch of stuff, and I’m so busy that in my downtime, I like to be with my wife, who I’m just madly in love with.

    Jeff Bridges
  • For me and my wife, it was love at first sight.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you.

    Jeff Bridges
  • With a labyrinth, you make a choice to go in – and once you’ve chosen, around and around you go. But you always find your way to the center.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised and happy I survived it all. Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking, Oh God, the things you did!

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m a chairperson for ‘No Kid Hungry’, a campaign for poor American children.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Intimacy seems to be one of the major highs of life, whether it’s getting to know yourself in a deeper way, or your partner, or the world and the society that you live in.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I hate it when there’s a good movie, someone overhypes it and I’m disappointed that I don’t like it more.

    Jeff Bridges
  • The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind and the water when you’re on the boat; thoughts are no different than anything else.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I have hesitation making any kind of decision, really in my life. I’m really slow at it.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Words fall short sometimes.

    Jeff Bridges
  • You have these big $200 and $300 million movies with special effects, and I’ve always thought, ‘Gee, why don’t we make 30 movies instead of one $300 million movie?’ Let’s shake it up a bit; wouldn’t that be a better bet? Evidently not.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Every time I walk down one of those red carpets, you think I’d be used to it after all these years, but it’s like it’s happening for the first time.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I remember being on a black-and-white set all day and then going out into daylight and being amazed by the colour.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Eating ice cream and not exercising is great. The downside is your health isn’t so good.

    Jeff Bridges
  • In a marriage, every fight is the same fight, over and over again, in different forms.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Your part can be the king, but unless people are treating you like royalty, you ain’t no king, man.

    Jeff Bridges
  • There’s kind of a Zen aspect to bowling. The pins are either staying up or down before you even throw your arm back. It’s kind of a mind-set. You want to be in this perfect mind-set before you released the ball.

    Jeff Bridges
  • You prep, you prep, you prep. And on the day that you film, you let all of that go. I try to achieve emptiness as much as possible – the Zen thing – to let the deal come out of that nothing.

    Jeff Bridges
  • If you’re married you’ll have tough times.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I am a product of nepotism. I don’t think I would have had the profession that I’m in currently… if it wasn’t for my dad.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My father, he really encouraged me to really get into acting. He loved it so much, and he taught all the basics.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I said I’m going to vote for Hillary. But my philosophy is that everything’s workable. If Trump is president, I’ll work with that guy. I don’t know if he’s terrible or what. He’s refreshing in that he doesn’t speak in that political way. I don’t quite understand why everybody hates Hillary so much.

    Jeff Bridges
  • You always hear people say that having kids changes everything, but you can’t fully realize it until you have children yourself.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’ve gone out of my way to not take baggage with me from film to film.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My brother’s my teacher, my mentor, and we both learnt all the acting basics from our father.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Sticking with a marriage. That’s true grit, man.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Movies are like magic tricks.

    Jeff Bridges
  • It’s a wonderful metaphor, catching a wave, for how you can look at other challenges in your life.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I kind of quit surfing when I got out of high school, but then a few years ago I started to take it up again. I’m not an expert by any means, but it’s so wonderful to get out in the ocean and get a different perspective on things.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Well, I’m not a big sports fan.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance. I love to draw and paint; I do ceramics and photography. I’m interested in a lot of creative stuff.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Making movies is about creating illusions, and they can be subtle illusions, but it’s all a cumulative effect as you make these little tweaks. It kinda adds up to something, hopefully.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My wife holds the kite strings that let me go ‘weeeeeee’, then she reels me back in.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Mania is a wonderful feeling.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Sometimes I think about retiring but not stopping work. Just ‘re-tiring’ – put on some new tires and go on to do something else.

    Jeff Bridges
  • That movie, ‘Airplane!,’ what a landmark film it was. It’s a great, great movie.

    Jeff Bridges
  • As far as Beau is concerned, we’re on the same team, we root for each other. If my parts are slightly more attractive, or are perceived that way by others, he’s very content.

    Jeff Bridges
  • There’s a bit of the kid in me.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Pretend was a big part of my childhood.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m very manipulative towards directors. My theory is that everyone on the set is directing the film, we’re all receiving art messages from the universe on how we should do the film.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Women are so – maybe this is just a male perspective, but for my money, they’re so connected to life in a way that men aren’t. They’re able to give birth, have children, and it’s literally a part of them. They perhaps have a stronger capacity for caring than males.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I wish I were more disciplined.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Technology is such a broad kind of term, it really applies to so many things, from the electric light to running cars on oil. All of these different things can be called technology. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with it, as I expect most people do. With the computer, I spend so many hours sitting in front of a computer.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don’t know if it’s a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by.

    Jeff Bridges
  • We’re here for such a short period of time. Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you.

    Jeff Bridges
  • There are so many things that pop up. If you are paying attention, you can learn every second of the day. Life is my guru.

    Jeff Bridges
  • When I was really young, my mom enrolled me in dance classes.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m not counting any chickens.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My m.o. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me. I’m in this wonderful position to be able to do that. The reason I do that is because I know what it takes once I engage, what that means for me personally and for my wife.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I don’t think I ever went down that movie star path. I always enjoy taking a 90-degree turn from the last thing I did.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I do a lot of ceramics.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Whenever I work on a part, I look at the world through the filter of the character and I pick things they might use through my observations of real life.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I don’t know how it is for women or for other guys, but when I was young and in my 20s, I had a fear of marriage.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m not locked into playing one guy.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Movies are very subjective.

    Jeff Bridges
  • If you change partners every time it gets tough or you get a little dissatisfied, then I don’t think you get the richness that’s available in a long-term relationship.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m pretty critical of myself as far as reaching some sort of perfect bull’s-eye or target that I’m aiming for.

    Jeff Bridges
  • One of the tough things about being an actor, probably the hardest thing, is getting your foot in the door, and my father handled that for me at a very early age.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I don’t really care about having more fame than I have.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Life is having its way with me now. And I’m really pleased.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I want to have all of my faculties.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m not real good at romance.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Sometimes, you can not click with somebody, and it can feel awkward.

    Jeff Bridges
  • As far as the lack of hits goes, I think perhaps it’s because I’ve played a lot of different roles and have not created a persona that the public can latch on to. I have played everything from psychopathic killers to romantic leading men, and in picking such diverse roles I have avoided typecasting.

    Jeff Bridges
  • The problem with the designated driver programme, it’s not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At then end of the night drop them off at the wrong house.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I love John Irving’s stuff. It’s that marriage of comedy and tragedy. It’s really terrific.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’ve had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I’ve been very lucky that way.

    Jeff Bridges
  • What are the aspects of yourself that line up with the character? You magnify those, and the ones that don’t match up you kind of kick to the curb.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m very much into the costuming of any character that I portray and it’s one of the great things about making movies is it’s a collaborative art form so you get all these artists who are looking specifically about for this instance your character’s costume and what that might tell about your character.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I used to read comics when I was a kid.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’d maybe done about 12 movies when I decided that this was what I was going to do.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Whenever you’re the child of a famous person, you get judged in odd ways because of that.

    Jeff Bridges
  • The wonderful thing about acting is that you can use all of your talents and interests in your work.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I love westerns, I’d love to make more of them.

    Jeff Bridges
  • It can kind of screw up things if you’re trying to overwork something.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Normally, I love to go to the movies and when I see a character portrayed by different actors at different ages, it kind of pops a little bit for me. It brings me out of the movie experience. Now we have the technology to cure that.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m always busy, but I’m lazy as well.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m constantly falling deeper in love with my wife.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m also working closely with a group called the Amazon Conservation Team, helping with the rainforest in South America.

    Jeff Bridges
  • You know, ballet might be too formal of a title for the type of dance I do, but I love to dance.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My photography is mainly focused on my work making movies, which I’ve done my whole life. I think I have a perspective that not many people have. And I get to take advantage of all of the strange sources of light on a set.

    Jeff Bridges
  • A fella who accepts himself and is relaxed into who he is – that appeals to people.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Nowadays, in the contract that actors sign, you have to agree that you’re going to do a certain amount of publicity-the hard part they don’t pay you for.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Making films is sort of like you’re pulling off a magic trick. It’s sort of like an illusion. It’s not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you’re wearing to the make-up, to the light.

    Jeff Bridges
  • For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don’t want to stand out. You don’t want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I’m a product of nepotism. That’s how I got my foot in the door, through my dad.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I found that photography was a great way of relaxing on the set.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’ve done several commercials and I’ve done voiceovers for documentaries.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Yeah, I’d been around horses most of my life.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I love marriage.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Like most kids, you don’t want to do what your folks want you to do. You’ve got your own thing.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Yeah, I’ve been interested in music since I was a teenager, always writing songs.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m a big fan of country.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I like to think of myself as a character actor, though there’s some redundancy in that.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I like to know where the camera is.

    Jeff Bridges
  • You don’t want to vilify your ego.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m drawn to the path of least resistance.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I just find my creativity manifesting a bunch of different ways.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Fame really works against actors, in a way, because our anonymity is a wonderful thing for us.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Unlike a lot of actors, my father encouraged all his kids to go into show business.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My main teachers were my father and my mother and my brother.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I had a great ’70s. I survived it, and that’s always good news.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Working with my dad was such a gas. We approached the work in a similar way. We only made two films together when I was an adult, Tucker, and Blown Away, but it was so much fun to play with your parent like that.

    Jeff Bridges
  • This idea of how everything is interconnected, and the impermanence of things.. It sums up the human condition to me, and it helps me on my path.

    Jeff Bridges
  • A large part of acting is just pretending. You get to work with these other great make-believers, all making believe as hard as they can.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My wife, whenever I’d go off to work and I’d be kind of anxious, she’ll say, ‘Remember, have fun.’ Oh, I forgot, thanks for the reminder. Because sometimes we do forget. We take it all too seriously and there’s a lot of joy to be had wherever you are.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I don’t have one movie that is my favorite, I have about 25-30 favorites.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Sometimes I think of movie acting as advanced pretend.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m a longboard guy.

    Jeff Bridges
  • As filmmakers, we’re constantly always looking for something to bring the audience deeper into the reality of the story we’re telling.

    Jeff Bridges
  • If you open your heart, then the object of your love becomes so precious because you are so open. And that philosophy, that caring, spreads.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Well, there are all kinds of gutters. Life will supply you with gutters.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I don’t really think in career terms.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I just hope that theaters remain. I think there’s something very wonderful about getting into a dark room with a bunch of people. There’s something cool about that. Brings us all together in one room where we can experience all those emotions.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’ve worked with a lot of kids, and when you’re working with kids they have certain hours that they have to work.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My m.o. as far as choosing projects is I really try not to work. I try to not do the scripts that are offered me.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I think my love of journalizing my life comes from my mom.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I do my best to hold the director’s opinion above my own.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My mother and my father were very nurturing and wonderful examples of how to live your life.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I think there’s a real joy in going to see movies when you discover them yourself.

    Jeff Bridges
  • We’re here for such a short period of time.

    Jeff Bridges
  • If you’re like me, I get hooked into to-do lists, you know. I’ll say I checked that off. Okay, I did that. And you have all these things you’re doing.

    Jeff Bridges
  • You can relate to somebody’s pain and you have compassion, which can lead to intimacy.

    Jeff Bridges
  • My mom wasn’t a movie star.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’ve worked with a lot of first-time directors who kind of look to me for ideas and opinions and stuff, and I’m a team player.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I have a cycle that is not particularly cool, but it’s a cycle: trash myself to reward myself.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I never read reviews of something I want to see.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I gotta take notes when things occur to me.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Do I have a long-term plan? Kind of. I have a general direction, I think. But it’s funny what comes down the pike.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’m at this time in life when I have to take the opportunities I have left.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I’ve got a closet full of tuxes, and I appreciate that, because one thing I don’t like to do is shop.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I resist life.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Directing takes a lot of time.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I can see how a relationship with a writer would be an easy thing.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Any role that big is going to be a challenge for any actor, but for an actor of a young age, it’s going to be even tougher.

    Jeff Bridges
  • Often when I finish a film I’ll have that feeling inside me: ‘I never want to do this ever again. I don’t want to pretend anymore. I want to be myself and do that.’ And then, thank God, that feeling goes away after a month or so and I’m raring to go again.

    Jeff Bridges
  • I first got involved with ending world hunger, and I got hip to the facts about it – what a huge problem it was and how it wasn’t a matter of not having food or not knowing how to end it, but it was a matter of creating the political will.

    Jeff Bridges
  • That’s one of the cool things about fame. You have an affect on society and where it goes.

    Jeff Bridges

All articles with Author quotes