What are the best James Dean quotes? Icon James Dean was a sensation when he first appeared in "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955) with his emotionally-infused rebel attitude. It's hard to believe that Dean only made six films before he passed away at the tender age on 24. However, these are ten best James Dean quotes that will be just as immortal as his image.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." If there is one quote that would eerily sum up Dean's attitude toward's life, it would be this one that he made himself.
"I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too." This intelligent quote was Dean's perspective on why he thought "Rebel Without a Cause" was such an important film. And it continues to be today as a classic film.
"Only the gentle are ever really strong." And if this James Dean quote is true, then he was indeed a very strong man.
"The only greatness for man is immortality." Another chilling, prophetic quote of Dean's that he achieved in his life.
"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication." One of the many significant quotes James Dean made about his dedication to the craft of acting.
"My purpose in life does not include a hankering to charm society." A quote of Dean's that gives another reason as to why he is the image of rebellion.
"I think the prime reason for existence, for living in this world, is discovery." With this quote, James Dean knew what it was all about for him.
"If a man can bridge the gap between life and death … I mean, if he can live on after his death, then maybe he was a great man." One can't help but wonder if Dean knew about how long he has lived on after his untimely death, would he consider himself a great man, or would he modest about his impact on the world?
"I thin I am going to make it because on one hand I am like Clift saying help me and of the other hand I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!', and somewhere in between is 'James Dean'." An appropriate quote of Dean's that shows how he knew exactly where he stood in Hollywood.
"Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated. You must say, "Wait. Let me see". And above all, you must be honest with yourself." This quote was taken from an interview Dean had with the famous Hedda Hopper. These are general words of wisdom from Dean himself.