Apple to the Core

Quotes by Steve McQueen

"I live for myself and I answer to nobody."

"I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."

"I just want the brass ring and the pine trees and my kids and the green grass. I want to get rich and fat and watch my kids grow."

"Stardom equals financial success and financial success equals security. I've spent too much of my life feeling insecure. I still have nightmares about being poor, of everything I own just vanishing away. Stardom means that can't happen."

"There's something about my shaggy-dog eyes that makes people think I'm good."

"In my own mind, I'm not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing."

"I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts."

"When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it."

"Ill never be as good an actor as I want to be....but I'll be good."

"Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting."

"I could see that Jim (his close friend, James Garner) was very neat around his place. Flowers trimmed, no papers in the yard...grass always cut. So, just to piss him off, I'd start lobbing empty beer cans down the hill into his driveway. He'd have his drive all spic and span when he left the house, then get home to find all these empty cans. Took him a long time to figure out it was me."

"Stardom equals financial success and financial success equals security. I've spent too much of my life feeling insecure."

"I don't believe in that phony hero stuff."

"I really don't like to act. At the beginning, back in '51, I had to force myself to stick with it. I was real uncomfortable, real uncomfortable."

"I scrounged around for the next couple of years, trying to get the scam on the human race and just where the hell I fitted in - I discovered there were no openings."

"I'm out of the Midwest. It was a good place to come from. It give you a sense of right or wrong and fairness, which I think is lacking in our society."

"I've got a feeling I'm leaving stardom behind, you know. I'm gradually becoming more of a filmmaker, acquiring a different kind of dignity from that which you achieve in acting. After all, I'm no matinee idol, and I'm getting older. I don't think I can be doing my kind of thing in the seventies; I want to be on more of the creative side of business."

Quotes About Steve McQueen

Ali MacGraw - "I remember seeing him across the swimming pool and my knees were knocking. He radiated such macho energy. Men wanted to be like him. Uptight society ladies and biker molls wanted to be with him."

Donal Logue from The Tao of Steve - "Steve is the prototypical cool American male. He's the guy on his horse, the guy alone. He has his own code of honor, his own code of ethics, his own rules of living. He never, ever tries to impress the women, but he always gets the girl."

Herb Ritts - "I did grow up next door to Steve McQueen, who was a very famous movie star at the time, but as a kid it didn't impress me. We always had great fun with him. He would take us out on Sundays on his motorcycles, riding around in the desert; he was like a second father."

David Foster - "He was a fascinating, crazy, irascible, roguish, likable, dislikable guy. Yes, he was all those things."

Sheryl Crow - "Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn't know every little dirty thing about our public figures. He and James Dean were very mysterious, archetypal American heroes."

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