100 Hollywood Quotes: All About Tinseltown In The Golden Age And Beyond

Deepthi Reddy
Dec 12, 2023 By Deepthi Reddy
Originally Published on Mar 10, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
The world famous landmark Hollywood Sign.

Hollywood is in Los Angeles, California, which is home to the American Film and Television industry.

Hollywood's weather was always warm and pleasant, making it easier for actors and technicians to work. With a diverse landscape, studios were able to produce movies of all different genres and churn out all kinds of films for everybody's merriment.

Hollywood is also called the show business capital of the world. It is here that creativity, money, and glamour come together and entertain the whole world. It also educated and brought awareness about many social issues not just in America but across the globe.

Here are some Hollywood quotes and sayings for movie fans. To discover more amazing quotes, please visit Alfred Hitchcock Quotes and Will Rogers Quotes.

Golden Age Of Hollywood Quotes

Hollywood's early times have always been considered a golden era, as it brought worldwide recognition to Hollywood and its film stars. Here are some Hollywood quotes and sayings from the movie actors about this golden age.

1."I'm not young. What's wrong with that?"

-Vivien Leigh.

2."We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality."

-Judy Garland.

3."I never said actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle."

-Alfred Hitchcock.

4."I survived because I was tougher than anybody else."

-Bette Davis.

5."People place such importance on the external. It's disgusting."

-Tab Hunter.

6."I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets."

-Jimmy Stewart.

7."The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money."

-Marlon Brando.

8."I am, at heart, a gentleman."

-Marlene Dietrich.

9."I'm just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time."

-Clark Gable.

10."It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies because you never know when you'll have to work with them."

-Lana Turner.

11."I lost many a role to actresses who couldn't do the job one-hundredth as good as I could."

-Diane Ladd.

12."Television won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."

-Darryl F. Zanuck.

13."I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about."

-Truman Capote.

14."It's okay. You don't have to worry about anything. That's because I'm here."

-Ryohgo Narita.

15."The constructs of organized thought are all around us, the golden age will come when they are freed."

-Tom Althouse.

16."Television is for appearing on, not looking at."

-Noel Coward.

17."We have our factory, which is called a stage. We make a product, we color it, we title it, and we ship it out in cans."

-Cary Grant.

18."I've always wanted to be like the Hollywood Golden Age actors."

-Julianne Hough.

19."In Hollywood, you play a mom, and the next thing you know, you're on 'The Golden Girls.' They age you so fast.

-Gabrielle Union.

20."Life can be very hard sometimes and you wonder why, but a little compassion is sometimes all anyone needs to get by."

-Heather Wolf.

21."Hollywood's Studio Era was part of a Golden Age because it didn't need profanity (unlike reality-television today)."

-Manny Pacheco.

22."No fear ... we are never sure of anything ... fear never prevents [bad things] from happening."

-Vanessa Paradis.

23."People talk about the Golden Age of Hollywood because of how women were lit then."

-Cate Blanchett.

Classic Hollywood Quotes

Hollywood has inspired and entertained us as no other art form did. Below are some amazing old Hollywood quotes that are a delight to read.

Film reel, lens and movie clapper in retro composition

24."Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"

-'The Jazz Singer' (1927).

25."That is my least vulnerable spot."

-'Casablanca' (1942).

26."After all, tomorrow is another day."

-'Gone with the Wind' (1939).

27."Go ahead, make my day."

-'Sudden Impact' (1973).

28."Keep your friends close but your enemies closer."

-'The Godfather' (1972).

29."Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room."

-'Dr. Strangelove' (1964).

30."There's no place like home."

-'The Wizard Of OZ' (1939).

31."From where I stand, the sun is shining all over the place."

-'Singing in the Rain' (1952).

32." Fasten your seatbelts. It's gonna be a bumpy night."

-'All About Eve' (1950).

33."One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."

-'Animal Crackers' (1930).

34."You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

-'Dirty Harry' (1971).

35."Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"

-'Sons of the Desert' (1933).

36."What we've got here is failure to communicate."

-'Cool Hand Luke' (1967).

37."It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."

-'King Kong' (1933).

38."Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"

-'42nd Street' (1933).

39."Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

-'Auntie Mame' (1958).

40."There's a saying in England. Where there's smoke, there's fire."

-James Bond, 'From Russia With Love' (1963).

Famous Hollywood Quotes From Famous Movies

Hollywood has produced some great films which have fascinated all of us. Find below the most famous lines from various Hollywood movies that will make your day.

42."Some people can't believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first."

-Sean Maguire, 'Good Will Hunting.'

43."Which bullet has my name on it? The first or the last?"

-James Bond, 'The Spy Who Loved Me.'

44."If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."

-'Winnie the Pooh.'

45."Put two ships in the open sea without wind or ride and they will come together."

-Arthur, 'Aquaman.'

46."The truth is a matter of circumstances, it's not all things to all people all the time."

-'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.'

47."Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it."

-Chris Gardner, 'The Pursuit of Happyness.'

48."With great power comes great responsibility."


The above quote is a very famous and popular line from 'Spider-Man'.

49."Even if there's a small chance. We owe this, to everyone who's not in this room, to try."

-Natasha, 'Avengers: Endgame.'

50."Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls."

-Rose, 'Titanic.'

51."It's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer."

-Samwise Gamgee, 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.'

52."Ben Gates: Someone else is after the treasure.

Riley Poole: Of course someone else is after the treasure. It's the axiom of treasure hunting."

-'National Treasure: Book Of Secrets.'

53."If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

- Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'The Master.'

54."I'm not going to live by their rules anymore."

-'Groundhog Day.'

55."We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery."

-Charlie Chaplin, 'The Great Dictator.'

56."Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"

-'She Done Him Wrong.'

57."To find something, anything, a great truth or a lost pair of glasses, you must first believe there will be some advantage in finding it."

-Jack Burden, 'All the King's Men.'

58."Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."

-'Dead Poets Society.'

59."It's not destroying. It's making something new."

-Lena, 'Annihilation.'

60."All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

-Gandalf, 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.'

61."Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."

-'It's a Wonderful Life.'

62."Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

-'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.'

63."Is there any special country you wanna go to?"

-'Dog Day Afternoon.'

64."If you build it, he will come."

-'Field of Dreams.'

65."Go ahead: Make my day."

-'Sudden Impact.'

66."I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

-'The Godfather.'

67."I live my life a quarter-mile at a time."

-'The Fast and the Furious.'

68."The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds."

-Noah, 'The Notebook.'

69."How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?… I don't want to hear your excuses. The center has to be at least three times bigger than this."


70."If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

-Liam Neeson, 'Taken.'

Funny Hollywood Quotes

Comedy movies have always been Hollywood's primary outcome which made us go crazy with laughter. Check these hilarious and cool Hollywood quotes and sayings that would make you laugh.

71."Greater good? I am your wife! I'm the greatest good you're ever gonna get!"

-Honey, 'The Incredibles.'

72."I learned a long time ago that worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere."

-Van Wilder, 'National Lampoon's Van Wilder' (2002).

73."It's not a man purse. It's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one."

-Alan Garner, 'The Hangover' (2009).

74."So if I'm not black enough and if I'm not white enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I!?"

-Don Shirley, 'Green Book.'

75."The plot thickens, as they say. Why, by the way? Is it a soup metaphor? "

-'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

76." According to the map, we've only gone 4 inches."

-Harry, 'Dumb and Dumber.'

77."I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate."


78."I share a drawer with a phone book and she's got two closets?"


79."You can't triple stamp a double stamp!"

-Harry, 'Dumb and Dumber.'

80."My husband and I fell in love at first sight… maybe I should have taken a second look."

-'Crimes and Misdemeanors.'

Best Hollywood Quotes

Hollywood is a dreamland for many aspiring actors and actresses, which made many of them celebrities. Here are some quotes and sayings about Hollywood by the famous film actors.

81."In Hollywood, a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo."

-Marilyn Monroe.

82."I've come across many actors like me who didn't have a backup. That drive & will made it work."

-Clive Owen.

83."I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it."

-Marilyn Monroe.

84."Old Hollywood is just like a desert water in Africa. Hang around long enough and every kind of animal in the world will drift in for refreshments."

-Will Rogers.

85."In Hollywood, brides keep the bouquet and throw away the groom."

- Groucho Marx.

86."Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

-Judy Garland.

87."I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn't shut up."

-Ingrid Bergman.

88."I've been on a calendar, but never on time."

-Marilyn Monroe.

89."Everybody steals from everybody, that's Hollywood."

-Jon Favreau.

90."Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world."

-Marilyn Monroe.

91."Be yourself. The world worships the original."

-Ingrid Bergman.

92."Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him."

-Orson Welle.

93."Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel."

-Oscar Levant.

94."I won't buy into the Hollywood thing...I want to be in good movies."

-Ewan McGregor.

95."Hollywood is a door leading to a thousand doors."

-Kensington Roth.

96."Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else."

-Dolores Del Rio.

97."Hollywood is a strange place if you're in trouble. Everybody thinks it's contagious."

-Judy Garland.

98."In Hollywood, you can see things at night that are fast enough to be in the Olympics in the daytime."

-Will Rogers.

99."Hollywood has a way of making everything seem like an overnight success."

-Kevin Hart.

100."Hollywood is an extraordinary kind of temporary place."

-John Schlesinger.

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Written by Deepthi Reddy

Master of Business Administration

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Deepthi ReddyMaster of Business Administration

With an MBA under her belt, Deepthi has discovered her true calling in content writing. Her writing repertoire is diverse, covering travel, movies, pet care, parenting, animals and birds, and more. Her joy of learning and creating has helped her craft well-written and engaging articles. When she isn't writing, Deepthi enjoys exploring new cultures, trying different foods, and spending quality time with her two children aged 7 and 12.

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