QUOTES: Wise Words of the Week (Kevin Spacey)

August 9, 2010

This is a short little segment that I’ll hopefully be able to stick to doing almost if not every week. I’ll pick a topic, director, or actor and provide some of the funniest or some of the most profound and interesting quotes from films pertaining to that particular subject.

Each week, feel free to use the comment section to share your favorite quotes, weigh in on my decisions, and point out particularly good ones I may have missed.

For week #1, I thought I’d take one of my favorite actors, Kevin Spacey, and showcase some of his better quotes. If I could frame that last one and put it up on my wall, I’d probably love it even more. What a brilliantly clever piece of writing.

“Happiness. Happiness is a word for a feeling. Feelings are rarely understood; in a moment they are quickly forgotten and misremembered.” — Henry Carter, Shrink

“The only thing worse than a loser is someone who won’t admit he played badly.”
— Mickey Rosa, 21

Living by your wants will never make you happy; what it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideas and ideals and not to measure your life by what you ever attain in terms of your desires but those small moments of integrity, compassion, rationality, even self-sacrifice.”
— David Gale, The Life of David Gale

Even your Buddha and your Christ had quite a different vision. But nobody’s paid much attention to them, not even your Buddhists and your Christians.”
— Prot, K-PAX

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.”
— Lester Burnham, American Beauty

Wanting people to listen, you can’t just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you’ll notice you’ve got their strict attention.”
— John Doe, Se7en

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.”
— Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects



  1. My fave is John Doe’s quote from Se7en. However, sometimes that doesn’t even work. 😉

  2. These are not quotes from Kevin Spacey. They are a selection of (some of them) memorable quotes from characters that he played. You should know better than to confuse the two.

    He’s an ACTOR, my friend, not the characters he plays.

    • I’m sorry if the way I worded things was confusing to you. I never did explicitly say that these were words that Kevin Spacey spoke on his own accord. Yes, you are correct in saying that these are quotes from his characters and that is quite different from things he might say when he is not acting.

      Perhaps I made the mistake of thinking that it was obvious that I was talking about quotes that were spoken by his characters (I suppose the credit to the character and the film they were in after each quote wasn’t enough to make that clear).

      If I led you to believe that these were quotes spoken by Kevin Spacey outside of his acting performances, then I’m sorry. I think it’s fairly obvious to most what was implied by my words.

      Unless you’re simply arguing petty semantics for the sake of it, then I will certainly be more careful about the way I word things in future posts so as to not confuse or mislead anyone else.

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