Work hard and figure out how to be useful and don't try to imitate anybody else's success. Figure out how to do it for yourself with yourself.— Harrison Ford
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I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up.
Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you.
We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Really, what are the options? Levi's or Wranglers.
And you just pick one. It's one of those life choices.
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
Am I grumpy? I might be. But I think maybe sometimes it's misinterpreted.
I think what a lot of action movies lose these days, especially the ones that deal with fantasy, is you stop caring at some point because you've lost human scale.
Behind every great man is a woman. Telling him he's not so hot.
If I were a serious person, I'd probably have a real job.
Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid.
I don't mind doing interviews. I don't mind answering thoughtful questions. But I'm not thrilled about answering questions like, 'If you were being mugged, and you had a lightsaber in one pocket and a whip in the other, which would you use?'
You keep on going until you get it as close to being right as the time and patience of others will allow.
Acting is not about competing. Acting is about cooperating. Acting is about collaboration. It's about your utility, your usefulness, your capacity to add to the work that has already been done and will be done. You're just part of a team. I never feel competitive about acting.
If people recognize me when I'm out in public, I'm very nice to them.
I'm very nice to people even when they don't recognize me. I don't even mind if people come up to me while I'm eating dinner, but if they recognize me while I'm having sex, I refuse to sign autographs.
The trick of this thing and the beauty of this thing is that it's a cowboy movie first and then stuff happens. Even after stuff happens it doesn't change - it hasn't suddenly changed into another kind of movie. It's still a cowboy movie. And that's what's incredible about it because nobody has done that before, that's new territory.
The Force is within you. Force yourself.
Whoever had the bright idea of putting Indiana Jones in a leather jacket and a fedora in the jungle ought to be dragged into the street and shot.
Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth.
I don't want to be a movie star. I want to be in movies that are stars.
With the CGI, suddenly there's a thousand enemies instead of six - the army goes off into the horizon. You don't need that. The audience loses its relationship with the threat on the screen. That's something that's consistently happening and it makes these movies like video games and that's a soulless enterprise. It's all kinetics without emotion.
All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.
The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie.
I don't want to be a slave to electronic devices.
I don't want to be connected to my friends. I don't want to send snapshots of my dog and cute pictures of my family life to my friends and family. I don't want to be liked, by pushing a button. I use all of this technology to basically replace devices that I had in the past which worked just fine.
What's important is to be able to see yourself, I think, as having commonality with other people and not determine, because of your good luck, that everybody is less significant, less interesting, less important than you are.
I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up.
The loss of anonymity is something that nobody can prepare you for.
When it happened, I recognized that I'd lost one of the most valuable things in life. To this day, I'm not all that happy about it
Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.
I don't think I've mastered anything.
I'm still wrestling with the same frustrations, the same issues, the same problems as I always did. That's what life is like.
The kindest word to describe my performance in school was Sloth.
I'm like old shoes. I've never been hip. I think the reason I'm still here is that I was never enough in fashion that I had to be replaced by something new.
You have to have the darkness for the dawn to come.
It's not the years honey, it's the mileage.
It doesn't interest me to be Harrison Ford.
It interests me to be Mike Pomeroy and Indiana Jones and Jack Ryan. I don't want to be in the Harrison Ford business. I take what I do seriously, but I don't take myself seriously.
I'm addicted to Altoids. I call them 'acting pills.'
I'm still interested in perfecting whatever talents I have and continuing to grow as an actor and continuing to be useful to the telling of the story.
The focus and the concentration and the attention to detail that flying takes is a kind of meditation. I find it restful and engaging, and other things slip away.
If you're asking me to acknowledge that I've gotten older, I can do that.
When we protect the places where the processes of life can flourish, we strengthen not only the future of medicine, agriculture and industry, but also the essential conditions for peace and prosperity.
The basic skill of an actor is, in fact, empathy, and that's maybe not a skill, it's a disposition. I am an assistant storyteller. I enjoy feeling useful to a team effort. It's my way of finding a use for myself, a utility in this world.
It's the primordial characters [of the Star Wars].
It's the beautiful princess and the callow youth and the smartass that I played and the wise old warrior that Alec Guinness played. And it was a fairy tale. It was a fairy tale.
I was always very grateful I was never hot.
In the entire length of my career, I haven't been the most adored.
A bad guy in a movie has a lot of latitude for acting.
He can walk up the wall, crawl across the ceiling, go piss in the corner and everybody will say, "Fantastic!" But somebody's going to have to catch that sucker. Somebody's going to have to play the guy who gets him in the end. And that's a better part.
When I first started out, I was a bad actor.
I need a challenge. I need the intellectual stimulation. I'm a member of a community on each film, working in concert to try to bring an idea to life. It's a great job.
I never feel sexy. I have a distant relationship with the mirror.
I think retirement's for old people. I'm still in the business, thank you. I have a young child of nine years old, and I want to live as long as I can to see him grow up. I'm enjoying my life and I want to stick around for as long as I can.
I think I did have a reputation for being grumpy.
I don't think I'm grumpy. I have opinions. I have an independent vision. I am a purposeful person. But on a daily basis, I think I'm other than grumpy. I think it is a case where I am coming to do business and not there just to be flattered and cajoled and used.
What I hate is the loss of anonymity.
[In relationships with a directors] I want to be able to give and take, and I can't name what it is: respect, energy, investment in the task, focus, humor, intelligence, but I always feel responsible for taking the money.
I do not go to the gym. I do not train. I am not that careful about what I eat. I cannot give you any advice about keeping fit. The best advice I can give is choose your parents wisely.