Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up.

— Jackie Chan

The most revealing Jackie Chan quotes that are little-known but priceless

Nothing makes me more determined to succeed than someone telling me something's impossible.


I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.


Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.


Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.


I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn't know how to defend myself. I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself.


Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life.


The children right now, the young children, everybody should go to a martial arts school. Why? Because as soon as they go to a martial arts school, they learn discipline.


Kung fu lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on a jacket and how we take off a jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything is kung fu.


Bruce Lee brought the martial arts movie to the attention of the world - and without him, I don't think that anyone would have ever heard of Jackie Chan.


The life of an action star is very short.

I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro , like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act.


I'm crazy, but I'm not stupid.


Every time I make an American film I just trust the American director and American writer. Myself, I would never make this kind of film. For me, those kinds of films are ridiculous. They don't make sense.


About Jackie Chan

Quotes 95 sayings
Nationality Chinese
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

Even during the promotion I told people that I didn't like Rush Hour.

The jokes I didn't understand and the fighting, compared to my Hong Kong films was terrible. A lot of people didn't like it. But mostly people did like it, they really liked it. Rush Hour really brought me to the American family audience.


I want to make people laugh and I want to try to encourage world peace.


We live now in a global village and we are in one single family.

It's our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace.


Stigma hurts. Because of AIDS, children are bullied, isolated and shut out of school. They are missing out on education. They are missing out on medicines. Children are missing your love, care and protection. Join me. And become a stigma buster. UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS


Pain is my daily routine. As long as I don't go to the hospital, it's nothing for me.


American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety.

When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.


In my view, Zhang Lanxin is one of our best female martial artists, and I can't rate her highly enough.


A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman.


Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.


I hate violence, yes I do. It's kind of a dilemma, huh?.


Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?


Officials of governments that use or produce landmines should be forced to see the reality of how landmines hurt people and make them suffer, because this would surely make them stop.


In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog.

I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie Who?'.


For me the greatest source of income is still movies.

Nothing - stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses - makes more money for me than making movies.


I think every young child can learn through any martial art.

They would then learn to respect their life, respect their parents, respect their country, and respect the whole world.


I just couldn't stop thinking about what landmines are doing to people here.

I told people - my friends - about it, but it was just not enough. I knew I had to do more.


I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short.

I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer.


The action star's life is very short.

Back in Asia, I can do whatever I want to do. I'm the producer, I'm the director, I can do so many things, but in Hollywood any time I present a script they say: "No, no, no, Rush Hour 3, Rush Hour 4."


I want to build up my philosophy... my philosophy with kung fu is to respect people.


Martial arts is not for hurting people, it's for protecting people.


I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton.

When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.


Fifteen years ago, I really give up American market.


When I work I do it from my heart. And my heart is that I bring love to the world. When I travel around the world I bring my love. I bring so much love in my heart. I hope you can feel that.


Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don't like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn't work. Some movie I don't like, it gets big box office. Very difficult.


The ads all call me fearless, but that's just publicity.

Anyone who thinks I'm not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am.


Some people call Police Story the greatest action film of all time, and while I have to be humble and say that I disagree, it's definitely the favorite action film I've ever made.


I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life.


Actually, the few good Chinese movies that foreign countries choose to import are Zhang Yimou's, and mine, a few directors, but how many movies can we make in a year? We can only make a few, while they turn them out continuously.


I think as a celebrity, we have to teach the young generation how to speak with the old generation.


I thought I should forget Hollywood and go back to Hong Kong.

I'm so lucky that finally Hollywood accepts my comedy fighting.


I hope I can make some Hollywood-type action films like 'Batman' or 'Spiderman', action films like that. With some wire work, maybe wearing a mask. Like that.


When I came to Hollywood, I spoke no English - except nobody bullied me.

Every day, I had nothing to do except training in English, to keep talking.


One thing I did pick up from Cannonball Run was the use of bloopers and outtakes under the final credits, which I've done in all my movies since.


I love animals. When I was young, I had two St. Bernards, I still have a dog, I have a lot of cats in my company. My wife always says, "You spend a lot of money on animals. More than even me!"


After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore.

We just release a Jackie Chan movie and - Boom! - people go.


Making a Hollywood film you don't have a very big movie because they have a Safety Captain and insurance people on the set. They have to check first. 'Don't do it. Let me check. Make sure everything is safe.'


I hope next time when we meet, we won't be fighting each other.

Instead we will be drinking tea together.