You can create the perfect triceps by just pushing yourself off your wall.— Jean-Claude Van Damme
The most charming Jean-Claude Van Damme quotes that will activate your inner potential
God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.
If you phone a psychic and she doesn't answer the phone before it rings, hang up.
I love challenges. If you don't have any and can do whatever you want, then it's probably time to die.
A pair of legs engineered to defy the laws of physics and a mindset to master the most epic of splits.
I've had my ups and downs. My fair share of bumpy roads and heavy winds. That's what made me what I am today.
When I walk across my living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me 10 seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds!
I love karate, it's like a bible to me. But deep inside I'm so I mean, I'm so sensitive.
My last fight was more than 20 years ago.
I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover. If somebody's going to speak bad about me, I will walk away. But if a guy like Steven Seagal slaps me once, I will slap him twice as hard. Life is full of violence.
I'm fast, why? Because I eat vegetables.
I don't have a bad relationship. I'm 48 years old. I think life is too short for that. To me, life is... you open the shutters, you see the dogs outside, you look left, you look right, in, what, a second and a half? And that's a life.
Everybody understands a slap in the face.
In Japan, Belgium, or America, a punch is a punch. Comedy will be different in Europe or America or Japan, so my movies are very international.
Karate's a very boring sport, but when you know the technique you can go further and further.
I'm not a movie star. I'm a brand name. Van Damme is like Levi's. I go on vacation, and everywhere I go, people love me for my name, not for my movies.
If a product is more expensive than another one and more sustainable in ecology, consumers will not buy it. We're in a very sharp competitive market.
I don't want to be buried in the ground, rotting, with all those worms.
What I would love is to have my body dropped where you have those big icebergs and the water is so cold and pure, to be eaten by a polar bear or a seal or an otter.
I like structure - like driving: go past the school on the street, stay on the right side, no hitting the car, go in right, you'll see a big church, stop and take a left, and you'll have it. By doing this I'm giving a structure of life, a path of light, and showing what happens between me and me, which is something very beautiful.
I'm lucky, because I started action movies at the age of 25.
Now I'm 47, and I'm still kicking like a mule, and I'm as flexible as before.
I train, for me, very smartly. I don't train heavy, I do a lot of isometrics.
You need at least six or seven years to understand the philosophy and concentration of karate to know to clean your spirit of everything and dedicate your mind and body to the sport.
I now truly believe it is impossible for me to make a bad movie.
In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama.
You just have to take a little salt, and since I'm doing that it's, like, BOOM! In one week, I felt it kick in. All the commotion around me, all the water around me, moving left and right around me, became like a lake.
The action films I will make in the future will be more believable and character-based. I am now on my second cycle of fame, and I want to make films that smell real and are truthful.
When I was 24, I was full of life. I was that ham who wanted to be famous, a movie star, all that stuff. I think it's cool. But it was not what I was searching for, really. It was more a delusion.
What is a movie star? It is an illusion.
It was everything I ever wanted to be, but it became a kind of shell, non? It was what made me famous and got me women. But it wasn't real.
I came back to my original wife. I came back to her after I made a few boo-boos in my life. Coming back to her was good for me, good for her and good for the children.
Believe me - I've done very good stuff and very crazy stuff, and I don't regret the crazy stuff.
Obviously I've taken drugs.
I'm not complaining about doing 20-hour days. It's a joy to be able to work on yet another film.
There are some movie stars in Hollywood that are so scared, they also tell the reporter that they are recording them, in case there is something wrong with what they wrote about them in the papers.
My body looks like 30 but my face looks like 50.
But I cannot walk bare-chested in the streets. I like to do these movies to challenge myself physically.
My time of martial arts was traditional.
Life is short. I'm years old. I've got years to go where I can be the best I can be. I want those years to be precious, not like before, cranking two or three movies a year. I've made a ton of movies in my life, but so what?
What I promise to my actors, and to my director, is to give them the salary and everything they need.
Your body has enough weight for you to be in perfect condition just working against yourself.
When you finish a film, if you believed in your character, you're empty.
According to statistics, one person out of five is disturbed.
If there are four people around you who seem normal, that's not good.
My wife is not my best sexual partner, but she's good with the housework.
What really helps a guy to become an action hero today is the directing of the movie. All those fast cuts.
If you work with a jackhammer during an earthquake, stop, otherwise you are working for nothing.
I am fascinated by air. If you remove the air from the sky, all the birds would fall to the ground. And all the planes, too.
Showing myself nude from behind doesn't pose any problems, but from the front that's another story. I don't want to lose all my fans!
Air is beautiful, yet you cannot see it.
It's soft, yet you cannot touch it. Air is a little like my brain.
We are here to condemn the Palestinian occupation of the territories, but also to condemn the recent racist attack in France, against both Jews and Arabs.
I am the Fred Astaire of karate.
All I wanted to do was to become famous, but then I found out that it was nothing special.
I really am a guy who can be black and white.
I don't understand, too much, the gray. And truly I can go from one type of character to another type of character.
When I go on location, we have a schedule.
And when you have a schedule, you know when you're not working, so I train very well on location. But I also train three or four times a week at home, but today I train differently than before.
I came to America with a dream and I made it.
The dream became reality. America is built for success.