One of my greatest fears is not being able to change, to be caught in a never-ending cycle of sameness. Growth is so important.

— Matt Dillon

The most inspiring Matt Dillon quotes that will inspire your inner self

I grew up with the white picket fence. My dad went to work nine to five, and he had a station wagon.

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The worst thing I could be accused of is that I'm a one-way dude, only out for myself. But the worst thing a woman can do is not to say anything. Especially when you're starting a relationship.

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When I was twenty-two it was a lot harder to get hurt by women.

It was easier for me to, you know, cheat on a girlfriend. I can't lie like that anymore.

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It was being young and sensitive and an actor. There was a lot of pressure, everything was a hurdle.

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The great, rewarding thing about directing is that you're overseeing the whole thing. When you're an actor, you're just one department.

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Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. Reflecting on his former status as a teen idol

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It's really nice to be able to do something that you've never done.

I think that's the gift of being an actor because I get to play a cop, a racist cop and I've never done that before. It's nice to inhabit these other worlds especially when you get to work with great actors.

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I think a lot of directors, they come out of film school, they don't know anything about acting. Or they're writers that don't know anything about the process. And I think they're afraid sometimes to talk to actors and be honest with actors.

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I sometimes think love is God's way of hoodwinking people into having kids.

You fall in love, and all that passion goes into procreating and wanting children. I've felt that need to want to raise a child. It's a creative urge.

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It's tough when you started out as young as I did to look back and see how far I've come. I try to be easy on myself and go 'Look man, you were younger, you were learning; you learn, you grow.' But I'm not my best judge. I always feel like my best work is still ahead of me.

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I look for really great characters. I say great because as long as they're really good, there's something you can do. And really good storytelling. And when people ask me what the story is, I say it's really several stories really. They're intermeshed.

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The growing pains of being an actor, that was a little frustrating at times because you feel like you have great capacity to do many things. And yet there seems to be a misunderstanding about who you are and what you're trying to do. And that requires patience, and people eventually will understand.

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About Matt Dillon

Quotes 27 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

Acting is very competitive. There are few good scripts out there and the ones that are good are very competitive. You look at your options and often times they're not too appealing.

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Racism was just a tool to deal with frustration and pain and that people are in denial about the way we feel and desperately trying to control their environment the way their lives are. And ultimately their scapegoats aren't going to make them feel better, it's just going to increase hatred and the problem gets worse and worse.

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As an actor, you can't be off the market for too long.

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It's a pretty good job being an actor, but it's work sometimes.

And when I say work, I mean it's a job.

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I don't like movies where everything happens fast. I like the buildup, the obstacles, the mystery.

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It seems like a cliche, but you do grow up a lot faster when you travel a lot, go through things like this interview, spend time away from home and hang around with other actors. It's inevitable that you're not going to have a so-called normal childhood.

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If people are reacting to films based on their degree of success or failure, then they're not really looking at the movie. I don't really care about that. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but at least base your opinion on the merit of the work itself.

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One of the things I've learned over the years is that you only do what you can do as an actor. You do the best job you can, but you have no control over so many elements that are going to determine the outcome of that film. I never pay attention to what happens after.

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I think the reason I've survived that long is because I've taken my work so seriously. Maybe sometimes too seriously, but it's always been important for me to do my best regardless of the film. I think the biggest compliment I get is when people on the street stop me and say they've liked the choices I've made.

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I have always wanted to play different kinds of stuff, but it's hard, first to find good material, and then to change people's perception of you so they'll let you do it. I mean, I would really like to play a poet, but once they get this notion of you as a street guy, it's hard to change that.

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Obviously all religions get corrupted by man.

The initial ideas are interesting but once they get organized they seem to become about politics and other things and they get misinterpreted. . . . Have faith but do the work. Live your life right. Dont expect things to happen. Thats why Im put off by magical realism.

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Well I can tell you that for me generally speaking that I think things that I deal with are all to do with not accepting things, not excepting life on life's terms. My life becomes a lot easier when I'm willing to just accept. I don't have to like circumstances as they are, but I have to accept them and that's where I always seem to get thrown, when I try to will my way instead of accept things the way they are.

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I only hear my own voice. When you start hearing other voices, then it's time to worry.

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I like conflict, drama's conflict and if you don't have that in the character it's really not a worthwhile role to play for me.

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