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The science is in. The facts are there that we have created, man has, a self-inflicted wound that man has created through global warming.

You can scream at me, call me for a shoot at midnight, keep me waiting for hours - as long as what ends up on the screen is perfect.

One of my movies was called "True Lies." It`s what the Democrats should have called their convention.

(From an interview about his reaction to reading the original The Terminator (1984) screenplay) I have read a lot of action adventure scripts, and this definitely was one of the best. I knew that I wanted to play the part of the Terminator as soon as I started reading.

I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?

The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That`s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they`ll go through the pain no matter what happens.

(Interview in "Starlog" magazine in 1991, explaining his reluctance to do sequels to most of his successful films from the `80s) There`s so little time to do all the things I want to do that I can`t see any reason to get bogged down in sequels.

I have a love interest in every one of my films - a gun.

You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.

My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don`t think about it, I just have it.

Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

I took more abuse in Predator (1987) than I did in Conan the Barbarian (1982). I fell down that waterfall (40 feet) and swam in this ice-cold water for days and for weeks was covered in mud. It was freezing in the Mexican jungle. They had these heat lamps on all the time, but they were no good. If you stayed in front of the lamps, the mud dried. Then, you had to take it off and put new mud on again. It was a no-win situation. The location was tough. Never on flat ground. Always on a hill. We stood all day long on a hill, one leg down, one leg up. It was terrible.

I know that if you leave dishes in the sink, they get sticky and hard to wash the next day.

Gray Davis can run a dirty campaign better than anyone, but he can`t run a state.

I was born in Europe... and I`ve traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, that is more compassionate, more generous, more accepting, and more welcoming than the United States of America.

(referring to Democrats at a political rally in Ontario, California, in 2004) If they don`t have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, "I don`t want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers" . . . if they don`t have the guts, I call them girlie men.

In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits.

(Talking about playing the Terminator) I had to act like a cyborg, which meant I couldn`t show any kind of human fear or reaction to the fire, explosions, or gunfire that was going off around me. That can be difficult when you`re walking through a door with its frame on fire, trying to reload a gun, and at the same time thinking in the back of your mind that people have accidents doing these kinds of stunts and that it might be my turn.

(On his late friend and role model, body builder Reg Park): Reg was a dear friend, an extraordinary mentor and a personal hero. Other than my parents, there may be no single person who had more to do with me becoming the person I am today than Reg. He was like a second father to me. It was Reg who impressed upon me how hard I would have to work if I wanted to achieve my dreams. I`ll always remember him making me do calf-raises with 1,000 pounds at 5 o`clock in the morning.

(Talking about director Richard Fleischer) The first day Fleischer came to see me work out, he told me, "Arnold, could you put on some more muscles?" I couldn`t believe it! It turned out that Fleischer thought (John Milius`) decision to keep Conan clothed throughout the first film was a mistake. Fleischer believes that people want to see my body much more often than they did the first time around, so they will. I spend most of my time in Conan the Destroyer (1984) fighting off people while I`m dressed in a loincloth.

Everything I have, my career, my success, my family, I owe to America.

If it`s hard to remember, it`ll be difficult to forget.

Everything I have ever done in my life has always stayed. I`ve just added to it . . . but I will not change. Because when you are successful and you change, you are an idiot.

The worst I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.

Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.

Start wide, expand further, and never look back.

(About being taken seriously) I don`t care. The important thing to me is that I`m doing work that people enjoy out there, that the movie makes good money, that the studio makes the money back, and that I`m having a great time at what I`m doing. I don`t even consider myself serious. So how do I expect people to take me serious? I think this whole Hollywood thing has to be taken much looser . . . it`s just entertainment.

It`s simple, if it jiggles, it`s fat.

I`ll be back.

To restore the trust of the people, we must reform the way the government operates.

Money doesn`t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.

In the beginning I was selfish. It was all about, "How do I build Arnold? How can I win the most Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympic contests? How can I get into the movies and get into business?" I was thinking about myself . . . As I`ve grown up, got older, maybe wiser, I think your life is judged not by how much you have taken but by how much you give back.

(at the 3004 Republican National Convention) Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called True Lies (1994). It`s what the Democrats should have called their convention.

I love the Hong Kong style of action movies, but that only looks good for small guys. The reason why the whole style was developed over there was because those guys were very puny guys - they`re not powerful-looking guys, they`re also not powerful guys. There`s no weightlifting champion coming out of Hong Kong - maybe in the bantam division or the lightweight division or something like that, but normally you don`t have really strong men coming out of there . . . they had to learn a technique that small people can do that are as effective as the big guy`s strength. So that`s where the martial arts came from.

I`m 6`2". I`ve heard rumors that I`m really much shorter in real life - like 5`6" or something like that - which is ridiculous. I can assure you this is not the case. People look up to me, and not just because I do a lot of work in the community. I mean, most people really look up to me.

What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. I learned something from all those sets and reps when I didn`t think I could lift another ounce of weight. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know.

My friend James Cameron and I made three films together - True Lies, The Terminator and Terminator 2. Of course, that was during his early, low-budget, art-house period.

My own dreams fortunately came true in this great state. I became Mr. Universe; I became a successful businessman. And even though some people say I still speak with a slight accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession.

The success I have achieved in bodybuilding, motion pictures, and business would not have been possible without the generosity of the American people and the freedom here to pursue your dreams.

(Talking about director John Milius) "There never would have been a Conan movie without him.

There were various stepping-stones in my career. One of them was Conan the Barbarian (1982), because it was the first time I did a film with that kind of budget and I had the title role. The next big stepping-stone was The Terminator (1984). With The Terminator", I think people became aware of the fact that I didn`t really have to take my shirt off or run around and expose my muscles in order to sell tickets. After I did "The Terminator" and we had seen it be more successful than the Conan films, people then sent me a variety of different kinds of scripts - all in the action-adventure genre, but they were not muscle movies or Viking movies or pirate movies or anything like that.

(on his fight scenes with the female T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)) How many times do you get away with this - to take a woman, grab her upside down and bury her face in a toilet bowl? The thing is you can do it, because, in the end, I didn`t do it to a woman - she`s a machine. We could get away with it without being crucified by who knows what group.

I didn`t leave bodybuilding until I felt that I had gone as far as I could go. It will be the same with my film career. When I feel the time is right, I will then consider public service. I feel that the highest honor comes from serving people and your country.

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

(From an interview expressing concern over making Conan the Destroyer (1984) less brutal than its predecessor, Conan the Barbarian (1982)) I think it`s a mistake. I know Sylvester Stallone made an extra $20 million because he got a PG rating for Rocky III (1982), but it`s a matter of how much you want to stay within the character`s reality. Can you slaughter people and never see blood? Is it possible? You must have battles. That`s part of life, war, and the world of Conan.

If it bleeds, we can kill it.

I have inhaled, exhaled everything.

I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento, I will pump up Sacramento.

I would rather be Governor of California than own Austria.

And now, of course this is another thing I didn`t count on, that now as the governor of the state of California, I am selling California worldwide. You see that? Selling.


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