Freedom is a right ultimately defended by the sacrifice of America`s servicemen and women.
There`s a lot of people who want me to get out of acting and want me to run for governor. I think it`s mostly movie critics.
(Talking about his Conan the Barbarian (1982) director): John Milius used to call himself the dog trainer. Guess who were the dogs?
(On refusing to grant clemency to condemned killer Stanley Tookie Williams) After studying the evidence, searching the history, listening to the arguments and wrestling with the profound consequences, I could find no justification for granting clemency. The facts do not justify overturning the jury`s verdict, or the decisions of the courts in this case.
The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. All of the politicians are not anymore making the moves for the people, but for special interests and we have to stop that.
California will not wait for our federal government to take strong action on global warming. We won`t wait for the federal government. We will move forward because we know it`s the right thing to do. We will lead on this issue and we will get other western states involved. I think there`s not great leadership from the federal government when it comes to protecting the environment.
I welcome and seek your ideas, but do not bring me small ideas; bring me big ideas to match our future.
Maria is the best reason to come home.
(during his campaign for California governor, about his history of "misbehavior") Where I did make mistakes, or maybe go overboard sometimes . . . I regret that. This is a different Arnold.
I told Warren if he mentions Prop. 13 one more time, he has to do 500 push-ups.
I was always interested in proportion and perfection. When I was 15 I took off my clothes and looked in the mirror. When I stared at myself naked, I realized that to be perfectly proportioned I would need 20-inch arms to match the rest of me.
The best activities for your health are pumping and humping.
(on Warren Beatty) There are some people who are close to him that say he is just starving for attention, and that`s the way he gets attention. Other people said, "Look, he`s not working and he just feels like he should maybe get involved in politics". Instead, I just think that maybe he is jealous that I did jump in. I find it silly, because I respect his work.
Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.
Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.
Political courage is not political suicide.
Women are the engine driving the growth in California`s economy. Women make California`s economy unique.
I believe with all my heart that America remains `the great idea` that inspires the world. It is a privilege to be born here. It is an honor to become a citizen here. It is a gift to raise your family here, to vote here, and to live here.
As a kid - as a kid I saw socialist - the socialist country that Austria became after the Soviets left. Now don`t misunderstand me: I love Austria and I love the Austrian people. But I always knew that America was the place for me. In school, when the teacher would talk about America, I would daydream about coming here. I would daydream about living here. I would sit there and watch for hours American movies, transfixed by my heroes, like John Wayne. Everything about America seemed so big to me, so open, so possible.
(About the dog accident while making Conan the Barbarian (1982)) One of them hit me too soon. It caught me off guard and I went right over the ledge. I fell ten feet and landed on my back. I was covered with scratches and bruises. It was probably a pretty good beginning for this movie, though. It set the tone for the whole time we were there. This was going to be fun . . . but dangerous.
There is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America.
I have no sexual standards in my head that say this is good or this is bad. Homosexual - that only means to me that he enjoys sex with a man and I enjoy sex with a woman. It`s all legitimate to me.
When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future.
I just use my muscles as a conversation piece, like someone walking a cheetah down 42nd Street.
If you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.
As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long.
Well, I think because a lot of people don`t know why I`m a Republican, I came first of all from a socialistic country which is Austria and when I came over here in 1968 with the presidential elections coming up in November, I came over in October, I heard a lot of the press conferences from both of the candidates, (Hubert H. Humphrey) and (Richard Nixon), and Humphrey was talking about more government is the solution, protectionism, and everything he said about government involvement sounded to me more like Austrian socialism. Then when I heard Nixon talk about it, he said open up the borders, the consumers should be represented there ultimately and strengthen the military and get the government off our backs. I said to myself, "What is this guy`s party affiliation?" I didn`t know anything at that point. So I asked my friend, "What is Nixon?" He`s a Republican. And I said, "I am a Republican". That`s how I became a Republican."
The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.
My relationship to power and authority is that I`m all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave.
Money doesn`t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.
(in a 1987 interview) I have to give the audiences what they enjoy seeing while I try to bring in a little something new, with different movies, different time periods and all those things. But what`s important is to entertain the people -- everything else means nothing.
(After undergoing heart surgery in 1997) We made, actually, history, because it was the first time ever that doctors could prove that a lifelong Republican has a heart.
I feel good because I believe I have made progress in rebuilding the people`s trust in their government.
I am a big believer in education, because when I grew up in Austria - when I grew up in Austria I had a great education. I had great teachers.
I didn`t think about money. I thought about the fame, about just being the greatest. I was dreaming about being some dictator of a country or some savior like Jesus.
We are a forward-looking people, and we must have a forward-looking government.
I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way - I hope it never will.
The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.
I know a lot of athletes and models are written off as just bodies. I never felt used for my body.
In this country, it doesn`t make any difference where you were born. It doesn`t make any difference who your parents were. It doesn`t make any difference if, like me, you couldn`t even speak English until you were in your twenties.
For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.
Learned helplessness is the giving-up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn`t matter.
I speak directly to the people, and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. And it doesn`t matter if you`re a Democrat or a Republican, young or old.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
(on his decision to run for governor of California) It was the most difficult decision in my life - except the one in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax.
I think that gay marriage should be between a man and a woman.
You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today.
President (George Bush) knows you can`t reason with people that are blinded by hate. But let me tell you something: Their hate is no match for our decency, their hate is no match for the leadership and the resolve of George Bush.
Government`s first duty and highest obligation is public safety.
(About more sequels to The Terminator (1984)) I don`t necessarily want to leave the magic of the Terminator movies behind, and who says we have to? According to what we know about the future, there were hundreds of Terminators built. The story of the Terminator could go on forever.
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