I was born 30 years too late for the kind of cinema I'd like to do. –Kevin Costner

Personal Quotes

"I have the same problem with stardom that I have with royalty. They're judged not by the quality of their ideas but by their birthright. I didn't start out to be a star. If you do, you engage in manipulation. You do stuff to be liked. I didn't want to be endorsed; I wanted to be listened to. I had ideas about things."

"Everyone feels like they could have done things differently in life. But I'm happy about the things I've done. Not always happy about the results, but happy about the decisions, because I made them myself. And I think that's an important way to go through life."

"I'm really aware of my disappointments, what movies I didn't like when I was done. I'm not so sure they line up with public or critical disappointments. But if I have to reduce my life to the box office, I can see what the up-and-down thing is. Popularity now is cultural achievement. If you can be popular, you actually can make a living out of being popular. It's not my way. Other actors might have made Bull Durham 2, Tin Cup 2, Dances 2 and Bodyguard 2. But I don't think repeating yourself is very good."

"I've never been that afraid of failure. I think it's an underestimated experience. I've failed gigantically and publicly. But it doesn't define me. I've been really lucky with decisions I've made, and I've been equally unlucky. But that's okay. That is a life. That's a life. If it was the other way around, you couldn't call it a life. You'd call it some kind of dream. I've lived a life, not a dream."

"I'm not a guy who likes Halloween. So I'm a little at odds with what I've chosen to do with my life. I never liked going to a party dressed as a pirate because when you get past that initial ‘Ooh, you're a pirate!’ you feel a little silly for the rest of the party. Putting on the guns, letting the beard go and getting a pipe? That is fun. You look at everybody and wink and say, ‘Man, I have one of the greatest jobs in the world’."

source: IMDb.com

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