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.
Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.
No matter the nationality, no matter the religion, no matter the ethnic background, America brings out the best in people.
(responding to criticism during a televised debate) I just realized I have the perfect part for you in "Terminator 4."
As you know, I`m an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America.
(victory speech after having won election as Governor of California) I will not fail, I will not disappoint you, I will not let you down.
(after being pelted with an egg at a political rally) This guy owes me bacon now . . . you can`t have egg without bacon.
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.
I would rather be Governor of California than own Austria.
I can promise you that when I go to Sacramento, I will pump up Sacramento.
I have inhaled, exhaled everything.
If it bleeds, we can kill it.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(Talking about director John Milius) "There never would have been a Conan movie without him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Money doesn`t make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.
To restore the trust of the people, we must reform the way the government operates.
I`ll be back.
It`s simple, if it jiggles, it`s fat.
(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.
Start wide, expand further, and never look back.
Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.
The worst I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.
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.
If it`s hard to remember, it`ll be difficult to forget.
Everything I have, my career, my success, my family, I owe to America.
(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.
(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 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.
In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits.
(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.
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.
Gray Davis can run a dirty campaign better than anyone, but he can`t run a state.
I know that if you leave dishes in the sink, they get sticky and hard to wash the next day.
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.
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.
My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don`t think about it, I just have it.
You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
I have a love interest in every one of my films - a gun.
(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.
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.
I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?
(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.
One of my movies was called "True Lies." It`s what the Democrats should have called their convention.
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.
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.