Billy Crystal quotes

Born
March 14, 1948 Manhattan, New York, U.S.

Occupation
Actor, writer, producer.

Billy Crystal is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s.

I still don’t love the darkness, though I’ve learned to smile in it a little bit, now and then.
– Billy Crystal
I really could’ve been a good student, but I was always hearing an imaginary audience.
– Billy Crystal
To be good, you need to believe in what you’re doing.
– Billy Crystal
The Academy and the Oscars have been very gracious to me.
– Billy Crystal
I was raised mostly by my mom.
– Billy Crystal
Even when I was in school shows, in elementary school doing plays, I’d always go off book and start improvising.
– Billy Crystal
I never stopped believing in us, and I never felt like I was wanting for anything, except for my father, and that was not going to be.
– Billy Crystal
Gentlemen, start your egos.
– Billy Crystal
One night, I wrote down all the things I was waiting to do with my little granddaughter, and it became a book, ‘I Already Know I Love You.’ It was one of those really lovely things in life.
– Billy Crystal
I’d like to think there is a Heaven, and it starts from the happiest day in your life.
– Billy Crystal
You really have to have some muscle to be on the stage in front of the world.
– Billy Crystal
What life throws at you – you just have to learn how to hit it, which is a baseball metaphor. The ball’s outside, you hit to the right. You don’t let them go by.
– Billy Crystal
My older brother Joel became an art teacher; my brother Rip ultimately became a television producer and singer and actor himself.
– Billy Crystal
I don’t know what I would have done to rebel. I don’t know what I was rebelling against.
– Billy Crystal
I’m a baby. I sleep like a baby – I’m up every two hours. And I think a lot. I worry a lot. I have great nights of no sleep where ideas come.
– Billy Crystal
To this day, with all of these muscle-bound guys, nobody hit the ball further than Mickey Mantle, with his natural strength.
– Billy Crystal
Performing was how I was able to release this pain I had.
– Billy Crystal
As a comedian, you have everything working against you.
– Billy Crystal
A laugh is a weird sound, and when you get a couple thousand people making it at once, it’s really strange. But when I can feel proud of myself for causing it, it’s great.
– Billy Crystal
Dad had a music store, and he’d often bring home comedy albums that I would listen to. I started listening to Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby, and developing taste. They really influenced my style of comedy.
– Billy Crystal
What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that.
– Billy Crystal
I can’t be funny if my feet don’t feel right.
– Billy Crystal
Change is such hard work.
– Billy Crystal
Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
– Billy Crystal
My parents always looked like they loved being together. That’s what I took from them, and that’s how my wife and I are. I still feel like we’re dating.
– Billy Crystal
Humans love sex, we need sex, it’s how we connect, it reminds us we’re alive, it’s the third most basic human need, after food and good movie popcorn.
– Billy Crystal
It is great seeing the fruits of your labor. The joy I have in watching my daughters with their kids is great, because they’re doing a wonderful job, and the kids are fantastic.
– Billy Crystal
I pride myself in being able to survive just about any situation on stage now. I can handle pressure.
– Billy Crystal
I have to admit, I was a little bit of a misfit.
– Billy Crystal
That’s the thing about jazz: it’s free flowing, it comes from your soul.
– Billy Crystal
The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They’re monumental. They’re straight out of Page 52 in your school history book.
– Billy Crystal
Bambi, to a kid, was scary.
– Billy Crystal
I’m comfortable being old… being black… being Jewish.
– Billy Crystal
Nothing takes the sting out of these tough economic times like watching a bunch of millionaires giving golden statues to each other.
– Billy Crystal
I don’t go to any of the big Academy parties while the show is on because, invariably, it turns to people watching me watch the host, and it’s not comfortable. I watch at home and hope the show gets to be really good.
– Billy Crystal
Rehearsals are for gags.
– Billy Crystal
When I’m not thrilled, I get funny.
– Billy Crystal
I never worry that I’ll die in my sleep, because I’m never asleep!
– Billy Crystal
When you’re the host of the Academy Awards, and you grew up watching Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, and now it’s your turn, and you get a chance to run with the baton on the relay for a while, I really embraced it and just really loved being there.
– Billy Crystal
I’m going to go on just living and laughing and loving.
– Billy Crystal
I’d stand on a coffee table, and my cousin Edith would give me dimes, and you put the dimes on your head… And when your forehead was full, show was over.
– Billy Crystal
Believe me, happiness is not ticking off Walter Cronkite.
– Billy Crystal
You don’t want to wait for that aged jockey role.
– Billy Crystal
I think I’ve far exceeded what I ever thought I could possibly do.
– Billy Crystal
In my standup work, I always do these characters, older people who are just off to the side. It’s easier to write a story about the guy who made it to the top, but the middle is so much more interesting, so much more murky.
– Billy Crystal
Nobody is more truthful when he’s acting than De Niro.
– Billy Crystal
Well, the way things are going, aside from wheat and auto parts, America’s biggest export is now the Oscar.
– Billy Crystal
I think it’s like a relay race. You run, and you hand over the baton, and your kids pick it up. They take the stuff they want, throw the rest away, and keep running. That’s what life is about.
– Billy Crystal
Since I got into the movies, ‘Running Scared,’ that did $40 million. ‘Princess Bride,’ I got good reviews for the character Miracle Max. ‘Memories of Me’ didn’t do well. ‘Throw Mama from the Train’ did $70 million. ‘Harry and Sally’ did 95 or 96. ‘City Slickers’ did $120 million.
– Billy Crystal
I could always improvise. Some of my teachers remember me standing in front of the class with a flower on my head, talking about photosynthesis. I’d stop and say, ‘Is this working for any of you?’ The kids were like, ‘What is he doing?’
– Billy Crystal
I’m almost shocked that I’m still around after all of these years… and always grateful that I get another turn to do something.
– Billy Crystal
I was a per diem floater in the same junior high school I went to. I sat in the office and made $42.50 a day, and whenever a teacher was absent, I’d substitute. I taught everything from English to auto shop.
– Billy Crystal
When I was about 21 and just about to get out of college at NYU, Vietnam was raging, and I was a frustrated musician for a little bit.
– Billy Crystal