Ethan Hawke quotes

Born
November 6, 1970, Austin, Texas, U.S.

Occupation
Actor.

Ethan Hawke is an American actor.

Time is what creates trust.
– Ethan Hawke
Everything is so finite but that’s what makes our time and specific moments so important.
– Ethan Hawke
Life’s hard. It’s supposed to be. If we didn’t suffer, we’d never learn anything.
– Ethan Hawke
There’s something about knowing life is finite that makes it so precious.
– Ethan Hawke
In all of our society, but especially in Hollywood, there is an obsession with perfection that can lead to self-loathing and neurosis and all that kind of stuff.
– Ethan Hawke
It is very difficult for any couple who are married if both people are ambitious. I don’t know if it’s just too hard to be married to a woman that wants to be a movie star.
– Ethan Hawke
If I do three movies in a year, I don’t feel like acting ever again.
– Ethan Hawke
I’d be lying if I said I had confidence in every choice I’ve made, that I have faith in every film I do on every shot.
– Ethan Hawke
If you don’t risk doing something foolish, you’ll never do anything special.
– Ethan Hawke
In your mid-twenties, the paint is still wet on who you are.
– Ethan Hawke
The biggest problem in my life is trying to be the kind of man that I want to be, the father that I want to be, and how to process the failure of my marriage.
– Ethan Hawke
Success isn’t measured by what you achieve, it’s measured by the obstacles you overcome.
– Ethan Hawke
I think that if you walk through this life and I end up being a bad father, then it won’t matter anything else I achieved in my life. It will all be irrelevant.
– Ethan Hawke
You can’t keep wanting to be 20 years old. Everybody knows that, but what’s in the next room?
– Ethan Hawke
I think having nature be a part of people’s lives helps all of us see ourselves as part of something larger.
– Ethan Hawke
My relationship to reality has been so utterly skewed for so long that I don’t even notice it any more. It’s just my reality.
– Ethan Hawke
A good movie humanizes people.
– Ethan Hawke
It was never in my dreams to make my personal life anybody else’s business.
– Ethan Hawke
I think that as soon as you think of yourself as a famous person or anything like that, you’re objectifying yourself in some weird way.
– Ethan Hawke
I have had so many bad auditions.
– Ethan Hawke
Depression is a real demon in the woods for a lot of creative people, you know? It’s part of what the documentary is trying to be about for me, finding balance, where the beauty that is attainable in the creative arts can be matched with the scratchy roughness of regular life.
– Ethan Hawke
The older I get, the more I realize how rare it is to meet a kindred spirit.
– Ethan Hawke
If you can understand the inner life, then you can wear the uniform, the tattoos, or whatnot and realize that the things that are different about us become superficial.
– Ethan Hawke
When an analogy is really singing, it’s what you want it to be.
– Ethan Hawke
It’s so hard for every young person, trying to figure out the adult you want to be.
– Ethan Hawke
Directing is like putting together a collage.
– Ethan Hawke
My favorite stories are human, so I’m always looking for…
– Ethan Hawke
You don’t need other people to affirm that you’re a valuable person.
– Ethan Hawke
Sometimes people, their creative drive comes from an energy to try to heal themselves.
– Ethan Hawke
Some people burn out, and some people like Clint Eastwood, he was a wild, international movie star in his 30s, and he’s doing the best work of his life now. Go figure.
– Ethan Hawke
I kill flies, I eat meat, you know, whatever.
– Ethan Hawke
You know, I auditioned for ‘Titanic.’ Sometimes I muse on what would have happened. That would have been such a different life.
– Ethan Hawke
It just makes sense to remember gratitude and the place that gratitude should have in your life, and that none of us are owed these wonderful experiences, and we should always make the best of them.
– Ethan Hawke
Right now, if you’re interested in being a dramatic actor, they’re not making that many just regular dramas. Movies have to have some other thing going on.
– Ethan Hawke
I think that as soon as you think of yourself as a famous person or anything like that, you’re objectifying yourself in some weird way.
– Ethan Hawke
If you don’t give inspiration an opportunity, it will never arrive.
– Ethan Hawke
Right now, if you’re interested in being a dramatic actor, they’re not making that many just regular dramas. Movies have to have some other thing going on.
– Ethan Hawke
When you do ‘Before Sunset,’ you know while it’s a limited audience, there was a very small group of people that love ‘Before Sunrise.’ You feel a certain pressure to make sure that you uphold a level of quality that has been a bar. You set a bar and you have to at least match it.
– Ethan Hawke
When you start becoming really successful, the demons start to tempt you – the demons of vanity and self importance, drug abuse, the feelings of fraudulence. But, it’s also a thrill. That’s what I found weird.
– Ethan Hawke
The thing that makes a great genre movie is one that’s not just entertainment, not just horror or sci-fi or whatever. The ones I love are the genre pictures with some subversive message underlying it all.
– Ethan Hawke
Right now the only people I can really fall in love with are people who don’t really, truly want me around. Now why do I do that?
– Ethan Hawke
I met a lot of famous people when I was about 24. And none of them seemed very appealing. And so I didn’t know why I would struggle to be that kind of person.
– Ethan Hawke
I’ve had a lot of experience in independent film, and about how to choose. You’ve got to be very discerning about where you put your five bucks, and where you cut and what you don’t cut.
– Ethan Hawke