James Dean

Photog: Roy Schatt


The Mirrored Psyche: James Dean and Roy Schatt

Mad About the Boy

Surviving James Dean by William Bast

I'm playing the damn bongos and the world can go to hell.


The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.

The only greatness for man is immortality.

They say you can't get it on with a girl in a Porsche. That's bullshit. If you don't believe me, ask Natalie [Wood].

There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.

I want to be a Texan 24 hours a day.

I think the prime reason for living in this world is discovery.

When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.

"James Dean and bird"

I don't even want to be just the best. I want to grow so tall that nobody can reach me.

To my way of thinking, an actor’s course is set even before he’s out of the cradle.

I'm a serious minded and intense little devil - terribly gauche and so tense that I don't see how people can stay in the same room as me. I know I couldn't tolerate myself.

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

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