41 Legendary Michael Douglas Quotes

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Michael Douglas is one of the highest paid actors in the world; 

Here are some of Michael Douglas most popular movies of all time:

  • Falling Down
  • Wall Street
  • Basic Instinct
  • Ant-Man 

This is a collection we’ve put together of the best Michael Douglas quotes:


41 Michael Douglas Quotes 

1. “Since Catherine [Zeta-Jones] and I got together, I’ve cut back dramatically. My priorities changed, and I still love acting and all that, but not as much as I love watching my two kids grow up.” – Michael Douglas

2. “My entire career is contemporary based, not by choice, but just by character. So, all the movies I’ve done, except for one in 40 years, are contemporary. But I never did an effects movie. So, I’m also a producer and I was really curious about how this whole thing went together.” – Michael Douglas

3. “I’m impressed with the people from Chicago. Hollywood is hype, New York is talk, Chicago is work.” – Michael Douglas

4. “I don’t even know why, but my entire career is contemporary films. Entire career! There are no period movies – there’s one – but there’s no period movies, no special effects movies. I just do character studies and so, some of them are gonna bump into each other, but I love the challenge, with a good script. I love the challenge of playing not a very pleasant or attractive character that seduces an audience or wins an audience over by the end.” – Michael Douglas

5. “Wherever arms flow, violence follows. Bullets replace ballots as the solution to political disputes.” – Michael Douglas

6. “If we confront anti-Semitism … if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.” – Michael Douglas

7. “Actresses have more fear of being disliked. I, on the other hand, revel in it.” – Michael Douglas

8. “Even when you’re acting with a producing hat, when you’re in every scene, you’re really conscious of trying to make everybody as good as they are, because ultimately you’re trying to make the best movie possible.” – Michael Douglas

9. “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Michael Douglas


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10. “You have to make entertaining movies. But like a good meal, it’s nice to have a little food for thought after you walk out of the theater rather than just wiling away a couple of hours.” – Michael Douglas


11. “Cancer did not bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.” – Michael Douglas

12. “Every empire eventually falls.” – Michael Douglas

13. “Suddenly you’ve worked yourself up to the top of the pecking order and you say to yourself, okay, this is going to be fun.” – Michael Douglas

14. “Chemotherapy takes its toll; the more you keep doing it, you lose your energy, and it gets more difficult to swallow.” – Michael Douglas

15. “There was a lot of tabloid journalism about my supposed sex addiction. Bullshit. It’s all bullshit. I mean, come on, I never pretended to be a saint. But give me a break.” – Michael Douglas

16. “There’s nothing like a family crisis, especially a divorce, to force a person to re-evaluate his life.” – Michael Douglas

17. “Never knew how poor I was until I started making money.” – Michael Douglas

18. “The hardest thing about sex scenes is that everybody is a judge. I don’t know the last time you murdered somebody or blew anyone’s brains out, but everyone has had sex and probably this morning, which means everyone has an opinion on how it should be done.” – Michael Douglas

19. “I’m questioning it. We’re trying to get a lot of money for health and education and I’m wondering… You look at these gangs, and I look back at Prohibition. When we didn’t allow alcohol, what did we have? We had gangs. We had big gangs. It’s something that needs to be discussed a little more. It’s an economic issue and a violence issue.” – Michael Douglas


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20. “It’s important to save your money. We need it for the long haul but too many Americans don’t save and don’t invest. It used to be that people would be proud of the fact that they were middle class. You’d have your church and buy a house and you had a car and everything else. Now, it’s really, really tough. Everybody has financial issues except for the one percent.” – Michael Douglas


21. “When I look at myself as a younger actor, I see what a tight ass I was. I had a pretty big shadow because of my father and the comparisons. I was self-conscious about that. Now I realize there was nothing to be worried about.” – Michael Douglas

22. “Players never die – they just try their luck at another table.” – Michael Douglas

23. “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” – Michael Douglas

24. “A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.” – Michael Douglas

25. “Being single is pretty good. It’s a nice sense of irresponsibility.” – Michael Douglas

26. “It’s all about bucks, kid. The rest is a conversation.” – Michael Douglas

27. “What’s worth doing is worth doing for money.” – Michael Douglas

28. “My brain cannot conceive how old my body is.” – Michael Douglas

29. “I’m not a big filmophile. I don’t watch movies a lot for a hobby. I spend all my time watching sporting events. Because opposed to movies, you can never tell how they’re going to end.” – Michael Douglas


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30.“Relationships are like bubbles – they’re fragile.” – Michael Douglas


31. “The history of second-generation actors isn’t great in our industry.” – Michael Douglas

32. “When you’re making pictures out of heartfelt passion, it hurts when someone calls them a calculated business move.” – Michael Douglas

33. “I’ve always tried to kind of stretch my wings as an actor and do things that are different.” – Michael Douglas

34. “Someone reminded me I once said, ‘Greed is good.’ Now it seems it’s legal.” – Michael Douglas

35. “For an actor, it’s great fun to play one of these hungry white sharks. Audiences love to hate them.” – Michael Douglas

36. “We must unite to make nuclear weapons a horror of the past.” – Michael Douglas

37. “Greed is good!” – Michael Douglas

38. “Human Rights for everyone is the necessary foundation upon which all of us may build a world where everybody may live in peace and serenity and plenty.” – Michael Douglas

39. “Sometimes we spend more efforts with people that are strangers in terms of making an impression that the person that’s closest to us. And you just got to remember not to take for granted that person that’s closest to you.” – Michael Douglas


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40.“Cigar smoking by its very nature is much more reflective than interactive.” – Michael Douglas


41. “A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies.” – Michael Douglas 



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