97 Inspiring Al Pacino Quotes on Movies, Life and Success

Alfredo James “Al Pacino”, an American actor, was born in 1940 in New York and started his career in theatre before debuting in films in 1969.

He gained fame with his role in ‘The Godfather’ (1972), which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Despite some failures, he delivered iconic performances in films like ‘Scarface’ and won an Academy Award for ‘Scent of a Woman’.

His career includes notable films like ‘Heat,’ ‘Donnie Brasco,’ and ‘The Irishman,’ as well as HBO productions and stage performances.

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He won a Tony Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, National Medal of Arts and a Kennedy Center Honor.

I have listed the best quotes from Al Pacino.

Best Al Pacino Quotes

A lot of acting is private time. ~ Al Pacino.

Take a look at Israel’s history and you would know who the terrorist is. ~ Al Pacino.

Shakespeare’s plays are more violent than ‘Scarface.’ ~ Al Pacino.


The only thing in this world that gives orders is balls. ~ Al Pacino.

You’ll never be alone if you’ve got a book. ~ Al Pacino.

Romantic love can be a lot of crap, though, let me tell you. And it can hurt you. ~ Al Pacino.

Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals. ~ Al Pacino.

My first language was shy. It’s only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness. ~ Al Pacino.

The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I’m talking about. ~ Al Pacino.

I’m an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools. ~ Al Pacino.

I learned to wrestle, I learned defensive fighting at a young age, because when someone hit me, I would throw up and fall down. ~ Al Pacino.

I have a life and do a lot of things, and so far my work has been my life. If I was a painter no one would question me about my age. I’m an artist, I hate saying that. ~ Al Pacino.

It’s never really that much fun for me to do movies anyway, because you – you know, you have to get up very early in the morning and you have to go in and you spend a lot of time waiting around. ~ Al Pacino.

I don’t need bodyguards. I’m from the South Bronx. ~ Al Pacino.

Top Al Pacino Quotes

Show me a bad script and I will show you a big payday. ~ Al Pacino.

That’s the way to live – around people who care. It may be a tough ride, but something is going to come out of it. ~ Al Pacino.

When you perform with a live audience, the audience comes back to you, so that you and the audience are giving to each other, in a sense. It’s an extraordinary thing. It’s wild turf up there. ~ Al Pacino.

All due respect, and trying to be as modest as I can be: I am a dancer. ~ Al Pacino.

In America most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian. I’m mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me. ~ Al Pacino.

There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. ~ Al Pacino.

There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare, basically. If I feel that the script is a movie, I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare’s. ~ Al Pacino.

On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man?”

I turned down a lot of films before I made my first one. I knew that it was time for me to get into movies. ~ Al Pacino.

I’ve never cared for guns. In fact, when I did ‘Scent of a Woman’ I had to learn how to assemble one. ~ Al Pacino.


It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart. ~ Al Pacino.

You don’t get to know anybody in a movie until after it’s over. You work less together in a film than you do onstage. ~ Al Pacino.

Actors are always outsiders. It’s necessary to be able to interpret – and that gets distorted when you become famous. ~ Al Pacino.

Famous Al Pacino Quotes

I wanted to be a baseball player, naturally, but I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. I just had a kind of energy, I was a fairly happy kid. ~ Al Pacino.

The actor becomes an emotional athlete. ~ Al Pacino.

Drinking and smoking grass were a part of my life as far back as I can remember. ~ Al Pacino.

An actor basically likes to be asked to do something, no matter what position he’s in. It feels more natural. Sitting and waiting is more gratifying. ~ Al Pacino.

Be careful how you judge people, most of all friends. You don’t sum up a man’s life in one moment. ~ Al Pacino.

All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ mainly because I would be too shy. ~ Al Pacino.

I want to be a great actor someday, and I’ve decided there’s no use philosophizing; the only way is to work at my craft. ~ Al Pacino.

Our ability to manufacture fraud now exceeds our ability to detect it. ~ Al Pacino.

I’m constantly striving to break through to something new. You try to maintain a neutral approach to your work, and not be too hard on yourself. ~ Al Pacino.

It wasn’t until I got older that I realized acting was something I could really do. ~ Al Pacino.

I want to be interesting in an interview just as much as I want to do well in a part. ~ Al Pacino.

The thing that can get you a little upset is when people say other people are better than you. That can bug you. ~ Al Pacino.

Any project that I find encouraging that isn’t attached to a studio, I can go to them, which I definitely would. You have to take an interest in what you do. ~ Al Pacino.

Great directors can understand the staging in such a way that can make a scene come alive. Others have a certain way of pacing the scene. ~ Al Pacino.

Sometimes you’re fighting corporations and forget that people can talk to each other. ~ Al Pacino.

I am more alive in the theater than anywhere else, but what I take into the theater I get from the streets. ~ Al Pacino.

If something is working, don’t fix it. Keep going. Go with the glow. ~ Al Pacino.

A kiss is a lusty dollop of dessert to be served with desire and savored with passion. ~ Al Pacino.

Freedom, baby, is never having to say you’re sorry. ~ Al Pacino.

Ultimate Al Pacino Quotes

If you get all tangled up, just tango on. ~ Al Pacino.

It turned out that time doesn’t heal the wound, but in its so merciful way, blunts the edges ever so slightly. ~ Al Pacino.

All I am is what I’m going after. ~ Al Pacino.

There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life. ~ Al Pacino.

I went to Performing Arts because that was the only school that would accept me. My scholastic level was not very high. ~ Al Pacino.

The World Is Yours. ~ Al Pacino.

I don’t talk politics and I don’t talk philosophy or anything like that, but if you look at my work, you might get an expression of me as a person. ~ Al Pacino.


Either I act or I die. ~ Al Pacino.

Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted. ~ Al Pacino.

I hope the perception is that I’m an actor, I never intended to be a movie star. ~ Al Pacino.

I always had this thing, when I was younger especially, I didn’t want to do movies that much. I found they took a lot out of you and they were exhausting for me in a lot of ways. ~ Al Pacino.

Whenever I get feel an urge to exercise, I lie down and take a nap. ~ Al Pacino.

There is no happiness. There is only concentration. ~ Al Pacino.

Inspiring Al Pacino Quotes

Acting is hard work. At times, it’s very energizing and enervating. It’s childish. It’s also responsible. It’s illuminating, enriching, joyful, drab. It’s bizarre, diabolical. It’s exciting. ~ Al Pacino.

We live in a world where the more you’re working, the more things you do. It’s a workaday world. ~ Al Pacino.

Sometimes the only way you can get an audience is at an audition. ~ Al Pacino.

Opinions I have about anything are in my personal life. ~ Al Pacino.

Chekhov was as important to me as anybody as a writer. ~ Al Pacino.

Vanity is my favorite sin. ~ Al Pacino.

It’s not personal, it’s strictly business. ~ Al Pacino.

I’ve often said there’s two kinds of actors. There’s a more gregarious type and the shy type. ~ Al Pacino.

Attica! Attica! Attica! ~ Al Pacino.

Look, but don’t touch. Touch, but don’t taste. Taste, but don’t swallow. ~ Al Pacino.

I was never very happy with performing; it didn’t turn me on much. ~ Al Pacino.

I’m so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go. ~ Al Pacino.

Motivational Al Pacino Quotes

Sometimes what we imagine and the world aren’t different things. Sometimes they are the same exact thing. ~ Al Pacino.

I come from the South Bronx – a true descendant of the melting pot. I grew up in a really mixed neighborhood; it was a very integrated life. ~ Al Pacino.

I don’t regret anything. I feel like I’ve made what I would call mistakes. I picked the wrong movie, or I didn’t pursue a character, but everything you do is part of you and you get something from it. ~ Al Pacino.

People are always asking me to do Shakespeare – at home, at colleges, on film locations, in restaurants. It’s like playing a piece of music, getting all the notes. It’s great therapy. ~ Al Pacino.

The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. You know that word, anodynes? We need that in life sometimes. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever. ~ Al Pacino.

Vanity: my favorite sin. ~ Al Pacino.

Love goes through different stages. But it endures. ~ Al Pacino.

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear. ~ Al Pacino.

I went back to the stage because it was my way of dealing with the success I had, my way of coping. It was a way of escaping the responsibility of what was happening. ~ Al Pacino.

The play is the source, it is orchestrated with words. In a movie, you are not dealing with as much as that. There are machines and wires. When you’re acting for a camera, it keeps taking and never giving back. ~ Al Pacino.

Love is overrated. Biochemically no different than eating large quantities of chocolate. ~ Al Pacino.

If you have the opportunity to meet someone as an actor, it’s just great fodder for you. It’s wonderful source stuff that we die for. ~ Al Pacino.

Responsibilities are relative. My responsibility is to a character in a script, to a part I’m playing. ~ Al Pacino.

Inspirational Al Pacino Quotes

The fruit falls off the tree. You don’t shake it off before it’s ready to fall. ~ Al Pacino.

The difference between the actor and the painter is that the actor would buy somebody a knish in order to have them watch him act. ~ Al Pacino.

The literal, basic thing of the stage is really like a magnet. It brings me back to earth. ~ Al Pacino.

They say we die twice – once when the last breath leaves our body and once when the last person we know says our name. ~ Al Pacino.

It surprised me, the feeling I got when I won the Oscar for ‘Scent of a Woman.’ It was a new feeling. I’d never felt it. I don’t see my Oscar much now. But when I first got it, there was a feeling for weeks afterward that I guess is akin to winning a gold medal in the Olympics. ~ Al Pacino.

I don’t think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You’ve got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience. ~ Al Pacino.

Without coffee something’s missing. ~ Al Pacino.

The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful – my personal life suffers. ~ Al Pacino.

Legendary Al Pacino Quotes

Man is a little bit better than his reputation, and a little bit worse. ~ Al Pacino.

Forget the career, do the work. If you feel what you are doing is on line and you’re going someplace and you have a vision and you stay with it, eventually things will happen. ~ Al Pacino.

I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. ~ Al Pacino.

I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. ~ Al Pacino.

It’s so funny when people who are not used to making movies get into it. You just can’t believe how insufferably boring it is. Waiting around and doing these lines over and over and finally having to go in and loop the lines and dub them. ~ Al Pacino.

I didn’t go for the needle at all. I never cared for drugs, because I saw what they did to most people. I thought that was the end of the road. ~ Al Pacino.

You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is. ~ Al Pacino.

So these were the 97 top Al Pacino quotes on movies, success and life.

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