James Dean is the legendary hero with a legendary story; live fast and die young. For over half a century, he has captured the world with his casual style, unflinching look and rebel attitude. James Dean has defined the essence of cool and without-a-cause for generations. His star continues to shine brighter and brighter.
Never has there ever been, never will there ever be. The one, the only, James Dean.
Some of the most famous quotes were first uttered by James Dean. Whether they were movie lines or his own personal thoughts, they came to define him as a legend. Quotes from fellow friends, family and actors are proof that he not only knew how to captivate an audience, but also mesmerized whomever he came into contact with.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
"The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results."
"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication. Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done."
"All of us were touched by Jimmy, and he was touched by greatness."
-- Natalie Wood
"He was very afraid of being hurt. He was afraid of opening up in case it was turned around and used against him."
-- Elizabeth Taylor
"[Dean's] death caused a loss in the movie world that our industry could ill afford. Had he lived long enough, I feel he would have made some incredible films. He had sensitivity and a capacity to express emotion."
-- Gary Cooper