You can ask anyone who knows me, I've never said a racist or prejudiced thing in my life.

One out of 100 citizens of the U.S. is going to prison, and it's not that the system is making criminals, it's that it's making criminals better criminals. We're breeding them like rats and it has to change.

Youth is seen as everything. You don't know anything when you're young. It's great being older, just having a more balanced perspective. I wake up and realise that what seemed to be important last year no longer is. I'm increasingly grateful for every day.

There was no one around called 'Val' when I was young, so I wanted to be John or Bill. Now I like it.

Peter Sellers was just a brilliant actor, and also comedic.

We take what's shown on television as the truth, and it isn't. News isn't even the truth on television. If you look up the definition of what news is, it isn't that what we're watching on the new - it's entertainment.

If you look up the definition of news in the dictionary, it isn't what you watch on TV.

I sang the songs in 'The Doors'.

I can safely say that no one who has ever won an Oscar didn't want to win an Oscar.

There was such a relationship between the buffalo and the American Indian - the Indians would eat them, live inside their pelts, use every part of the body. There was almost no separation between the people and the animals.

The Secret Service is a strange group. They don't really have a leader. It's not set up like a military. Each one is supposed to be able to act like a leader when something comes up.

I have two children and they're young yet but all of the children that I know really inspire me.

When you're young, you're always concerned about how you're being seen and how you're being criticized.

I think death is just a transition to another state of consciousness.

There's nothing good about divorce.

I love that Bob Dylan asked me to be in the first movie he wrote.

I think part of my reputation has to do with the difficult roles I've played. Actors do tend to get identified with their characters.

With legitimate journalists I've always had a great time - I've never gone out of my way to court the press. That's probably cost me some money, but I've always had the respect of my peers.

News isn't even the truth on television.

Warner Bros offered me the next Batman, and the only reason that I didn't do it was because of The Saint.

I live on a ranch that's larger than Manhattan. That's a weird circumstance.

Daryl Hannah likes to goof around with fashion, but she does have pretty impeccable taste.

Hollywood's like a warehouse. It's just a place that you go. What's interesting in the warehouse has to do with the creative people.

Well I sure had been looking for a comedy for years without any success.

Mark Twain created a new type of literature and not a lot of people can say that. Not a lot of people can say they're absolutely original and completely self-made.

I've been very fortunate and met the guys that have become, basically, philosophers and have a kind of sensibility about life that's very precious.

You just don't understand humility until you have children and get divorced.

I never cultivated a personality. Almost everyone who is really famous has cultivated a personality.

My children have absolutely no interest in my fame. They're very sophisticated, and they have a spiritual perspective on material things because we go to church.

My perception is that I've never done anything but work really hard.

What I do for a living is listen.

I never had a business plan. I did, actually - I'm lying. My business plan was to get lucky, and I did; that was great. And then my second business plan was to get lucky again, and there, I faltered.

Acting is very immediate.

Partly because the town is just finicky, there are strange Catch 22 clauses in the consciousness of this community and one of them was that you, I found out, you can't do a comedy unless you've just done a comedy.

Without deadlines and restrictions I just tend to become preoccupied with other things.

The first play I saw was a Samuel Beckett play which was great.

Life is precious, and when someone dies it's an opportunity to realise how precious it is. My brother drowned when I was 17. He was 15. I think I grew from that. My father didn't. It really crushed him.

Jim Thompson understood something about the serial killer before the psychology caught up to it, which is that they are detached to it and they do want to get caught.

I've never been that comfortable talking about myself or about acting.

That's the joy of art - it should be dangerous and challenging but it's just art - it's safe.

The good reviews that people have told me about through the years haven't really helped me do my job. So it's kind of like, if your hair turns out right you want to go out, you don't just want to stay in and look in the mirror. That's kind of what reading a review is like to me; it's like reveling in something that's just one night.

I'm going to put a museum on my ranch and people keep saying, 'That's a huge idea.' Yeah, it's big, but not bigger than the average big movie. A hundred million dollars in the art world is a substantial amount of cash to do anything. That's maybe a big gallery's total sales for a given year.

There are a thousand ways to play any role.

I don't watch television, but I saw 'The Office' by accident. I thought it was so sophisticated, the Victorian love story, and so bold. We'd do anything, all of us, to not work in that environment, and then I'm sitting there watching hours of it.

A lot of old guys in movies are like cowboys - they talk like cowboys and they dress like cowboys.

It's the persona that makes you a leading actor. A leading actor has something extra that's fun to watch. But it isn't usually about acting.

It is a weird thing that actors have people applaud when they're done working. I still find that entertaining.

Unless a Western's made money - doesn't matter who made the money, doesn't matter what the subject is - if the last one didn't make any money, you can't make another one for a four-year period. Westerns more than any genre.

News is something that happens that matters to you, which is not most of what we watch on television.