28 Best Charlton Heston Quotes

28 Best Charlton Heston Quotes

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Charlton Heston was a political activist and actor from Illinois. He is most famous for his roles in Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, and Planet of the Apes. He has won many awards including the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1959. He died at the age of 84 in 2008.

“As an actor, I’m thankful I have lived not one life, but many.”

“As an artist, I understand that, and I value the creative input of the artist.”

“For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience.”

“I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself. This meant that I had to come to understand Moses well enough to believe in my portrayal of him.”

“I have lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I found purpose and meaning in your response.”

“I have played some of the great men in history and I believe in the great man who does heroic deeds, even in these egalitarian times.”

“I intend to dedicate my remaining time as president of the NRA to ensure that the Second Amendment is safe from Al Gore and all those who threaten it.”

“I used to think if it wasn’t possible to be a family man and a totally dedicated artist, I’d rather be the former. I’m an idealist and a romantic.”

“It’s been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.”

“It’s fashionable for modern actors to talk about getting ‘inside’ a character. But you can’t get to the inside without getting the outside right first.”

“Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. There are no “good guns”. There are no “bad guns”. Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person
is no threat to anybody — except bad people.”

“My dad always said he wanted to be remembered for his body of work, and he’s made more than 75 pictures, some good, some bad, and they will be his legacy to the world of acting.”

“My dear friends, colleagues, and fans, my physicians have recently told me I may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. So I wanted to prepare
a few words for you now because when the time comes, I may not be able to.”

“Now, I doubt any of you would prefer a rolled up newspaper as a weapon against a dictator or a criminal intruder. Yet in essence, that is what you have asked our loved ones to do, through
an ill-contrived and totally naive campaign against the Second Amendment.”

“One of my first memories of my dad during that shoot was him coming home from the Coliseum set after filming the chariot race, and I assumed he was a professional chariot racer at that
point, … He’d bring me home sand from the massive arena.”

“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.”

“Shakespeare is the outstanding example of how that can be done. In all of Shakespeare’s plays, no matter what tragic events occur, no matter what rises and falls, we return to stability in
the end.”

“So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobedience of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in
the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men.”

“Society mends its wounds. And that’s invariably true in all the tragedies, in the comedies as well. And certainly in the histories.”

“Telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can’t be far behind.”

“The big studio era is from the coming of sound until 1950, until I came in… I came in at a crux in film, which was the end of the studio era and the rise of filmmaking.”

“The trouble with movies as a business is that it’s an art, and the trouble with movies as art is that it’s a business.”

“This is our country, … We’re free to travel wherever we want in our broad land.”

“This week let’s put politics aside.”

“To me Moses is all men grown to gigantic proportions.”

“Tragedy has been and will always be with us. Somewhere right now, evil people are planning evil things. All of us will do everything meaningful, everything we can do to prevent it, but each
horrible act can’t become an axe for opportunists to cleave the very Bill of Rights that binds us. America must stop this predictable pattern of reaction. When an isolated terrible event
occurs, our phones ring demanding that the NRA explain the inexplicable. Why us? Because their story needs a villain. … That is not our role in American society and we will not be forced to
play it. … Now, if you disagree that’s your right, I respect that, but we will not relinquish it, or be silenced about it, or be told ‘do not come here, you are unwelcome in your own land.’”

“You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the “assault weapons” of the First Amendment. They’re ugly, a lot of people don’t like them, but they’re protected by the First
Amendment — just as “assault weapons” are protected by the Second Amendment.”

“You cut their money back, for one thing… I go back a long way with the NEA.”