Några citat av James Dean...

There's only one true form of greatness for a man. If he can bridge the gap between life and death ... if he can live on after he's dead ... then maybe he was a great man. Whatever's the truth, you've got to live fast.

Om att vara skådespelare:
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You're all alone with your imagination, and that's all you have.

To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves.

Om livet:
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.

Om jämförelsen med Marlon Brando:
People were telling me I behaved like Brando before I knew who Brando was. I am not disturbet by the comparison, nor I flattered. I have my own personal rebellion and don't have to rely on Brando's

François Truffaut om James Dean:
Each gesture, each pose, each reaction is a slap in the face of the psychological tradition of acting. He does not exploit his dialoge with insinuating force ... he does not "poetize" ... he does not try to outsmart anybody .... He isn't concerned to show that he understands everything better than you ... He carries within himself our own ambiguities, our duality and every human weakness.

William K. Zinsser i en recension av East of Eden:
Everything about Dean suggests the lonely, misunderstood nineteen-year-old. Even from the distant you know a lot about him the way he walks-with his hands in his pockets and his head down, slinking like a dog waiting for a bone.

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