The World According To Bill Murray

Wit and wisdom from the legendary actor, who turns 65 today

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“In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.”


“The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.”
 

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“I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job.”
 

Groundhog Day was one of the greatest scripts ever written. It didn't even get nominated for an Academy Award.”
 

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“People only talk about what a joyous experience [having a child] is, but there is terror: your life, as you know it, is over. It's over the day that child is born. It's over, and something completely new starts.”
 


“There are people who drove me crazy, but they got the job done. And when I see that person again, I nod my head. Respect.”


“This really should be kept secret, but you can learn a lot by watching the making-of DVDs. Every actor should do it. You figure out what you're dealing with.”


“If you have someone that you think is The One, don't just think in your ordinary mind, ‘OK, let's pick a date. Let's plan this and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if, when you come back to JFK, you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”



“There's only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That's when you want to be noticed, because it's very easy to get forgotten in an ER. It's the only time when I would ever say, ‘Thank God. Thank God.’ There's no other time.”


“I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you're in trouble. It's like wanting to be married – you'll take anybody."


“My phone would ring 75 times in a row. Finally, I would pick it up and say, ‘Who the hell is this?’ ‘Oh, hi! I’m calling from so-and-so’s office…’ What kind of person would ever, ever let the phone ring 75 times? And I guess that’s when I started thinking: I can do without these people.”


 


“Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing.”


“As I once said to one of my brothers, ‘This is your life, not a rehearsal.’ Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.

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