About Himself

“I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, so nothing of what I was studying seemed to fit. I know now that I should have taken advantage of that time and that I missed a great deal of the opportunity to educate myself.”

“I found out that drama was a fascinating exercise as a way to get out of my self and into somebody else’s head.”

“Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying “Wow, this is it. I guess I’m happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I’m even feeling more and more at peace with myself. If there’s something else to happiness, let me know. I’m ambitious for that, too.”

“I’m addicted to Altoids. I call them ‘acting pills’.”

“It’s very little trouble for me to accomodate my fans, unless I’m actually taking a pee at the time. Or having sex.”

“The actor’s popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow.”

“There is no child left within me, none whatsoever.”

“I used to shake my head, as in “No, I just look like him.” But that’s not fair. So I said to those little old ladies at Trenton airport, “Yes, I am Harrison Ford”. And they still didn’t believe it was me.”

“We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.”

“You know you’re getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.”

“The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie.”

“All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own terms.”

“I’m like old shoes. I’ve never been hip. I think the reason I’m still here is that I was never enough in fashion that I had to be replaced by something new.”

“As a man, I’ve always felt Irish. And as an actor, I’ve always felt Jewish.”

“I’m an assistant storyteller. It’s like being a waiter or a gas-station attendant, but I’m waiting on six million people a week, if I’m lucky.”

“I just want to make movies, then go away.”

“If you become a part of that machinery, someone the machinery thinks it can use and exploit at that particular moment, then there is sure to be a time limit on you, and you are soon going to be unfashionable. Because I have never been fashionable, I can never be unfashionable.”

“A lapse in public taste led me to become a leading man and I take advantage of that opportunity. I’m like a fireman. When I go out on call, I want to put out a big fire, I don’t want to put out a fire in a dumpster. Not some trash fire.”

“Really, the things that brought me success were other people’s successes, not mine. I’ve always given credit to them for that.”

“You wouldn’t believe the amount of villagers who look at me in astonishment when I ask for directions”

“I love the freedom of flight, I love the places you go. I love the people in aviation … I love seeing the world from an airplane. I’m in love with flying.”

“My brain does not relax. I am obsessed by details and have to stop myself slipping into obsessive compulsive disorder. It is part of my behaviour, I am afraid.”

(On conservation) “This is a war without an evil enemy. We’re strategic and pragmatic and we’re assessing the problem. We have had some success and our ideas are things that are being suggested and bought into.”

“I am not the first man who wanted to make changes in his life at 60 and I won’t be the last. It is just that others can do it with anonymity. I was interested in changing my life. I have always had the ability to change and become other people through my acting. I took a good look at myself and decided I wanted something different from the way I was living. That’s not such a bad thing, is it? But, because of my past, I think it took a lot of people by surprise. They wondered what was happening to me. I was very much aware of what was happening. I’m living the way I want to live.”

The notion of retirement is that you have outlived your usefulness and I’m still working. I’m not sitting on the front porch.”

“The worst thing about the internet is that anything and everything is up for grabs. How can that be, when I limit my public conversations to about once every couple of years? Any kind of rubbish goes on the internet and it can have a f**king life of its own.”

“There are many people that I admire. Real life people that I admire”

“When I came up here thirty years ago I was walking on Hollywood Blvd. and there is a star with the name ‘Harrison Ford’ on it… I though… that’s really generous… that’s so sweet! “

Do you consider yourself as a sex symbol?
HF: More like a sex kitten

“I don’t think I’ve mastered anything.I’m still wrestling with the same frustrations, the same issues, the same problems as I always did. That’s what life is like.”

“I think I did have a reputation for being grumpy. I don’t think I’m grumpy. I have opinions. I have an independent vision. I am a purposeful person. But on a daily basis, I think I’m other than grumpy. I think it is a case where I am coming to do business and not there just to be flattered and cajoled and used.”

“The loss of anonymity is something that nobody can prepare you for. When it happened, I recognized that I’d lost one of the most valuable things in life. To this day, I’m not all that happy about it.”

“Failure in all other fields.” (on what made him choose acting as a profession)

“There have been times in my life when I have felt I was lonely, but I don’t think you want to live your life in order to mitigate against loneliness.”

“I’m very troubled by the proliferation of arms, at the fact so many people in the United States carry guns. It obviously contributes greatly to the crime problems we have. I’m sure gun laws should be strengthened in the United States. I just don’t know the correct mechanism.”

“My approach to acting is the let’s pretend school of acting. If real emotion is available, use it, otherwise I follow what I think is an AA rule: ‘Fake it till you make it.’ Emotions are an interesting language. Sometime they sneak up on you when you’re not expecting, when you are available to it.”

“I am a kinder, gentler Harrison Ford than I once was.”

“Before, I was grateful for a job, almost any job. Now, I’m apprehensive, but I know I have other options, and when I ask for the money, they pay it. It’s that simple.”

“I had a very strong feeling about the Vietnam War, and I had a strong feeling about participating in it. The military draft was in place, I was summoned for a physical exam, and I was either going to be classified as fit for military service or make my objection to it. So I made my objection to it.”

“I grew up in the mid-west. You don’t ask what a person’s religion is, you don’t ask what their politics are, you don’t ask how much money they make and I pretty much still have that attitude about it. It’s none of anybody’s business and I don’t advantage anyone by telling them what my personal politics are … The arguments are much too subtle to be entered in that way, to my mind. There are things that I think are happening in the world that are egregious mistakes but I’m only operating out of my own box and I don’t have any expertise. I’m a voter … I have one vote, that’s all I should have.”

“I don’t want to be a movie star. I want to be in movies that are stars.”

“Los Angeles is where you have to be if you want to be an actor. You have no choice. You go there or New York. I flipped a coin about it. It came up New York, so I flipped again. When you’re starting out to be an actor, who wants to go where it’s cold and miserable and be poor there?”

“I’m part of a county search and rescue with a lot of people, but suddenly it’s all about me. I really got tired of picking people up and having them show up on ‘Good Morning America’”

“I like working. It is where I feel useful. I have no plans to cut down. I am happy with what I do. There will be a lot more of me yet, that’s for sure.”

(On accepting his senior citizen’s discount) “It’s a little bit of cheapness and a little bit of lack of vanity.”

“I am secure in what I do. I am very interested in having the respect of the people I work with, but I am not generally out looking to be admired.”

“I’m not a terribly contemplative person—I’m not comfortable resting. I like to work. I like to be involved in something.”

“My children have taught me a lot about parenting. My first child was born when I was 25. Babies raising babies is not a pretty sight. I am much better at it now.”

“Being a waiter was my favorite job! It was so easy to do well, and so few people do it well.”

“I do have opinions, and I don’t mind arguing for my point of view, but I try not to exercise them at the risk of not hearing other people.”

“I’ve never thought of myself as a celebrity, I’m a working actor”

“You may get real tired watching me, but I’m not going to quit”

“My older kids are fantastic people. It can’t be the result of my influence on them”

“So I never had a publicist. I have never been interested in being involved in the publicity process other than selling a film”

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