27 Total Quotes

Ben Stein Quotes

The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Ben Stein
#American Actor #Graduation

Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
Ben Stein
#Action #Dirty

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated...it is finished when it surrenders.
Ben Stein
#Defeat

Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.
Ben Stein
#American Actor #Faith

Nothing happens by itself... it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

If you can't stand the heat, don't go to Cancun in the summer.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

A corporation's responsibility is to the shareholders, not its retirees and employees. Companies are doing everything they can to get rid of pension plans and they will succeed.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.
Ben Stein
#American Actor #Beginning

Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Ben Stein
#American Actor #Life

You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.
Ben Stein
#Inertia

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

It looks awfully expedient. Things went down and down and down, and we hung in there with smoothing. Now that we're up, we're conveniently 'resetting' (the assets).
Ben Stein
#Assets

Not one prayer or moment of silence for those who have given their lives.
Ben Stein
#Prayer

I don't consider an actor a star if he's paid $20 million and grimaces in front of the camera and has a stunt man stand in for him. They may be fine actors, but they're not role models. The real stars are wearing body armor in 130-degree heat . . . They're getting shot at and they don't have any stunt doubles standing in for them.
Ben Stein
#Role Models #Acting And Actors

You cannot win if you're not at the table. You have to be where the action is.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere. There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals.
Ben Stein
#Goals

I don't like the sound of all the lists he's making.
Ben Stein
#American Actor

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.
Ben Stein
#American Actor