136+ Best Bill Murray Quotes: Exclusive Selection

William James Murray is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He was best known for his trademark deadpan humour on television’s Saturday Night Live and for his film roles. Profoundly inspirational Bill Murray quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Bill Murray Quotes

In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either. 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. – Bill Murray

When you see grown men near to tears because they’ve missed hitting a little white ball into a hole from three feet, it makes you laugh. – Bill Murray

Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood. – Bill Murray

People are like music, some speak the truth and others are just noise. – Bill Murray

No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life. – Bill Murray

My favorite thing about New York is the people, because I think they’re misunderstood. I don’t think people realize how kind New York people are. – Bill Murray

I wanted to be a doctor once upon a time, but it turns out you’ve got to study, and that wasn’t going to happen. I had no idea what I was going to do. I had trouble holding jobs because they want you to be on time. That wasn’t going to work. – Bill Murray

Afghanistan is just one of those countries that no group can conquer. It’s so challenging to live, and the people are so close among their own tribes, their own groups, that you can’t rule them all, you can’t get an accord from all of them. – Bill Murray

It’s fun to watch someone like John Goodman, and yet it takes work. People say ‘he’s not acting, he’s being himself.’ Well it’s hard to be yourself, it’s the hardest job there is. – Bill Murray

It’s the most terrifying day of your life, the day the first one is born. Your life, as you know it, is gone. Never to return. But they learn how to walk, and they learn how to talk, and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you’ll ever meet in your life. – Bill Murray

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. – Bill Murray

Its Christmas Eve! Its the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. – Bill Murray

Love can be seeing that here we are and there’s this world here. – Bill Murray

You want my dark side? Have I ever stolen anything? Not so much intentionally. But I don’t think it’s so much stealing as… being a part of the flow of the universe. You know, where there’s an exchange. It’s positive. It’s negative. There’s an exchange of goods and services. – Bill Murray

I improvise whenever I feel it’s important, or whenever I think that something’s there. It’s nice to have a script that’s so well-written that I don’t have to improvise. I mean, I used to have to re-write whole movies; this is kind of nice. – Bill Murray

I have a brother who gives socks for Christmas. He gives socks. Every year, I get a pair of socks from him. – Bill Murray

But I can only take so much TV, because there is so much advice. I find people will preach about virtually anything – your diet, how to live your life, how to improve your golf. The lot. I have always had a thing against the Mister Know-It-Alls. – Bill Murray

Awards are meaningless to me, and I have nothing but disdain for anyone who actively campaigns to get one. – Bill Murray

Sometimes I snore, like when I get really tired. – Bill Murray

I’m just a potato that won’t quit. I’m a potato with some legs. Some have eyes, I’ve got legs. – Bill Murray

I go home and stay there. I wash and scrub up each day, and that’s it. One month I actually grew a moustache, just so I could say that I’d done something. – Bill Murray

And even if we win, if we win, HAH! Even if we win! Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to ten days; even if God in Heaven above comes down and points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man woman and child held hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn’t matter because all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they’ve got all the money! It just doesn’t matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER! It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter! – Bill Murray

I don’t answer fan mail. I don’t have time for that. It’s like hundreds of thousands of people who think they’re going to become millionaires getting autographs from movie actors. I don’t have time for those idiots. I’ve got stuff to do. – Bill Murray

I’m over the Oscar thing. I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you’re in trouble. It’s like wanting to be married – you’ll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive. I’ve seen it. – Bill Murray

‘Groundhog Day’ was one of the greatest scripts ever written. It didn’t even get nominated for an Academy Award. – Bill Murray

I don’t want to have a relationship with someone if I’m not going to work with them. – Bill Murray

Harold Ramis and I together did the ‘National Lampoon Show’ off Broadway, ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day.’ He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him. – Bill Murray

Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear, and when I do, it’s usually something unusual. – Bill Murray

I’m a nut, but not just a nut. – Bill Murray

You’re supposed to have one hand up and one hand down. As you’re trying to going up, you’re trying to pull someone up at the same time. – Bill Murray

Melancholy is kind of sweet sometimes, I think. It’s not a negative thing. It’s not a mean thing. It’s just something that happens in life, like autumn. – Bill Murray

The cool part about naming your kid is you don’t have to add six numbers to make sure the name is available. – Bill Murray

I don’t have to take this abuse from you — I have hundreds of people waiting in line to abuse me! – Bill Murray

This is not a dress rehearsal; this is your life. – Bill Murray

I think midlife crisis is just a point where people’s careers have reached some plateau and they have to reflect on their personal relationships. – Bill Murray

When the phone started ringing too many times, I had to take it back to what I can handle. I take my chances on a job or a person as opposed to a situation. I don’t like to have a situation placed over my head. – Bill Murray

You can’t think about what you’re going to do. It just gets in the way. You have to be just available for life, otherwise you’re not bringing anything to the party. So I don’t lie awake thinking about what I’m going to do workwise. There’s just too much going on. – Bill Murray

Every moment that you share someone else’s pain, feel what they feel, makes you more human. – Bill Murray

You have to hope that [good things] happen to you. […] That’s the only thing we really, surely have, is hope. You hope that you can be alive, that things will happen to you that you’ll actually witness, that you’ll participate in. Rather than life just rolling over you, and you wake up and it’s Thursday, and what happened to Monday? Whatever the best part of my life has been, has been as a result of that remembering. – Bill Murray

And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money. But when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice. – Bill Murray

You have to be as light as you can be and not get weighed down and stuck in your emotion, stuck in your body, stuck in your head. You just want to always be trying to elevate somehow. – Bill Murray

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. – Bill Murray

Disneyland. The world’s biggest people trap, built by a mouse. – Bill Murray

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. – Bill Murray

Well, the past is gone, I know that. The future isn’t here yet, whatever it’s going to be. So, all there is, is this. The present. That’s it. – Bill Murray

I think if you can take care of yourself, and then maybe try to take care of someone else, that’s sort of how you’re supposed to live. – Bill Murray

I really don’t know what’s going to come out of my mouth. – Bill Murray

You can handle just about anything that comes at you out on the road with a believable grin, common sense and whiskey. – Bill Murray

Why would you get up there and bore people? I never have figured that out. These people are supposedly in the entertainment industry, and they finally get up there to that podium and they become the most boring people in the world. – Bill Murray

I count on the kindness of strangers. – Bill Murray

If Google doesn’t know the answer, then it’s not a question – Bill Murray

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. – Bill Murray

Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like, ‘Yep, I like this one,’ and you just do stuff with them. – Bill Murray

Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it. – Bill Murray

The automatic things you do are basically those things that keep you from doing the better things you need to do. – Bill Murray

Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying. – Bill Murray

You can tell how boring a person is by the lack of fear in their eyes when someone is flipping through photos on their phone. – Bill Murray

Be available for life to happen. – Bill Murray

Don’t think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you’ll never do a thing. – Bill Murray

We’re Americans! Do you know what that means? It means our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. – Bill Murray

Alcohol is really just the liquid version of Photoshop. – Bill Murray

Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself. – Bill Murray

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

The secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life. – Bill Murray

Grab this day by the neck and kiss it. – Bill Murray

My iPhone has 2 million times the storage of the 1969 Apollo 11 computer. They went to the moon. I throw birds at pig houses – Bill Murray

I try to be available for life to happen to me. We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, life gets huge. You’re really living it. – Bill Murray

It’s hard to be an artist. It’s hard to be anything. It’s hard to be. – Bill Murray

Life is a game, and it’s much more fun if you play it as your own game, so stay light and loose and relaxed. – Bill Murray

I’m not an alcoholic, I only drink two times a year. When it’s my birthday, and when it’s not my birthday. – Bill Murray

The only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is. – Bill Murray

And I don’t like to work. I only like working when I’m working. – Bill Murray

My back hurts. My legs ache. I’m only four! – Bill Murray

You work, you get paid, you drink. – Bill Murray

I’ve never made any horrible, horrible movies. If you don’t ruin your reputation, you can always get work. – Bill Murray

Parties are only bad when a fight breaks out, when men fight over women or vice versa. Someone takes a fall, an ambulance comes, and the police arrive. If you can avoid those things, pretty much all behaviour is acceptable. – Bill Murray

While I have felt lonely many times in my life, the oddest feeling of all was after my mother, Lucille, died. My father had already died, but I always had some attachment to our big family while she was alive. It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did. – Bill Murray

There aren’t many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that’s a 24-hour job right there. – Bill Murray

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. – Bill Murray

The studios don’t seem to foster good writing. They’re not so interested in that, but they’re more interested in what worked most recently. They’re definitely very serious about making money, and that’s not a wrong thing, but you don’t have to make money the same way all the time. – Bill Murray

One of the things I like about acting is that, in a funny way, I come back to myself. – Bill Murray

Golf was my first glimpse of comedy. I was a caddy when I was a kid. I was on the golf course rather than being in lessons, but I can play better now than I could then. – Bill Murray

Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for ninety seconds at a time. – Bill Murray

We’re born alone. We do need each other. It’s lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to; that’s part of your obligation. – Bill Murray

I went to Second City, where you learned to make the other actor look good so you looked good and National Lampoon, where you had to create everything out of nothing, and SNL, where you couldn’t make any mistakes, and you learned what collaboration was. – Bill Murray

I don’t want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar. – Bill Murray

Here’s the thing, you just have to drive a lot faster, and if you don’t get there, we’re both fired. – Bill Murray

People only talk about what a joyous experience it 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. – Bill Murray

I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked. – Bill Murray

People say I’m difficult and sometimes that’s a badge of honour. – Bill Murray

When I work, my first relationship with people is professional. – Bill Murray

Yeah, I think that’s sort of the American way. And it’s also the Polish way, it turns out. – Bill Murray

I think all phases of one’s career are serious if you take it seriously no matter if you are doing high profile dramatic pieces or not. – Bill Murray

I think that the online world has actually brought books back. People are reading because they’re reading the damn screen. That’s more reading than people used to do. – Bill Murray

One of my gripes about movies is that people take them so seriously, and the moneymaking aspects are so brutal. – Bill Murray

I don’t know how this guy knew how much money I was making. I didn’t know how much money I was making. – Bill Murray

Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well known. It’s not for the acting, that’s for sure. – Bill Murray

All of us kids ended up ‘doing Mom.’ There are four of us who’ve tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun, who does liturgical dance. – Bill Murray

I came out of the old Second City in Chicago. Chicago actors are more hard-nosed. They’re tough on themselves and their fellow actors. They’re self-demanding. – Bill Murray

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. – Bill Murray

I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you’re in trouble. It’s like wanting to be married – you’ll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive. – Bill Murray

I’ve been lucky, I’ve had movies that made a lot of money, so I don’t feel like I have to kill every time out. I don’t want that pressure. I don’t need it. – Bill Murray

If you have a good script, that’s what gets you involved. It’s harder to write a good screenplay than to find something. – Bill Murray

Something wild can happen to anybody and I caution anybody that walks out on the street, just settle your accounts before you leave the house every day. – Bill Murray

That’s the reason I’m not the one that’s dead because the attraction of the fast life is very powerful. – Bill Murray

I’d sort of gone through some sort of spiritual change in the late 70s where I sort of saw there was some other life to live. It changed the way that I worked just having a different presence and a different tension. – Bill Murray

There are a lot of actors that are more talented than me at Second City who quit it before they even got to a paying status. Weird luck. I had no other option. – Bill Murray

Different vodkas have different effects. Some make you feel a little…poly-lingual. Some make you feel like you want to talk back to someone who’s giving you a hard time. Some make you feel like lifting kettle bells. – Bill Murray

If it starts to drag on set, or if you feel like it’s not a fun experience, people get down, the energy gets down. You’ve got to keep the energy up. – Bill Murray

If I run into someone on the street, that’s one thing. But answering mail for a living? I like a job where you can play and act kind of goofy and have some fun. – Bill Murray

The only good thing about fame that I’ve gotten is I’ve gotten out of a couple of speeding tickets. I’ve gotten into a restaurant when I didn’t have a suit and tie on. That’s really about it. – Bill Murray

Morocco is the greatest. I should be getting money from the Moroccans because I’m just telling everyone that it’s a wonderful place to go. – Bill Murray

Everyone needs to take a vacation from the sort of automatic things you do. – Bill Murray

I don’t really read the reviews – but I remember one I read a long time ago that said I had a face like a potato. – Bill Murray

I feel like I’m a better person when I’m quieter. – Bill Murray

It’s much harder to play beloved than to play a rotten guy. Rotten guy is a piece of cake. So playing a beloved person really sets a high bar for your behavior and your acting and what you project. – Bill Murray

Most people, when they talk fast, they get flat. – Bill Murray

You don’t have to have all this film stock, you can work faster, and you don’t need a giant crew. It’s great. – Bill Murray

I don’t feel like it’s pressure. It’s more of an obligation – not to entertain or be funny, but to have a certain levity. I mean, there’s got to be a lightness in your leg. You have to be as light as you can be, and you don’t have to be weighted down, stuck in your emotions and stuck in your body, stuck in your head. You just want to try and elevate something. – Bill Murray

I act like a jerk sometimes. – Bill Murray

Chicago actors are hard-nosed. They’re tough on themselves and their fellow actors. They’re self-demanding. – Bill Murray

When I was a little kid playing baseball, my manager called me Sleepy. And only a few people, who know me from way, way back, call me that still. I used to drift off and that’s why they made me the catcher, so I wouldn’t fall asleep. That gift I have still. – Bill Murray

If people really want to find you, they find you. – Bill Murray

People confuse friendship and relaxation. It’s incredibly important to be relaxed – you don’t have a chance if you’re not relaxed. So, I try very hard to relax any kind of tension. But friendship is different. – Bill Murray

Drinking again? Go to hell. All I ever do is make some movies that made a lot of money now leave me alone, I want to have some fun. – Bill Murray

I didn’t get into this position by being like a stiff sitting on the set in a folding chair. I did it by walking around on the streets and stirring things up. – Bill Murray

The money thing is, the sort of Elvis Presley thing of buying you mother car is great, that’s very good. My mother has learned how to spend money. – Bill Murray

Now, for some of you it doesn’t matter. You were born rich and you’re going to stay rich. But here’s my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything, but they can’t buy backbone. Don’t let them forget it. Thank you. – Bill Murray

All parties are good. – Bill Murray

Half of the people in this room are more dressed up than on any other day in the year, and the other half are more dressed down. – Bill Murray

And when I told my sons I might be in City of Ember, they said, ‘Oh! You’re gonna be the mayor?’ And I hadn’t even read the script yet. – Bill Murray

I knew that’s where I was going. I knew we were going to Italy. You couldn’t make this movie in America at this price. I knew it was going to be big. I knew there was going to be a ship involved and that there was going to be a set as big as the ship. I thought, well, here we go. But I knew that was where he was headed. He had been going this way for some time. All directors, once they have some success, they want to spend a whole heck of a lot of money. (Something else can’t hear.) – Bill Murray

So far, I’ve only sailed in the Caribbean. I’ve sailed the Virgin Island and The Grenadines. I liked all that. We charted some really crummy boats in the Grenadines. That made for an exciting sailing trip (laughs) when everything goes well. When everything goes well. When sails rip, engines freeze up and you find there are organisms growing inside the diesel, it’s terrible and amazing stuff. – Bill Murray

I don’t believe that you can give the same performance every take. It’s physically impossible, so why bother? If you don’t do what is happening at that moment, then it’s not real. Then you’re holding something back. – Bill Murray

I realize it’s impossible to have any sympathy, I mean, true sympathy, for people that are famous. – Bill Murray

If you walk up to some random person on the street, grab them by the shoulder, and say ‘Did you just see what I saw?’, you’ll find that no-one wants to talk to you. – Bill Murray

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