118+ Best Heath Ledger Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor, photographer, and music video director. He is best known for his moving and intense performances in diverse roles. Profoundly inspirational Heath Ledger quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Heath Ledger Quotes

I like to set up obstacles and defeat them. – Heath Ledger

There’s nothing like working with your mates – it’s the way it should be, as far as I’m concerned. – Heath Ledger

Don’t let anyone ever make you feel you don’t deserve what you want. – Heath Ledger

People generally express more in between their sentences when they’re not speaking. Words are usually there to disguise who someone is or what they’re feeling. – Heath Ledger

I’m an extremely private dude and all this is happening so damn quick. I really haven’t had any time to rationalize it. But it’s nothing that I’m going to let freak me out or take control of me or my thoughts or my real life. – Heath Ledger

If having true love and love that is expressive and free outside of work affects a project where you have to be restrained and in denial and fixed and closed off. This doesn’t mean you go out and just destroy your love outside of your life and kind of mirror your movie. – Heath Ledger

I think your personal evolution runs hand in hand with your professional evolution. Performance and the person you are kind of grow simultaneously. – Heath Ledger

The Oscars are a really strange concept to me, that films and acting can be competing against each other. We’re not running the same race. It’s like we’re all doing different sports in fact. – Heath Ledger

I only do this because I’m having fun. The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away. I wasn’t going to have fun doing a teen movie again. I don’t want to do this for the rest of my life. I don’t. I don’t even want to spend the rest of my youth doing this in this industry. There’s so much more I want to discover. – Heath Ledger

I have never had great expectations of my performance or of a film. I try not to think about the outcome. If you look that far ahead, it sorts of taints your choices as an actor. I try as hard as I can to believe that no one is ever going to see it and that it’s not even a movie. Then you can allow yourself to bare more. Then, once a project is done, I tend to forget about it until it comes out. – Heath Ledger

Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair. – Heath Ledger

I do think that drugs and alcohol have been glorified and exoticized in such a way that it gets into the art world. – Heath Ledger

My mom and my dad never pushed me into performing. They never prohibited me from trying anything or being anything. They never restricted me in any way. For which I’ll be forever grateful. – Heath Ledger

Growing up in Australia, you never feel like you’re going to live beyond that place. You wake up and you go to the beach, and you do your homework. You’re just a kid. – Heath Ledger

If you spend all day on horseback, and you hop off, you walk around like you still have a horse between your legs. And it affects your shoulders. They fall. – Heath Ledger

From 18 to 22, I was alone, living in L.A. with a bunch of friends, partying. – Heath Ledger

I’m very comfortable with horses. I love horses and I have grown up around farmhands. There’s something very universal about anyone who’s on horseback night and day. When you get off that horse, you are still walking as if there’s still a horse between your legs. – Heath Ledger

But the paparazzi are quite malicious and vocal and really rude, … And they camped outside of my house, so I started throwing eggs at them, lobbing them at rocks next to them. – Heath Ledger

You learn more about yourself through your child, I guess. – Heath Ledger

I never really cared much for Hollywood or movies. But the curiosity for filmmaking and expanding myself as an actor and my curiosity for people and portraying them, just has grown. And that’s from simply being involved in the industry. But it was never a goal of mine as a kid. – Heath Ledger

I’m kind of addicted to moving. – Heath Ledger

Had I listened to my agent, I’d be running around in tights, climbing buildings and stuff. – Heath Ledger

I’m sure drugs and alcohol perhaps would inspire new thoughts, but it’s certainly not something that I use as a tool or a mechanism to create. – Heath Ledger

The Australian sense of humor is very dry, sarcastic, and very undercover. Like if I tell any jokes in America, people just think I’m serious! So, I just quit telling any jokes whatsoever. – Heath Ledger

It’s rare that there’s a role that requires an Australian accent. – Heath Ledger

My life is together, both professionally and socially. – Heath Ledger

It’s a little uncomfortable doing love scenes in armor, but, you know, when the heat’s on, the heat’s on. – Heath Ledger

Let’s put a smile on that face! – Heath Ledger

I’m shy. People get confused. They think as an actor you can get up and be confident on the screen. Why aren’t you like this in normal life? Why can’t you act in your social life? ‘Because I can’t!’–Heath Ledger

You know, I’m not in a hurry, and everybody else in Hollywood – particularly agents and managers – they’re all in a hurry. – Heath Ledger

I generally don’t think most situations can be labeled as black or white. – Heath Ledger

I never want to feel like I’ve achieved my goal. It’s like Chinese farmers. They never admit that it’s a good season. They feel like they’ll be punished. – Heath Ledger

My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into. – Heath Ledger

I thought, I need to be more cautious about my choices – it reflects on who I am. – Heath Ledger

Do I really look like a guy with a plan? – Heath Ledger

I do keep pre-occupied. – Heath Ledger

Some people just wanna see the world burn–Heath Ledger

I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary and experimented with voices – it was important to try to find a somewhat iconic voice and laugh. I ended up landing more in the realm of a psychopath – someone with very little to no conscience towards his acts. – Heath Ledger

I’ve never had high expectations of my work and I certainly am not going to let that plague my thoughts. I’m just going to continue to choose what feels right for me at the time and go with it. – Heath Ledger

In the birthing process, you come out just realizing how stupid and weak men are! I mean, I might as well not have been in there, we’re useless! – Heath Ledger

I’m born to be a father. And I’ve been looking forward to this all my life. – Heath Ledger

Want to know how I got these scars? My father was a drinker and a friend. And one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn’t like that. Not one bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me, and he says, ‘why so serious?’ He comes at me with the knife. ‘Why so serious?!’. He sticks the blade in my mouth. ‘Let’s put a smile on that face!’ And why so serious? – Heath Ledger

I like to see films that come out with lower budgets because you’re forced into using your imagination. You don’t have everything at your fingertips. You have to create it from scratch. – Heath Ledger

A little fight in you. I like that. – Heath Ledger

I am not a public speaker and never will be. – Heath Ledger

We’re actors at the end of the day. I don’t take it home with me. My experience outside of work, I love… when I hear wrap, it’s the most exciting part of my day. I’m the first to have my make-up off, in the car, out. I’ve gotta go home. I want to get back to my life. I love it back there. – Heath Ledger

Most of the time you don’t even know they’re there. Now, that’s the scary thing. It’s really strange and invading, but I’m still working it all out. I try to not let it bother me. And if I want to swim naked in my pool, I’m still going to do it. I certainly don’t want to feel that I have to change everything in my life that I do to cater to them. I just won’t let it happen. – Heath Ledger

You have to be willing to be manipulated in the first place because you can either recognize that in your director and then fight it because you don’t trust them, but I’m not going to let them manipulate me. Or you think they’re on to something and that they’re manipulating something out of you which is interesting and new. – Heath Ledger

I’m just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it. – Heath Ledger

It’s kind of a rule of thumb for me to self-doubt going into any kind of project. I always think that I shouldn’t be doing it and I don’t know how to do it and I’m going to fail and that I fooled them. I always try to find a way out. – Heath Ledger

Never give up on what makes you smile–Heath Ledger

When anything is blocking my head or there’s worry in my life, I just go sit on Mars or something and look back here at Earth. All you can see is this tiny speck. You don’t see the fear. You don’t see the pain. You don’t see thought. It’s just one solid speck. Then nothing really matters. It just doesn’t. – Heath Ledger

If you make decisions based upon people’s reactions or judgments, then you make really boring choices. – Heath Ledger

I think the most common cause of insomnia is simple, its loneliness. – Heath Ledger

I believe that whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… stranger. – Heath Ledger

If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don’t grow. – Heath Ledger

I’m not good at future planning. I don’t plan at all. I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. I don’t have a day planner and I don’t have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future. – Heath Ledger

You see, in their last moments people show you who they really are. – Heath Ledger

The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules. – Heath Ledger

May I ask your name, my lady? Or perhaps angels have no names, only beautiful faces. – Heath Ledger

See I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve. – Heath Ledger

There is no Yoda-there’s no one who points you in the right direction. You’ve got to figure that out by yourself. – Heath Ledger

Does it depress you? To know just how alone you really are? – Heath Ledger

I feel like I’m wasting time if I repeat myself. – Heath Ledger

I believe acting truly is harnessing the power of belief. – Heath Ledger

It’s like anything in life, visualizing the old man you’re going to become: As long as you have a clear picture of that – the life you want to lead – eventually you’ll probably get there. – Heath Ledger

The Joker is a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy. Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going. – Heath Ledger

I’m still a kid. I’m like six years old. But it’s just a matter of wanting to get up, it’s just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am. – Heath Ledger

Nobody panics when things go “according to plan”. Even if the plan is horrifying! – Heath Ledger

I like to do something, I fear. – Heath Ledger

The reason that you dance, and sing is to make the audience feel like they’re dancing and singing. As long as you’re having fun with it and giving it 100 percent, they’re gonna feel that. – Heath Ledger

I’m in control of my life, not anyone in Hollywood. – Heath Ledger

Anyone that has a job that takes them away from home, I think, can understand the difficulties in maintaining consistency, not only with your family and those you love but with your friends. – Heath Ledger

If you’re just safe about the choices you make, you don’t grow. – Heath Ledger

I never took an acting class, so I’ve made all my mistakes on film. – Heath Ledger

I feel like I’ve never been in a film that people have liked before. – Heath Ledger

When I started to watch some of the films I’d done, I realized I was doing movies that I might not actually want to see. – Heath Ledger

I don’t have that much forward planning about what I want to do next, or in the future. – Heath Ledger

I don’t feel like I have anything to lose, so I don’t really understand what I’m putting at risk. – Heath Ledger

I love acting and I have a lot of fun. – Heath Ledger

It’s odd, that’s why I don’t like telling people I played field hockey. It’s real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, ‘Oh, you girl!’–Heath Ledger

I’ve never figured out who ‘Heath Ledger’ is on film: ‘This is what you expect when you hire me, and it will be recognizable.’–Heath Ledger

In order not to hold a frame with someone, you have to be intimidated by them. – Heath Ledger

It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself. – Heath Ledger

I felt like my career was out of my hands. – Heath Ledger

I don’t know, as long as I get to evolve and grow as an actor and as a person, that’s the stuff I’m after. – Heath Ledger

In a way, I was spoon-fed, if you will, a career. It was fully manufactured by a studio that believed that they could put me on their posters and turn me into their bottle of Coca-Cola, their product. – Heath Ledger

In my opinion, New York City police officers are brave. – Heath Ledger

When I’m not acting, I do like to take a year off at a time, at least if I can, just in order to keep acting exciting – otherwise I get bored very quickly. – Heath Ledger

When I first started acting, I was just crap. – Heath Ledger

I didn’t want to raise my child in Hollywood. – Heath Ledger

I wasn’t going to have fun doing a teen movie again. – Heath Ledger

I have a lot of great distractions outside of acting. – Heath Ledger

I want to do theatre. I love theatre. – Heath Ledger

Working in Venice was like a four-month guided tour of the city. It was like shooting a film inside a museum. – Heath Ledger

We were trying to contrast each other a little bit. We wanted to present different qualities as brothers, but also have similarities … like the fact that we wouldn’t stand with these brave faces in the face of danger. We would scream like little girls, cower and run away. – Heath Ledger

So hopefully that (situation) will continue and I won’t have to come back, … I would much rather work in Europe than America. – Heath Ledger

but that is also what makes it exciting. – Heath Ledger

I have kind of been living out of bags for the past 13 years. I will just stick to that, … Home is, like, Earth. I don’t care where I land. I am actually thinking of going to live in Italy. The food and the wine are great there. That’s it really. – Heath Ledger

I was really lucky that my character was uncomfortable with it and knew it too. So, I could use my own level of discomfort, because it was new and strange for me, and that worked for me. – Heath Ledger

I wasn’t prepared to expose stories about something so special and wonderfully private that is happening in my life. I guess a part of me wishes that I’d never have to and that maybe I could protect this special time. I was dreaming. – Heath Ledger

My character was extremely lonely, and I think I carried that feeling through the whole filming experience. – Heath Ledger

Thousands of women were falling in love with him all the time. So, when he finally finds a woman who isn’t attracted to any of that, that’s what really devastates him, and interests him. – Heath Ledger

throwing eggs at them. I purposely don’t hit anybody because they’d turn around and sue me. I was lobbing the eggs at the rocks next to them. It’s all you can do. – Heath Ledger

I sort of took my career and destroyed it. – Heath Ledger

This felt like something that hadn’t been done. – Heath Ledger

This is a fairytale version, … They’re con men. – Heath Ledger

It’s the most exciting time of my life. – Heath Ledger

It was an opportunity not to take acting too seriously. We obviously weren’t taking Casanova too seriously. Essentially, we were borrowing his name and his legend and just having fun with it. – Heath Ledger

It was like shooting a movie inside a museum. – Heath Ledger

It took a delicate man to tell this story, and that’s you. – Heath Ledger

I flipped through his journals and then it was (history) out the window. We were making it into a romp. We wanted to have a clean slate and just have fun. – Heath Ledger

I had such a great experience with Terry on The Brothers Grimm that I vowed I’d look for other roles and films that would challenge me and offer me roles I’d never tackled before. I really wanted to stretch myself as an actor. – Heath Ledger

I felt this was such a refreshing story of love. For me, our characters were also complex, and to…really investigate this form of humanity and expression of love was an opportunity that I hadn’t had. – Heath Ledger

Casanova was a person who really fell in love with every woman, as opposed to Don Juan, … I also have an appreciation for love — just not that many. – Heath Ledger

And I love Matt and I loved working with him, … He’s a generous person, he’s a generous actor, and (smirking) he’s a fantastic tango dancer. – Heath Ledger

I’m not a big fan of western movies and I really don’t like cowboy-indian movies. I have never watched them. – Heath Ledger

I apologize for my terrible interview skills. – Heath Ledger

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