69+ Best Humphrey Bogart Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American film and theater actor. His turning point came in the 1940s, with his legendary roles in The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. His performances in numerous films from the Classical Hollywood era made him a cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute selected him as the greatest male star of classic American cinema. Inspirational Humphrey Bogart quotes will really motivate you when you need a little push and make you rethink.

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Most Famous Humphrey Bogart Quotes

The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind. – Humphrey Bogart

Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse. – Humphrey Bogart

I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me. – Humphrey Bogart

Ugarte: You despise me, don’t you? Rick Blaine: If I gave you any thought I probably would. – Humphrey Bogart

It is at least worth arguing that there is a modicum of the creative novelist in all of us, and that this absorption with how men get out of difficulties, single-handedly and alone if possible, is the stuff of which we weave the warp and woof of our own better dramatic imaginings. – Humphrey Bogart

Errol Flynn and I are the only ones left who do any good old hell raising. – Humphrey Bogart

It’s a good thing [James] Dean died when he did. If he’d lived, he’d never have been able to live up to the publicity. – Humphrey Bogart

If a face like Ingrid Bergman’s looks at you as though you’re adorable, everybody does. You don’t have to act very much. – Humphrey Bogart

This guy (Marlon Brando) – he’ll be doing Hamlet when the rest of us are selling potatoes. – Humphrey Bogart

Ah, nuts. I’m an actor. I just do what comes naturally. – Humphrey Bogart

The only way to find the best actor would be to let everybody play Hamlet and let the best man win. – Humphrey Bogart

There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade. – Humphrey Bogart

The whole world is three drinks behind. If everyone in the world would take three drinks, we would have no trouble. If Stalin, Truman and everybody else in the world had three drinks right now, we’d all loosen up and we wouldn’t need the United Nations. – Humphrey Bogart

I don’t hurt the industry. The industry hurts itself, by making so many lousy movies – as if General Motors deliberately put out a bad car. – Humphrey Bogart

The only reason to make a million dollars in this business is to tell some fat producer to go to hell. – Humphrey Bogart

Major Strasser: You give him (Rick Blaine) credit for too much cleverness. My impression was that he’s just another blundering American. Captain Renault: We mustn’t underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they blundered into Berlin in 1918. – Humphrey Bogart

Sinatra’s idea of paradise is a place where there are plenty of women and no newspapermen. He doesn’t know it, but he’d be better off if it were the other way around. – Humphrey Bogart

That’s baseball, and it’s my game. Y’ know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave ’em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It’s good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of ’em. – Humphrey Bogart

The only thing money is good for is to buy your freedom. – Humphrey Bogart

There never seems to be any trouble brewing around a bar until a woman puts that high heel over the brass rail. Don’t ask me why, but somehow women at bars seem to create trouble among men. – Humphrey Bogart

Acting is experience with something sweet behind it. – Humphrey Bogart

I always cry at weddings, especially my own. – Humphrey Bogart

The only good reason to have money is this: so that you can tell any SOB in the world to go to hell. – Humphrey Bogart

(On Ingrid Bergman) I didn’t do anything I’ve never done before, but when the camera moves in on that Bergman face, and she’s saying she loves you, it would make anybody feel romantic. – Humphrey Bogart

[On the House Un-American Activities Committee] They’ll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem. – Humphrey Bogart

I made more lousy pictures than any actor in history. – Humphrey Bogart

(on Warner Brothers) This studio has more suspensions than the Golden Gate Bridge. – Humphrey Bogart

An actor needs something to stabilize his personality, something to nail down what he really is, not what he is currently pretending to be. – Humphrey Bogart

I let my drinking do the talking. – Humphrey Bogart

People who don’t drink are afraid of revealing themselves. – Humphrey Bogart

The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go. – Humphrey Bogart

Everybody has something to conceal. – Humphrey Bogart

I can’t say I ever loved my mother; I admired her. – Humphrey Bogart

Awards are meaningless for actors, unless they all play the same part. – Humphrey Bogart

Ain’t nothing a man can’t do if he believes in himself. – Humphrey Bogart

I gave up drinking once — it was the worst afternoon of my entire life. – Humphrey Bogart

Acting is like sex: you either do it and don’t talk about it, or you talk about it and don’t do it. That’s why I’m always suspicious of people who talk too much about either. – Humphrey Bogart

Rick Blaine: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have Paris, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night. Ilsa Lund: When I said I would never leave you. . . . Rick Blaine: And you never will. But I got a job to do too. Where I’m going you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now . . . here’s looking at you kid. – Humphrey Bogart

I’m not good-looking. I used to be, but not anymore. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. It’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.’ – Humphrey Bogart

There is more to talking than just words. – Humphrey Bogart

Unless you really understand the water, and understand the reason for being on it, and understand the love of sailing and the feeling of quietness and solitude, you don’t really belong on a boat anyway. I think Hemingway said one time that the sea is the last free place on earth. – Humphrey Bogart

Physically, I’m not tough. I may think tough. I would say I’m kinda tough and calloused inside. I could use a foot more in height and fifty more pounds and fifteen years off my age and then God help all you bastards. – Humphrey Bogart

Rick: Here’s looking at you, kid. – Humphrey Bogart

(On Bette Davis) Even when I was carrying a gun, she scared the be-jesus out of me. – Humphrey Bogart

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis. – Humphrey Bogart

Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains! – Humphrey Bogart

What’s at the end of a million dollars? Zero, zero, zero… nothing. A circle with a hole in it. – Humphrey Bogart

Making money isn’t the main point of business. Money is a by-product…. A new product has been found, something of use to the world. A new industry moves into an undeveloped area. Factories go up, machines go in and you’re in business. It’s coincidental that people who’ve never seen a dime now have a dollar and barefooted kids wear shoes and have their faces washed. What’s wrong with an urge that gives people libraries, hospitals, baseball diamonds and movies on a Saturday night? – Humphrey Bogart

All you owe the public is a good performance. – Humphrey Bogart

(on Katharine Hepburn) She talks at you as though you were a microphone; she lectured the hell out of me on temperance and the evils of drink. She doesn’t give a damn how she looks. I don’t think she tries to be a character. I think she is one. – Humphrey Bogart

You’re not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi. – Humphrey Bogart

Capt. Renault: What on Earth brought you to Casablanca? Rick Blaine: My health, I came to Casablanca for the waters. Capt. Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert! Rick Blaine: I was misinformed. – Humphrey Bogart

I hate funerals. They aren’t for the guy who’s dead. They’re for the guys who are left alive and enjoy mourning. – Humphrey Bogart

I don’t approve of the John Waynes and the Gary Coopers sayingShucks, I ain’t no actor – I’m just a bridge builder or a gas station attendant.If they aren’t actors, what the hell are they getting paid for? I have respect for my profession. I worked hard at it. – Humphrey Bogart

Well everybody in Casablanca has problems. Yours may work out. – Humphrey Bogart

I’ve been around a long time. Maybe the people like me. – Humphrey Bogart

Louis, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship. – Humphrey Bogart

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. – Humphrey Bogart

If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. – Humphrey Bogart

It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people doesn’t add up to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now… Here’s looking at you kid. – Humphrey Bogart

We didn’t exactly believe your story, Miss O’Shea, we believed your 200 dollars. – Humphrey Bogart

The only thing that you owe the public is a good performance. – Humphrey Bogart

Annina: Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault? Rick: Oh, he’s just like any other man, only more so. – Humphrey Bogart

How can you close me up? On what grounds? – Humphrey Bogart

I came out here with one suit and everybody said I looked like a bum. Twenty years later Marlon Brando came out with only a sweatshirt and the town drooled over him. That shows how much Hollywood has progressed. – Humphrey Bogart

I stick my neck out for nobody. – Humphrey Bogart

On the House Un-American Activities Committee: They’ll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem. – Humphrey Bogart

A hot dog at the ballpark is better than steak at the Ritz. – Humphrey Bogart

The gamut of emotions from A to B. – Humphrey Bogart

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