137+ Best Jackie Chan Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Chan Kong-sang SBS MBE PMW, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kongese martial artist, lovable actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. Profoundly inspirational Jackie Chan quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Famous Jackie Chan Quotes

Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances. – Jackie Chan

Family is not who’s blood is in you, it’s who you love and who loves you – Jackie Chan

Coffee is a language in itself. – Jackie Chan

I’m crazy, but I’m not stupid. – Jackie Chan

Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality. – Jackie Chan

I think every young child can learn through any martial art. They would then learn to respect their life, respect their parents, respect their country, and respect the whole world. – Jackie Chan

I think I’m more like my father, happy-go-lucky. – Jackie Chan

Being still and doing nothing are two completely different things. – Jackie Chan

I prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. – Jackie Chan

I’m good for some things, bad for a lot of things. – Jackie Chan

We’re all the same inside. – Jackie Chan

Fifteen years ago, I really give up American market. – Jackie Chan

I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, ‘Ah yes, they good.’ Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way. – Jackie Chan

I hope I can make some Hollywood-type action films like ‘Batman’ or ‘Spiderman’, action films like that. With some wire work, maybe wearing a mask. Like that. – Jackie Chan

If I need to buy a TV, I’ll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode. – Jackie Chan

In America there’s no way I can make the kind of movie I like to make. – Jackie Chan

In my view, Zhang Lanxin is one of our best female martial artists, and I can’t rate her highly enough. – Jackie Chan

I want to show audiences I can act. – Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan quotes

One thing we haven’t mentioned is something everyone should understand very clearly. Look at the budget that was invested in ‘Avatar’: who in China has that kind of money to spend on making a movie? So, we as Chinese filmmakers should work together to make Chinese movies that can compete as best we can for Chinese audiences, not make lousy movies, but make the best we can for that audience. Concentrate the money, the talent we have on making good movies [for China]. – Jackie Chan

I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. – Jackie Chan

I make American films for American audiences and Asian films for Asian audiences. – Jackie Chan

Sometimes you think the movie is good and BOOM! Sometimes you think it’s no good. BAAM! The movie business is a big gamble. You never know. – Jackie Chan

In the past decade, there have been a lot of friends or directors, either gossiping or telling me directly, What you’re doing now is the right thing, your main concern should be taking care of yourself, and not doing action at your age. Well, after first feeling angry, I’d think, to be honest, I really am older. So I thought, all right, but before I retire I’d like to make one last major action film, one good one. – Jackie Chan

I really like to be by myself and if I do go out to look around, I dress in jeans. My secretary is constantly telling me to dress up, shave and look your best because people know you. That bothers me. I just want to be natural. – Jackie Chan

Every country when they have Olympics, a lot of people come out opposed. – Jackie Chan

Inspirational Jackie Chan Quotes

When you are learning about a martial art, it is about respect. – Jackie Chan

When I’m in meetings until 5am and then have to get up two hours later for filming, sometimes I ask myself ‘why?’ – Jackie Chan

When I was young I trained a lot. I trained my mind, I trained my eyes, trained my thinking, how to help people. And it trained me how to deal with pressure. – Jackie Chan

Before I do a stunt, I have to make sure it is safe. – Jackie Chan

It is totally different making films in the East than in the West. In the East, I make my own Jackie Chan films, and it’s like my family. Sometimes I pick up the camera because I choreograph all the fighting scenes, even when I’m not fighting. I don’t have my own chair. I just sit on the set with everybody. – Jackie Chan

Don’t try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead. – Jackie Chan

Back in the Bruce Lee era, and in my era, Kung-Fu stirred up a kind of frenzy, and many people were learning martial arts from us. But about a decade ago, Hollywood began bringing in a number of our action choreographers, including two from my own stunt crew, where they became martial arts directors. Now, a decade later, Hollywood has learned it all, so when you look at the action films they’re making now, they all use our action, our martial arts, and then add to that their own technology which is ten times better than ours, and it has to leave us dumbfounded: how did they film that? – Jackie Chan

I thought I should forget Hollywood and go back to Hong Kong. I’m so lucky that finally Hollywood accepts my comedy fighting. – Jackie Chan

Stigma hurts. Because of AIDS, children are bullied, isolated and shut out of school. They are missing out on education. They are missing out on medicines. Children are missing your love, care and protection. Join me. And become a stigma buster. UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS – Jackie Chan

In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me ‘Jackie Who?’. – Jackie Chan

Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don’t like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn’t work. Some movie I don’t like, it gets big box office. Very difficult. – Jackie Chan

First, there are many who can fight, but they’re small in stature; Zhang Lanxin is 177 cm [5’9+] tall, with very long hands and legs, and very quick. In the scenes, I tried to show all of her special strengths and qualities. Plus, Zhang Lanxin has extraordinary staying power: it was only yesterday at the airport that I saw her cell phone photos from the hospital where she was having blood clots in her knee being cleared up, and I hadn’t known till then that she had this problem. – Jackie Chan

I hate violence, yes I do. It’s kind of a dilemma, huh?. – Jackie Chan

I think the family movie is very important to everybody right now. – Jackie Chan

Kung fu lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on a jacket and how we take off a jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything is kung fu. – Jackie Chan

I hope next time when we meet, we won’t be fighting each other. Instead we will be drinking tea together. – Jackie Chan

We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You’re always helping people. – Jackie Chan

When I got depressed, I watched Bruce Lee movies. I learned everything from Bruce Lee. – Jackie Chan

My dream is to continue filming until my body tells me to stop. – Jackie Chan

We live now in a global village and we are in one single family. It’s our responsibility to bring friendship and love from all different places around the world and to live together in peace. – Jackie Chan

Words of Wisdom from Jackie Chan

Pain is my daily routine. As long as I don’t go to the hospital, it’s nothing for me. – Jackie Chan

The ads all call me fearless, but that’s just publicity. Anyone who thinks I’m not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am. – Jackie Chan

Martial arts is not for hurting people, it’s for protecting people. – Jackie Chan

When I was young I didn’t care about education, just money and box office. – Jackie Chan

Olympics for me is love, peace, united. – Jackie Chan

I’m tired of fighting. I’ve always known that I can’t be an action star all my life. – Jackie Chan

Actually, the few good Chinese movies that foreign countries choose to import are Zhang Yimou’s, and mine, a few directors, but how many movies can we make in a year? We can only make a few, while they turn them out continuously. – Jackie Chan

When I go out, people look at me with a puzzled expression on their faces thinking, You’re Jackie Chan. When people stare at me, it makes me uncomfortable. More and more I find that I just stay in my hotel when I am working. – Jackie Chan

I want to be in ‘Avatar’. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man. – Jackie Chan

I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on. – Jackie Chan

Every time I make an American film, I just trust the American director and American writer. Myself, I would never make this kind of film. For me, those kinds of films are ridiculous. They don’t make sense. – Jackie Chan

Honestly, every movie I do in America, the only challenge for me is English. I’ve done everything already, for me it’s pretty easy. Only the English. – Jackie Chan

Being a stunt coordinator, I have to take care not only of myself, but I have to make sure everyone is safe. – Jackie Chan

I love animals. When I was young, I had two St. Bernards, I still have a dog, I have a lot of cats in my company. My wife always says, You spend a lot of money on animals. More than even me! – Jackie Chan

Even during the promotion, I told people that I didn’t like Rush Hour. The jokes I didn’t understand and the fighting, compared to my Hong Kong films was terrible. A lot of people didn’t like it. But mostly people did like it, they really liked it. Rush Hour really brought me to the American family audience. – Jackie Chan

The action star’s life is very short. Back in Asia, I can do whatever I want to do. I’m the producer, I’m the director, I can do so many things, but in Hollywood any time I present a script they say: No, no, no, Rush Hour 3, Rush Hour 4. – Jackie Chan

As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, ‘I don’t want to become like Bruce Lee’s son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.’ I just think my son is too lazy. – Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan Quotes About Life and Success

If one does not attach himself to people and desires, never shall his heart be broken. But then, does he ever truly live? – Jackie Chan

Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training. – Jackie Chan

Of course I get hurt. – Jackie Chan

I went by myself to Hollywood, I spoke no English, every day I had to go to school. – Jackie Chan

The movie business is a big gamble. – Jackie Chan

When I look at young kids today I just don’t believe it, parents take away the Gameboy and they’re suicidal. They cannot take the pressure. – Jackie Chan

When I try to speak perfectly then I am not Jackie Chan anymore. Some words sound like I am trying too hard. The whole thing is not me. – Jackie Chan

In every movie I do have a dialogue. – Jackie Chan

The children right now, the young children, everybody should go to a martial arts school. Why? Because as soon as they go to a martial arts school, they learn discipline. – Jackie Chan

American movies show you how to fight and break armsand necks. I want to make the action in my movies like dancing. – Jackie Chan

I’m very pessimistic about that, no matter how hard we may try. The Chinese market is huge, but out of last year’s $2 billion box office, $1.8 billion was taken in by foreign movies, and just $200 million by our own movies, no matter how much we have learned of their techniques, or their good practices. The Hollywood movies imported into China are all good movies; does the U.S. make lousy movies? Yes, too many lousy movies, but the imports are good films, so how can they not be box office hits? They’re all hits. – Jackie Chan

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life. – Jackie Chan

My skull, my eyes, my nose three times, my jaw, my shoulder, my chest, two fingers, a knee, everything from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. Listing what body parts he has broken – Jackie Chan

For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing – stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses – makes more money for me than making movies. – Jackie Chan

Sometimes I do need to go to karaoke, sometimes I need to relax. – Jackie Chan

We have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help. – Jackie Chan

The best fights are the ones we avoid. – Jackie Chan

American stuntmen are smart – they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance… But in Hong Kong, we don’t know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you’ve got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt. – Jackie Chan

Nothing makes me more determined to succeed than someone telling me something’s impossible. – Jackie Chan

I really hope someday in Hollywood, some producer or director will hire me only to do drama. – Jackie Chan

I want to make people laugh and I want to try to encourage world peace. – Jackie Chan

I’m sure that Zhang Lanxin could be an outstanding action movie actress. For one thing, she wouldn’t require a stand-in. As for Yao Xingtong, she might be an excellent action performer in her next life. – Jackie Chan

Bruce Lee brought the martial arts movie to the attention of the world – and without him, I don’t think that anyone would have ever heard of Jackie Chan. – Jackie Chan

Some people call Police Story the greatest action film of all time, and while I have to be humble and say that I disagree, it’s definitely the favorite action film I’ve ever made. – Jackie Chan

I am really, really tired. – Jackie Chan

When I was a young stunt guy the director would say: You’re useless… But I wanted to be the best, I wanted to be a super stunt guy. That’s how I built myself, because of martial arts and everything. – Jackie Chan

Acting keeps me young! I love that the fans like this kind of action and as long as they want me, I’ll continue to do it. – Jackie Chan

I don’t want to be an action star, an action star’s life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer. – Jackie Chan

I know that eventually, I’ll have to change my life and my career, but I’ve got a lot of good years left in me yet. – Jackie Chan

My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That’s the Jackie Chan diary. – Jackie Chan

When I am making a film, I know what to do in front of a camera. What frightens me are the scenes with dialogue. Sometime they really want me to speak perfectly and I don’t like that. – Jackie Chan

No matter how much more I practice, my English will never be perfect. If it is really terrible, I’ll correct it, but otherwise, I do it my Jackie Chan way. – Jackie Chan

I do small things. I try to do good things every day. If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be. – Jackie Chan

The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro , like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act. – Jackie Chan

Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society. – Jackie Chan

When I came to Hollywood, I spoke no English – except nobody bullied me. Every day, I had nothing to do except training in English, to keep talking. – Jackie Chan

I have a metal plate in my head, and can pop my shoulder and pop it back. – Jackie Chan

Everyone is saying that I’m retiring, but I want to solemnly declare, that I don’t want to retire, I just want to do things a bit less dangerous to my body, less dangerous action. – Jackie Chan

It only hurts when I’m not laughing. – Jackie Chan

I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn’t know how to defend myself. I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself. – Jackie Chan

I just couldn’t stop thinking about what landmines are doing to people here. I told people – my friends – about it, but it was just not enough. I knew I had to do more. – Jackie Chan

The ads all call me fearless, but that’s just publicity. Anyone who thinks I’m not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am. – Jackie Chan

Speaking English is like tongue-twist for me. I can speak each word perfect, but then you have to string them together like, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’ That’s when I get crazy. – Jackie Chan

My affection for Taiwan… is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese. – Jackie Chan

After all those years in Asia, I don’t have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and – Boom! – people go. – Jackie Chan

As one tale ends, so another begins. – Jackie Chan

You don’t need a reason to be nice to someone. – Jackie Chan

My wish is to bring my heroes to the big screen, and many of them have already appeared in my films. – Jackie Chan

Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up. – Jackie Chan

I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want. – Jackie Chan

Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan. – Jackie Chan

When life knocks you down, you can choose to get back up. – Jackie Chan

I only want my work to make people happy. – Jackie Chan

Money for me today does not really matter. – Jackie Chan

Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are. – Jackie Chan

If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. – Jackie Chan

I hate interviews – but you have to do them. – Jackie Chan

Chinese people need to be controlled; otherwise, they will do whatever they want. – Jackie Chan

I want to build up my philosophy… my philosophy with kung fu is to respect people. – Jackie Chan

I sometimes just don’t like to see the Ultimate Fighting. I just find it, as a martial artist, I just find it too violent. – Jackie Chan

I’m crazy, but I’m not stupid. – Jackie Chan

I want to play a fireman and a spy. I want to learn special effects. – Jackie Chan

Most of the time, I’m not even working; I’m just helping people, because I feel that I am too lucky. – Jackie Chan

When I work I do it from my heart. And my heart is that I bring love to the world. When I travel around the world, I bring my love. I bring so much love in my heart. I hope you can feel that. – Jackie Chan

Officials of governments that use or produce landmines should be forced to see the reality of how landmines hurt people and make them suffer, because this would surely make them stop. – Jackie Chan

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life. – Jackie Chan

I asked each if [Yao Xingtong and Zhang Lanxin] was afraid of heights. Each said no, and although they had never had the action movie experience, they were willing to be trained. Then I asked if they could swim, and each said yes, but she (gestures toward YX) is better. She said, I can also dive, in fact I once won a diving championship in an international competition. Then she said, but big brother, I’m not very strong, and I said that’s all right. – Jackie Chan

I think as a celebrity, we have to teach the young generation how to speak with the old generation. – Jackie Chan

Martial arts is for defense. It’s not for attacking. So when people are fighting, always, always, defend. – Jackie Chan

I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan. – Jackie Chan

Making a Hollywood film you don’t have a very big movie because they have a Safety Captain and insurance people on the set. They have to check first. ‘Don’t do it. Let me check. Make sure everything is safe.’ – Jackie Chan

I’ve seen too many ups and downs in the movie industry. – Jackie Chan

I want to really stress this, I am a director, an actor, producer, action choreographer, and I’m also an investor. – Jackie Chan

A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, ‘Jackie, are you scared?’ Of course, I’m scared. I’m not Superman. – Jackie Chan

I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training. – Jackie Chan