Sunday, November 03, 2013

Book Quotes: Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger


Here is a selection of quotes from Total Recall (reviewed here), some funny, some motivational, some revealing.  Enjoy.

- It was agony to let them hang by my sides and impossible to lift them. All I could do was drape my arms on a table or piece of equipment to relieve the excruciating pain. The deltoids were screaming from the unexpected sequence of sets. I’d shown them who was boss. Their only option now was to heal and grow.

- We were both (Arnie and room mate Franco Columbu) into the discipline of getting up in the morning and straightening up before you leave the house. The more you do it, the more automatic it becomes, and the less effort it takes. Our apartment was always cleaner than anyone else’s I went to, men or women. Especially women. They were like piglets.
 
- There was no short-cut. You earned it. – Arnie, observing Mr Austria Kurt Marnul


- I knew I was meant for something special, but what was it?


- Nothing was going to distract me from my goal. No offer, no relationship, nothing.


- I liked the idea of staying hungry in life and never staying in one place.


- Artie, you almost scared me just now. I laughed. “Don’t tell me any more of this information. I like to always wander in like a puppy. I walk into a problem and then figure out what the problem really is. Don’t tell me ahead of time.” Often it’s easier to make a decision when you don’t know as much, because then you can’t overthink. If you know too much, it can freeze you.” …


- I’d noticed the same thing at school. Our economics professor was a two-times PhD, but he pulled up in a Volkswagen Beetle. …I said to myself, “Knowing it all is not really the answer, because this guy is not making the money to have a bigger car. He should drive a Mercedes. 


- The rejections in Hollywood go on and on, and the psychological beating can be relentless. …I would do whatever it took to get there…My style was to keep moving and not reflect too much. ..it felt great.


- I saw myself as a businessman first. Too many actors, writers and artists think that marketing is beneath them, But no matter what you do in life, selling is part of it. You can’t make movies without money. Even if I had no publicity obligation in my contract, it was stillo in my interest to promote the movie and make sure It made as much money as possible. I wanted to be involved in the meetings. I wanted everyone to see that I was working very hard to create a return on the studio’s investment. I felt it was my responsibility to pump up the grosses. 


- Everything I did could have been my hobby. It was my hobby, in a way. I was passionate about all of it.


- When I wanted to know more about business and politics, I sued the same approach I did when I wanted to lean more about acting. I got to know as many people as I could who were really good at it.


- As the Terminator, when you cock or load a gun, you don’t look down any more than Conan would look down to sheath his sword. And, of course, you are ambidextrous. All of that is reps. You have to practice each move thirty, forty, fifty times until you get it. From the bodybuilding days on, I learned that everything is reps and mileage. The more miles you ski, the better a skier you become; the more reps you do, the better your body. I’m a big believer in hard work, grinding it out, and not stopping until it’s done…


- Whenever I finished filming a movie, I felt my job was only half done. Every film had to be nurtured in the marketplace. You can have the greatest movie in the world, but if you don’t get it out there, if people don’t know about it, you have nothing. It’s the same with poetry, with writing, with inventions.


- I’m a person who does not like to talk about things over and over. I make decisions very quickly. I don’t ask many people for opinions, and I don’t want to think too many times about the same thing. I want to move on. 

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