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Those people in New York are not gonna change me none.
– Elvis Presley
I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean’s films; I could watch Rebel Without a Cause a hundred times over.
I never expected to be anybody important.
I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.
Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Later on they send me to Hollywood. To make movies. It was all new to me. I was only 21 years old.
A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.
I think I have something tonight that’s not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes.
Those movies sure got me into a rut.
I learned how important it is to entertain people and give them a reason to come and watch you play.
I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.
After a hard day of basic training, you could eat a rattlesnake.
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
I’m no hillbilly singer.
I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
I’ve been getting some bad publicity – but you got to expect that.
I’m trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It’s so easy to get turned.
When I got outta High School I was driving a truck. I was just a poor boy from Memphis, Memphis.
I don’t do any vulgar movements.
They put me on television. And the whole thing broke loose. It was wild, I tell ya for sure.
Too much TV hurts movies.
When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.
I’m strictly for Stevenson. I don’t dig the intellectual bit, but I’m telling you, man, he knows the most.
I sure lost my musical direction in Hollywood. My songs were the same conveyer belt mass production, just like most of my movies were.
When I get married, it’ll be no secret.
I’ll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I’ll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don’t think those things are right for me.
There are too many people that depend on me. I’m too obligated. I’m in too far to get out.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Since the beginning, it was just the same. The only difference, the crowds are bigger now.
The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.