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100 Inspiring Quotes by Matthew McConaughey

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Matthew McConaughey.

Wikipedia Summary for Matthew McConaughey

Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his supporting performance in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), which was considered by many to be his breakout role. After a number of supporting roles in films including Angels in the Outfield (1994) and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), his breakthrough performance as a leading man came in the legal drama A Time to Kill (1996). He followed this with leading performances in the science fiction film Contact (1997), the historical drama Amistad (1997), the comedy-drama The Newton Boys (1998), the satire EDtv (1999), the war film U-571 (2000), and the psychological thriller Frailty (2001).

In the 2000s, McConaughey became best known for starring in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), Fool's Gold (2008), and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), establishing him as a sex symbol. After a two-year hiatus from film acting, McConaughey began to appear in more dramatic roles beginning with the legal drama The Lincoln Lawyer (2011). He was acclaimed for his supporting performances in Bernie (2011), Magic Mike (2012) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and for his leading roles in Killer Joe (2011) and Mud (2012).

McConaughey's portrayal of Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS, in the biopic Dallas Buyers Club (2013) earned him widespread praise and numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2014, he starred as Rust Cohle in the first season of HBO's crime anthology series True Detective, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His film roles since have included Interstellar (2014), The Sea of Trees (2015), Free State of Jones (2016), Gold (2016), The Dark Tower (2017), and The Gentlemen (2019), earning varying degrees of commercial and critical success, as well as voice work in Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) and Sing (2016).

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There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

--Matthew McConaughey


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Offers dried up after a few years and it was like I had fallen off the radar.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I am vain. I think vanity is a good thing. It's done more good things for me than it has not.

--Matthew McConaughey


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I've got a great sense of humor, and if I'm able to say or do something in a movie that people feel like they want to repeat, that's hugely flattering.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Hypocrites do the devil's drudgery in Christ's livery.

--Matthew McConaughey

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If you can be mentally stimulated by the workout and find out how to get through it, it's more fun.

--Matthew McConaughey

bird in the sky

It's one of the things I love about making films: the places I've got to travel that I would never have gone to before.

--Matthew McConaughey

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We have a big appetite for putting people down but, at the heart of everyone, there's enough room for all of us to succeed.

--Matthew McConaughey


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Me? I haven't made all A's in the art of living. But I give a damn. And I'll take an experienced C over an ignorant A any day.

--Matthew McConaughey

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A creep is someone who claims he's one thing but he's actually another.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Traveling is a great love of mine. I love South America and Africa. I'm your ultimate backpacker when I'm away. It's just me and my backpack. It's good for getting away from the industry.

--Matthew McConaughey



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I've been in a couple of weddings where the coolest people that were the most day before so mellow and then the day of the wedding freaking out.

--Matthew McConaughey

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You want to be a writer? Start writing. You want to be a filmmaker? Start shooting stuff on your phone right now.

--Matthew McConaughey

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To lose the power of confrontation is to lose the power of unity.

--Matthew McConaughey

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She's a cool ghost. Maybe me being nude all the time is why we get along.

--Matthew McConaughey


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I've got incredible support from my wife and family and people around me. I've got great people around me who handle anything on the outside, business-wise, who help free me up to create in my job.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I got interested in the justice system. If I was, I'd probably be a defense lawyer. I was headed that way, but luckily changed my track to film school.

--Matthew McConaughey

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By their fruits ye shall know them.

--Matthew McConaughey


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Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.

--Matthew McConaughey


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A foolish man... built his house upon the sand.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I keep a diary -- one for each film and foreign land I travel to.

--Matthew McConaughey

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We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Life is a series of commas, not periods.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I say to the paparazzi, 'Fellas, take your shot and go.' It's just they usually find me on a beach.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I like having my hands in the clay. I like the movie-making process.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I'm a golfer, and what are the two sports you can do till you drop? Golf and surfing. They're great for you limber-wise, they're great for you health-wise, and they put you in sweet locations.

--Matthew McConaughey

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If you want your hair to be thicker, cut it when the moon is about to be full -- a heavy, full, waxing moon. Do not cut it when the moon's waning.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I'm a football fan, a sports fan, a fan of competition.

--Matthew McConaughey


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I don't mind assholes. It's the dork I don't trust. The dork is the one who's trying to be whatever he thinks you want him to be. I trust the asshole cause you know where he's gonna stand.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I was raised on, 'You go get a nine-to-five job, earn your pay and work your way up.'

--Matthew McConaughey

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I've never been a manipulator, even in my bachelor days. I never wanted to do things to people that could catch up with me later on.

--Matthew McConaughey

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The dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Life is our resume. It is our story to tell, and the choices we make write the chapters. Can we live in a way where we look forward to looking back?

--Matthew McConaughey

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I think most defense attorneys know, to some extent, their clients are guilty.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I like to customize things. I customized the back of old Lincoln to be my mobile office. I had one of those little laptop desks like in a police car, and I had a cooler in there, so that was my mobile office.

--Matthew McConaughey


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I love good film, whether it's an independent or studio film. The independent films, I think the good ones aren't necessarily eccentric ones but they're the more specific ones.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Try not to make a straight line crooked.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Yes, it is the Big Easy, home of the shortest hangover on the planet, where libation can greet you on Monday morning with the same smile as it did on Saturday night.

--Matthew McConaughey

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God's lucky.
The goddess of luck is fortune.
Fortune is the sister of fate.
Fate is the divine order.
And the divine order is God.
So as far as I can tell if you believe in luck you believe in God.

--Matthew McConaughey

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A genius could be anybody that he wants, but ingenious is always one person at that time.

--Matthew McConaughey

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My life is the road, man. I need to keep moving.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Give thanks. Appreciate what you DO have ... the more we give thanks, the more we receive to be thankful for. Gratitude is the gift that always gives back.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I'm not arrogant enough to look back on my career and criticize my choices. It's really not my place.

--Matthew McConaughey

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When I'm surfing, I'm sure not thinking about the paparazzi. I guess if they start getting on floaties and coming out there in the water, then I might be a little upset.

--Matthew McConaughey

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My whole family are hams. They're storytellers and everyone outdoes the next one.

--Matthew McConaughey

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A coach, especially at a college level -- much more at a college or high school level, than at a pro level -- you're more of a teacher than an actual coach.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Cameras aren't guns. They can't really hurt you.

--Matthew McConaughey



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They eat, they crap, they sleep, and if they're crying they need to do one of the three and they're having trouble doing it. Real simple.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I know who I am. And after all these years, there's a victory in that.

--Matthew McConaughey

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No computer, no gadget, no trickery. I am an animal, it is a plant. I will beat the weed!

--Matthew McConaughey


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What the heck is true love? I remember feeling, back when I was 12 and 'going' with this girl, 'Is this true love?'

--Matthew McConaughey


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It's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.

--Matthew McConaughey



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There aren't many things that are universally cool, and it's cool not to litter. I'd never do it.

--Matthew McConaughey


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I like a good pair of jeans, but I also like putting on a nice tux. I'd rather go around in a good pair of jeans that you don't wash every day, because they get more and more comfortable.

--Matthew McConaughey

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It's not a science when you are judging art, but we'd be remiss to say you can't look at something and say, 'This is more well done than that.'

--Matthew McConaughey



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Romantic comedies are built to be light. They're built for a certain buoyancy.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I have my own vocabulary. I love linguistics. That surprises people.

--Matthew McConaughey

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My experience in work, even going to work with Scorsese, is that people always think there's some magic trick. There's no magic trick. The people who are really good at what they do do simple things really, really well.

--Matthew McConaughey

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Life is not a popularity contest. Take the hill, but first answer the question: What is my hill?.

--Matthew McConaughey

pink flower

Absolutely not. I have no problem with commitment. In fact, I love having someone in my life.

--Matthew McConaughey

rock mountain during starry night

Be brave. Take the hill. But first answer the question, "What is my hill?

--Matthew McConaughey


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Cynicism can be funny. But it's the easy way. You'll forget to enjoy anything. I try to make the evolving choice, the forward-moving, life-giving choice. Just keep living, man.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I don't know how to work a room. It's a real skill.

--Matthew McConaughey

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The "Dazed" fans are the best! "Dazed" fans never even want an autograph or nothin'.

--Matthew McConaughey

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There's a difference in thinking you are a champion and knowing that you are.

--Matthew McConaughey

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When I first starting making money, when I first made my first six-digits, I was -- my big thing was I went to put super unleaded in my truck for the first time.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I don't dabble and spend much mind or time dealing with, I don't know, people's perceptions of me. I truly don't.

--Matthew McConaughey

leafless tree on snow covered ground

My favorite dish is cleaning out the fridge on Sunday night and improvising a great medley.

--Matthew McConaughey

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I've read a lot of really great characters in some really crappy stories, where I said, like, 'Boy I could shine here, but the story sucks.' I don't want to be part of that.

--Matthew McConaughey

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My father -- who I know is up there right now, with a big pot of gumbo, he's got a lemon meringue pie, he's probably in his underwear, and he's got a cold can of Miller Lite -- and he's dancing.

--Matthew McConaughey

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As an actor for hire, my job is to do some pre-production work for myself. Then my job is to show up and give the best performance I can.

--Matthew McConaughey


red rose

That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.

--Matthew McConaughey

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No matter who is in our bed each night we sleep with ourselves.

--Matthew McConaughey



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The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

--Matthew McConaughey


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Music is a really great creative tool for me, for different roles.

--Matthew McConaughey

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