36 Great Matthew McConaughey Sayings

Matthew McConaughey is an American actor that gained fame in the coming to age comedy Dazed and Confused. With a long list of film success, McConaughey is known for his whit and many memorable catchphrases from his roles. Here is a listing to some of the best Matthew McConaughey sayings ever documented.

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.

A drunk doesn’t try to stand up; a drunk tries not to fall down.

Don’t play an attitude; don’t play a guy who’s negative. Play a guy who’s not trying to sell anybody on anything, he’s just saying how it is and if you want to come by what he’s thinking, you’re welcome. If you do not, then do not.

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.

Having children has helped me become a better actor because they remind you to play make believe. It’s the ease and naturalness of their beings. They just play and it’s completely real for them at the time. As an actor, if we do it well, we make you believe.

I believe in living in the present and making each day count. I don’t pay much attention to the past or the future.

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.

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

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

I like to be able to wear something that is appropriate for wherever the day takes me: to work, on a hike and then out to dinner. I like to take the formality out of the day’s schedule and be ready for any off-road detour.

I like to be directed, but when I’m flying and I’m on fire, I don’t want someone coming and getting in my way just because they feel like they need to.

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.

I love having my hands in the dirt. It is never a science and always an art. There are no rules. And if it comes down to me versus that weed I’m trying to pull out of the ground that doesn’t want to come out? I know I’ll win.

I will say this: one of the things that is a pain when you’re expecting children is how much advice unsolicited people give you when you’re not asking for it.

I work through life with commas. I don’t even know, do you have parentheticals?

I’m a fan of the word selfish. Self. Ish. When I say I have gotten a lot more self-ish, I mean I am less concerned with what people think of me. I’m not worried about how I’m perceived. Selfish has always gotten a bad rap. You should do for you.

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

I’m a pretty loyal guy with friends and family, I’ve had the same friends for a long time.

I’m obsessed with trying to understand what somebody is talking about and trying to get them to understand me.

I’m one of the most adaptable guys I know in as much as travelling is my favourite thing to do in life. With every place I go, I try to stay there long enough to do it justice, long enough so that I can at least imagine what it would be like to live there. Once I imagine that, then it’s OK for me to return home.

It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.

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.

Life is a series of commas, not periods.

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.

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

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

Sure, I can get a little bit jealous. The good part about jealousy is that it comes from passion. It’s also the dangerous part and it’s an ugly emotion that hurts.

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

The best education I’ve had in my life is to travel.

The challenge for me as an actor is if you become a celebrity, you don’t meet strangers anymore. And strangers are where we have our anonymity. And I believe it’s essential for the soul to be anonymous, especially if you’re going to be an actor.

The unsaid rule for living in a trailer park is: ‘If the door’s shut, don’t come a-knockin.’ But if it’s open and you’re walkin’ by, feel free to say, ‘Hello.’

There are three things, to my account, that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.

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

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.

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.

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

Here is a look at some of the best advice that can ever be given to you by Matthew McConaughey. These top ten rules for success are attributed to the success McConaughey has achieved that has led him to Emmy Award nominations and much more.