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32 Inspirational Matthew McConaughey Quotes

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Matthew McConaughey is a highly recognized actor, writer, and producer. Maybe best known for his roles in Dallas Buyers ClubTrue Detective, and many more. He has won multiple Best Actor awards from the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys and Academy Awards. In addition to his work in Hollywood, McConaughey has participated in multiple triathlons and teaches some classes at his alma mater UT – Austin. Alltogether, Matthew McConaughey is a household name associated with great acting, motivation, wisdom, and insight into how to become successful.

Here are 32 of Matthew McConaughey’s most powerful quotes:

1. “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.” – Matthew McConaughey

2. “My life is a road, man. I need to keep moving.” – Matthew McConaughey

3. “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.” – Matthew McConaughey

4. “Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.” – Matthew McConaughey

5. “The best advice comes from people who don’t give advice.”- Matthew McConaughey

6. “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 grow that doesn’t want to come out? I know I’ll win.” – Matthew McConaughey

7. “Life is not a popularity contest. Take the hill, but first answer the question: What is my hill?” – Matthew McConaughey

8. “A man should always have his diary on him. That way he’s guaranteed to have something incredible to read.” – Matthew McConaughey

9. “I talk to myself all the time. Just make sure you answer.” – Matthew McConaughey

10. “We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.” – Matthew McConaughey

11. “There’s a difference in thinking you are a champion and knowing that you are.” – Matthew McConaughey

12. “Life is a series of commas, not periods.” – Matthew McConaughey

13. “Good ideas are free – or at least they should be.” – Matthew McConaughey

14. “I’ve never been a jealous person, and I’ve never felt built up by someone else’s failure – that’s a cheap thrill.” – Matthew McConaughey

15. “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” – Matthew McConaughey

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16. “I’m a fan of the world 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.” – Matthew McConaughey

17. “I like quips. I like whiffs of cynicism and I think they can be witty. But I don’t really know where wittiness is constructive.” – Matthew McConaughey

18. “Instead of denying these fears, declare them, say them out loud, admit them, give them the credit they deserve…Find the courage to overcome them.” – Matthew McConaughey

19. “Every hero doesn’t do this great big hero thing. They do the simple thing over and over…and they stick to it.” – Matthew McConaughey

20. “I believe in living in the present and making each day count. I don’t pay much attention to the past or the future.” – Matthew McConaughey

21. “If I’m doing something I do like to take it to the limit. I’ve got a high ceiling. A wide threshold for seeing what those boundaries are for myself. I’m very resilient inside. I find things that I like and do and boy, I do like to stick to them.” – Matthew McConaughey

22. “I don’t want to just revolve. I want to evolve. As a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover.” – Matthew McConaughey

23. “Life is not fair, and it never was and it is now and it won’t ever be. Do not fall into the trap. The entitlement trap, of feeling like you’re a victim. You are not.” – Matthew McConaughey

24. “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

25. “The first step that leads to our identity in life is usually not ‘I know who I am,’ but rather “I know who I am not’ process of elimination.” – Matthew McConaughey

26. “Now, you lose something in your life…and there’s gonna come a time that you’re gonna know: there was a reason for that. And at the end of your life, all the things you thought were periods, they turn out to be commas. There was never a full stop to any of it.” – Matthew McConaughey

27. “There’s two sorts of fear: one you embrace and one you should listen to and turn the other way.” – Matthew McConaughey

28. “Just because you can? Nah, it’s not a good enough reason to do something. Even when it means having more, be discerning, choose it, because you want it, do it because you want to.” – Matthew McConaughey

29. “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 ause you know where he’s gonna stand.” – Matthew McConaughey

30. “My rule is to break one sweat a day.” – Matthew McConaughey

31. “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

32. “You want to be a writer? Start writing. You want to be a  filmmaker? Start shooting stuff on your phone right now.” – Matthew McConaughey

Which quote resonated with you the most? Comment below!

Joe Kleckner has a passion for all things motivation & self-development.  From blogs such as Addicted2Success, to the videos of Eric Thomas and Elliott Hulse, to the lectures of legends such as Tony Robbins.  This passion has landed him an internship with Addicted2Success. Follow him on Twitter & Snapchat as he journeys towards greatness, one day at a time.

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