Inspirational Quotes from Adam Driver

By | June 18, 2016

I never played sports or got into the whole guy camaraderie of, like, ‘I love you, man! Seniors forever!’ So suddenly being in the military with these guys who were under these very heightened circumstances, isolated from their families, living this very kind of Greek lifestyle, it changed my life in a really big way.

Adam Driver

I don’t understand technology, and I’m very scared of it.

Adam Driver

The Marine Corps is supposed to be the toughest and most rigorous of its class.

Adam Driver

I actually run a non-profit where one of the main objectives is to branch out and get a new audience for the theater. Just because the writing is so good and nothing is more effective than seeing something live and happening right in front of your face, so I definitely want to continue to pursue that.

Adam Driver

Interesting things always come from being really exhausted and really sick.

Adam Driver

I don’t feel like I have to dress up to go to the deli.

Adam Driver

I’m one of those crazy people, if I’m watching the trailer for a movie and I’m really excited by it, I’ll turn it off because I don’t want to know anything. I want to be surprised because I love that more than knowing anything.

Adam Driver

With ‘Girls’… I feel like there’s an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it’s always the imperfection I’m always more attracted to.

Adam Driver

It’s hard to kill that father-son bond.

Adam Driver

Any actor is happy to be involved with something that’s challenging, controversial, and not easily palatable. Things that are too dumbed down or easy to swallow are uninteresting… It’s good when people have such a polarizing response.

Adam Driver

I think it’s good to live an artful life.

Adam Driver

I loved being in the Marine Corps, I loved my job in the Marine Corps, and I loved the people I served with. It’s one of the best things I’ve had a chance to do.

Adam Driver

Acting is really about having the courage to fail in front of people.

Adam Driver

I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it. You don’t have a lot of options in Indiana anyway, though, so I didn’t want to stay there. I graduated early and worked a bunch of really odd jobs, and then I joined the Marines.

Adam Driver

I’m not such a big fan of having a linear answer to things.

Adam Driver

At Juilliard, suddenly I was reading these great plays that could articulate the ways I was feeling in the Marine Corps, and that felt very therapeutic, by putting words to feelings, in a big way.

Adam Driver

By the time I got into Juilliard, I was working at a Target distribution warehouse. It didn’t make anything, it just shipped things, and my job was just to stand there and look at the security codes on the back of trucks and see if they would lock, and check them in.

Adam Driver

There’s such an emphasis on having a character be likable. I don’t think it would be helpful if I worried about that. I mean, not everyone’s likable.

Adam Driver

I was living in a small town in Indiana working as a telemarketer and a vacuum salesman. I was really bad: the vacuums seemed to always be falling apart. Every time I did a demonstration, I’d say, ‘This is the material the astronauts used on Apollo 13.’ And no sooner had that come out of my mouth, something would malfunction.

Adam Driver

The first job I got was this TV job in this show called ‘The Unusuals.’ Then I did a play called ‘Slipping,’ and at the same time I was rehearsing another play at Playwrights Horizons, and that kind of snowballed into a bunch of plays.

Adam Driver

I don’t consider myself a celebrity. That would be kind of sad.

Adam Driver

The Marine Corps is some of the best acting training you could have. Having that responsibility for people’s lives, suddenly time becomes a really valuable commodity and you want to make the most of it. And for acting, you just have to do the work, just keep doing it.

Adam Driver

Costume people are always saying they don’t have clothes big enough for me.

Adam Driver

I think it’s a common misconception in the civilian community that the military community is filled with just drills and discipline and pain. They forget that these are humans who are in an abnormal situation.

Adam Driver

Just being in the military, you’re so violent. We got into fights about just random things all the time. I don’t think as aggressively as I did when I was in the Marine Corps.

Adam Driver

In the military, you learn the essence of people. You see so many examples of self-sacrifice and moral courage. In the rest of life, you don’t get that many opportunities to be sure of your friends.

Adam Driver

If there’s one organization in the United States that could work on its communication skills, it’s the military.

Adam Driver

I think it’s a common misconception in the civilian community that the military community is filled with just drills and discipline and pain. They forget that these are humans who are in an abnormal situation.

Adam Driver

I don’t have cable. I just never watched a lot of TV.

Adam Driver

Juilliard definitely emphasizes the theater. They don’t train – at all really – for film acting. It’s mostly process-oriented, pretty much for the stage.

Adam Driver

I’m conflicted with theater in the city because you want to reach a diverse audience, and that audience doesn’t typically go to the theater.

Adam Driver

Acting is a business and a political act and a craft, but I also feel like it’s a service – specifically, for a military audience.

Adam Driver

Girls’ feels very active and stirring a conversation and controversial, and you can’t really ask for more as an actor.

Adam Driver

For me, becoming a man had a lot to do with learning communication, and I learned about that by acting.

Adam Driver

Emphasis in the Marine Corps isn’t on talking about your feelings.

Adam Driver

I used to eat a whole chicken, every day, for lunch. I did that for four years. But it got tiring – go to the store, buy it, eat it. It’s a mess.

Adam Driver

I originally passed on ‘Girls’ because I thought TV was evil.

Adam Driver

I’m not an acting monk or anything. I’m not, like, the most well-adjusted actor.

Adam Driver

If I’m not doing something or working on something, I literally just sit in the room and think, which I don’t think is productive. I won’t go outside for days.

Adam Driver

I mean, I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it.

Adam Driver

Yeah, September 11 happened and all my friends were like, ‘Let’s join the military!’ and I was the only one who actually did.

Adam Driver

Something I learned in the Marine Corps that I’ve applied to acting is, one, taking direction, and then working with a group of people to accomplish a mission and knowing your role within that team.

Adam Driver

I auditioned in Chicago for Juilliard and didn’t get in. I was basically living in a back room of my parents’ house, paying rent and not doing anything with my life. I’d like to say it was patriotic to join the Marines, but it was also that I was doing nothing honorable with my life and spending too much time at McDonald’s.

Adam Driver

September 11 happened, and all my friends were like, ‘Let’s join the military!’ and I was the only one who actually did.

Adam Driver

I was in a mountain biking accident and broke my sternum about three months before my unit was supposed to deploy to Iraq, and it’s such a close-knit community that the idea of not getting to go is hugely jarring, so I tried to get put back in training and wound up injuring it worse.

Adam Driver

I feel like I’ll never get over red carpets. They’re so bizarre and awkward.

Adam Driver

Acting, believe it or not, can get very self-involved! I feel fortunate to have been able to work on things with people who have a very specific point of view and perspective, and who feel like they’re doing something very active.

Adam Driver

I have a control problem. I hate the feeling of not being in control.

Adam Driver

What is a struggle is that acting isn’t a place where you go to work and you do that thing. There aren’t set boundaries, like an office, where you go and work. For me, the work is always on my mind.

Adam Driver

I’m constantly thinking about the role, and there’s an infinite amount of questions you can ask yourself about a character to the point that it’s hard to find the boundaries of when to not work.

Adam Driver

There were definitely dark nights when you’re like, ‘Maybe joining the military wasn’t such a good idea.’ But, in a way, it was the best training to be an actor.

Adam Driver

It was very clear to me I wanted to be an actor when I got out into civilian life.

Adam Driver

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