65 Inspirational Matthew McConaughey Quotes On Success In Life

Matthew David McConaughey 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). These Matthew McConaughey quotes will motivate you.

Best Matthew McConaughey Quotes

  1. “Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  2. “Life is not fair, 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
  3. “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.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  4. “Life is a series of commas, not periods.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  5. “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
  6. “So to any of us, whatever those things are: whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasin’. To that I say: Amen. To that I say: Alright, alright, alright. To that I say: Just keep livin’. Thank you.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  7. “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  8. “The older you get, the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, l-i-v-i-n’” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  9. “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
  10. “If happiness is what you’re after, then you are going to be let down frequently and be unhappy much of your time. Joy, though, is something else. It’s not a choice, not a response to some result, it is a constant. Joy is “the feeling we have from doing what we are fashioned to do,” no matter the outcome.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  11. “There’s a difference in thinking you are a champion and knowing that you are.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  12. “Now, you lose something in your life, or you come into a conflict, 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 in any of it.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  13. “I think it’s because we’re looking for the meaning. Where is the meaning? We have mindless jobs, we take frantic vacations, deficit finance trips to the mall to buy more things that we think are going to fill these holes in our lives. Is it any wonder that we’ve lost our sense of direction?” ~ Matthew McConaughey quotes
  14. “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
  15. “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.'” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  16. “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

  17. “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.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  18. “The best advice comes from people who don’t give advice.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  19. “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
  20. “I know who I am. And after all these years, there’s a victory in that.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  21. “There aren’t many things that are universally cool, and it’s cool not to litter. I’d never do it.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  22. “First off I want to thank God because he’s the one I look up to, he’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other humankind. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late (British actor) Charlie Laughton, who said, ‘When you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you.'” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  23. “Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  24. “Life is not a popularity contest. Take the hill, but first answer the question: What is my hill?.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  25. “My life is the road, man. I need to keep moving.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  26. “When you’ve got God, you got a friend. And that friend is you.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  27. “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 simple things really, really well.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  28. “We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success.” ~ Matthew McConaughey, Matthew McConaughey quotes on success
  29. “I have my own vocabulary. I love linguistics. That surprises people.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  30. “You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years. So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, ‘So, are you a hero?’ And I was like, ‘not even close. No, no, no.’ She said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because my hero’s me at 35.’ So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  31. “I think ‘unbelievable’ is an unbelievably stupid word.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  32. “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.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  33. “There’s two sorts of fear: one you embrace and one you should listen to and turn the other way.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  34. “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.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  35. “A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  36. “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
  37. “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  38. “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
  39. “Some things, you just like what you like and you stick to it. Other things, you like what you like, but the things that come with celebrity or success comes more options. There’s was nine, all of the sudden there’s ninety-nine things to say “yes” to, which you didn’t have the option to say “yes” to yesterday.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  40. “My favorite dish is cleaning out the fridge on Sunday night and improvising a great medley.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  41. “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
  42. “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

  43. “We found a great rhythm. Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  44. “I think the discipline comes with turning that cellphone and Blackberry off and unplugging completely. You do that and you go through some withdrawals in the beginning. You start thinking, ‘Oh, do I need to do this? Do I need to do that?’ You forget that we were doing just fine with the payphone.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  45. “If you can be mentally stimulated by the workout and find out how to get through it, it’s more fun.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  46. “No computer, no gadget, no trickery. I am an animal, it is a plant. I will beat the weed!” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  47. “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
  48. “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
  49. “I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I’m for anything life-affirmative. I’m for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who’s different.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  50. “When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what they right hand doeth.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  51. “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
  52. “I think human consciousness is a misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  53. “My lawyer has been a good friend of mine for a long time. He and I continuously have conversations.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  54. “I think I can keep a rhythm to a beat, but there are quite a few people who would argue with me.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  55. “A creep is someone who claims he’s one thing but he’s actually another.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  56. “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
  57. “Absolutely not. I have no problem with commitment. In fact, I love having someone in my life.” ~ Matthew McConaughey, Matthew McConaughey quotes on commitment
  58. “The law says you cannot touch, but I see a lot of lawbreakers up in this house.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  59. “You want to be a writer? Start writing. You want to be a filmmaker? Start shooting stuff on your phone right now.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  60. “I go on The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast is one of the websites that I check out.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  61. “When I see grace in a woman, that’s very sexy. You can tell by how someone moves or their rhythm.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

  62. “My best quality is that I’m a big-hearted person. I’m resilient, too. My worst quality is selfishness, although everyone is guilty of that to an extent. Everyone should be, I think – you need to respect yourself.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  63. “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
  64. “We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self, a secretion of sensory experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody’s nobody.” ~ Matthew McConaughey
  65. “What I always look for is someone that really knew how to lean up against a bar, get a drink, sit on a barstool. When people are in bars they’re relaxed. No real right angles – it’s slow moves, it’s slow conversations. You can tell a loud joke, but everyone’s very relaxed. I never would pick somebody nervous or twitchy. If I found guys with beards, I’d ask them, don’t trim the edges, don’t go in and manicure yourself up. I always look for people that look like they’re comfortable in their own skin, that wouldn’t feel like it was the first time they were ever in a bar.” ~ Matthew McConaughey

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