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12 Brilliant Life Lessons From Michael Caine

Smart man.

You can certainly learn a thing or two from one of the greatest actors of all time...


"If I stole anything, it was from Marlon Brando, but I don't remember what it was."


"In the restaurant, my wife always says, 'You didn't look at the bill.' I say, 'I don't want to worry myself by looking at the bill and asking, Who had the onion rings? or They overcharged me for chips.' Because those moments all add up to years. And how much money would you pay for another year?"


"Fatigue doesn't happen until you suddenly go, 'I'm bored.'"


"In real estate they say: Location, location, location. But the next time you buy a house, remember the f word: finite. You must buy property that is finite. The last house on a very good block. The last house on the seaside—where there's no more to sell. They mustn't be able to build anything else. It's not good buying in Las Vegas, where there's seventy-eight thousand square miles of desert, you know?"


"I had come to Hollywood to star in a picture called Gambit. I used to sit in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel and look out for film stars. One day, John Wayne came in, saw me, and said: 'Are you in that movie called Alfie?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'I just saw that. It's very good, son.' And we became friends. He gave me some advice. He said, 'Never wear suede shoes.' I asked why and he said, 'Because you'll be taking a piss in a men's room and there'll be a guy next to you, and all of a sudden the guy will recognize you and he'll turn and go, 'Michael Caine!' And he'll piss all over your shoes!' I never wore suede shoes again."


"Never wear anything to make people look at you."


"One rule of parenting? Forgive everything."


"Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath."


"To me, growing old is great. It's the very best thing - considering the alternative."


"I felt a tremendous sadness for men who can't deal with a woman of their own age."


"You've got to keep a sense of humor because anger destroys you."


"My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much."