"I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success. I was seeking comic originality, and fame fell on me as a byproduct. The course was more plodding than heroic."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Steve Martin on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Steve Martin on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Steve Martin on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Steve Martin on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Steve Martin on Winston Churchill
"I think I meant that, given the circumstances of my childhood, I had the illusion that it's easier to be alone. To have your relationships be casual and also to pose as a solitary person, because it was more romantic. You know, I was raised on the idea of the ramblin' man and the loner."
"Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I've never played with a band. I've always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn."
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
"What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."
"I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot."