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Matthew McConaughey Just Keeps On Bein' Quotable

Nov 4 2014 - 9:42am

Matthew McConaughey [1], who turns 45 on Tuesday, has a way with words, and that has become very apparent over the past year. He took over award season with his soulful and sometimes bizarre acceptance speeches [2] as he picked up honors for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Of course, Matthew has always been a quote machine, from his philosophies on when and how a man should cut his hair to his relationship with women. Keep reading for Matthew's insightful, smart, and sometimes silly observations over the years.

On proper hair care: "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." — Elle magazine, March 2013 [3]

On keeping his costumes from Magic Mike: "I brought my entire wardrobe home. I usually do that with all of my films. Just for a keepsake. They're memories. And maybe they'll be valuable someday. Plus, you know what they're good for? When the kids get old enough to dress up for Halloween [4]." — Men's Health, July 2012 [5]

On smelling good: "A man should smell like a man. I haven't worn deodorant in 20 years." — People magazine, November 2005 [6]

On his McConaugh-ssance : "I was like I didn't know what he said, but he was like you're on a McConaugh-ssance . And he went on, said it's an expression. I was like, Wait, wait, go back. What did you just say? He goes, McConaugh-ssance . I was like, I don't know what that is, but it sounds good." — Academy Awards press room, March 2014 [7]

On his catchphrase: "Those were actually the very first words I ever said on screen (in Dazed and Confused). 'Alright, alright, alright.' And do you know why I said 'alright' three times? I'm going to give you a callback to something I said five minutes ago. Because I'm in my car, I'm high, I've got my rock 'n' roll, but I don't have the chick. So I got three out of four that matter to me. So it's just alright, alright, alright! There's no fourth 'alright.' I gotta pull into the top notch and pick up the fourth." — Men's Health, July 2012 [8]

On his new aphorism: "'Find your frequency.' That's a goooood one. You get that, don't you? We all have a frequency, where things are clicking. I can adapt better. I'm catching more green lights. You know what I mean?" — GQ, December 2013 [9]

On being witty: "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. I also don't think it's half as funny as real behavior — as action, as falling on your face when you're trying to tackle something." — Esquire, March 2011 [10]

On trailer-park rules: "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." — Details, January 2006 [11]

On evolution: "I don't want to just revolve. I want to evolve. As a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover." — Elle magazine, March 2013 [12]

On commas: "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." — Esquire, March 2011 [13]

On reminding people he's the Sexiest Man Alive: "People are going, 'You're the sexiest man in America.' And I'm like, 'No, no — alive!' Those extraterrestrials out there? Those dudes on Mars? They ain't got nothing on me, man. I'm sexy, and I'm alive. Fact!" — Details, January 2006 [14]

On being a genius: "There's a man I met 20 years ago. He escaped Russia. He was not even a carpenter, built a 17-foot boat and sailed across the Atlantic for decades he held the world record for smallest vessel single-man sailed across the Atlantic. He told me this, he said, 'A genius can be anybody he wants to, but a genius is always one person at a time.' So to that I say, that's what we get to do, isn't it? One man, one woman, one human. At a time. When we do it well. Just keep doing that. Just keep living." — 2014 SAG Award acceptance speech [15]

On how he surprises people: "I have my own vocabulary. I love linguistics. That surprises people." — People magazine, November 2005 [16]

On keeping a diary: "A man should always have his diary on him. That way he's guaranteed to always have something incredible to read." — GQ, November 2014 [17]

On the raps he writes for himself: "Rollin' through yellow lights on my skateboard. Kiss the fire, and walk away whistlin'." — GQ, December 2013 [18]

On acting: "When you're seeing the character from the inside out, when you're walking out every day and everything you see, smell and touch, and observe is coming through that character and into you, and it's making sense and you're the subject. You're the eye. You're first-person seeing it through that character's eyes. That doesn't always happen. But boy, when it does, and it feels like they could put a blindfold on you and put you on a spaceship and take you to Neptune and you could hop off on the planet and they better have the sprock control, and you get off that spaceship because you are going to behave as your man. That is a glorious feeling!" — 2014 SAG Award acceptance speech [19]

On winning awards: "I had to take my pants off to win a trophy; I had to drop my drawers to win the award. Hot damn! F*ck yeah, man dot com." — 2013 Spirit Award acceptance speech [20]

On Camila Alves: "To my wife, Camila, who's not only put up with me for all this time, in our seven years, and this last three years of wonderful work, but kicked my *ss out the door, and said, 'Go git it, go git it, McC . . . my man, my king.'" — 2014 Golden Globe acceptance speech [21]

On marriage: "That house was mine. And yeah, we coulda gone in there right away. Camila would have said, 'Fine, don't change a thing.' But I thought, I found the woman I wanna do it with, the woman I wanna make a family with, hopefully live our life out together. She needs to have 50 percent of that. I mean, it's a lot easier for me to be at 100 percent. I'd always been 100 percent. It's braver for me at 50 percent." — Esquire, March 2011 [22]

On his hero: "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." — Academy Awards acceptance speech, March 2014 [23]

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