"I would rather be Governor of California than own Austria."
"I love the Hong Kong style of action movies, but that only looks good for small guys. The reason why the whole style was developed over there was because those guys were very puny guys - they're not powerful-looking guys, they're also not powerful guys. There's no weight lifting champion coming out of Hong Kong - maybe in the bantam division or the lightweight division or something like that, but normally you don't have really strong men coming out of there...they had to learn a technique that small people can do that are as effective as the big guy's strength. So that's where the martial arts came from."
"In the beginning I was selfish. It was all about, 'How do I build Arnold? How can I win the most Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympic contests? How can I get into the movies and get into business?' I was thinking about myself...As I've grew up, got older, maybe wiser, I think your life is judged not by how much you have taken but by how much you give back."
"Where I did make mistakes, or maybe go overboard sometimes...I regret that. This is a different Arnold" - offering an apology for his misbehavious behaviour.
"How many times do you get away with this - to take a woman, grab her upside down and bury her face in a toilet bowl? The thing is you can do it, because, in the end, I didn't do it to a woman - she's a machine. We could get away with it without being crucified by who knows what group" - on his fight scenes with the female T-X in Terminator 3.
"It was the most difficult decision in my life - except the one in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax" - on his decision to run for Governor
"This guy owes me bacon now...you can't have egg without bacon" - after being pelted with an egg at a rally
"I just realised I have the perfect part for you in Terminator 4" - responding to criticism during a televised debate
"I will not fail, I will not disappoint you, I will not let you down" - victory speech as Governor of California
"The worst I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that."
There's a lot of people who want me to get out of acting and want me to run for governor. I think it's mostly movie critics.
"You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn."
"I took more abuse in Predator than I did in Conan the Barbarian. I fell down that waterfall [forty feet] and swam in this ice-cold water for days and for weeks was covered in mud. It was freezing in the Mexican jungle. They had these heat lamps on all the time, but they were no good. If you stayed in front of the lamps, the mud dried. Then you had to take it off and put new mud on again. It was a no-win situaiton. The location was tough. Never on flat ground. Always on a hill. We stood all day long on a hill, one leg down, one leg up. It was terrible."
"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men" - referring to Democrats at a political rally in Ontario, California in 2004.
"If [Democratic Party legislators in California] don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men."
"I was always interested in proportion and perfection."
"Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called True Lies. It's what the Democrats should have called their convention." - at the 2004 Republican National Convention
"President Bush knows you can't reason with people that are blinded by hate. But let me tell you something: Their hate is no match for our decency, their hate is no match for the leadership and the resolve of George W. Bush."
[Talking about his "Conan the Barbarian" director]: "John Milius used to call himself the dog trainer. Guess who were the dogs?"
[From an interview about his reaction to reading the original "Terminator" screenplay]: "I have read a lot of action adventure scripts, and this definitely was one of the best. I knew that I wanted to play the part of the Terminator as soon as I started reading."
[About being taken seriously]: "I don't care. The important thing to me is that I'm doing work that people enjoy out there, that the movie makes good money, that the studio makes the money back, and that I'm having a great time at what I'm doing. I don't even consider myself serious. So how do I expect people to take me serious? I think this whole Hollywood thing has to be taken much looser... it's just entertainment."
"There were various stepping-stones in my career. One of them was Conan, because it was the first time I did a film with that kind of budget and I had the title role. The next big stepping-stone was The Terminator. With The Terminator, I think people became aware of the fact that I didn't really have to take my shirt off or run around and expose my muscles in order to sell tickets. After I did The Terminator and we had seen it be more successful than the Conan films, people then sent me a variety of different kinds of scripts - all in the action-adventure genre, but they were not muscle movies or Viking movies or pirate movies or anything like that."
[Talking about playing the Terminator]: "I had to act like a cyborg, which meant I couldn't show any kind of human fear or reaction to the fire, explosions, or gunfire that was going off around me. That can be difficult when you're walking through a door with its frame on fire, trying to reload a gun, and at the same time thinking in the back of your mind that people have accidents doing these kinds of stunts and that it might be my turn."
[About more sequels to the Terminator]: "I don't necessarily want to leave the magic of the Terminator movies behind, and who says we have to? According to what we know about the future, there were hundreds of Terminators built. The story of the Terminator could go on forever."
[From an interview expressing concern over making Conan less brutal in its sequel]: "I think it's a mistake. I know Sylvester Stallone made an extra $20 million because he got a PG rating for Rocky III, but its a matter of how much you want to stay within the character's reality. Can you slaughter people and never see blood? Is it possible? You must have battles. That's part of life, war, and the world of Conan."
[Talking about Richard Fleischer]: "The first day Fleischer came to see me work out, he told me, "Arnold, could you put on some more muscles?" I couldn't believe it! It turned out that Fleischer thought [John]Milius's decision to keep Conan clothed throughout the first film was a mistake. Felischer believes that people want to see my body much more often