120 Sean Connery Quotes on Wit, Charm, and Style

Check out these top 120 Sean Connery quotes. They’ll show you the life behind the world’s most famous secret agent—the first actor to play James Bond and someone who starred in other famous films like The Untouchables, Marnie, and Highlander.

There’s no denying that Sean Connery is a household name.

And as the first actor to portray secret agent 007, how can one even say that they haven’t heard of the name Sean Connery?

Known for his genuine kindness and talent, he was even knighted by the queen.

This list covers 120 of his most famous lines—both in real life and in films—that show how great of an actor and a person he is.

Read the full list below.

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Sean Connery Quote - The first key to writing is to write, not to think!

1. “The first key to writing is to write, not to think!”

2. “You call it luck. I call it destiny.”

3. “I’m an easy target because of my political opinions.”

4. “More than anything else, I’d like to be an old man with a good face, like Hitchcock or Picasso.”

Sean Connery Quote - He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way. And that's how you get Capone!

5. “You wanna get Capone? Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way. And that’s how you get Capone!”

6. “There’s a lot of fantasy about what Scotland is, and the shortbread tins, and that sort of thing.”

7. “I am not a politician and I have no intention of being one.”

8. “Monkeys do not laugh. Laughter is particular to man.”

9. “I’m an actor—it’s not brain surgery. If I do my job right, people won’t ask for their money back.”

Sean Connery Quote - My dear girl, don't flatter yourself. What I did this evening was for the king and country.

10. “My dear girl, don’t flatter yourself. What I did this evening was for the king and country. You don’t think it gave me any pleasure, do you?”

11. “Everyone talks about how they knew the Bond films were going to be a success, but it simply isn’t true.”

12. “No thinking—that comes later.”

13. “When you hear someone from the very north of Scotland speaking, I think it’s nice, very musical, and harmonious.”

14. “You can’t drown, you fool. You’re immortal.”

Sean Connery Quote - I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13.

15. “I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13.”

16. “Everything I have done or attempted to do for Scotland has always been for her benefit, never my own and I defy anyone to prove otherwise.”

17. “There’s something fundamentally wrong with a system where there’s been 17 years of a Tory Government and the people of Scotland have voted Socialist for 17 years. That hardly seems democratic.”

18. “You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head.”

19. “I’ve always been hopeful about Scotland’s prospects. And I now believe more than ever that Scotland is within touching distance of achieving independence and equality.”

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Sean Connery Quotes on Life and Having Confidence

Sean Connery Quote - I've never kept a record of anything.

20. “I’ve never kept a record of anything.”

21. “I never trashed a hotel room or did drugs.”

22. “Your background and environment is with you for life. No question about that.”

23. “If America had been discovered as many times as I have, no one would remember Columbus.”

24. “I admit I’m being paid well, but it’s no more than I deserve. After all, I’ve been screwed more times than a hooker.”

Sean Connery Quote - For without fear of the devil there is no need for God.

25. “Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God.”

26. “I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best part of my life is moving. I look forward to going.”

27. “Some age, others mature.”

28. “You can’t shoot me; I have a very low threshold for death.”

29. “When only a few of us are left, we will feel an irresistible pull towards a far away land—to fight for the prize.”

Sean Connery Quote - Hey, Ryan, be careful what you shoot at.

30. “Hey, Ryan, be careful what you shoot at. Most things in here don’t react too well to bullets.”

31. “There are laws that enslave men, and laws that set them free.”

32. “Do you know what’s true? When something sounds too good to be true, then it’s not true.”

33. “I’m never late. If I’m late it’s because I’m dead.”

34. “Now, are you sure you want to have a fight? Because I’m only gonna use my thumb—my right thumb. Left one’s much too powerful for you.”

Sean Connery Quote - Nothing is impossible, only mathematically improbable.

35. “Nothing is impossible, only mathematically improbable.”

36. “If there is to be hope, we must all betray our country. We have to save each other because all victims are equal and none is more equal than others. It’s everyone’s duty to start the avalanche.”

37. “An expression is worth a thousand words. Perhaps, in your case, just two.”

38. “People have been talking about it for years. They just haven’t been saying anything.”

39. “We’ll either both get caught or both get dead.”

Sean Connery Quotes on Challenges and Keeping Yourself Motivated

Sean Connery Quote - There's always a new challenge to keep you motivated.

40. “There’s always a new challenge to keep you motivated.”

41. “There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.”

42. “There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!”

43. “Only 4% of all the companies owned in Scotland have their head offices in Scotland.”

44. “The knighthood I received was a fantastic honor, but it’s not something I’ve ever used and I don’t think I ever will.”

Sean Connery Quote - It's a kind of madness in cosmopolitan cities now.

45. “It’s a kind of madness in cosmopolitan cities now.”

46. “There’s peace only to be found on the other side of war. If that war should come, I will fight it!”

47. “May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure.”

48. “You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement—make sure when your shift is over, you go home alive.”

49. “Someone I once knew wrote that we walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed. You need to know that while I knew so very early that you would realize your dreams, I never imagined I would once again realize my own.”

Sean Connery Quote - Writers write things to give readers something to read.

50. “Writers write things to give readers something to read.”

51. “Never take what the enemy offers you.”

52. “That’s the second rule of police work—if you want to keep a secret, don’t tell the boss.”

53. “I’m sure all this will make a great bedtime story to tell your kid.”

54. “In this sort of race, there’s no silver medal for finishing second.”

Sean Connery Quote - No respectable gentleman is that respectable.

55. “No respectable gentleman is that respectable.”

56. “You’d like it here, you know. We’ve got everything. Power cuts, strikes, unemployment, race riots, and a terrific crime rate.”

57. “Why is it that the words that we write for ourselves are always so much better than the words we write for others?”

58. “With your life on the line, your adrenaline gives you an edge.”

59. “Weather is no longer in God’s hands, but in mine.”

Sean Connery Quotes on Women, Love, and Relationships

Sean Connery Quote - I like women. I don't understand them, but I like them.

60. “I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them.”

61. “Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.”

62. “I unfortunately don’t speak French, but my wife is now fluent in English, which really reflects rather badly on me.”

63. “There are women who take it to the wire. That’s what they are looking for—the ultimate confrontation. They want a smack.”

64. “I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong in hitting a woman, though I don’t recommend you do it the same way that you hit a man.”

Sean Connery Quote - She is French and couldn't speak English and I couldn't speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations.

65. “I met my wife through playing golf. She is French and couldn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak French, so there was little chance of us getting involved in any boring conversations—that’s why we got married really quickly.”

66. “To the stars, Bowen. To the stars.”

67. “The wonderful thing about falling in love is you learn everything about that person and so quickly. And if it’s true love, then you start to see yourself through their eyes. And it brings out the best in you. It’s almost as if you’re falling in love with yourself.”

68. “You risked your life for another. There is no greater love.”

69. “I trusted you, loved you, and you betrayed me!”

Sean Connery Quote - You know, you're almost the only evidence that I exist.

70. “You know, you’re almost the only evidence that I exist.”

71. “Have you ever known a place where God would have felt at home?”

72. “There is little room in Tupolev’s heart for anyone but Tupolev.”

73. “The key to a woman’s heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.”

74. “It was my first good contract—real people for unreal arguments.”

Sean Connery Quote - It's like nothing I have ever known: it's unselfish love, grown up love. You know it is. It's mature, absolute, thrilling love.

75. “I love you. All my failings were preparation for me to you. It’s like nothing I have ever known: it’s unselfish love, grown up love. You know it is. It’s mature, absolute, thrilling love.”

76. “You know, I never knew what happiness was until I married your mother. And by then, it was too late.”

77. “A man who fears nothing is a man who loves nothing, and if you love nothing, what joy is there in your life?”

78. “Seasons change young man, and while I may have waited until the winter of my life, to see the things I’ve seen this past year, there is no doubt I would have waited too long, had it not been for you.”

79. “Has there ever been anyone you couldn’t manipulate, beguile, or seduce?”

Sean Connery Quotes on Personality and Attitude

Sean Connery Quote - The Irish seem to have more fire about them than the Scots.

80. “The Irish seem to have more fire about them than the Scots.”

81. “I just think the most difficult thing to displace is privilege.”

82. “To cultivate an English accent is already a departure away from what you are.”

83. “I still pay full tax when I work in England and the same when I work in America.”

84. “Scotland should be nothing less than equal with all the other nations of the world.”

Sean Connery Quote - I don't understand if you get caught in a fight, but take it out in a room, how that implies some psychiatric disorder.

85. “I don’t understand if you get caught in a fight, but take it out in a room, how that implies some psychiatric disorder.”

86. “I’m swimming every day and I’m even trying to get the golf swing working again, but that might take a little bit longer.”

87. “I have no shortage of material or offers, it’s just a case of what you select to do. But I think it’s realistic that my chances of playing Romeo are now over.”

88. “I am not an Englishman, I was never an Englishman, and I don’t ever want to be one. I am a Scotsman! I was a Scotsman and I will always be one.”

89. “They say if you resort to violence, then you’ve already lost.”

Sean Connery Quote - Only a fool wants what he can not have.

90. “Only a fool wants what he can not have.”

91. “For the first time in my life, I wanted what all wise men say can’t last; what can’t be promised or made to linger any more than sunlight. I don’t want to die without having felt its warmth on my face.”

92. “What we hold to be right, and good, and true is right and good and true for all men.”

93. “You don’t know a goddamn thing about reason. There are no reasons! Reasons why some of us live and why some of us don’t! Fortunately for you, you have decades to figure that out!”

94. “When you squeeze the nobility, it’s the peasants who feel the pinch.”

Sean Connery Quote - You have to think like a hero merely to behave like a decent human being.

95. “You have to think like a hero merely to behave like a decent human being.”

96. “Actually, I don’t live with myself. I tend to give myself a pretty wide berth.”

97. “If I knew the answers to everything I would be teaching theology in Paris.”

98. “We used to joke that being in the army was not a matter of life and death. It’s more important than that.”

99. “Do I look like the sort of man who would make trouble?”

Sean Connery Quotes on Acting and Filmmaking

Sean Connery Quote - It would almost need a Mafia-like offer. I couldn't refuse to do another movie.

100. “It would almost need a Mafia-like offer. I couldn’t refuse to do another movie.”

101. “Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else.”

102. “If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film.”

103. “I don’t think I’ll ever act again. I have so many wonderful memories, but those days are over.”

104. “I’m fed up with the idiots—the ever-widening gap between people who know how to make movies and the people who green-light the movies.”

Sean Connery Quote - You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing.

105. “You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I can honestly say that I’d rather have won the U.S. Open Golf Tournament.”

106. “I care about Bond and what happens to him. You cannot be connected with a character for this long and not have an interest. All the Bond films had their good points.”

107. “If you’re afraid of getting a rotten apple, don’t go to the barrel. Get it off the tree.”

108. “There’s a group for men in Hollywood called Divorce Anonymous. It works like this—if a member of the group starts to feel the urge to divorce, they send over an accountant to talk him out of it.”

109. “We’re in show business, baby. Make them laugh, make them cry, make them buy, by and by.”

Sean Connery Quote - It's taken me more than seventy years to realise that. You see, at five I first learnt to read. It's that simple and it's that profound.

110. “My first big break came when I was five years old. It’s taken me more than seventy years to realise that. You see, at five I first learnt to read. It’s that simple and it’s that profound.”

111. “I find that fame tends to turn one from an actor and a human being into a piece of merchandise, a public institution.”

112. “The media already attempts to assassinate my character in Scotland when I’m there, so my position is much more effective if I’m outside Scotland and am part of the voice of what the Scottish National Party is about.”

113. “People used to call me Bond in the street. It was impossible to avoid crowds of people all over the place and blinding flashguns. The Beatles had to run the gauntlet as well, but at least there were four of them!”

114. “I did many other things before I ever got into the movies. I’ve been in so many businesses, it’s a joke. All of them are totally unsuited to me. Selling used cars. Running a club in London.”

Sean Connery Quote - I gave away everything - all the posters, the memorabilia that would have been helpful and financially rewarding.

115. “I gave away everything—all the posters, the memorabilia that would have been helpful and financially rewarding.”

116. “I’m moody. It’s fine until people try to cheer you up with gems like, ‘Snap out of it,’ or ‘Come on, now.’”

117. “Losers always whine about their best.”

118. “Whatever we write in this apartment stays in this apartment.”

119. “How peaceful life would be without love. How safe, how tranquil and how dull.”

Sean Connery Quote - I hope to work, support my children, and die quietly without pain.

120. “I hope to work, support my children, and die quietly without pain.”

Did These Sean Connery Quotes Inspire You to Leave Your Own Significant Mark on the World?

Sean Connery was one of the most successful actors of his time. Even today, his films and his talent are recognized throughout the world. However, what he strived for most in life was to leave a lasting impact—something of significance that will last decades into the future. And he did just that.

Aside from leaving a legacy through his works, he shared valuable pieces of wisdom that’ll help us navigate through life, in whatever path we plan to take. He taught us that it’s okay to fail. Failing once doesn’t mean your journey has ended. It simply means that you have to move forward, take the next step, and learn from your past mistakes. Life is a continuous journey, and everything we encounter is a stepping stone towards a brighter, happier life.

Have you watched any of Sean Connery’s works? Which ones did you like best? Which quotes had the most impact on you? Don’t forget to leave a comment down below.