The Best Bill Murray Quotes

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Though he has plenty of one-liners from his many movies, the best Bill Murray quotes come when the actor and comedian is off the screen and talking about his life, his career and other random, and often hilarious, topics. Whether you know him from Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day or one of his other fantastic films, you likely know that Bill Murray is pretty darn funny and these quotes prove just that.

Bill Murray's legacy extends well beyond just his funny movies in that he is hilarious even when he's in an interview or simply crashing random parties to sing karaoke, tend bar or read poetry to construction workers. Whatever he's doing, as these Bill Murray quotes show, Bill Murray is one funny you know what.

So what's the best thing Bill Murray has ever said? Scroll through this list to find out.

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    Bill Murray on Awards

    "Awards are meaningless to me, and I have nothing but disdain for anyone who actively campaigns to get one."

    Despite earning a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Independent Spirit Award, plus receiving an Academy Awards nomination, Bill Murray stays humble by swearing off awards completely.

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    Bill Murray on Bill Murray

    "I'm a nut, but not just a nut."

    This may be the most truthful of all Bill Murray quotes as it's clear from Murray's surprise appearances at random places that he truly is a nut.

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    Bill Murray on Making Friends

    "If you walk up to some random person on the street, grab them by the shoulder, and say 'Did you just see what I saw?!' You'll find that no one wants to talk to you."

    This is a reasonable reaction when one normal person walks up to another normal person, but something about Bill Murray walking up to a normal person and saying anything usually will result in an unusual response.

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    Bill Murray on the Internet

    "I think that the online world has actually brought books back. People are reading because they're reading the damn screen. That's more reading than people used to do."

    Bill Murray has said some wacky things in his day, but people reading things on the Internet is a far cry from reading from a book.

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    Bill Murray on Fame and Fortune

    "I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job."

    While he does raise a point, a 24-hour job seems like a fair tradeoff for someone like Murray who is worth an estimated $110 million.

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    Bill Murray on Being Lost in Translation

    "In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there."

    When you star in a movie titled Lost in Translation as Bill Murray did, you're almost asking for someone to pull this type of joke on you.

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    Bill Murray on His Family

    "All of us kids ended up `doing Mom.` There are four of us who`ve tried show business. Five if you insist on counting my sister the nun, who does liturgical dance."

    Though the idea of a dancing nun among a family of actors seems like something a comedian like Bill Murray would make up for a joke, the claim is actually true. Bill Murray has eight siblings including three actors, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, and a sister Nancy who performs as St. Catherine of Siena as an Adrian Dominican Sister.

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    Bill Murray on the American Way

    "Yeah, I think that's sort of the American way. And it's also the Polish way, it turns out."

    If you were wondering, Bill Murray is Irish and yes, this is a poke at the Polish.

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