10 Essential Matthew McConaughey Quotes

The birthday boy has a way with words, so we're going to let him do all the talking

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"I don't want to just revolve. I want to evolve. As a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover."

– sharing a life motto with Elle in 2013

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"A man. I haven't worn deodorant in 20 years."

– telling PEOPLE what he thinks a man should smell like in his 2005 Sexiest Man Alive interview

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"There are three things that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to and another is someone to chase."

– accepting the Best Actor Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club in 2014

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"I wanted to really want to. You know, I didn't want it to be a destination. The fun is that we're on the adventure together."

– on why he decided to marry now-wife Camila after having children, to GQ in November 2014

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"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."

reflecting to Esquire in 2011 that life is "all continuation"

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"I am vain. I think vanity is a good thing. It's done more good things for me than it has not."

to GQ in November 2014 after transforming his body for his Dallas Buyers Club role

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"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."

– revealing a spirited beauty trick to Elle in 2013

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"If I start with 'All right, all right, all right,' and 'thank you,' I really can't go wrong."

– on incorporating his famous line from 1993's Dazed and Confused into his acceptance speech strategy, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in February 2014

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"The best advice comes from people who don't give advice."

– to Details

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"Since I was 8 years old, the one thing I've always known I wanted to be is a father."

– the proud dad of Levi, Vida and Livingston, to PEOPLE in 2014

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