Sir Sean Connery is an Academy Award winning Scottish actor, widely known for his distinctive voice and accent — a voice that in itself celebrates individuality.

The charming actor had a modest upbringing in a neighborhood known as “the street of a thousand smells”. His father was a truck driver and his mother a cleaning lady. The family was very poor, but young Connery didn’t know exactly how poor they were since everyone around had just as much as they did. At only 13, he had to drop school and get a full time job in order to help ends meet.

Connery began his acting career by accident. After being released from service, he decided to participate in a Mr. Universe competition, where he won the third place. A casting director saw and liked the handsome Scottish and asked him to join the chorus of an upcoming production. And this is pretty much how Sean Connery went from being a poor boy to becoming the sly and seductive British secret agent – James Bond.

In 2000, he was officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and soon after that he publicly retired from acting.

Here are 25 Sean Connery quotes and movie lines that inspire confidence:

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

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

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

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

You call it luck. I call it destiny.

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

Some age, others mature.

No thinking—that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!

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

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.

I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

I take the good with the bad. I can’t love people in slices.

You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive.

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

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

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

If anything could have pulled me out of retirement, it would have been an Indiana Jones film. But in the end, retirement is just too much fun.