‘Some age, other mature’.
‘Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else’.
‘Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile’.
‘Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God’.
‘I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them’.
‘I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13’.
‘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’.
‘There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man’.
‘There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!’
‘I think you make the best with what you’ve got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you’re going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures.’
‘You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.’
‘James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.’
‘People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage.’
‘Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.’
‘I realise how precious life is, probably because I’ve seen how it can be taken away.’
‘Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents’.
‘I’ve learnt that through life you just get on with it. You’re going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies’.
‘My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons’.
‘I am a mixture of idealist and realist’.
‘If you don’t have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now’.
‘My acting range has always been something between the two extremes of ‘raises left eyebrow’ and ‘raises right eyebrow.’’
‘The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don’t work as well, you can’t run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can’t lift heavy weights. But your mind doesn’t feel any different’.
‘We all have a responsibility in life to do what we can to help those less fortunate’.
‘You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.’
‘Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.’
‘I’m guessing the stress of having to write for a deadline can be inspiring. Sometimes, pressure is good.’
‘I don’t think anyone should grow up wanting to go around killing people. I don’t think anyone should grow up wanting to be a secret agent.’
‘If you grow up in Britain, you just do Shakespeare. If you go and work in a theatre once or twice or three times in your life, you’re going to end up doing a Shakespeare, because he’s obviously such a brilliant, brilliant writer.’
‘If you want to believe in the fantasy on screen, then you have to believe in the characters and use them as a stepping-stone to lead you into this fantasy world.’
‘Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the world’s full octave.’
‘Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.’
‘It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.’
‘It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.’
‘They are just 100 per cent bear, whereas human beings feel we’re not 100 per cent human, that we’re always letting ourselves down. We’re constantly striving towards something, to some fulfilment.’
‘My life, at least, is divided between writing and performing and mixtures of the two.’
‘An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.’
‘I’ve always wanted to make sure people are okay, ever since I was a little girl.’
‘If the character is really well-rounded, and it’s a really strong character, and if the writing is just fantastic, that’s the thing that will hook me in, certainly.’
‘I like being a mother.’
‘I’m quite a good listener, and I’m good at looking after people.’
‘I sometimes don’t wash my hair for two weeks. That’s pretty disgusting. It’s short, so sometimes it’s easier to just wet it.’
‘If you get a script and it’s really well written, that’s always exciting.’
‘He, who laughs most, learns best.’
‘The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.’
‘If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.’
‘I have several times made a poor choice by avoiding a necessary confrontation.’
‘I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary motivating force.’
‘A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people.’
‘I’m not saying Obama is right on everything. Of course not. He may be wrong on a number of things. But what I do know is that he behaves like a very, very sane man almost all the time.’
‘Now most people do not want an ordinary life in which they do a job well, earn the respect of their collaborators and competitors, bring up a family and have friends. That’s not enough anymore, and I think that is absolutely tragic – and I’m not exaggerating – that people feel like a decent, ordinary, fun life is no longer enough.’
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