‘The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.’
‘I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.’
‘I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.’
‘There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from.’
‘It was so nice to go into this fake courtroom. I immediately went up into the judge’s chair. Nice view. A preferable perspective.’
‘All these years, my favourite thing to do in life was to be laughing until the tears well up. Now I’ve found that humour is something as valuable as an Aqua-Lung is to divers.’
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‘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.’
‘I’ve only ever trusted my gut on everything. I don’t trust my head, I don’t trust my heart, I trust my gut.’
‘There’s a saying, ‘It’s easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.’ I’m going through that right now.’
‘I like the idea of helping people help people.’
‘I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.’
‘I’ve never been enamoured by the idea of being a celebrity.’
‘I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form.’
‘I always just wanted to be the singer or the bass player in the band. I’d love to have a band, where I was obviously the singer, but where it wasn’t me, it wasn’t my name.’
‘I like to be able to present myself in two or three different ways because I’ve never really wanted to rest on my laurels and be something that people expected. ‘
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‘There’s no regret. You can’t regret. I mean, I’ve felt regret but I’ve also refused to allow regret to sow a seed and live in me because I don’t believe it. You feel it, it’s like guilt, it’s like jealousy, it’s like all those horrible things. You’ve just got to snip them and get them out, because they’re no good.’
‘We all have times when we go home at night and pull out our hair and feel misunderstood and lonely and like we’re falling. I think the brain is such that there is always going to be something missing.’
‘I was an optimist, a great champion of the human spirit. And I lost that for a time. I feel like I’ve regained a bit of that in the last few years but there was a period of my life in which I had a very low opinion of people in general.’
‘I’m only wanted by directors for the image I give off, and it makes me angry. I always wanted to be an actor and not a beauty pageant winner.’
‘I sometimes shy away because I don’t want to be too ‘showy-offy’ but the older I get I think, ‘You have a handkerchief, put it in your pocket.’’
‘I’m kind of ashamed to be a celebrity. I don’t understand wanting to read about other people’s dirty laundry. I think celebrity is the biggest red herring society has ever pulled on itself.’
‘I would never know how to sell myself as a sex symbol. That’s not how I’m programmed.’