Alec Guinness Quotes


The applause of all but very good men is no more than the precise measure of their possible hostility.

I never knew how good it is to be unknown until now. The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize the advantages of obscurity.

I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor.

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect his bearing his diction his whole appearance. In short his ego.

An actor is at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who for an hour or two can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents.

Best performance of the year: Aston Villa v. Milan September 1994

All creative people hate mathematics. It's the most uncreative subject you can study.

My contribution to film has always been negligible.

Styling is designing for obsolescence.

Essentially I'm a small-part actor who's been lucky enough to play leading roles for most of his life.

I shrivel up every time someone mentions Star Wars to me.

Failure has a thousand explanations. Success doesn't need one.

A person who is keen to shake your hand usually has something up his sleeve.

A superb tenor voice like a silver trumpet muffled in silk.

That's no moon. It's a space station