Anthony Hopkins Quotes


I became an actor because I didn't know what else to do. Academically I wasn't good.

We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It's a death trap.

I hope I would not be so arrogant as to doubt anyone's religion or belief.

A conductor can't be too arrogant with an orchestra and try to impose himself too much.

This industry has been really good to me. It's been a great life. I'm not through yet. I'm ready when you are Mr. DeMille.

I hate taxing my mind with analysis. I'm not a good analyst. I cannot talk about acting. I hate talking about it. I hate talking about analyzing.

My weak spot is that I don't like analyzing so I tend to be a bit lazy; I tend to get bored quickly which means I must be boring.

I've always been hopeless at everything when I was a kid. That's why I became an actor - 'cause I couldn't do anything else.

I'm glad I'm not young anymore. I don't want to start all over again.

When people call me Sir Anthony I just think oh that's a bit odd. But I'm not cynical about it. Um I just feel more comfortable being called Tony or Mr. Hopkins whatever name I'm called.

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.

If you're in a successful play and the play is working well - I mean successful because the audiences like it the audiences respond well - it's a pleasure.

We're all different. Some people are musicians some people are actors some people are agents and some people are accountants... We're all different.

Israel means war and destruction and we Americans are behind this war and I am ashamed of being American.

I'm having a great life. And I'm 73 and they still phone me up and ask me to do a job here and there.

People ask 'Should I call you Sir Hopkins?' But I say 'No. Call me Tony ' because it's too much of a lift-up.

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

The Welsh people have a talent for acting that one does not find in the English. The English lack heart.

We all dream. We dream vividly depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation whether we believe in God or we have religion or we're atheist.

Our existence is beyond our explanation whether we believe in God or we have religion or we're atheist. Our existence is beyond our understanding. No one has an answer.

I know that the arts are important. I'm not denying that but I can't associate myself with all the claptrap that goes on around it.

People don't always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don't advance in life.

I worked with Lawrence Olivier some years ago. He was a great mentor.

You're not more than one generation from poor white trash are you Agent Starling?

Every time I try to retire or even think of retiring from acting my agent comes up with a script.

I like the good life too much I'm not good at going on stage night after night and on wet Wednesday afternoons.

I always distrust the word art when it is applied to acting.

I tried acting liked it and stuck with it. I saw it as the way I would keep that promise to myself of getting back at those who had made my school life a misery.

I don't know what acting is but I enjoy it.

Acting's entertainment. It's not brain surgery.

I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.

We have a Boesendorfer piano that I play every day. It keeps my brain and my fingers active.

That's what happens if you don't address the darkness in you. You become repressed and depressed and suicidal.

Whether it's overeating or it's overworking or over-sex or whatever it is alcoholism drug addition we push ourselves to the brink and then pull back because it's kind of exciting.

I'm devious cruel cunning and addictive.

I don't have any [favourite role]. I'm just a working actor.

I would like to go back to Wales. I'm obsessed with my childhood and at least three times a week dream I am back there.

I have dual citizenship; it just so happens I live in America. I would like to go back to Wales. I'm obsessed with my childhood and at least three times a week dream I am back there.

At my age any day above ground and vertical is a good day.

I worked with Steven Spielberg on Amistad... he seemed so very secure in himself that he let me do things.

I think the first British actor who really worked well in cinema was Albert Finney. He was a back-street Marlon Brando. He brought a great wittiness and power to the screen. The best actor we've had.

I learn poetry learn text and that really keeps you alive.

If you have high expectations you're going to get resentments and all kinds of tension.

I've been composing music all my life and if I'd been clever enough at school I would like to have gone to music college.

I've felt like an outsider all my life. It comes from my mother who always felt like an outsider in my father's family. She was a powerful woman and she motivated my father.

I worked at the Steel Company Of Wales when I was 17. My job was to supply tools to the guys working the blast furnaces.

The whole point of courage to overcome your fear. That's the interesting thing when courage bleeds through the fear.

I've had no contact with my daughter for years. That's her choice. Anyway you move on. If people don't want to bother with me fine. You know God bless them and move on.

I think all those actors from that generation like Bogart - they were wonderful actors. They didn't act. They just came on and they did it and the characters were wonderful.

We are fascinated by the darkness in ourselves we are fascinated by the shadow we are fascinated by the boogeyman.

Shakespeare's so bloody difficult and I don't like failure. You can fail on film but there's nobody actually there in the flesh to watch you failing.

I love traveling. I like to keep moving. I love the big open spaces in America.

My father was grounded a very meat-and-potatoes man. He was a baker.

My life turned out to be beyond my greatest dreams.

Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry.

Multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever and you will still have barely a glimpse of what I'm talking about.

I'm fascinated by the fact that we can't grasp anything about time.

My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me.

My life is not my own business.

I was bullied as a boy - lots of kids are but hopefully most of us get on with our lives and grow up.

Once you begin to fall off the track and believe you breathe different air to everyone else you're doomed; you're finished.

There's many a good tune played by an old banjo.

I'd like to wake up and look like Brad Pitt in the morning but I don't. I look in the mirror and I see me.

I play music - I write my own music but I play music just background music really and just let it happen.

I'm composing and writing music.

I think doubt is a very healthy way to live.

I've got a great sense of humor.

When you're young you're very insecure. And if I could learn if I could revisit my own past I could say to myself don't think too much just get on and do it.

When I direct I try to keep it a unique design of my own. Naturally you're influenced.

The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more what you show them in fact is bad acting.

I have no illusions about my position in this world as an actor or anything like that. I'm very realistic. Reality is a very liberating thing.

I've been very lucky. I've had my problems in the past I've had my troubles but you move on. I had a great life and I am really thankful for it.

Well everyone likes movies when they're a little kid.

I tend to get bored quickly which means I must be boring.

I was hell bent on destruction... it was like being possessed by a demon.

I don't waste time being soft. I'm not cold but I don't like being wasting my time with-life's too short.

I am young! Being creative and keeping your brain occupied is very sensible because if you don't you die slowly.

I don't mind being a commodity. It's given me a good life.

The knighthood was a tremendous honour I don't dismiss it. But I feel embarrassed by the flowery theatrical stuff that goes with being an actor.

I don't know what I believe.

I love life because what more is there?

On his Hannibal Lector mask: I've got it at home. I wear it to bed every night.

I'm married. My wife Stella - a beautiful woman. She's brought a lot of peace to my life a lot of wisdom.

I've always liked to be a meat and potatoes kind of actor who doesn't believe in any of the highfalutin stuff about acting so I tend to be a little bit more cynical.

I'm always cast in these strange men... that's not me really.

Certainty is the enemy of mankind. If you're certain about everything you have the Inquisition you have Nazis and you have - that certainty is something to be guarded about.

I never cling on to hope or certainty. They're the enemies of peace.

It was a challenge to work with Oliver Stone.

I love roller coasters. I don't get a chance often but I've gone to Magic Mountain and gone on the rides. I love roller coasters.

I was called 'Dumbo ' like the elephant as a child because I couldn't understand things at school.

As a Welshman that can't sing I never feel more proud to be Welsh than when I hear the Treorchy Male Choir - the Master Choir of them all. If I could sing I would apply for membership myself.

I have a punishing workout regimen. Every day I do 3 minutes on a treadmill then I lie down drink a glass of vodka and smoke a cigarette.

I have dual citizenship it just so happens I live in America.

I don't have many friends; I'm very much a loner. As a child I was very isolated and I've never been really close to anyone.

You look closely enough you'll find that everything has a weak spot where it can break sooner or later.

I love the hour in makeup. It gives you time to think and have a cup of coffee. It's my favorite part of the day.

People forget that Mozart wrote for commissions. There's a thing in psychology where they think if it's popular it can't be serious.

I play piano and that's my love. I read and I paint and I compose music so I've got a pretty full creative life. And it's not because I'm obsessively creative.

I couldn't say I ever dreamt of becoming a composer a pianist or anything else for that matter. I have the kind of brain where nothing is set in stone.

The magical supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can't even comprehend it. It's such an illusion it's such a strange thing.

Things have changed so much now. Everything is downloaded onto computers. I'm not a computer-savvy guy but with downloading the movie industry has changed.

I never make conscious decisions.

I'm more and more convinced that life is a dream. What has happened to me is surely a dream.

My weak spot is laziness. Oh I have a lot of weak spots: cookies croissants.

In the theatre people talk. Talk talk until the cows come home about journeys of discovery and about what Hazlitt thought of a line of Shakespeare. I can't stand it.

The movie industry is full of crazy people who think that they are god.

My weak spot is laziness. I have a lot of weak spots - cookies croissants; my wife is always lecturing me about this I tend to put it all down as habit or it's just acting.

And I love a scary movie. It makes your toes curl and it's not you going through it.

I always had a knack for improvisation. I can write down the notes I play but never really had a proper academic musical background. I suppose I'm blessed and cursed by the fact I have that freedom.

The reward is in the doing of it.

Relish everything that's inside of you the imperfections the darkness the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.

I'm not a health freak. I just work out every day.

If you're an alcoholic or a drug addict or something we flirt with death. We pull ourselves to the brink of destruction and if we're lucky we pull ourselves back. We all have that in us.

I'm the slowest driver in the world.

Life's too short to deal with other people's insecurities.

I drank a lot but I wouldn't have missed it. I look back on it as sort of dreary enjoyment because I don't have to be there anymore.

I'm a pretty tough guy you know. I'm a pretty hard man. I've got a lot of compassion but I don't waste time with people.

I don't like freeloaders; I don't like people who are negative.

If you don't follow through on your dreams you might as well be a vegetable.

I'm interested in the dream and subconscious mind the peculiar dream-like quality of our lives sometime nightmare quality of our lives.

Danger is the spice of life and youâ??ve got to take a risk now and thenâ?¦thatâ??s what makes life worthwhile.

Non-expectation non-acceptance because the expectation leads to resentment and depression so I have no expectations.

I'm most suspicious of scripts that have a lot of stage direction at the top of the page... sunrise over the desert and masses of... a whole essay before you get to the dialogue.

I do admire Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen but I'm a philistine. I like the good life too much; I'm not good at going on stage night after night and on wet Wednesday afternoons.

I don't like mushiness. I'm a very emotional person but I hate sentimentality. I don't like great demonstrations of emotion. But as I'm getting older I'm getting much more open about all that.

My father wasn't a cruel man. And I loved him. But he was a pretty tough character. His own father was even tougher - one of those Victorians hard as iron - but my dad was tough enough.

I still don't know what the film was about because all I remember is a whole lot of technical dialogue about a body in a suitcase.

I like to take it easy.

Jonathan Demme is a very sharp editor of his movies.

Actors I admire? Ed Harris or course I think he's terrific; because I know he always had to fight being what he looked like a lot but I think he's a terrific actor.

My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.

No expectations. Ask nothing expect nothing and accept everything and life is very well.

Keep low expectations and life gets pretty good.

I think a certain amount of stress in life is good. The stress of just working which takes effort - I think it keeps you going.

Ryan Gosling. He was a good kid good actor. I like him very much. What was the name of the movie? I've forgotten it. Fracture.

Richard Burton came from the same town as me so I thought I'd follow my nose and follow my luck. I think I've been very lucky.

Getting old ain't for the faint of heart.

Women never really care to face the truth when their hearts are involved.

I just learn my lines go on set. Do my preparation whatever that is. Have a cup of coffee. Say hello to everyone. And be friendly. "Action" - and then do it.

I am a bit of a solitude person - a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don't have any major friendships or relationships with people.

I've played a lot of parts. But I don't look at my feeling is that this is a job. It's given me a good living.

I wanted to be a musician but I didn't have the talent for it so I decided I wanted to be famous so I became an actor.

Oh yes. I'm an actor so I just learn my lines and show up and do it. I gave it a little bit of thought.

I enjoy painting. I don't know if I'm good at it but I paint. I paint very quickly.

Guilt is the thief of life.

By giving up 'the need' and 'the want' things begin to happen for you

I am not very good with relationships. With anyone. I can't be locked up with anyone for too long.

When I was a young guy I knew everything. Now I know very little. I know less and less as the time goes on.

There is nothing to be scared of in movies. It's a bit scarier going on stage.

When I was a younger actor I was very immersed in it very "method" and all that. Now I don't give a hoot.

I thought I did play one villain Hitler [who is] like Lecter in some ways but he's a mythical figure anyway.

I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense... I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.

How do you play Hannibal Lector? Well just don't move. Scare people by being still.

I love to have a laugh. I like to tease people.

I know that some actors and directors like to have intensity on set. I don't particularly. Certainly if they want that that's fine but I can't work like that.

I don't believe in nepotism. I don't much like the idea of parents who interfere.

Acting is constricted because you have the lines. But I improvise with it and what I learn on the set. I improvise rhythms and just changes.

Acting is about listening and reacting. John Wayne was right: Acting is just reacting. You don't have to do much - as long as you stay out of the way of others. That's why it works.

I don't know why they gave me a knighthood - though it's very nice of them - but I only ever use the title in the U.S. The Americans insist on it and get offended if I don't.

Acting is just a process of relaxation actually. Knowing the text so well and trusting that the instinct and the subconscious mind whatever you want to call it is going to take over.

It's very difficult to liberate yourself from what you've learned. You know it's almost impossible because you learn in order to survive.

I don't have a vast longing for the stage.

I'm very much a loner. I don't like long relationships with people and I always keep people at a distance.

For me time is the greatest mystery of all. The fact is that we're dreaming all the time. That's what really gets me. We have a fathomless lake of unconsciousness just beneath our skulls.

I'm not unfamiliar with music and I really do write music. I've gotten a talent for it. I don't have the technical skills but I do plan to learn.

I've reached a happy stage in my life - you can call it "happy" - but I have no expectations anymore. I'm glad I'm not young anymore.

I could stay making nice safe BBC movies for the rest of my life so I decided to risk it. It was a challenge to work with Oliver Stone.

You still wake up sometimes. You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.

I spent two years in the military service then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre though and then I was definitely on my way.

I can't stand directors who try to micro-manage everything. When it happens these days I just walk off set saying if they don't like the way I'm doing it they can get someone else.

I've got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare. I've done it.

I don't want to be anything else other than what I am. I can say that with passion. No regrets...

I have no education I have no academic background in painting or in music but I write music and I compose music and I write and I sell paintings and my rule is well they can't arrest me.

I know how to be strong. I know how to be ruthless. It's part of my nature. I wouldn't be an actor if I wasn't.

There's a thing that if you - somebody in faith is always troubled by doubt and somebody by doubt is always wanted by faith. So it's a kind of paradox.

What I do is just go over and over and over my lines and learn the script so well that I can just be easy and relaxed. That's the way I always work.

You have to be pretty tough to be an actor and you have to be pretty certain what you want. You can't waffle through this business.

I visualized a lot of things happening to me because I was a lonely kid because I didn't understand anything about school.