Dustin Hoffman Quotes


The Academy Awards are obscene dirty . . . no better than a beauty contest.

Well this is aptly called a junket for both of us. I have never been to a house of prostitution but I understand that you get in more than seven minutes.

What makes divorce happen is that you can't be in the same space any more for whatever reason - but the love stays. And that's the killer. That's where the vehemence and anger and rage comes from.

If you have this enormous talent it's got you by the balls it's a demon. You can't be a family man and a husband and a caring person and be that animal. Dickens wasn't that nice a guy.

There's too many interesting women I haveâ?¦not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.

Depressed anxious sad frightened? Yes. But I've never been bored.

I hope to God I don't win an Oscar tomorrow night. It would really depress me if I did. I really don't deserve it. It wasn't that important a part anyhow.

We're all a little nit autistic.

There is something unnatural about marriage. These two people are not going to be the same people in a few years. The trick is to live your own life while sharing the same space.

I don't like the fact that I have to get older so fast but I like the fact that I'm aging so well.

I did some writing and bought a book and have been working on that as a film to act and direct in.

I lived below the official American poverty line until I was 31.

So they had this 40-odd year friendship with each other and with Mr Harwood. So when I came on it Albert Tom and Maggie were in the cast. But then Albert wasn't up for it so he had to withdraw.

We need to band together as a unit every day especially to conquer the strength of the AIDS virus.

There's a new medical crisis. Doctors are reporting that many men are having allergic reactions to latex condoms. They say they cause severe swelling. So what's the problem?

Blame is for God and small children.

I want to thank my parents for not practicing birth control.

Somehow I think it was declared very early on that I was the - if not the black sheep of the family not a very good student.

I think right now television is the best that itâ??s ever been and I think that itâ??s the worst that film has ever been.

I did a movie called Marathon Man and it was one of my best memories.

I wanted to find my limitations so I decided to do Shylock. And if I fail? I've never been afraid of that. I have other fears - doing bad work knowingly is the worst fear.

Canada is like a nice family living over a biker bar . . . They keep telling the downstairs neighbors to keep down the noise people are trying to sleep.

Myth is supposed to bring us together but fantasy alienates us.

I decided a long time ago but sometimes it takes you 40 years to get around to doing something - and that's the truthful answer.

Next to that kid we all look like onions.

In my room as a kid... I'd play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win.

The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.

One thing about being successful is that I stopped being afraid of dying. Once you're a star you're dead already. You're embalmed.

I feel cheated never being able to know what it's like to get pregnant carry a child and breast feed.

I knew I finally made it as a performer when I began hearing rumors that I was gay.

I'm sixty-eight I cry every chance I can.

There's nothing that I love more than predawn. I'm with the dogs I make coffee and there's no one up.

One of the things you can do as an actor is compensate for the things you can't do in life.

God knows I've done enough crap in my life to grow a few flowers.

I decided to become an actor because I was failing in school and I needed the credits.

The truth is I've made about 30 movies in 30 years and I've been criticized for 30 years for not making more movies.

A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.

If you're waiting for the job you're dead.

Peter Pan prepare to meet thy doom.

I don't believe in hell. I believe in unemployment but not hell.

Lightbulbs die my sweet. I will depart.

If there is no direct threat why are we invading?

I stopped working a few years ago because I just lost a spark that I'd had before. I thought I'd just try writing and maybe start directing but I did it very quietly.

Now I'm simply working with people I want to work with. I just want to have good working experiences and let the dice fall where they may.

I love acting and I`m not going to determine what I do based on what I fear other people might think. I do what I want to do.

Euthanasia is legal in Hollywood. They just kill the film if it doesn't succeed immediately.

Humanity seized to exist when Israel was established.

I believe - though I may be wrong because I'm no expert - that this war is about what most wars are about: hegemony money power and oil.

I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.

Life stinks but that doesn't mean you don't enjoy it.

I love working I'd be dead if I hadn't found myself as an actor I didn't have to be successful.

To have a successful marriage a man must on a fundamental level be scared shitless of his wife.

It's true what they say about failure. You don't learn from success.

I like to mimic my grandkids. I'm trying to understand the intensity of fixation on a leaf. Kids don't need anything else in their life.

A "take" is an opportunity to fail ... and we think that we have to get it right all the time.

If you can get out there and say I'm going to...I'm willing to fail at what I feel is right that's it.

Many actors want to play Hamlet and Macbeth. Ever since I became an actor from the very beginning I just wanted to play a Shetland pony. I cannot explain why

I think the most insulting thing you can do to a director is to challenge when he or she is satisfied with your interpretation.

This is your life. Now go make it the one you've always wanted.

It isnâ??t a big jump in the imagination to see yourself living alone like Mr Hoppy.

That's what we're all looking for the place where the work leads us.

But I would reinvent myself if I could. As a sexy leading man! We all would like that but I don't know how to.

37 seconds well used is a lifetime.

Life is an occasion...rise to it.

I got into acting so that I could meet girls. Pretty girls came later. First I wanted to start off with someone with two legs who'd smile at me and look soft.

Well 45-odd years of doing it so we all pile up the things we like about directors and the things we don't like about directors. And sometimes they're very similar.

And that's another reason to make this movie: We can put plays on film now at a relatively small cost and they will reach an audience they would never have reached otherwise.

Mrs. Robinson you're trying to seduce me... aren't you?

You spend so much of your life basing yourself on what you think other people think of you. Then you realise that maybe one of the purposes of life is not to care.

Well first of all it's hard to shoot a movie and break for a long time and then come back and do in a sense one of the biggest scenes that each character had.

It's very painful for us to feel we deserve a life. That's the toughest thing. That we deserve to have a life. That can take a lifetime.