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Godspell was a good leap for me, it was a good shop window. ...
by Jeremy Irons

Godspell was a good leap for me, it was a good shop window.
- Jeremy Irons

What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that,
find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my
face if it's going to be worth it,
and then maybe I'll surprise myself.
- Jeremy Irons

It's always great to play a man who sets himself up to be punctured.
- Jeremy Irons

A trip to the mainland was a big event and happened maybe once a year,
although now you can get across in a speed boat in
seven minutes but then it was a long way away.
- Jeremy Irons

 

I was not naturally intellectual, but somebody whose
interest had to be whetted,
still the case sadly.
- Jeremy Irons

My next step must be to go to drama school.
Well, I get into drama school, so I did that.
- Jeremy Irons

My father was a CPA.
He worked hard in the aircraft industry,
and would come home more and more infrequently.
He was about to leave my mother, which he did when I was 15.
- Jeremy Irons

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No, I don't believe in hard work.
If something is hard, leave it.
Let it come to you.
Let it happen.
- Jeremy Irons

I constantly experience failure in that my work is
never as good as I want it to be.
So I live with failure.
- Jeremy Irons

At age 10 or 12 he's going to boarding school in the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight is, of course, down at the bottom
of England just off South Hampton.
- Jeremy Irons

I was the youngest.
The yule lamb.
The one who always got away without doing the washing up.
My sister was four years older, and my brother six years.
- Jeremy Irons

We all have our time machines.
Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams.
- Jeremy Irons

I liked the theater.
I liked the people.
I liked the time that we worked.
- Jeremy Irons

So nevertheless, what I'm saying is that what one is -
one's parameters are constantly narrowed by one's success,
and my desire is to widen my field even if I risk failure.
- Jeremy Irons

I think I would not be described as a character actor
in that I don't take on characteristics which are very alien to me.
- Jeremy Irons

The sad thing about any business I suppose,
but in mine you see it particularly,
is that you're always asked to do what you've already done.
- Jeremy Irons

So the better my partner or my opposition,
however you like to think about it, the better my game.
- Jeremy Irons

Now in my theater training I showed no aptitude at all.
- Jeremy Irons

I succeeded on sort of chutzpah and charm.
No technique at all, didn't know what I was doing,
but it worked and the character suited me.
- Jeremy Irons

Because I'm now successful, what I'm being offered
as an actor is more and more of the same.
- Jeremy Irons

Actors often behave like children, and so we're taken for children.
I want to be grown up.
- Jeremy Irons

And whenever I'm in a situation where I'm wearing the
same as 600 other people and doing the same thing as 600 other people,
looking back, I always found ways to make myself different,
whether it be having a red lining inside of my jacket,
having red shoes, it hasn't changed.
- Jeremy Irons

So I continued through my next school,
which takes me up to the age of 17, moving from the
bottom stream of one year into the bottom stream of the next year,
all the way through.
I showed other talents which gave me self-respect,
which is fine.
- Jeremy Irons

However, I wasn't very good at the sciences,
or didn't have a lot of help in the sciences or something
but certainly didn't set science for my A level.
And when I came to take my A levels I didn't get a
good enough result to go to University.
- Jeremy Irons

And trust, yes, which is important, but that is what I aim towards.
Now that is difficult for some people,
and with that desire to get things as good as possible,
I would say that I'm probably regarded as quite prickly to work with.
- Jeremy Irons

Americans enjoy uniformity in a way that the British don't;
they wanted everybody of a sort of nice chorus line height and here I was,
this person who was a good three inches taller than
anyone else on the end of the line.
- Jeremy Irons

I envy children who know that they're going to become doctors,
know they're going to go into the forces or whatever.
I think choice is one of the hardest things,
but that's what I try to give my children,
to say you can do anything.
- Jeremy Irons

Paris Hilton, that's very interesting what she did.
I've never done that.
I haven't really sort of ever got into that.
As time passes, maybe I should record it and put it
in a vault so that when I get a little old don't have
the energy I can remember how life used to be.
- Jeremy Irons

I had done a fair bit of traveling during the holidays
in my school days with my guitar and discovered that I could live on it.
Admittedly, I traveled with a sleeping bag but I could
always find somewhere to lay my head.
- Jeremy Irons

An acting assistant stage manager in a theater in Canterbury,
a rep theater.
A small wage but just enough to get by on,
and I made props and I walked on, and I changed scenery,
and I realized that I just loved it.
- Jeremy Irons

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

If the problem can be solved,
there is no use worrying about it.
If it can't be solved,
worrying will do no good.
- Tibetan proverb

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey


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