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Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility. ...
by Alan Rickman

Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility.
- Alan Rickman

You can lull the paying customers as long as they get slapped.
- Alan Rickman

It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.
- Alan Rickman

My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.
- Alan Rickman

 

When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter.
- Alan Rickman

One longs for a director with a sense of imagination.
- Alan Rickman

All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and
accuracy of their listening.
- Alan Rickman

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If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.
- Alan Rickman

I want to swim in both directions at once.
Desire success, court failure.
- Alan Rickman

What is it about actors? God knows I get bored with
actors talking about themselves.
- Alan Rickman

I'm a quite serious actor who doesn't mind being ridiculously comic.
- Alan Rickman

If you spend any time in Los Angeles,
there's only one topic of conversation.
- Alan Rickman

Market forces impose certain rules before a film can actually get made.
- Alan Rickman

Each character I play has different dimensions.
I'm not interested in words that pull them together.
- Alan Rickman

I'm always aware of the camera and it feels like that's the audience.
- Alan Rickman

Somebody with Debbie Reynolds' features doesn't get
cast as the Wicked Witch.
- Alan Rickman

I was 7, and I remember being given a part in a play and thinking,
This is exciting.
- Alan Rickman

I've never been able to plan my life.
I just lurch from indecision to indecision.
- Alan Rickman

The audience should feel like voyeurs.
Their response is absolutely crucial.
- Alan Rickman

I think worrying things are going on in England -
a real apathy.
- Alan Rickman

Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling.
I love getting on trains and boats and planes.
- Alan Rickman

On film you put all your energies into a single glance.
- Alan Rickman

What's interesting about the process of acting is how
often you don't know what you're doing.
- Alan Rickman

I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.
- Alan Rickman

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit.
Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
- Alan Rickman

There's a voice inside you that tells you what you should do.
- Alan Rickman

My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater.
I'm some kind of accident.
- Alan Rickman

If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.
- Alan Rickman

If you could build a house on a trampoline,
that would suit me fine.
- Alan Rickman

Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over.
- Alan Rickman

I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.
- Alan Rickman

Who I am gets in the way of people looking innocently at the parts I play.
- Alan Rickman

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will
derive no more profit from this work than barren soil
from a treatise on agriculture.
- Quintilian

Everyone has talent.
What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to
the dark place where it leads.
- Erica Jong

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls.
Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
- Jonathan Swift

Talent was not rare; the ability to survive having it was.
- Neal Stephenson

A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
- Cyril Connolly

Elvis transcends his talent to the point of dispensing with it altogether.
- Greil Marcus

What have I got? No looks, no money,
no education.
Just talent.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

I'm a classic example of what can happen if you follow your inner voice.
I was cursed with interests and some talent in many different areas.
It confuses people.
- Dirk Benedict

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
- Maya Angelou

There's tons of people with talent; it's the system that's all screwed up.
- John Kricfalusi

I guess I just don't have a talent for it,
some women just aren't the marrying kind -
or anyway,
not the permanent marrying kind, and I'm one of them.
- Jane Wyman

Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum.
There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.
- Fred Allen

Again, talent is the real import of being in the business.
- Bobby Sherman

I really believe that everyone has a talent,
ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
- Dean Koontz

Those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily
outperform everyone else.
It's the people with follow-through who excel.
- Mary Kay Ash

In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.
- Carter G. Woodson

For two thousand years, the Church has guided the development of music,
carefully legislating to fuse artistic talent and aesthetic
beauty with the demands of the Faith.
- Richard Morris

I started Michael years ago.
I saw him in Gary, Indiana, and we'd have him on the talent shows.
He kind of emulated me, and did the best he could.
- James Brown

The talent that I was blessed with was really for the theater.
- David Hasselhoff

Talent is being able to please people.
- Marty Robbins

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence,
but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
- Joseph Addison

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

There is such amazing talent at Disney.
My job is 100% creative, and I am very excited to creatively lead them.
- John Lasseter

But I think funny and talent will always win out;
I mean,
of course there are hurdles, but I think if you're
funny you will get over all of that.
- Wanda Sykes


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