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What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that,
by 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

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

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

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

So the better my partner or my opposition,
however you like to think about it, the better my game.
- 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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My next step must be to go to drama school.
Well, I get into drama school, so I did that.
- 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
- John Muir

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

Do not wish to be anything but what you are,
and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis De Sales

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cannot achieve.
- Lao Tzu

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.
- Beverly Sills

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

When all else fails, try thinking.
- Anonymous

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

He who is persistent will realize God.
So try your best to make meditation
a regular experience in your life.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Can you achieve your goals?
You can't reach your goal if you haven't
defined your goals.
And you can't succeed if you don't try -
and then pick yourself up
and try again each time you fail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Life is a gift, and I try to respond with grace and courtesy.
- Maya Angelou

You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing,
but it means that you do the things that
need to be done according to priority.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu


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