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Ben Kingsley Quotes and Sayings

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I have a rather naive approach, I think,
to my job.
- Ben Kingsley

I would like to make it known, on this program,
loud and clear, that I would absolutely embrace with
all five of my arms being a Bond villain.
- Ben Kingsley

There have not been any troughs as regards my work.
There's never been a trough of my assurance.
- Ben Kingsley

With narration, you have to be very accurate with your voice.
It's a good exercise to do.
- Ben Kingsley

 

I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and
hope to God that I am creative.
- Ben Kingsley

I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy...
It's a tightrope to stay true to the character,
true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen.
- Ben Kingsley

Well, it's wonderful to be identified strongly with my work.
- Ben Kingsley

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As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared
to risk the possibility of starving.
- Ben Kingsley

The hierarchy of class in London was rigid.
It was like a religion.
It still is to a certain extent.
- Ben Kingsley

One of the greatest things drama can do,
at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love,
home, family, loyalty and envy.
Tragedy need not be a downer.
- Ben Kingsley

There is so much to do on a film set.
It is an extraordinarily invigorating and wonderful place to be,
when things are running well.
- Ben Kingsley

When I choose a role it's either because I recognise the man,
or that I'm very curious to know him.
If I neither recognise nor know him,
then it is better that I don't play him.
- Ben Kingsley

When Attenborough asked me to do Gandhi it was almost
like stepping off one boat and stepping on to another,
even though both boats are going at 60 miles per hour.
- Ben Kingsley

All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

I do remember, as a child, that I always imagined,
when I was maybe 6 or 7, my fantasy was that everywhere
I went I was being followed by an invisible film crew.
- Ben Kingsley

If I were to play somebody who ran a fish and chip shop,
I would not work in a fish and chip shop for three months.
Staring at chips is not going to help me in my performance.
- Ben Kingsley

I'm very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted
by acting and loves behaviour.
- Ben Kingsley

I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting.
That's how much a son wishes to avenge his father.
That is how much two young people can love each other.
- Ben Kingsley

There's so much crap talked about acting.
- Ben Kingsley

I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.
- Ben Kingsley

I think that most actors, and they're a very strange lot actors,
very strange people, but I think that they attempt
to keep in touch with the child.
- Ben Kingsley

I don't honestly think people know what acting is.
- Ben Kingsley

In cinema, the leading player is the director.
- Ben Kingsley

When you drop your guard in films, the acting process compensates.
You get lazy and you start acting.
- Ben Kingsley

There was one titanic guiding light on the film set,
and I was in the presence of a true Mahatma,
in the deepest and most profound sense of the word.
- Ben Kingsley

The camera does not like acting.
The camera is only interested in filming behaviour.
So you damn well learn your lines until you know them inside out,
while standing on your head!
- Ben Kingsley

I honestly have no strategy whatsoever.
I'm waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox
and completely surprise me.
- Ben Kingsley

Hopefully, as I get older in the business,
I make my choices more accurately, and I perhaps know
from either the script or the first meeting that it isn't going to work.
- Ben Kingsley

I just loved playing a man who was unafraid of making
an idiot of himself in the process of falling in love.
I found that admirable.
- Ben Kingsley

I have never felt bereft of anything.
- Ben Kingsley

The many many imponderables come together when a film
opens and for all sorts of reasons it may or may not succeed.
- Ben Kingsley

It is better for me to serve a charity as an actor or a voice,
rather than at a luncheon being just a celebrity.
- Ben Kingsley

I think I'm more bonded, emotionally and in a craft sense,
to films that tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary destinies.
- Ben Kingsley

That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease,
that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed:
all of that exists,
and it exists everywhere.
- Ben Kingsley

I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence,
and the theater you like has more to do with language.
- Ben Kingsley

Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.
- Ben Kingsley

If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend,
it does become life and death.
- Ben Kingsley

I think that all of us either lose touch with the child
inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious
to us and it's such an extraordinary part of our lives.
- Ben Kingsley

But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
- Ben Kingsley

I think if I were to go back on stage I might be in great danger of acting.
- Ben Kingsley

I was fortunate as a young actor, to go straight to the RSC,
where I learned that being an actor can bring with
it wonderful responsibilities.
- Ben Kingsley

Filming is so much to do with rhythm,
as is music, and if it isn't there then you know in
the end nobody can save it really,
they can't.
- Ben Kingsley

I'm convinced that had I not changed my name,
I don't think I would have had quite the same career
curve that I eventually had.
- Ben Kingsley

Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic.
- Ben Kingsley

Fifteen years before I became a screen actor,
I was in the theatre.
A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing.
It's harder.
- Ben Kingsley

As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves.
I wonder if I'd still be alive by now.
- Ben Kingsley

The trick is to try and justify every word on the page
and make sure my character is the man who would say that.
- Ben Kingsley

I think that various styles and methods and approaches
are an invention of people who don't understand the
process of acting and who try very hard to label things.
- Ben Kingsley

In England, it's now Sir Ben.
Mister has just disappeared.
It's not even on my passport anymore.
They've taken Mister away from me.
- Ben Kingsley

But filming is good for you, because the crew isn't allowed to laugh.
You can't get addicted to getting the laugh.
- Ben Kingsley

Somewhere in your career, your work changes.
It becomes less anal, less careful and more spontaneous,
more to do with the information that your soul carries.
- Ben Kingsley

John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs.
I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
- Ben Kingsley

I've never had to turn my hand to anything for monetary gain,
other than pretending to be somebody else.
I'm deeply fortunate.
- Ben Kingsley

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Would you rather be right or happy?
- A Course in Miracles

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Make your important choices in life
based on your values and your long-term objectives
rather than on a need for approval.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Resilience is about believing in yourself,
and trusting your own wisdom rather than
being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful
than a lifetime of nothing special.
- the movie Steel Magnolias

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach,
but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect,
we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
- Anthony Robbins

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

The function of prayer is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

Lovers embrace that which is between them
rather than each other.
- Khalil Gibran


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