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Derek Jacobi Quotes and Sayings

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He was living in an age much more dangerous,
more painful, much more on the edge than our own particular age.
- Derek Jacobi

I thought it was getting better and better,
because the production values were increasing each time we did it.
- Derek Jacobi

I truly don't know why it was ended,
It was suddenly decided that that would be it.
They never said particularly why, because they were cut off in their prime.
- Derek Jacobi

Ultimately it's a leap of faith and a leap of imagination
to put yourself back in time into those conditions
and situations and see how you would react.
- Derek Jacobi


I'm always conscious of the fact that I am part of
a profession that is 80% permanently unemployed.
So, to be working in any sense is to be privileged.
- Derek Jacobi

I never lose that terror of 'this is my last job,
I'll never work again.' You can never relax and rely
on whatever reputation you've built.
- Derek Jacobi

We started filming in 1993 which was only four years
after the fall of communism.
The difference in Budapest over the last five years has been remarkable.
- Derek Jacobi

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It was never physically dangerous except when I nearly fell off a horse,
but it was physically arduous - especially when you
were working late at night.
- Derek Jacobi

Actors, I don't think, ever really grow up.
I'm hoping that that rejuvenating process applies to me,
It has so far.
I've been very lucky.
- Derek Jacobi

I've been a professional actor now for 38 years.
A long time.
And it's wonderful to earn your living doing something that you love.
To think people actually give you money for it!
- Derek Jacobi

It's too hard a life for me.
I could only do it - check out in that sense -
if I checked out somewhere that was luxurious and within
hailing distance of civilization.
- Derek Jacobi

I think that each character has fascinated and interested
me enough to want to play him.
- Derek Jacobi

Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian,
He had many faces; he wore many hats.
But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors.
- Derek Jacobi

Real-life people are often the hardest to play,
people that you recreate who have actually lived,
because you have to live up to people's knowledge of those characters.
- Derek Jacobi

I am an actor and I live in the world of pretend in my working capacity.
I live in the world of my imagination.
- Derek Jacobi

There's never been any game plan or thread through my career.
It's just happened that I've ricocheted from one interesting character to another.
- Derek Jacobi

It was doing very well; it was doing particularly well outside of England.
It was a very big seller for Carlton Television.
But it was getting more and more expensive to do.
- Derek Jacobi

I'd gone into that restaurant and sat down and the
waitress had taken my order and everybody else had
seen me with this what must have looked like this creature,
this animal, sitting on the top of my head!
- Derek Jacobi

I think actors always retain one foot in the cradle.
We're switched on to our youth, to our childhood.
We have to be because we're in the business of transferring
emotions to other people.
- Derek Jacobi

I would like to be as fit as I've always been.
I've been blessed with good health, I've been blessed with stamina.
Particularly for those great classical roles,
you need an Olympian stamina.
I, fortunately, have that.
- Derek Jacobi

You have to pretend to live in those clothes that they lived in,
to live within the climate that they had then.
You have to imagine with the help, obviously,
of all the other technicians that are around -
the writer,
the director, the other actors.
- Derek Jacobi

My first course came and I put down my book,
and I just happened to put up my hand to scratch my
head and discovered that my toupee had been blown by
the wind and was folded over backwards on the top of my head!
- Derek Jacobi

They were totally supportive, always saw everything I did.
One of the thrills of my life was when they went to
the theater to see something that I wasn't in.
It opened doors for them that otherwise would have been totally closed.
- Derek Jacobi

You have to get through the Hamlet hoop as a young actor.
Your classical qualifications are based on the quality of your Hamlet.
And then, as an older actor, you have to get through the Lear hoop.
And I'm approaching the Lear hoop.
- Derek Jacobi

Every person who is offered a knighthood has the opportunity to say yes or no.
You get a letter from the Prime Minister saying you've
been recommended for a knighthood and there are two little boxes,
one says yes, one says no.
- Derek Jacobi

Reputation is fine but you have to keep justifying it.
In a sense, it makes it harder because people's expectations of you are higher.
So, you have to fulfill those expectations.
Or, try to exceed those expectations.
But, it becomes more difficult as time goes on.
- Derek Jacobi

Originally they wanted it to be bigger,
but I pleaded and pleaded and pleaded to have the smallest
tonsure that they could get away with.
A tonsure that could still be seen, but,
I worried about my social life!
- Derek Jacobi

I don't think he's permanently affected me except in
the sense that I miss him.
I miss being him.
Or trying to be him.
He is one of a gallery of characters that have had
an impact on my career and therefore my life.
- Derek Jacobi

I think my parents were happy that I'd gone to university
and gotten a degree in history so they thought,
'Well if acting doesn't work for him,
he can always become a history teacher or something.'
the acting worked out.
- Derek Jacobi

It's often difficult to slough off all that we've acquired,
all the comforts and safety nets modern life provides for us,
and realize that in those days, people were living very much on the edge -
life was incredibly hard!
- Derek Jacobi

Knowing that we were doing good work and the stories were good.
They were original and charming.
They weren't particularly violent or sexy or any of that.
They were just unique and that had a good feel to it.
- Derek Jacobi

I shall miss all the people in it and the great fun we had doing it.
I enjoyed playing the character very much.
It was a very, very special character and a very special series.
And the camaraderie of it all.
I loved it.
- Derek Jacobi

He was somebody who made me think, I suppose,
about the contemplative life.
I've always been a city fellow, but I've often had
vague thoughts about 'checking out' and perhaps going
into a monastery and just seeing what it was like.
- Derek Jacobi

I had to think long and hard about what it would imply,
what it would mean.
Would it mean any alterations of one's lifestyle? Or,
more than that, the way that people regarded you? The
way they reacted to you if you had a Sir in front of your name?
- Derek Jacobi

One of the last episodes was all about a flood.
We were working in the rain till all hours,
and it was muddy and it was cold and it was damp,
and it was hours under the hoses.
That was not pleasant.
That was not pleasant.
- Derek Jacobi

What was so good about it was that the set that they
originally built stayed there,
and weathered over the five years.
It got five summers and five winters of weather.
It became more and more authentic as we worked in it,
and they added bits to it.
- Derek Jacobi

Ellis Peters's historical detail is very accurate and very minute,
and therefore is not only interesting to read but good
for an actor to acquire a sense of the period.
And the other thing I think is that an actor lives
in the land of imagination.
- Derek Jacobi

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is lived in the living.
Set aside convention, caution,
and arbitrary "rules" about how
life is supposed to be lived.
Choose! Explore! Adventure!
Live life to the fullest.
- 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

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

Embrace your uniqueness.
Time is much too short to be
living someone else's life.
- Kobi Yamada

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

Find ecstasy in life;
the mere sense of living is joy enough.
- Emily Dickinson

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

My greatest service to others is living happily,
and radiating happiness and joy to those around me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation
of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If we let things terrify us,
life will not be worth living.
- Seneca

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A consistent state of Serenity and Compassion
is living an Inspired Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Get busy living or get busy dying.
- Stephen King

The challenge of living a great life is to create
a meaningful whole out of sometimes ill-fitting halves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thinking is necessary, but not sufficient, for living a great life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
- Steve Jobs

The most central ingredient in the recipe
for living Simply An Inspired Life
is to Make Joyful CHOICES.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

If patience is worth anything,
it must endure to the end of time.
And a living faith will last
in the midst of the blackest storm.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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