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Ian Mckellen Quotes and Sayings

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The thing you notice here after America is how refreshingly
ordinary people look because they haven't had their
chin wrapped around the back of their ears.
- Ian Mckellen

Personally, coming out was one of the most important things I've ever done,
lifting from my shoulders the millstone of lies that
I hadn't even realized I was carrying.
- Ian Mckellen

I don't make much distinction between being a stand-up
comic and acting Shakespeare -
in fact,
unless you're a good comedian, you're never going to
be able to play Hamlet properly.
- Ian Mckellen

When you were on stage, you could be absolutely open
about your emotions and indulge them and express yourself in a way that -
in real life -
I wasn't doing.
- Ian Mckellen

 

That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me.
It was discovering New Zealand.
And even more precious were the people-
not at all like the Australians.
- Ian Mckellen

If you've got Mystique as your girlfriend the fun you could have in bed -
I've just imagined X-Men 3 might open with me in bed with Patrick Stewart.
- Ian Mckellen

It was wrongly assumed that I wished to become some
sort of leader among gay activists,
whereas in reality I was happier to be a foot soldier.
- Ian Mckellen

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Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist.
I also toyed with the idea of being a chef -
but that's only when people asked me what I wanted to be.
In fact, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor,
but I didn't ever believe that I was good enough to be come one.
- Ian Mckellen

I think the point to be understood is that we're all different.
I've never been a fan of theories of acting.
I didn't go to drama school, so I was never put through
a training that was limited by someone saying,
'This is the way you should act.'
- Ian Mckellen

It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long
standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples.
I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous.
- Ian Mckellen

Try and understand what part you have to play in the world in which you live.
There's more to life than you know and it's all happening out there.
Discover what part you can play and then go for it.
- Ian Mckellen

Acting is a very personal process.
It has to do with expressing your own personality,
and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience -
so we're all different.
- Ian Mckellen

If I was on a march at the moment I would be saying to everyone:
'Be honest with each other.
Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships,
and love as many people as you can in whatever way you want,
and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all be happy.
- Ian Mckellen

The Main Thing is to Keep
The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey PHOTO

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

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein PHOTO

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling PHOTO

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller PHOTO

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
- George Bernard Shaw PHOTO

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong PHOTO

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb PHOTO

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

No great thing is created suddenly.
- Epictetus

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it -
that is the quickest and surest way
ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
- Dale Carnegie

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:
the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

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

Do the thing you fear,
and death of fear is certain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes it is better to lose
and do the right thing
than to win and do the wrong thing.
- Tony Blair

Confidence is the most important thing,
more important than gold or currency.
- Wen Jiabao

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
- Winston Churchill

"Be Prepared."
"Be prepared for what?"
"Why, for any old thing."
- Robert Baden-Powell,
the founder of Scouting.
[as quoted in the Boy Scout Handbook]

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing
was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.
- Margaret Mead

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
- Mother Teresa

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common.
Celebrate it every day.
- Anonymous

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.
- Albert Schweitzer

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

The nature of life is to be
a study of contrasts: joy/sadness, full/empty.
The Main Thing is to Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing.
- Stephen Covey

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind.
The time is always right to do the right thing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus


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