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John Hurt Quotes and Sayings

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As Beckett said, it's not enough to die,
one has to be forgotten as well.
- John Hurt

If you do an interview in 1960, something it's bound
to change by the year 2000.
And if it doesn't, then there's something drastically wrong.
- John Hurt

It's an immensely competitive business,
and I can tell you the older you get,
the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.
- John Hurt

Also the wonderful thing about film,
you can see light at the end of the tunnel.
You did realise that it is going to come to an end at some stage.
- John Hurt

 

If I'm in theatre, cinema doesn't even cross my mind.
Similarly when I'm making a film, theatre doesn't cross my mind.
- John Hurt

I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then,
so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.
- John Hurt

I never had any ambition to be a star,
or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.
- John Hurt

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It's quite a dangerous career move to go wilfully on
making films that may not find a distributor.
- John Hurt

My parents felt that acting was far too insecure.
Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure.
- John Hurt

I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind
and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine.
How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe.
- John Hurt

I have lots of favourite memories but I can't say that I have a favourite film.
- John Hurt

Pretending to be other people is my game and that to
me is the essence of the whole business of acting.
- John Hurt

I never quite understand why we watch the news.
There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody
tell you what the news is when you could quite easily
listen to it on the radio.
- John Hurt

It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions
because I don't have any ambitions.
I've never been that kind of performer.
- John Hurt

I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party
that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing
cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.
- John Hurt

I mark a script like an exam, and I try not to do anything under 50 per cent.
Similarly with the part.
And also film is a peculiar thing, parts don't necessarily
read in script form anything like as well as they can
do when it comes to materialising.
- John Hurt

My mother's father drank and her mother was an unhappy,
neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life
afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like
that might happen to her.
- John Hurt

I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all.
I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic,
say, in order to play someone who is sick.
- John Hurt

Nudes are the greatest to paint.
Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life
or anything else is there:
darkness and light,
character dimension, texture.
I painted heads too, of course.
- John Hurt

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

Beckett had an unerring light on things,
which I much appreciated.
- Harold Pinter

I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett.
He's unique.
He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
- Harold Pinter

Where do I begin? I loved working with Kate Hepburn,
which was one of the highlights of my life;
Working with Richard Burton in Beckett was another great joy.
- Peter O'Toole

The first play I saw was a Samuel Beckett play which was great.
- Val Kilmer

James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could.
I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can.
- Samuel Beckett

We are all born mad.
Some remain so.
- Samuel Beckett

What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
- Samuel Beckett

No, I regret nothing, all I regret is having been born,
dying is such a long tiresome business I always found.
- Samuel Beckett

The tears of the world are a constant quality.
For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops.
The same is true of the laugh.
- Samuel Beckett

You're on earth.
There's no cure for that.
- Samuel Beckett

Go on failing.
Go on.
Only next time, try to fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

We are not saints, but we have kept our appointment.
How many people can boast as much?
- Samuel Beckett

That's how it is on this bitch of an earth.
- Samuel Beckett

I write about myself with the same pencil and in the
same exercise book as about him.
It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning.
- Samuel Beckett

Nothing matters but the writing.
There has been nothing else worthwhile...
a stain upon the silence.
- Samuel Beckett

Nothing is funnier than unhappiness,
I grant you that.
Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.
- Samuel Beckett

They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant,
then it's night once more.
- Samuel Beckett

I can't go on.
I'll go on.
- Samuel Beckett

If I had the use of my body, I would throw it out the window.
- Samuel Beckett

Let me go to hell, that's all I ask,
and go on cursing them there,
and them look down and hear me, that might take some
of the shine off their bliss.
- Samuel Beckett

Birth was the death of him.
- Samuel Beckett

Dublin university contains the cream of Ireland:
Rich and thick.
- Samuel Beckett

In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.
- Samuel Beckett

Where I am, I don't know, I'll never know,
in the silence you don't know, you must go on,
I can't go on, I'll go on.
- Samuel Beckett

Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards.
- Samuel Beckett

There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet.
- Samuel Beckett

Ever tried.
Ever failed.
No matter.
Try Again.
Fail again.
Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.
- Samuel Beckett

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett

Habit is a great deadener.
- Samuel Beckett

To find a form that accommodates the mess,
that is the task of the artist now.
- Samuel Beckett

If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do
not love you I shall not love.
- Samuel Beckett

Do we mean love, when we say love?
- Samuel Beckett

Words are all we have.
- Samuel Beckett

I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.
- Samuel Beckett

I shall state silences more competently than ever a
better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
- Samuel Beckett

All I know is what the words know, and dead things,
and that makes a handsome little sum,
with a beginning and a middle and an end,
as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead.
- Samuel Beckett

Just under the surface I shall be, all together at first,
then separate and drift, through all the earth and
perhaps in the end through a cliff into the sea,
something of me.
A ton of worms in an acre, that is a wonderful thought,
a ton of worms, I believe it.
- Samuel Beckett

It is right that he too should have his little chronicle,
his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad,
the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old down all the unchanging days,
and die one day like any other day, only shorter.
- Samuel Beckett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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