Anthony Hopkins

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We have a Boesendorfer piano that I play every day. It keeps my brain and my fingers active.
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My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Philosophy
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No expectations. Ask nothing, expect nothing and accept everything, and life is very well.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Expectations
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Try not to be concerned with it. It's a spiritual thing. Don't look for the results, don't live in the payoff. Live in the moment which is a spiritual principle. Live in the moment and let the results take care of themselves. It's in the hands of God. The rest is all ego. And I have learned, over the years, it's got nothing to do with me. As my life is none of my business.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Spiritual
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The way to make better decisions is to make more of them. Then make sure you learn from each one, including those that don't seem to work out in the short term: they will provide valuable distinctions to make better evaluations and therefore decisions in the future. Realize that decision making, like any skill you focus on improving, gets better the more often you do it.
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Collection: Motivational
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Once you accept the fact that there's nothing to fear, you drill into the primal oil well. I believe when we do things without fear, we can do anything. As long as you don't worry about the consequences.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Believe
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By giving up 'the need' and 'the want', things begin to happen for you
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Collection: Giving Up
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If you don't follow through on your dreams, you might as well be a vegetable.
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Collection: Dream
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Israel means war and destruction and we Americans are behind this war and I am ashamed of being American.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: War
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The movie industry is full of crazy people who think that they are god.
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Collection: Crazy
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If you have high expectations you're going to get resentments and all kinds of tension.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Expectations
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I never cling on to hope or certainty. They're the enemies of peace.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Enemy
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I don't want to be anything else other than what I am. I can say that with passion. No regrets.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Regret
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Mortality is the great rescuer, it finally takes you out of everything, and that makes life good.Read Carl Jung. It makes life richer because this is it; none of us know where we go and this is the fun of it.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Fun
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When you begin to believe you have license because you are a special person breathing special oxygen, that's when you're in big trouble. That's the road to insanity. And a lot of people in the studios are like that. They believe that they are special. I do think actors are blessed, or cursed, with maybe a slightly heightened awareness, which you have to use.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Blessed
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Keep low expectations and life gets pretty good.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Expectations
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Guilt is the thief of life.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Guilt
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The whole point of courage, to overcome your fear. That's the interesting thing, when courage bleeds through the fear.
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Collection: Interesting
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We are fascinated by the darkness in ourselves, we are fascinated by the shadow, we are fascinated by the bogeyman.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Darkness
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I’m not young anymore. I don’t wanna start over again.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Want
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I was trundling around with my inadequacies, and inner pain and loneliness. I yearned, desperately, to be something. I yearned to get out from where I was ... some deep discontent within myself, actually some deep dislike of myself.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Pain
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I'm more and more convinced that life is a dream. What has happened to me is surely a dream.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Life
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I've had no ­contact with my daughter for years. That's her choice. Anyway, you move on. If people don't want to bother with me, fine. You know, God bless them, and move on.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Daughter
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When I was a young guy, I knew everything. Now I know very little. I know less and less as the time goes on.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Guy
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I visualized a lot of things happening to me, because I was a lonely kid because I didn't understand anything about school.
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Collection: Lonely
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It's very difficult to liberate yourself from what you've learned. You know it's almost impossible because you learn in order to survive.
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Collection: Order
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Non-expectation and acceptance. Because expectation leads to resentment and depression, so I have no expectations.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Acceptance
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I'm very much a loner. I don't like long relationships with people and I always keep people at a distance.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Distance
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I don't have many friends; I'm very much a loner. As a child I was very isolated and I've never been really close to anyone.
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Collection: Children
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Danger is the spice of life and you’ve got to take a risk now and then…that’s what makes life worthwhile.
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Collection: Risk
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I wanted revenge; I wanted to dance on the graves of a few people who made me unhappy. It's a pretty infantile way to go through life - I'll show them - but I've done it, and I've got more than I ever dreamed of.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Revenge
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The trick is not to get too fanatical about getting the accent too accurate because then that becomes a mask. What I try to do is just painting and sketching some of the sounds without obliterating my own voice.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Voice
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Multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever, and you will still have barely a glimpse of what I'm talking about.
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Collection: Cheesy Love
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Acting's entertainment. It's not brain surgery.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Brain
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Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived... The pain now is part of the happiness then.
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Collection: Love
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The reward is in the doing of it.
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Collection: Meaningful
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People don't always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don't advance in life.
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Collection: Thinking
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That's what happens if you don't address the darkness in you. You become repressed and depressed and suicidal.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Suicidal
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Most of my last 30 years have been like that. Results and manifestations of things I'd dreamed of as a young kid and wanted as a child and as a young man. I realized it maybe 30 years ago. I thought, "This is unreal. This has happened as I expected it to, as I'd pictured it." My whole life has been like that and I'm fascinated by that power that we all have. That we create our lives as we go.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Children
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Sometimes I feel tired and think I ought to give it up, I don't want to just retire. No, I enjoy it all and you just keep going until the day comes when you can't do it anymore. And that's what I want to do.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Tired
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I believe I am quite amiable and affable and quite fair, and I've rarely worked with people who are the opposite. Moodiness scares me. What gets to me is unkindness. Madness. Unwarranted cruelty through words. People who scream and shout at work. I hate confrontation and violence. I've done it in the past and I don't want to do it again. I guess I want a perfect world.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Hate
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If you’re an alcoholic or a drug addict, we flirt with death. We pull ourselves to the brink of destruction and if we’re lucky we pull ourselves back. We all have that in us.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Flirting
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I don't like mushiness. I'm a very emotional person but I hate sentimentality. I don't like great demonstrations of emotion. But as I'm getting older, I'm getting much more open about all that.
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Collection: Hate
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I don't know what acting is, but I enjoy it. I think we ask too many questions of ourselves. We make too much importance of stuff. But I do say to actors when I have taught in classes, or when I sometimes do a talk to a group. I'll say, “If I never acted again, the world wouldn't stop, nor would it stop if I didn't stop acting. That's how important it is. I know it [seems] important when you're young. But I say, “Lighten up. Don't take it all so seriously.” All the gurus and teachers will take your money and run.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Running
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If you don't go when you want to go, when you do go, you'll find you've gone.
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Collection: Meaningful
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I read a lot, that's my main hobby. I've got an iPad which I store books on and I read voraciously. I'm a slow reader but I'm obsessive. I make references, underline things, cross-reference. I'm an autodidact.
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Collection: Book
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We're just blades of grass, and when we go, we go, we never come back; one life . . . maybe that's true. But I tend to believe that this is not all there is. Because my life has been like a shadow of something deeper. And I've experienced that many times.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Believe
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I just learn my lines, go on set. Do my preparation, whatever that is. Have a cup of coffee. Say hello to everyone. And be friendly. "Action" - and then do it.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Coffee
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I don't push my luck. I don't worry about the results and therefore everything seems to work out well. That's something I've learnt over the years. The whole thing about the acting business is that it's a hit-or-miss game so I keep my distance from it.
- Anthony Hopkins
Collection: Distance