Laurence Olivier quotes
“Make up your mind dearheart. Do you want to be a great actor or a household word?”
“Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is... It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing you best.”
“One of the disadvantages of being a Patrician is that occasionally you are obliged to act like one.”
“Doctor Watson, Mr. Holmes is convinced that I am some sort of criminal mastermind of the most depraved order. I know he is a great and good man. All England resounds with his praise. But in my case he fosters a ghastly illusion and I come to you as his friend rather than turning the matter over to my solicitor.”
“I was carried away by her, enchanted by her, as everyone was. And when I was married, I was told that I was the luckiest man in the world. She was so lovely, so accomplished, so amusing.”
“I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul.”
“Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.”
“Marilyn Monroe was a professional amateur.”
“Are any of us so blameless?”
“A whole new car from bottom up and bumper to bumper! A-ha! Wheeee! Damn, it's gonna be like the old days again!”
“- David Bennett: We have the right and we have the duty.
- Ezra Lieberman: To do what? To kill children.”
“What are legends anyway but stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things? Of course, it takes courage and imagination... not everybody has that.”
“Not Mozart. Not Picasso. Not a genius who will enrich the world. But a lonely little boy with a domineering father, a customs officer who was 52 when he was born. And an affectionate doting mother who was 29. The father died when he was 65 when the boy was nearly 14... Adolf Hitler.”
“Those little bottles contain demons that have a way of popping out at you just as you're trying most desperately to forget.”
“- Admiral Hood: It takes more than an infatuated youth to make a mutiny. It takes a discontented crew.
- Lieutenant William Bligh: The crew were anything but discontent, sir. Fletcher Christian corrupted them.
- Captain Greetham: Yes, but what made them so easy to corrupt?
- Lieutenant William Bligh: I don't know.”
“- Cathy: Looking at you tonight I could not help but remember how things used to be.
- Heathcliff: They used to be better.”
“You thought I loved Rebecca? You thought that? I hated her!”
“- Sidney Beynon: Have you any idea how many men in their mid-60s die every day?
- Ezra Lieberman: I try not to think about it.”