When we have begun to take charge of our lives, to own ourselves, there is no longer any need to ask permission of someone.
George O Neil
Nothing counts so much as family, the rest are just strangers. (as Nicholas Earpp in Wyatt Earp, 1994)
Of course if you like your kids, if you love them from the moment they begin, you yourself begin all over again, in them and with them.
For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way.
If they [presidents] can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
I was at a point where I was ready to say I am what I am because of what I am and if you like me I'm grateful, and if you don't, what am I going to do about it?
Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires.
You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line.
I don't believe you on the 'Jimmy' story. No, I don't, and I'm going to prove it if it's the last thing I do.
Whoever invented the meeting must have had Hollywood in mind. I think they should consider giving Oscars for meetings: Best Meeting of the Year, Best Supporting Meeting, Best Meeting Based on Material from Another Meeting.
I have to act to live.
Sir Lawrence Olivier
I have always been so sure — too sure... But now I am very humble and I say like a little child: "I do not know..." ~ Hercule Poirot
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
At a certain age, death becomes familiar to you-or a loss becomes familiar-the tragedies that are more commonplace in life.
Nothing ends nicely, that's why it ends.
Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.
I slip from workaholic to bum real easy.
Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?
There are times when you just get down, you feel like nobody likes you. We're in high school forever. It's just what we do with it.
I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.
Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen.
I will direct one day, but I have a feeling that it will be very limited.
People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want.
We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.
"You wait and you wait for somethin' big to happen... and then you find out you gon' die.
Ten years from now I plan to be sitting here, looking out over my land. I hope I'll be writing books, but if not, I'll be on my pond fishing with my kids. I feel like the luckiest guy I know.
Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
I just don’t quite understand it [the press], really. I don’t understand the animal. It’s a strange, roundabout way of selling something; it leaves a foul taste... The thing that fascinates me is: who cares what an actor thinks?
The best mind-altering drug is truth.
How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.
There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
Robert De Niro
No fan of corporate conglomerates, he once expressed his disdain this way.