34 Breathtaking Anthony Hopkins Quotes

Sir Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television most known for his role as Hannibal Lecter in ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ With a long list of awards and honors received during his lifetime, here is a look at some of the best Anthony Hopkins quotes to know.

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

“I always liked to take the plunge, you know, I’d jump in at the deep end and hope that I’d find land somehow, or hope I’d float or survive. That’s more or less the way I’ve gone through my life.”

“I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.”

“I couldn’t say I ever dreamt of becoming a composer, a pianist, or anything else for that matter. I have the kind of brain where nothing is set in stone.”

“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.”

“I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense… I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash.”


“I know how to be strong. I know how to be ruthless. It’s part of my nature. I wouldn’t be an actor if I wasn’t.”

“I know that some actors and directors like to have intensity on set. I don’t, particularly. Certainly, if they want that, that’s fine, but I can’t work like that.”

“I love life because what more is there.”

“I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.”

“If you don’t go when you want to go, when you do go, you’ll find you’ve gone.”

“If you’re an alcoholic or a drug addict or something, 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.”

“It will be the kiss by which all others in your life will be judged… and found wanting.”

“I’ve got a great sense of humor.”

“I’ve got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare. I’ve done it.”

“Life’s too short to deal with other people’s insecurities.”

“My father was grounded, a very meat-and-potatoes man. He was a baker.”

“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.”

“No expectations. Ask nothing, expect nothing and accept everything, and life is very well.”

“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…”

“People don’t always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don’t advance in life.”

“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.”

“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.”

“The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact is bad acting.”

“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.”

“The whole point of courage, to overcome your fear. That’s the interesting thing, when courage bleeds through the fear.”

“Today is the tomorrow I was worried about yesterday.”

“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.”

“We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.”

“We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.”

“Well, everyone likes movies when they’re a little kid.”

“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.”

“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.”

“You look closely enough, you’ll find that everything has a weak spot where it can break, sooner or later.”

Here is a short biography and ten questions about the Oscar winning actor Sir Anthony. Hopkins.