Anthony Hopkins

Life’s too short to deal with other people’s insecurities.
Anthony Hopkins

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

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.
Anthony Hopkins

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

I would like to go back to Wales. I’m obsessed with my childhood and at least three times a week dream I am back there.
Anthony Hopkins
Week, I Am, Childhood
The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can’t even comprehend it. It’s such an illusion, it’s such a strange thing.
Anthony Hopkins

I have a punishing workout regimen. Every day I do 3 minutes on a treadmill, then I lie down, drink a glass of vodka and smoke a cigarette.
Anthony Hopkins

Life’s too short to deal with other people’s insecurities.
Anthony Hopkins

I tried acting, liked it, and stuck with it. I saw it as the way I would keep that promise to myself of getting back at those who had made my school life a misery.
Anthony Hopkins

I’m devious, cruel, cunning and addictive.
Anthony Hopkins

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.
Anthony Hopkins

We’re all caught up in circumstances, and we’re all good and evil. When you’re really hungry, for instance, you’ll do anything to survive. I think the most evil thing – well, maybe that’s too strong – but certainly a very evil thing is judgment, the sin of ignorance.
Anthony Hopkins

I’m a pretty tough guy, you know. I’m a pretty hard man. I’ve got a lot of compassion, but I don’t waste time with people.
Anthony Hopkins

I’m most suspicious of scripts that have a lot of stage direction at the top of the page… sunrise over the desert and masses of… a whole essay before you get to the dialogue.
Anthony Hopkins

Years ago I met Richard Burton in Port Talbot, my home town, and afterwards he passed in his car with his wife, and I thought, ‘I want to get out and become like him’. Not because of Wales, because I love Wales, but because I was so limited as a child at school and so bereft and lonely, and I thought becoming an actor would do that.
Anthony Hopkins

Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry.
Anthony Hopkins

I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.
Anthony Hopkins

I spent two years in the military service, then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre, though, and then I was definitely on my way.
Anthony Hopkins

I know that the arts are important. I’m not denying that, but I can’t associate myself with all the claptrap that goes on around it.
Anthony Hopkins

It’s such a pleasant surprise when you come on set and you find someone in charge like Ken Branagh or James Ivory. You know that you’re going to do a day’s work and at the end of it, it’s going to be good.
Anthony Hopkins

If you do things, whether it’s acting or music or painting, do it without fear – that’s my philosophy. Because nobody can arrest you and put you in jail if you paint badly, so there’s nothing to lose.
Anthony Hopkins

I think a certain amount of stress in life is good. The stress of just working, which takes effort – I think it keeps you going.
Anthony Hopkins

I come from – I came from Wales, and it’s a strong, butch society. We were in the war and all that. People didn’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. You had to get on with it. So my credo is get on with it. I don’t waste time being soft. I’m not cold, but I don’t like being, wasting my time with – life’s too short.
Anthony Hopkins

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.
Anthony Hopkins

I don’t believe in nepotism. I don’t much like the idea of parents who interfere.
Anthony Hopkins

I always had a knack for improvisation. I can write down the notes I play, but never really had a proper academic musical background. I suppose I’m blessed and cursed by the fact I have that freedom.
Anthony Hopkins

If I spent all my time criticising myself, I wouldn’t be able to function. There are actors who theorise till the cows come home. I haven’t the patience for them. It’s maybe shallow, but that’s why I’ll never be part of the acting set.
Anthony Hopkins

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