110+ John Hurt Quotes That Will Pump Your Inspiration Levels


John Hurt quotes that will pump your inspiration levels. There are so many John Hurt quotes that can help you when you are tired of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a little push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these John Hurt quotes exists just do that.

John Hurt had been a very famous English actor his career spanned over 50 years.

John Hurt had risen to fame for his role as the character, Richard Rich in the movie, A Man for All Seasons in the year, 1966 and also earned many BAFTA Award nominations for his roles as Timothy Evans in 10 Rillington Place and also, Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant. John Hurt had won his very first BAFTA after that. John Hurt had played the role of the character, Caligula in I, Claudius. John Hurt’s work in the prison drama called, Midnight Express had earned him a lot of international renown and then earned the Golden Globe and also the BAFTA Awards with an Academy Award nomination. John Hurt’s BAFTA-nominated role of Kane, in Alien (1979), had earned him a scene where an alien creatures burst out of his chest.

John Hurt had earned his third BAFTA with his second Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, as the character, Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man. John Hurt’s other roles are Mr Braddock in The Hit (1984), Champions (1984), Stephen Ward in Scandal (1989) and also, Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). John Hurt had been BAFTA-nominated for his work in Irish movie, The Field (1990) and he had starred in Rob Roy (1995). John Hurt had starred in the Harry Potter film series, the Hellboy movies. The Skeleton Key (2005), V for Vendetta (2005), The Proposition (2005), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and also, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). John Hurt had then reprised his role as the character, Quentin Crisp in An Englishman in New York (2009).

We have dug up these John Hurt quotes from the depths of the internet and brought together best of these sayings in a single article. This post is probably the biggest database of John Hurt Sayings in a single place. These famous John Hurt quotes have the power to change your life by giving a novel outlook about the way you observe different aspects of your life. Hence, these popular John Hurt quotes should be read with caution and proper understanding of the context. Here are tons of John Hurt quotes that will open a treasure chest of Wisdom and experiences:

“Film is not literature – the image on screen is the information you get.”

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“Maybe what we today would call a nerd or a geek.”

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“As far as movies go, my master is Fred Zinnemann.”

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“I say you play a part, you don’t work one.”

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“I don’t know whether I inspire anything in anyone.”

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“Actors are not always the best judges. We have a peculiar idea of what we think we are, and sometimes it’s best left to others to decide what we play.”

“Being a painter is a lonely, desolate life, but I learned by observing people, observing conditions around me, the way things worked. And I’ve found that painting-which I still do-has helped me a great deal as an actor. There’s a surprising amount in common.”

“Don’t forget there are two sides to performing. Finding the truth, but you also have to be transparent enough for the audience to see it. How many times have you seen a performance and thought: ‘Well, it seems to be meaning a great deal to you but it ain’t coming across to me?’ It is to be shared.”

“He was a very experienced man, and for some inexplicable reason, he walked out in front of one of those rollers. We’re stunned.”

“I can’t say that I wouldn’t prefer to make small films, basically because I think they are probably more interesting in terms of the material. But every now and again, it’s quite good to do a big one.”

“I didn’t consider myself to be pretty, not at all.”

“I don’t think you automatically become an enlightened person because you are a daddy. But they will change you, of course – their understanding of you puts you in a different place.”

“I first got involved with Mel Brooks through ‘The Elephant Man.’ Everybody knows now, but they didn’t know at the time that he was the producer.”

“I seem to watch less and less television. The best thing in ‘Downton Abbey’ is Penelope Wilton. She is always worth the watch.”

“I think it would be really sad if the local people didn’t realize how important he was.”

“I think love can be really tough. Because it involves ultimately an honesty to the nth degree that you are capable of. Once said, you’ve lost your deposit. It’s best if you don’t say it.”

“I think the director, John Huston, took on the picture because he’s been trying to outdo his father, Walter Huston, and that’s impossible. How do you cope with a genius? I couldn’t communicate with my own father.”

“I was completely crazy and mad when I was young. I was absolutely in love with the dissolute.”

“It rained so hard and so quickly that the drainage system wasn’t able to get rid of it as it normally does.”

“It’s going to put the cat among the pigeons, and that’s not a bad thing, it seems to me.”

“I’ve always felt, and I think I’m qualified to say so because I’ve won a few awards, that it’s a terrible shame to put something in competition with something else to be able to sell something.”

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“I’ve never been pushy. People have said I should have been, more, but I’m not sure. I’ve watched hugely ambitious people: the minute they’ve got a success, they know where it’s going, they know how to deal with it, and it all happens for them. Great. But that’s not the way I – well, I don’t like to use the word ‘operate’.”

“I’ve never guided my life. I’ve just been whipped along by the waves I’m sitting in. I don’t make plans at all. Plans are what make God laugh. You can make plans, you can make so many plans, but they never go right, do they?”

“My criteria when looking for a role is that I will do anything that stands the chance of succeeding on the level it is intended to. After that, if it’s a part I can do something personal with.”

“My father’s a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.”

“One thing that is likely to make you lose touch is if you keep in touch with the past too much.”

“Parents are the worst teachers, if they are good at it and you’re not. My father thought I was the densest offspring he could have produced.”

“Picasso was hugely innovative, and, wow, did he have facility, amazing ability, but I don’t think he painted a masterpiece.”

“Punk recognised the fact that the establishment had no room. There’s no point in saying you’ve got the establishment wrong because they hadn’t got the establishment wrong, they’d got it absolutely dead on.”

“Really, I’m only alive out of curiosity. I’m very curious about where we’re all marching.”

“Religious people know deep down that that is the most vulnerable area of their lives, and when others question it, they are liable to hit out and feel insulted. You know it is absolutely without proof, yet people still commit themselves totally to this belief. They cannot refute it because it is so central to their lives.”

“The spray from the other vehicles, but you’ve also got precipitation so you’ve got it coming up at you from the roadway surface as well as probably falling and it can be a very disorienting sensation.”

“The things that I’ve enjoyed most are not really science fiction. They are not much fun to make because there are so many toys involved. They are fun for directors who like toys, like Ridley Scott, but they are not a lot of fun to make. A lot of hanging around, changing this and that.”

“There’s an awful lot of hanging around when you’re doing science fiction. Going down and waiting for them to set up, being told to go back to your dressing room while they change the track and the lighting and so on.”

“They got the apartment, they got the free place to live. They got priority over the Houston unemployed right now.”

“This used to be just FM 1325, a little old farm road. And now State Highway 45, which is the new toll road, will run through here and actually follow the old 1325 alignment, continue across what was Louis Henna and eventually connect with State Highway 130, another toll road.”

“To me, nothing ever feels like a sure thing. I cling to that because it’s very important you don’t ever think anything is a sure thing.”

“Ultimately, the film industry has always pushed out its biggies, and I don’t have a problem with that. I just wish that we’d spend more time nurturing the smaller ones.”

“Very, very broadly speaking, you can put directors into two areas: One for whom you work, and the other with whom you work. And I prefer the latter, for obvious reasons. It’s a great relief to feel that you’re working with someone rather than for someone.”

“Water will begin to slide down those hills toward the flat intersection and hold it until it has an opportunity to drain.”

“We are going to try to either not work on football weekends or work in ways that don’t affect traffic where maybe we won’t close the whole thing or maybe just close one side. We also have the holiday season coming up. We’ve got this entire shopping center, we’ve got a complex on either side of the interstate. We have to take them into consideration.”

“We’re not approaching it to make a carbon copy of what we did last time but we’ve tended to come back to the way we were thinking then. More to the point, I’m creeping up toward being old enough for it now.”

“What’s the difference, actually, between believing in a God on one side or the other, Catholic or Protestant? It’s all the same if you accept it. Much of our morality is based on things completely outmoded. But people are wonderful. There’s no harm in them, they’re not the problem. It’s governments and politics that make wars and do stupid things, and they should be attended to. There’s no security in this life.”

“Where humanity is going to find itself in, say, 20, 30, 40, or 50 years would be very difficult to predict, I think. There are moments, of course, when you think that it’s going from bad to worse, but there are other moments when you think that human efforts are really flowering into something really fantastic.”

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“You can’t lose your concentration at all. And there are times when you’re on the stage, and you’ve got silence, which is wonderful, but you have to have the confidence to make you realize it’s fine. You can’t suddenly wobble and think, ‘They’re not interested.'”

“You’ve got to shout to make yourself heard in this business. It’s unfortunate, but true-if you don’t spell everything out in your contract, you’ve got only yourself to blame for the treatment you get. Otherwise, whether it’s having a caravan-a dressing-room trailer-on the set each day, or whatever it is, you don’t get it.”

“Acting is an imaginative leap, really. And imaginations prosper in different circumstances. And it’s being able – I can’t tell you how one does, but one tries to read those circumstances correctly.”

“Also the wonderful thing about film, you can see light at the end of the tunnel. You did realize that it is going to come to an end at some stage.”

“As Beckett said, it’s not enough to die, one has to be forgotten as well.”

“Each day, as you get older, there is a new perspective on life. It’s a progression of some sort.”

“Everybody, I think, that was in ‘Harry Potter’ was certainly introduced to an enormous lot of young people.”

“His life has really opened up since I made him a Senator”

“How my film career happened, I don’t know. It was unplanned. I’d been in films and TV throughout the Sixties and early Seventies, but it was really ‘The Naked Civil Servant’ in 1975 that put me on the radar.”

“I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick.”

“I don’t like no confusion.”

“I first decided that I wanted to act when I was 9. And I was at a very bizarre prep school at the time, to say high Anglo-Catholic would be a real English understatement.”

“I have lots of favourite memories but I can’t say that I have a favourite film.”

“I knew I wanted to act from a very young age – from about nine, really – but I didn’t know how to go about it. I had no idea. The world was a much bigger place then.”

“I left drama school and went straight into a 10-week film for which I was paid $75 I might say, which for 1962 was one heck of a lot of money.”

“I like entertaining. I adore it. I feel I’m in the right place. Without question.”

“I like the physical activity of gardening. It’s kind of thrilling. I do a lot of weeding.”

“I loathed school. I don’t have an academic mind, and besides I was so bored by my teachers! How teachers can take a child’s inventiveness and say yes, yes, in that pontifical way of theirs, and smother everything!”

“I love the uilleann pipes and listen to Ronan Browne who’s an uilleann piper.”

“I mark a script like an exam, and I try not to do anything under 50 per cent. Similarly with the part. And also film is a peculiar thing, parts don’t necessarily read in script form anything like as well as they can do when it comes to materialising.”

“I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I’m still embarrassed at the word.”

“I never quite understand why we watch the news. There doesn’t really seem much point watching somebody tell you what the news is when you could quite easily listen to it on the radio.”

“I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I’m sorry to tell you I can’t describe.”

“I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.”

“I think it would be very difficult to play somebody if they didn’t think they had any virtues or redeeming characteristics.”

“I think it’s interesting to see how things come into and go out of fashion.”

“I think you can fan the flames, but I think in the same way that a mathematician is a mathematician – He’s not taught to be a mathematician. He either has a feeling for equations and an understanding and delight in it, not only in the purity of it, but in its beauty as well.”

“I think you can get better in mathematics on a school level, but when you’re talking about being a mathematician, I think that’s definitely a gift of genes or whatever.”

“I think, you have to forget about intellect, to a degree. Intuition is very important when you’re working with a lens, I believe, for what the lens is doing, too.”

“I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then, so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.”

“I wanted to work with those boys (producers Andy and Larry Wachowski) because they’re so eccentric and peculiar. Larry, of course, is halfway towards being a woman now. It’s a crazy world.”

“I was keen on sports-that’s how my nose got this way. It’s not actually broken; the nose was just pushed up a little bit and moved over. It’s an aquiline nose, quite Irish.”

“I’d love to claim that what I have done in my life is of my doing, but it’s not of my doing at all. I’ve blown around in the wind like a mad thing, influenced by this and that – like a piece of paper: like the boy in that scene in ‘American Beauty’ watching a piece of paper blowing hither and thither.”

“If I’m doing a play, 30 to 40 percent of the people that come to the stage door have pictures of ‘Alien’ for me to autograph. And usually, the photos are pretty gory ones.”

“If I’m in theatre, cinema doesn’t even cross my mind. Similarly when I’m making a film, theatre doesn’t cross my mind.”

“If you do an interview in 1960, something it’s bound to change by the year 2000. And if it doesn’t, then there’s something drastically wrong.”

“If you listen, you learn; if you talk, you don’t.”

“I’m essentially the result of other people’s imagination. And that’s fine. Because of other people’s imagination, I’ve played parts I would never have thought I could do. Still, I’ve never had a hankering or an ambition for any particular role.”

“I’m not interested in awards. I never have been. I don’t think they are important. Don’t get me wrong, if somebody gives me a prize, I thank them as gratefully as I know how, because it’s very nice to be given a prize. But I don’t think that awards ought to be sought.”

“I’m not really a big musical fan. I enjoyed ‘West Side Story’ when it came out, but it gets a bit tired in the end.”

“I’m very much of the opinion that to work is better than not to work.”

“It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don’t have any ambitions. I’ve never been that kind of performer.”

“It’s a great relief to feel that you’re working with someone rather than for someone. You don’t feel that you’re being tested, as it were.”

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“It’s an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.”

“It’s quite a dangerous career move to go wilfully on making films that may not find a distributor.”

“I’ve done all sorts of children’s things before, but none as big as ‘Harry Potter.'”

“I’ve done some stinkers in the cinema. You can’t regret it; there are always reasons for doing something, even if it’s just the location.”

“I’ve spent a great deal of my life doing independent film, and that is partly because the subject matter interests me and partly because that is the basis of the film industry. That’s where the filmmakers come from, it’s where they start and sometimes its where they should have stayed.”

“Life is full of ironies and paradoxes.”

“My fathers a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.”

“My mother’s father drank and her mother was an unhappy, neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like that might happen to her.”

“My parents felt that acting was far too insecure. Don’t ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure.”

“My springboard is always the script. Even if the script is taken from a novel, I often haven’t read the novel… .”

“Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course.”

“Obviously, the arrogance of my own nature in regards to other people’s work would suggest that I think I’m talented.”

“Pretending to be other people is my game and that to me is the essence of the whole business of acting.”

“Society is constantly recalibrating, redefining what it considers to be moral and immoral.”

“The clergy is in the same business as actors, just a different department.”

“The difference between anger and deep remorse – remorse is much fatter. It’s a deeper feeling altogether. Anger is too easy an escape for my money.”

“The drink was effecting me badly. I was feeling lousy especially in the morning. Now I have a much fuller time with people. The more you don’t drink the more you find you can be high as a kite anyway. I had huge fun when I was drinking. But towards the end I was not genuinely enjoying it. I drank mainly for enthusiasm, to prolong the night and the laughter and the conversation.”

“The English National Opera does have some terrific productions, which are accessible, and they’re not too ridiculously expensive.”

“The first thing you have to get used to in any kind of acting is the ability to make a fool of yourself. If you haven’t learnt how to make a fool of yourself, you shouldn’t be on the boards. That’s absolutely what it’s all about.”

“The most difficult thing about painting is the self-discipline. When I finish a job, I give myself a few days, but then I have to discipline myself quite fiercely if I want to do some painting that’s worthwhile. Otherwise, you’re just doodling. It’s much easier when you’re just told what you have to do.”

“Things come in a quieter way to me. It’s not laziness, and it’s not diffidence. I just know how far you have to bend for work. That’s important for me.”

“Very broadly speaking, you can put directors into two areas: One for whom you work, and the other with whom you work. And I prefer the latter, for obvious reasons.”

“We are all racing towards death. No matter how many great, intellectual conclusions we draw during our lives, we know they’re all only man-made, like God. I begin to wonder where it all leads. What can you do, except do what you can do as best you know how.”

“We’re all far too afraid of being so arrogant to say “Either you can or you can’t.””

“When you’re really working well with a director then you can be as outrageous as you like and so can he. And there’s no worry about it.”

“You can see areas where maybe you got a bit lazy, perhaps, or you see when you were really on form. I think an actor is very like a sportsman in that respect. You have periods where you’re in terrific form.”

“You can see the overhead structures that have been built up to the interstate. We’ve gotten about as far as we can go and now we have to work over the interstate.”

“You collect as much information as you can and then you put it into the mulberry of your mind and hope that you come up with a decent wine. Sometimes you do; sometimes you don’t.”

“You have to learn to cut your cloth accordingly. But it seems to be a human weakness. Once you start making a lot of money, you just join in with everyone else. It’s like the banks, and we’ve seen what happens there.”


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