115+ Philip Seymour Hoffman Quotes That Will Teach You To Be Humble


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Philip Seymour Hoffman had been an actor, producer and also a director. Philip Seymour Hoffman is well-known for his supporting roles like eccentrics, lowlifes, bullies, and also misfits. Philip Seymour Hoffman had starred in a lot of movies during the 1990s.

Philip Seymour Hoffman had been drawn to theatre as a teen, and he had studied acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Philip Seymour Hoffman had started his screen career in the year, 1991 in Law & Order and made appearances in many movies. Philip Seymour Hoffman had earned fame for his work, in Boogie Nights (1997), Scent of a Woman (1992), Patch Adams (1998), Happiness (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Big Lebowski (1998), Almost Famous (2000), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Along Came Polly (2004) and also, Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Philip Seymour Hoffman had started to play lead roles, and for his role of the Truman Capote in Capote (2005), he had won a lot of awards like the Academy Award for Best Actor. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s profile had then grown, and he had earned three Oscar nominations for his work as a CIA officer in Charlie Wilson’s War, a charismatic leader in The Master (2012) and also, a priest accused of pedophilia in Doubt.

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“Creating something is all about problem-solving.”

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“I feel like I made a little bit of difference.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman famous quotes “I got sober when I was 22 years old.”

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“Actors are responsible to the people we play.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman quotes “I don’t want to repeat myself.”

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“[Truman Capote] was not only just selling his writing, but he was selling himself as a person.”

“A lot of people describe me as chubby, which seems so easy, so first-choice. Or stocky. Fair-skinned. Tow-headed. There are so many other choices. How about dense? I mean, I’m a thick kind of guy. But I’m never described in attractive ways. I’m waiting for somebody to say I’m at least cute. But nobody has.”

“a self-awareness moment. All of a sudden everything he has done comes flashing into his mind, a self-criticism that is unbearable.”

“Acting’s difficult for me because I think you have to be passionately involved in what you’re doing.”

“Being unemployed is not good for an actor. No, it isn’t, no matter how unsuccessful you are. Because you always remember getting fired from all the restaurants. You remember that stuff very, very strongly.”

“Being with a kid always takes you to being a kid somehow, and they really are showing me a childhood I might not have had in some way.”

“Directing is a really kind of amazing thing, because you’re helping others and, in the middle of that, you have to worry about yourself.”

“Don’t let people treat you like a cigarette, they only use you when they’re bored and step on you when they’re done. Be like drugs, let them die for you.”

“Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.”

“Film’s hard when you don’t have any relationship with the director at all and you just show up. Then you really are just a gun for hire.”

“For me, acting is torturous, and it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, that’s beautiful and I want that. Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great – well, that’s absolutely torturous.”

“Good work is the only thing that would make me feel jealous or envious.”

“I always thought I’d be a New York theater actor, riding my bicycle to rehearsal. That was all I ever wanted.”

“I didn’t go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That’s what interests me.”

“I didn’t have any idea that I would be able to have a career in film.”

“I didn’t really buy LPs or go to concerts.”

“I do understand what it is to not want to commit to someone, knowing that might bring pain or commit to a life that has to do with being responsible to people other than myself. These things, I think, are normal things.”

“I don’t get nervous when I’m directing a play. It’s not like acting.”

“I don’t have a specific thing I want anyone to get out of anything I do.”

“I feel like the need to want to create and make something is stronger than the difficulties are going through.”

“I got into plays in high school then I ended up going to college for it.”

“I had a father who was a traveling salesman.”

“I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.”

“I have a fine level of recognition in the business and among the acting community now, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones. If I didn’t think that, there would be something wrong with me. I’m grateful and thankful for what I’ve got.”

“I have an awful memory, and I have a great memory. Meaning that, if I’m trying to remember something, I can’t remember it. But my recall is fantastic.”

“I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’d be dead.'”

“I have three children and I think I’m happy when I’m with them and they’re okay. When I see them enjoying each other in front of me, and then they let me enjoy them in turn. That brings a feeling which I would say is happiness.”

“I know I wasn’t as handsome as some other guys, but I was OK with that.”

“I know some really great actors who are pretty judgmental people, pretty critical people. But they’re great actors. When they’re acting, that’s the craft.”

“I know that obviously, that if you want to get the story, if you want to get close to somebody, if you want to find out what is really the truth or what’s really interesting, you have to create a trust between these two things, between the journalist and the subject.”

“I like so many different kinds of music just because all I did was listen to the radio as a kid.”

“I like to come to the set with very strong ideas and strong opinions about how to do things. And I like also dealing with somebody who’s like that.”

“I think directors should be confident in their leadership capabilities. I think directors should be confident in what they want to do.”

“I think I’m less anonymous than I was.”

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“I think Magnolia is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and I can say that straight and out and anybody that disagrees with me I’ll fight you to the death. I just think it is one of the greatest films I’ve ever been in and ever seen.”

“I think part of being an actor is staying private.”

“I think therapy is a helpful thing. I think everyone knows it. You do it for your life, you do it for yourself, because you want to explore some things, and get at the bottom of some things. It’s about your life, the quality of your life.”

“I think you gotta have an honesty and a humility about human nature and that it’s not about you at the end of the day.”

“I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you’ve got.”

“I think you ultimately have to love who you’re playing. You have to have that kind of feeling. You have to have passion for the person.”

“I try not to plan that too much.”

“I was probably finding my feet more than anybody. I really have to say I was more obsessed with myself faltering than anybody else.”

“I work constantly but I work at a lot of different things. You know, I run a theater company in New York, I direct plays, act in plays, in movies, so I try to keep it eclectic.”

“I would never not work on the part without it playing. That’s what being an actor is. You use everything that’s influenced you to help you get out of yourself or be more creative.”

“If all people are encouraged to actually see who they’re coexisting with, or even if they’re not coexisting with other people.It’s like to look at the world you’re in.”

“If I don’t feel like I’m doing the job well, and I don’t know how to get there, or I’m too scared, or whatever, I’m not a happy guy and I’m not pleasant. I’m not pleasant to be around.”

“If I was a little bit younger I would worry more. I’d want to do one thing at a time but now I try to do a bunch of different things at a time if I can.”

“If I’m directing actors, I learn about acting that way. If I’m acting, I learn about directing that way. Producing is just something that’s come about because there’s projects I find interesting that I would like to help get done.”

“If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft.”

“If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged.”

“I’m probably more personal when I’m acting than at any other time. More open, more direct. Because it allows me to be something that I can’t always feel comfortable with when I’m living my own life, you know? Because it’s make- believe.”

“In a film there a lot of people scheduling, you know.”

“In film, you have to let go sometimes.”

“In life, do you ever really know if you’re missing an opportunity? No, you really don’t.”

“It’s hard for anybody who works a lot and has children. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

“It’s important to say that actors can’t act alone, it’s impossible. What we have to do is support each other.”

“It’s really hard to watch things and then not think about anything afterwards.”

“I’ve grown to really love musicals, you know?”

“I’ve had to make the transition from sweeping in for 15 minutes, doing my stuff and clearing out, to carrying a movie for the duration – in a dress.”

“I’ve seen a lot of friends who have a lot of great projects, whether it’s a script or a play or whatever, and it is a great project and they have great people involved, and they can’t make it.”

“I’ve worked with a lot of characters that are unhinged. I’ve played characters that are unhinged. That’s, like, my job.”

“Life’s pretty funny when you’re objectively on the outside looking at it.”

“My girlfriend’s a costume designer in the theater.”

“My ideal weight is 205, actually.”

“My image of Jesus is someone who is exciting…Were he alive today, he would be causing havoc!”

“My love for the theater has always been a priority. That hasn’t changed. I got into acting that way. The film work that came up was really a surprise.”

“My mum is incredibly intelligent.”

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“My mum’s name is Marilyn O’Connor. She’s here tonight and I would like if you see her for you to congratulate her because she brought up four kids alone and she deserves congratulations for that.”

“My soul is in good shape.”

“No one wants to be pretentious about what they do or take it seriously, because that is just weird.”

“One person’s religion is another person’s cult.”

“People actually live with their id exposed. They’re not good at concealing what’s going on inside.”

“People aren’t going to throw the kind of money at certain people that they used to.”

“People used to be funny about approaching me, but now they seem to think I’m as sane as anyone who’s done what I’ve done in movies can be.”

“Plays never feel like the right thing to do at the time.”

“Sometimes I have a great day of filming and sometimes the theater strikes me better. It just depends.”

“Sometimes I take a temperature of things just because everyone else does. Especially when I’m doing a play. I want to know what people are thinking, positive or negative.”

“Sometimes I’m uncomfortable with the level of fame I’ve got! It all depends on the day and what’s going on. I don’t desire any more fame. I don’t need it.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to say no. Ultimately, if you stick to your guns, you have the career that you want. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good payday and I’ll do films for fun. But ultimately my main goal is to do good work. If it doesn’t pay well, so be it.”

“Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It’s not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it.”

“Success isn’t what makes you happy. It really isn’t. Success is doing what makes you happy and doing good work and hopefully having a fruitful life. If I’ve felt like I’ve done good work, that makes me happy. The success part of it is all gravy.”

“The ambition, the drive, the wanting to be the center of attention, the wanting to succeed… They’re all inside me somewhere.”

“The drama nerd comes out in me when I’m in a theater.”

“The film is made in the editing room. The shooting of the film is about shopping, almost. It’s like going to get all the ingredients together, and you’ve got to make sure before you leave the store that you got all the ingredients. And then you take those ingredients and you can make a good cake – or not.”

“The foibles of my body are pretty much out there in the work I do.”

“The idea that you have a vision of what you’re supposed to be, or going to be, or where your kids are going to be – and that that doesn’t work out – is always going to be something that’s going to affect people and move people.”

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

“The size of my head though is pretty abnormal.”

“The weight comes off, you know? If you stop with the bread and the pie, it really does. It really works.”

“There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don’t just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That’s really a luxury problem.”

“There are characters in movies who I call ‘film characters.’ They don’t exist in real life. They exist to play out a scenario. They can be in fantastic films, but they are not real characters; what happens to them is not lifelike.”

“There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.”

“There’s nothing risky in talking about your personal life. People do it all the time.”

“There’s things that you don’t want to do and they keep haunting you and following you. Bennett Miller directed this project [Capote], who is a friend of mine since I was 16, and Danny Futterman wrote it, and he’s also been a friend of mine since I was 16.”

“To act well isn’t an easy thing.”

“To be fair to my dad, he is one of the brightest men I’ve ever met.”

“To be loved, I think, is the thing that gets you up in the morning.”

“To have that concentration to act well is like lugging things up staircases in your brain. I think that’s a thing people don’t understand. It is that exhausting. If you’re doing it well, if you’re concentrating the way you need to, if your will and your concentration and emotional and imagination and emotional life are all in tune, concentrated and working together in that role, that is just like lugging weights upstairs with your head…And I don’t think that should get any easier.”

“Ultimately what I’ll do next is up in the air for me.”

“Vanity is something that will only get in the way of doing your best work, and ultimately if you’re truly vain you care more about your work than how you look in your work. I actually consider myself a pretty vain guy when it comes to that.”

“Well, in the theater, I think you’re actually more responsible for what is going on onstage as a director than you are in film.”

“When people don’t know who you are, they’re seeing your work for the first time. But if they’ve seen a lot, getting certain things across is a more difficult.”

“When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.”

“When you have a child, as anyone knows who has them, that’s basically all you want to talk about.”

“When you read, you think, and when you smoke, you think. It’s a pleasurable thing, and not a duty.”

“When you see the carrot at the end of the stick, what do you do to get it? These kinds of things that come up, that come up in the story of Capote writing “In Cold Blood,” and when you see the movie, you’ll see what I’m talking about.”

“When you’re acting, you’re subjective; when you’re a director, you’re more objective.You’re kind of watching from the outside and helping others, and therefore I learn my mistakes through others, and also my assets through others.”

“When you’re playing someone who really lived, you carry a burden, a burden to be accurate. But it’s one that you have to let go of ultimately.”

“Why you do something is always kind of a mystery to me.”

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“With “Good Night, and Good Luck,” I think it’s kind of obvious what [Truman Capote]’s getting at there, and the importance of how it’s playing out today, that is journalism doing, are the journalists doing their job, are they being the other checks and balances in our country that the way that obviously Edward R. Murrow was back then.”

“Yeah, writers do hate writing.”

“You can look at anything as a cult. Churches are cults in their own way.”

“You have all the influence you choose to have.”

“You have to have a personal connection. You have to really want to do it, because if you don’t, investing yourself personally, your thoughts, your emotions, yourself into a part, is something you’re not going to want to do as much.”

“You have to understand that crew members make movies so they’re seeing a lot of actors all the time in their career acting.”

“You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he’ll spin six or seven plates in the air? Act` ing sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.”


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