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Tom Hardy quotes: the most inspiring and insightful content from English actor, Edward Thomas Hardy.

“The only thing I can do is wipe my arse, brush my teeth, turn up, and do the best work I can.”

“No matter how much you can prepare for it, there’s nothing worse than the anticipation.  It’s always the killer of everything.  The actuality of doing something is normally a lot easier than the waiting for it.”

“Never give power to the big man.”

“I like to be other people, not me.  And when you’re on the red carpet, it’s like, ‘Here’s Tom Hardy.’  I don’t want to be me.  That’s why I play other people.”

“I didn’t understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it.”

“I’m not really a road dog.  I’m a bit of a homeboy.  But the reality is, I love what I f*cking do.”

“Vanity is normal in performers.  Does it bother other people?  All the time.  But nine times out of ten, that says more about them than you.”

“Maybe it’s a little ambitious of me to presume that no matter how big the film is, that I can always go down to the shop to buy a pint of milk.”

“I’m not interested in walks in the parks.  Anything difficult that people think I couldn’t play, I’m straight at it.  If they say, ‘Tom, don’t put your hand in the fire,’ you know I’ll be coming out of it casually an hour later with third-degree burns and bandages up to my arms.”

“I have a very busy head.  I have inside voices that I have learned to contain.”

“I’m from a nice, suburban, middle-class family, but my tattoos remind me where I’ve been.”

“We are survivors.  We control the fear.  And without the fear, we are all as good as dead.”

“I liked you better when you were drunk.”

“I’m going to fail to hit the mark I’ve put up before me because it’s not possible to hit it.  I want to be the best at what I do so I’ve got to get over myself already because that’s never going to happen.  I ain’t ever going to be god.”

“There’s always a certain pride in getting the job done properly.”

“So, somewhere between that acceptance and doing my homework and being competitive and having ambition and loving my job and observing and reflecting my society, that’s where I find the purpose.  Because a man needs purpose.”

“Jiu jitsu is very Buddhist.  All that we fear we hold close to ourselves to survive.  So if you’re drowning and you see a corpse floating by, hang on to it because it will rescue you.”

“You don’t step on stage to eat; you go there to be eaten.”

“My job is to show and tell.  If I get better at showing and telling then presumably I get hired more.”

“I get hired more then I get seen more.  I get seen more then maybe celebrity and fame happens, but at the end of the day, there’s no difference between my five dollar performance and my fifty million dollar performance.  It’s not going to make me a better father.”

“Whatever character you play, remember they are always doing something; they are not just talking.”

“Love is doing something you don’t want to do for someone you don’t particularly like at that moment.”

“Responsibility has a cost, and there’s no such thing as perfection.”

“I’m here to challenge myself and to see whether I can shapeshift in an environment that’s actually quite daunting, but which I think would be nice to shine a light into.  The destination of any interesting drama is that you shine a light into a place that not many people know about.”

“It doesn’t matter who you are.  What matters is your plan.”

“Fame and stuff like that is all very cool, but at the end of the day, we’re all human beings.  Although what I do is incredibly surreal and fun and amazing and I’m really grateful for it, I don’t believe my own press release – do you know what I mean?”

“I hate publicists and publicity.  But I love people.”

“A great man is largely forgotten by the public.  He doesn’t stand on top of a mountain, waving a flag, saying, ‘Look at me – I’m a great man.’  A great man often disappears into the ether.  Hardly anyone notices that he was even there, apart from his family and close friends.  He was reliable.  He showed up.  He was there.  He was useful where he could be.  He made mistakes.  Tried to make better of those mistakes.  Doesn’t mean you have to cure cancer or understand the theory of relativity.  It’s not necessarily as rock-and-roll or as cool as you might think.  Part of being a great man is accepting that.  To dare to be average and normal is actually a pathway to becoming a great man.  To have more humility.  To accept responsibility more.  To just get on with what’s in front of your face.  And to leave no f*cking indelible mark of your ever being here, apart from the fact that you were there for your family to the best of your ability.  It’s not an easy task.  I’ll probably f*ck it up.”

“I’m an armchair psychologist, I suppose, and I like to kind of sit around and guess and pretend I know what’s going on.”

“Within the creative arts you can create things and destroy things.  Passion creates and destroys.”

“I wanted my dad to be proud of me, and I fell into acting because there wasn’t anything else I could do; and in it I found a discipline that I wanted to keep coming back to, that I love and I learn about every day.”

“I guess is I had fifty million dollars I could spend more time at home.”

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