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Anthony Hopkins quotes: Hannibal Lecter’s best quotes.

“Dreams mean everything.  They’re the stories we tell ourselves of what could be, who we could become.”

“The way to make better decisions is to make more of them.  Then make sure you learn from each one, including those that don’t seem to work out in the short term: they will provide valuable distinctions to make better evaluations and therefore decisions in the future.  Realize that decision making, like any skill you focus on improving, gets better the more often you do it.”

“The reward is in the doing of it.”

“If you don’t follow through on your dreams, you might as well be a vegetable.”

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

“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.”

“Once you begin to fall off the track and believe you breathe different air to everyone else, you’re doomed; you’re finished.”

“When you’re young, you’re very insecure.  And if I could learn, if I could revisit my own past I could say to myself, ‘Don’t think too much, just get on and do it.'”

“Danger is the spice of life and you’ve got to take a risk now and then.  That’s what makes life worthwhile.”

“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.”

“By giving up ‘the need’ and ‘the want,’ things begin to happen for you.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“The most powerful, most courageous part of oneself that one can experience is to totally accept everything.  Accept life as it is.”

“You have to have humor.  If you don’t have humor and you take yourself seriously, you’re dead in the water.  You have to be jostled.  I love it.  You’ve gotta have a laugh.  It’s better than working for a living.”

“Beware the tyranny of the weak.  They just suck you dry.”

“I don’t like freeloaders; I don’t like people who are negative.”

“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.”

“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.  Live in the moment and let the results take care of themselves.  It’s in the hands of God.  The rest is all ego.  And I have learned, over the years, it’s got nothing to do with me.  As my life is none of my business.”

“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.”

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

“Most of my last 30 years have been like that.  Results and manifestations of things I’d dreamed of as a young kid and wanted as a child and as a young man.  I realized it may be 30 years ago.  I thought, ‘This is unreal.  This has happened as I expected it to, as I’d pictured it.’  My whole life has been like that and I’m fascinated by that power that we all have.  That we create our lives as we go.”

“I couldn’t say I ever dreamed 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 like to work.  I don’t like to disrupt my equilibrium.  I don’t like to change my head.  I’d rather be a third-rate actor.  It’s a job, and I’m dedicated in my way.  I enjoy it.  I’m serious about it.  But if it doesn’t come off, I’m not going to die.”

“I said once that if they gave me enough money to read the phone book, I’d do it.  I live in a total state of non-expectation.  I don’t expect things, and I keep my expectations very low about everything.”

“I learn poetry, learn text, and that really keeps you alive.”

“My father used to say, ‘Only boring people get bored.'”

“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.”

“Acting is just a process of relaxation, actually.  Knowing the text so well and trusting that the instinct and the subconscious mind, whatever you want to call it, is going to take over.”

“I’ve played a lot of parts.  But I don’t look at my feeling is that this is a job.  It’s given me a good living.”

“I am young!  Being creative and keeping your brain occupied is very sensible because if you don’t?  You die, slowly.”

“I’m more and more convinced that life is a dream.  What has happened to me is surely a dream.”

“I’ve been very lucky.  I’ve had my problems in the past, I’ve had my troubles, but you move on.  I had a great life and I am really thankful for it.”

“I don’t want to be anything else other than what I am.  I can say that with passion.  No regrets.”

“I love life because what more is there?”

“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought.  Eat the delicious food.  Walk in the sunshine.  Jump in the ocean.  Say the truth you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure.  Be silly.  Be kind.  Be weird.  There’s no time for anything else.”

“There’s great comfort in aging; you play by your own rules.”

“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.”

“This industry has been really good to me.  It’s been a great life.  I’m not through yet.”

“My life turned out to be beyond my greatest dreams.”

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