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Sam Neill Quotes

Nigel John Dermot Neill

Sam Neill quotes: on throwing back some vino, surviving the pandemic, not wanting to retire, and more.

“Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.”

“You could be an accountant who goes to the same office for 40 years, or you could choose the random nature of someone throwing the dice. I think I’d go for the gamble.”

“‘You should just work within your range.’ That’s a mistake, too. You should always think, ‘Oh, I haven’t been there before.’ Some of my best work is when I’ve been unsure whether I can actually pull it off.”

“Be prepared but always be open to what might happen.”

“Where we’re going, we won’t need eyes to see.”

“We take what we need. We are free to discard what we see as obsolete, and we are free to innovate where we see the need.”

“It makes the day considerably more enjoyable when you’re working with people you think are good, and it makes your job easier, too.”

“It is really important to listen carefully.”

“Wines are like women in that it’s often the imperfections that fascinate.”

“I love the fact that you can’t tell pinot noir what to do; it has to express itself. And it’s always just beyond your grasp. If you do manage to get a hold of it, it’s only for a fleeting moment.”

“Wine drinking is part of living well.”

“I wasn’t outgoing at all as a child. Stuttering affected my childhood. The speech problem greatly affected my childhood and I always hoped people would not talk to me so I would not have to answer back. I kind of outgrew it. I can still…. you can detect me as a stammerer. Acting has had a therapeutic effect on me and it probably helped give me confidence.”

“Exacerbating one’s own anxiety is counter-productive. Busying oneself with things that might not seem of any coincidence, like learning to sing a song with an instrument, can be one of the most uplifting things you can do. So that’s what I’m looking for. Things that are gonna make me feel better. I don’t think this is a selfish thing, I think it’s purely common sense. It is a kindness to stay at home.”

“I continue to strongly convey my commitment and compassion to bringing attention to stuttering.”

“When I left university I was working for a documentary film company for six or seven years to the great relief of my father whose greatest waking fear was that I would become an actor.”

“It was just as well I found acting because I had no aptitude for anything else.”

“When I started in films, it never really occurred to me that I could make a career out of acting.”

“There is one driving force behind my decision-making. I would like to say that I planned everything very meticulously, but actually, it’s entirely haphazard. It’s like that for most actors, unless they have a burning desire to be perhaps the greatest Shakespearean of their day. It’s like being in a pinball machine. You just ricochet from one thing to another.”

“Every actor wants more offers, but I get enough and I do like to be busy.”

“I’m serviceable. I’m durable. I get the job done.”

“I’ve worked all my life to shed myself of any character.”

“I’m conscious that there’s only a limited amount that I’ll get done before I get shuffled into retirement, but I certainly have no desire to retire. I’ve got plenty more fuel in the tank.”

“I certainly don’t want to die playing a round of golf. And I don’t want to die like Elvis.”

“I love going to work on a film set. It’s taken me to every tiny corner of the world, and it’s been a very rich, varied journey. Coming from a little tiny corner of New Zealand, I never imagined that any of this would be possible.”

“I’m up for anything: stories I haven’t heard before and characters I haven’t played. It’s limitless.”

“I like actors. I like their insecurities, their humor and their intelligence. I feel very privileged working with other actors. Actors tend to be the best company I know.”

“I understand acting and I understand actors. I don’t really understand the world of celebrity. That’s just bizarre. Those sorts of elements I’m at sea with. It doesn’t matter how popular an actor you are: nobody will remember you forever.”

“It is endlessly challenging to retain your childhood these days because you’re bombarded with the internet and adulthood. I was talking with friends the other day about how we were ‘free-range’ as kids: only hunger would drive us back home at night.”

“I think so much of your energy when you’re growing up is about becoming independent of your parents. And the older you get, the more you realize you’re actually so much part and parcel of the same kind of material.”

“[Regarding the Coronavirus] I’m concerned that people are rushing back to some semblance of what was before, but now it’s time to be more cautious than ever. It’s human nature to think that it’s all over, but if we get a second wave, then we’re all in deep sh*t.”

“If there is an upside to being effectively imprisoned, it’s that you have to get a little bit inventive, and you’ve got time to do the things that you’re far too busy to do otherwise. And all that busyness is just being busy getting to somewhere else where you’re gonna be busy, and then getting back to be busy at home again. We have the opportunity to be a bit quiet for a bit, and to think about different stuff, and to play with our toys.”

“I want to get back to work—I need to get back to work—but on the other hand, it’s been rather good having to just slow down and pay attention to some things that the hecticness of modern life doesn’t permit you to properly enjoy. So I’ve just been completely engaged in a whole lot of things that I wouldn’t normally have time to do.”

“Human contact is everything. We are social beings. These devices and technologies are incredible in the time of self-isolation, they really are. By the way, stay safe. Keep your distance, wash your hands and look, get on FaceTime or Skype—makes all the difference to those you love.”

“When COVID was kicking in, there was so much uncertainty and anxiety and fearfulness. o one knew if this was the end of the world or a bloody zombie apocalypse. So it seemed self-evident to me that my social media content should be reassuring and soothing and generally cheerful. If it’s cheered up one or two people, then I feel like my time has been well spent.”

“What little common sense I have is telling me to find enjoyment within the confines of one’s lockdown. And to try and treat it as an opportunity to be still and thoughtful and kind.”

“To be well-loved in life is as much as one can hope for, isn’t it?”

“We always have to remind ourselves of how fragile life on this planet is and what responsibilities we have.”

Cory Johnson: CEO of a business he has yet to launch. As seen on your mom’s phone. Scaled to 7-figures in seven seconds selling a course on selling courses. Kidding. Watch this.