Best Quotes from Jeremy Irons

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.

Jeremy Irons

Civility, politeness, it’s like a cement in a society: binds it together. And when we lose it, then I think we all feel lesser and slightly dirty because of it.

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Commerce seems to be covering every aspect of our lives now. Which me, because I’m a romantic, is sad for me to say.

Jeremy Irons

I don’t mind getting older. I’m enjoying not having that raging ambition I’ve had all my life.

Jeremy Irons

I had done a fair bit of traveling during the holidays in my school days with my guitar and discovered that I could live on it. Admittedly, I traveled with a sleeping bag but I could always find somewhere to lay my head.

Jeremy Irons

Paris Hilton, that’s very interesting what she did. I’ve never done that. I haven’t really sort of ever got into that. As time passes, maybe I should record it and put it in a vault so that when I get a little old don’t have the energy I can remember how life used to be.

Jeremy Irons

There are wonderful things happening all around the world. From Nova Scotia to Kerala, Bristol to Melbourne, and even in the Philippines, zero waste is on the agenda. I think what’s particularly inspiring is when communities don’t wait to be told what to do but just go ahead and do it.

Jeremy Irons

I looked at the circus, and I looked at the carnival, at the fun fair. But I looked at sleeping accommodations and decided I was too middle class to put up with that! So then I joined the theater and found I could choose my own bedroom. I loved the atmosphere. I loved that we worked till midnight and didn’t start till ten.

Jeremy Irons

Mathematicians are always playing tricks on each other. They’re always pulling jokes on each other.

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No, I don’t believe in hard work. If something is hard, leave it. Let it come to you. Let it happen.

Jeremy Irons

I wouldn’t call myself a method actor, but I have my own method. I do my own research. I come up with a background for the character. I’m not a club man. I don’t like isms. I’ve never really studied Stanislavski.

Jeremy Irons

He’s a man who… well, one of the great things about Shakespeare is that his characters are inconsistent, and that’s something I think makes him a writer above most writers because inconsistency is what we, as people, are full of. We maybe don’t see it in ourselves too often, but we are inconsistent.

Jeremy Irons

An acting assistant stage manager in a theater in Canterbury, a rep theater. A small wage but just enough to get by on, and I made props and I walked on, and I changed scenery, and I realized that I just loved it.

Jeremy Irons

I think the job of artists is to stir things up.

Jeremy Irons

I was the youngest. The yule lamb. The one who always got away without doing the washing up. My sister was four years older, and my brother six years.

Jeremy Irons

I think I would not be described as a character actor in that I don’t take on characteristics which are very alien to me.

Jeremy Irons

Americans enjoy uniformity in a way that the British don’t; they wanted everybody of a sort of nice chorus line height and here I was, this person who was a good three inches taller than anyone else on the end of the line.

Jeremy Irons

I have developed a life which seems to need a relatively high income.

Jeremy Irons

I came to London. I spent nine months doing domestic work and gardening because I knew I wanted to get a West End show. So, when I was offered jobs in Stoke or Leicester or whatever, I’d say no. Eventually, I got ‘Godspell.’ It was gently building.

Jeremy Irons

When I’m not working, I don’t mix with actors, really. I have about two or three friends from theater school, and we call each other and meet. But in the main, no. I’m more happy with musicians or horse riders or sailors.

Jeremy Irons

I had people when I was younger trying to feel me up. Older men. I just told them to get lost.

Jeremy Irons

I believe that most people would like to cooperate in reducing waste, but to encourage them, the national policy should be clear, well advertised, and consistent. Even within Greater London, there is a huge discrepancy between council policies. I believe a national waste management initiative should be designed and implemented by government.

Jeremy Irons

You can be in love and raise a family wonderfully by not being married, but actually, marriage does give us a strength, because it’s quite hard to get out of, and so it makes us fight more to keep it together. If divorce becomes dead easy – which it sort of has – then we don’t have that backup. Because, for everybody, relationships are hard.

Jeremy Irons

Really, ambition has gone. I look for things that tickle my fancy. You begin to see the end of life on the horizon. You think, ‘It’s not going on forever, this.’ Let’s make the most of what time I have left.

Jeremy Irons

Actors often behave like children, and so we’re taken for children. I want to be grown up.

Jeremy Irons

What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that, find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my face if it’s going to be worth it, and then maybe I’ll surprise myself.

Jeremy Irons

The sad thing about any business I suppose, but in mine you see it particularly, is that you’re always asked to do what you’ve already done.

Jeremy Irons

So the better my partner or my opposition, however you like to think about it, the better my game.

Jeremy Irons

So nevertheless, what I’m saying is that what one is – one’s parameters are constantly narrowed by one’s success, and my desire is to widen my field even if I risk failure.

Jeremy Irons

So I continued through my next school, which takes me up to the age of 17, moving from the bottom stream of one year into the bottom stream of the next year, all the way through. I showed other talents which gave me self-respect, which is fine.

Jeremy Irons

Now in my theater training I showed no aptitude at all.

Jeremy Irons

My next step must be to go to drama school. Well, I get into drama school, so I did that.

Jeremy Irons

My father was a CPA. He worked hard in the aircraft industry, and would come home more and more infrequently. He was about to leave my mother, which he did when I was 15.

Jeremy Irons

I was not naturally intellectual, but somebody whose interest had to be whetted, still the case sadly.

Jeremy Irons

I succeeded on sort of chutzpah and charm. No technique at all, didn’t know what I was doing, but it worked and the character suited me.

Jeremy Irons

I liked the theater. I liked the people. I liked the time that we worked.

Jeremy Irons

I envy children who know that they’re going to become doctors, know they’re going to go into the forces or whatever. I think choice is one of the hardest things, but that’s what I try to give my children, to say you can do anything.

Jeremy Irons

I constantly experience failure in that my work is never as good as I want it to be. So I live with failure.

Jeremy Irons

However, I wasn’t very good at the sciences, or didn’t have a lot of help in the sciences or something but certainly didn’t set science for my A level. And when I came to take my A levels I didn’t get a good enough result to go to University.

Jeremy Irons

Godspell was a good leap for me, it was a good shop window.

Jeremy Irons

Because I’m now successful, what I’m being offered as an actor is more and more of the same.

Jeremy Irons

At age 10 or 12 he’s going to boarding school in the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is, of course, down at the bottom of England just off South Hampton.

Jeremy Irons

And whenever I’m in a situation where I’m wearing the same as 600 other people and doing the same thing as 600 other people, looking back, I always found ways to make myself different, whether it be having a red lining inside of my jacket, having red shoes, it hasn’t changed.

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And trust, yes, which is important, but that is what I aim towards. Now that is difficult for some people, and with that desire to get things as good as possible, I would say that I’m probably regarded as quite prickly to work with.

Jeremy Irons

A trip to the mainland was a big event and happened maybe once a year, although now you can get across in a speed boat in seven minutes but then it was a long way away.

Jeremy Irons

It’s always great to play a man who sets himself up to be punctured.

Jeremy Irons

I think all of society should be a think-tank where you throw ideas about. I had hoped the Internet would help. Actually, what it has done is make everybody go schtum. They’re attacked for saying anything. So they say nothing.

Jeremy Irons

I believe inanimate objects have a spirit.

Jeremy Irons

Film wise, I invariably look at my work and reckon I could have done it better. I’m also conscious that I’m in a profession where we get more praise than we should compared to the usefulness of what we do.

Jeremy Irons

I’ve always had a desire to live on the outside. That’s where I’m most comfortable.

Jeremy Irons

You ask my wife or my two sons, and they’ll tell you that I ain’t free with the money.

Jeremy Irons

I have played characters where I haven’t been absorbed – you know, what I call a typical film leading man role where you just have to look gorgeous and be attractive and charming. It bores me. I like a bit of dirt, a bit of sand in the oyster.

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