Jeremy Irons Quotes

What takes us back to the past are the memories.
What brings us forward is our dreams. – 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

“It’s just money; it’s made up. Pieces of paper with pictures on it so we don’t have to kill each other just to get something to eat.” – Jeremy Irons

It's just money; it's made

“When it seems that someone has shattered your dreams….pick up even the smallest of pieces and use them to build bigger and better dreams.” – Jeremy Irons

“So the better my partner or my opposition, however you like to think about it, the better my game.” – Jeremy Irons

“Most people are robust. If a man puts his hand on a woman’s bottom, any woman worth her salt can deal with it. It is communication. Can’t we be friendly?” – Jeremy Irons

“I get bored very easily, so I love doing different things, changing, doing a job for a month and then doing another one for six months and then moving into a different group of people. I love being able to stop. That’s one of the greatest benefits we have in our profession.” – Jeremy Irons

I get bored very easily, so

“I love being part of a group who tells stories, whether it be in the theater or in cinema, and I love creating imaginary worlds rather as children do, but I never had a burning desire to act, but it just sort of suited me.” – Jeremy Irons

“Never played a video game. Actually, I try to keep them out of my house.” – Jeremy Irons

“Mine is an actor’s voice, not a singer’s voice, but the part was written for an actor (Richard Burton), not a singer.” – Jeremy Irons

“I was educated in a private school in England amongst people who had been trained for sort of banking or the Army or business. As I came towards the end of my education, I thought I must find something or I’ll never meet any of these people again.” – Jeremy Irons

I was educated in a private

“Making movies can actually be quite boring, there’s a lot of sitting around and waiting. Unless you really believe in the story and love the character, and unless you really need the money, I don’t see the point in doing it.” – Jeremy Irons

“You think, you don’t just speak. The lines come off the thoughts.” – Jeremy Irons

“One always returns to the fact that there are just too many of us, the population continues to rise and it’s unsustainable” – 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

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

Because I'm now successful,

“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

“Sadly, one’s parameters are constantly narrowed by one’s success.” – Jeremy Irons

“I’ve never been passionate about acting, and I find more and more that I work to live the life I want to live. […] There’s something about the detachment I have, the feeling of the lack of importance about what I do, that is healthy.” – Jeremy Irons

“I think nobody since has written such extraordinary work as Shakespeare writes. The characters he writes are full of inconsistencies, which is a great human quality – I mean we’re all very inconsistent in the way we behave.” – Jeremy Irons

I think nobody since has

“The work I prefer to do are the smaller budget pictures, television can be great but it ties you up for quite a long time.” – Jeremy Irons

“I try to avoid doing movies where I act with tennis balls. It’s ultimately incredibly tedious.” – Jeremy Irons

“There are a group of people who are managing the world to their advantage and who just look to the rest of us as people who will buy their products and fund their salaries.” – Jeremy Irons

“I think I’m probably an assassin and not a Templar, but no doubt we’re probably run by people with Templar mentalities.” – Jeremy Irons

“I’m a complete libertarian. I think it’s very, very dangerous. I really mean that. I think the smoking ban is a tip of an iceberg of society-the leaders of society telling us how to be. I think it’s not their business….It’s an attitude where the governors think, ‘We know what’s best for people, and they’re so stupid that they would only not do it if we ban it.'” – Jeremy Irons

I'm a complete libertarian.

“It’s always useful to be in big movies for one’s career.” – Jeremy Irons

“I’m very glad I’m not a politician. I think it’s one step away from the gates of hell, being a politician. I really do. It`s a nightmare.” – Jeremy Irons

“Anywhere I can ski in the morning and sell a movie in the afternoon is good.” – 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

“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.” – Jeremy Irons

And whenever I'm in a situation

“Godspell was a good leap for me, it was a good shop window.” – Jeremy Irons

“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

“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

“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 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 envy children who know

“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

“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

“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

I constantly experience failure

“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 was not naturally intellectual, but somebody whose interest had to be whetted, still the case sadly.” – Jeremy Irons