Peter O’Toole Quotes

“George Eliot is my only steady girlfriend. We go to bed together every night.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“There may be honor among thieves, but there’s none in politicians.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I have no intention of uttering my last words on the stage. Room service and a couple of depraved young women will do me quite nicely for an exit.” ~ Peter O’Toole

I have no intention of uttering

“I will not be an ordinary man, because I have a right to be extraordinary.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“A victory? What have we won? We’ve won a rock in the middle of a wasteland, on the shores of a poisoned sea.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I did quite enjoy the days when one went for a beer at one’s local in Paris and woke up in Corsica.” ~ Peter O’Toole

I did quite enjoy the

“Question: How do you know you’re God? Answer: Simple. When I pray to him, I find I’m talking to myself.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it. If you give up drinking, don’t go moaning about it; go back on the bottle. Do. As. Thou. Wilt.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I can’t stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another.” ~ Peter O’Toole

I can't stand light. I hate

“I’m a professional and I’ll do anything – a poetry reading, television, cinema, anything that allows me to act.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I don’t go for this auto-cannibalism. Very damaging.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“Acting has been described as farting about in disguise.” ~ Peter O’Toole

Acting has been described

“If I’m not at my study by 10:00, 10:30, forget it, I can’t write a word.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“The moment you start dividing thought and feeling, the ratio of sinitive from the intuitive, you’re dead. There is no difference between emotion and thought. You can be unreasonable.” ~ Peter O’Toole

The moment you start dividing

“We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months. And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!!!” ~ Peter O’Toole

“Actors have to stay optimistic. The moment we start thinking otherwise, we’re dead.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I loved doing My Favorite Year, which was great fun, and The Ruling Class, which I made with all my chums.” ~ Peter O’Toole

I loved doing My Favorite

“The only thing I’ve ever been interested in teaching anyone in life is cricket.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I’m not working-class: I come from the criminal classes.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“It was around 1985 before I heard the news of President Kennedy’s assassination.” ~ Peter O’Toole

It was around 1985 before

“I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“It’s such a relief for me to sit in front of a tape recorder and not be using it to learn my lines,” ~ Peter O’Toole

“Always a bridesmaid never a bride my foot!” ~ Peter O’Toole

“If you cannot say what you mean, your majesty, you will never mean what you say and a gentleman should always mean what he says.” ~ Peter O’Toole

If you cannot say what

“If you do not surrender, I shall be forced to shoot you through the head with a rather large bullet.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“He’s a scoundrel, young Brad Pitt, who led me, his elderly colleague, astray more than once.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.” ~ Peter O’Toole

I wish to hazard my soul

“Do you not know that King Kong the first was just three foot six inches tall? He only came up to Faye Wray’s belly button! If God could do the tricks that we can do he’d be a happy man!” ~ Peter O’Toole

“It’s my job, it’s what I do, it’s what I’m on earth to do and it’s who I am.” ~ Peter O’Toole

“The good parts are the people who don’t make do. They’re the interesting people. Lear doesn’t make do.” ~ Peter O’Toole

The good parts are the

“Writing is a kind of performing art, and I can’t sit down to write unless I’m dressed. I don’t mean dressed in a suit, but dressed well and comfortably and I have to be shaved and bathed.” ~ Peter O’Toole

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