“You have to live before you die, or you’ll die before you live.” – Peter Sellers
“If I can’t really find a way to live with myself, I can’t expect anyone else to live with me.” – Peter Sellers
“Clouseau: Does yer dewg bite? Inn Keeper: No Clouseau: Nice Doggy (bends down to pet a dachshund – it snarls and bites him) I thought you said yer dewg did not bite! Inn Keeper: Zat . . . iz not my dog!” – Peter Sellers
“Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.” – Peter Sellers
“It won’t be easy, that is why I have always failed where others have succeeded.” – Peter Sellers
“Finally, in conclusion, let me say just this.” – Peter Sellers
“There is no me. I do not exist. There used to be a me but I had it surgically removed.” – Peter Sellers
“I am here to fix the problem with yer pheaun.” – Peter Sellers
“To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.” – Peter Sellers
“I’m a classic example of all humorists – only funny when I’m working.” – Peter Sellers
“I writhe when I see myself on the screen. I’m such a dreadfully clumsy hulking image. I say to myself, ‘Why doesn’t he get off? Why doesn’t he get off?’ I mean, I look like such an idiot. Some fat awkward thing dredged up from some third-rate drama company. I must stop thinking about it, otherwise I shan’t be able to go on working.” – Peter Sellers
“François: Do you know what kind of a bomb it was? Clouseau: Yes, the exploding kind.” – Peter Sellers
“Facts – behind them lies the whole fabric of deductive truth.” – Peter Sellers
“Is there anybody hiding there in the dark?” – Peter Sellers
“Ecstatic over the total annihilation of the Earth, Dr. Strangelove “resurrects” himself, miraculously regaining his ability to walk. His mechanical, robot-like body rises out of his wheelchair, crying exultantly: “Sir! I have a plan. Heh.” (He realizes he is standing up.) “Mein Fuehrer, I can walk!”” – Peter Sellers
“Relax, I’ll get it. (said to Kato after Clouseau knocks him unconscious)” – Peter Sellers
“If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am.” – Peter Sellers
“Conversation like television set on honeymoon… unnecessary.” – Peter Sellers
“I feel ghostly unreal until I become somebody else again on the screen.” – Peter Sellers
“We don’t want to start a nuclear war unless we really have to, now do we Jack?” – Peter Sellers
“You’ll catch your death of cold. Clouseau: Yes, yes I probably will but . . . its all part of life’s rich pageantry, you kneau.” – Peter Sellers
“Women are more difficult to handle than men. It’s their minds.” – Peter Sellers
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.” – Peter Sellers
“To see me as a person on screen would be one of the dullest experiences you could ever wish to experience.” – Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers was a solitary character, always preferring to hide behind a mask, and consequently, you never really got to know the real Sellers.
Comedy. It was just huge in my house. Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness, Monty Python and all those James Bond movies were highly regarded.
When I was young, I saw some of my heroes doing it on the telly. We’re talking about Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Arthur Lowe, Ian McKellan, Kenneth Williams. These were all guys telling stories to me.
I loved Peter Sellers. I thought he was the perfect mix of physical comedy with out-of-the-box humor. I loved his tone; I loved his physicality; I loved everything about what he was doing as a comedic actor.
And as far as actors go, Peter Sellers is my all-time favorite.