Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.
My concern is to continue respecting my work as I've done since I began as an actor and I could only do that if I'm strong enough to keep on doing what I think best in an artistic way.
For me, I have to say that I like to work a lot too, but I like not working better. The perfect scenario is when you just worked and you know something's coming up, then you have four, five, six months off. But you know you're going to have a job later.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
You do the best job you can. You take it step by step. It's hard enough to make a movie. If it works, that's great. If it means something beyond the moment to somebody, they can take it and it lasts through the years, we'll see.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performanceof this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Work can be hard sometimes - acting - the arts can be hard sometimes in that way - hard to give yourself that inspiration if you don't have a job.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.
The artist must be in his work like God in his Creation, invisible and all-powerful, so that he is felt everywhere but not seen.
I feel like I haven't done my best work yet. I feel like there's a world of possibilities out there.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
All I am hoping for is to be able to work-I think my best work is still ahead of me-I think all that I have been through in the last several years have only made me a better, more interesting actor.
What do you say when someone has truly inspired you? How do you express to an artist how deeply their work has affected you?
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
I'm only interested in being a good actor and in being remembered for my best films, not for the way I look. But it seems inevitable in this line of work that I have to care about the way I look without getting obsessed about it.
Criticism really used to hurt me. Most of these critics are usually frustrated artists, and they criticise other people's art because they can't do it themselves. It's a really disgusting job. They must feel horrible inside.
It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.