And it's a human need to be told stories. The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.— Alan Rickman
The most joyful Alan Rickman quotes to discover and learn by heart
I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.
Give me a window and I'll stare out it.
If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.
I get stage fright and gremlins in my head saying: 'You're going to forget your lines'.
I was a student in London in the '70s, so CBGB really wasn't on my radar at all.
Obviously, I was aware of the emergence of the Police in England and as an art student, I was very aware of David Byrne, but I suppose my musical taste at that time certainly didn't stretch towards the Dead Boys or the Ramones.
I've never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision.
Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
I suppose with any good writing and interesting characters, you can have that awfully overused word [...] - a jouuuuuurney.
It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising.
Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility.
I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.
Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time.
Nothing gives me as much pleasure as travelling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes.
If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.
Mellow doesn't describe me. I'm hungry every day.
I love perfumes. Every morning when my girlfriend and I come down to the courtyard in our block of flats we're assailed by the most delicious scent - jasmine round a doorway. It almost makes me swoon.
I'm still living the life where you get home and open the fridge and there's half a pot of yogurt and a half a can of flat Coca-Cola.
With the best intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies. Working with the Alexander Technique has given me sightings of another way... Mind and body, work and life together. Real imaginative freedom.
I think there should be laughs in everything.
Sometimes, it's a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties.
I can only see my limitations. That's just who I am.
I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom.
Originally, theater was my life. It was what I assumed I'd spend my working life doing - if I was lucky. Then along came movies.
Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.
All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.
When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter.
One thing I will say - my job gets harder and harder.
The more you understand about what you are capable of, the less the instrument can do it physically. It's an inverse equation, if that's the right phrase. I just slammed those two words together. It sounded right.
I knew with Snape I was working as a double agent, as it turns out, and a very good one at that.
You can act truthfully or you can lie.
You can reveal things about yourself or you can hide. Therefore, the audience recognizes something about themselves or they don't -- You hope they don't leave the theatre thinking that was nice...now where's the cab?'
Each character I play has different dimensions. I'm not interested in words that pull them together.
What is it about actors? God knows I get bored with actors talking about themselves.
That's it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.
I'm very aware that when one is acting in the theater, you do become kind of animal about it. And you're reliant on instincts rather than tact a lot of the time.
I was 7, and I remember being given a part in a play and thinking, This is exciting.
I have a photograph at home of Fred Astaire from the knees down with his feet crossed. It's kind of inspiring because it reminds me his feet were bleeding at the end of rehearsals. Yet when you watch him, all you see is freedom. It's a reminder of what the job is about in general, not just being in musicals.
When I am asked about influences, I always say I bow down to Fred Astaire, because when you look at him dancing you never look at his extremities, do you? You look at his centre. What you never see is the hours of work that went into the routines, you just see the breathtaking spirit and freedom.
I think worrying things are going on in England - a real apathy.
In theater, you've got to be aware of your whole body because it involves stamina. It involves two-and-a-half hours and a sustained release of energy, maybe for six months.
I am the character you are not supposed to like.
If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there's only one topic of conversation.
Why don't I like you?" "Because you think I'm an asshole, and I'm not really, I'm just British and, well, you're not.
Older people say, 'Oh I loved you in 'Sense and Sensibility,'' and that's the only film they want to talk about. Equally, there are people who only want to talk about 'Galaxy Quest.' And there's a whole bunch of teenagers who only want to talk about 'Dogma.'
A lot of the time I hate the theater.
You think, 'I have to climb Mount Everest, again, tonight.' Oh, the theater is a scary place to be.
If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.
I never expected to have any kind of film career, to be honest.
It was all a bit of a surprise. But I was in a big hit play on Broadway. America, as many people will say, says yes more often than we do. And so I was suddenly surrounded by people saying yes. But I was aware that was 'cause of what I was in. It had a big impact.
Film has to be reflecting the world that we live in, and that's all you want to be a part of. Actors inhabit the same planet as everyone else. It's a weird thing that happens when you're an actor because people hold you up because you somehow embody in parts groups of people or people's hopes or something.
I don't think it's right that everybody knows everything about me.
My idea of a real treat is Magic Mountain without standing in line.