I've become quite a serious explorer: I've been to Everest three times; I'm the oldest man to reach the North Pole; and I've just been to the lost world of Venezuela.

— Brian Blessed

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I met Picasso when I was a kid. I turned one of his drawings down which would be worth £37 million now. My dad wouldn't talk to me for a fortnight.

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You can't call it an adventure unless it's tinged with danger.

The greatest danger in life, though, is not taking the adventure at all. To have the objective of a life of ease is death. I think we've all got to go after our own Everest.

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The greatest danger in life is not taking chances.

There are so many negative people wanting to grind you down, but you can't let them. If people say you are mad, you know you're on the right track.

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My dad was opening fast bowler for Yorkshire's second team and I couldn't believe he could die. He wasn't going to get better for at least six months, so I left school early to become the family breadwinner.

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The misapprehension about me is that I am some loud, rampant maniac.

I am actually very pensive and quiet.

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There will be no funeral! Before I get too old and ill, I'll go to South America and live among the Pemon people and meditate. When the time is right, they can throw my body into the volcano.

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My father was a coal hewer from Goldthorpe, a coal-mining village in South Yorkshire. He played for the Yorkshire second team as an opening fast bowler - to me he was a gorgeously heroic man. He helped form a union and closed down the Barnsley seam because it was seeping gas, and saved many, many lives.

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I'll never retire. The new millennium is the age of adventure as far as I am concerned. I'm going up a volcano and off into space.

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My dream is to own a Hockney - I'm a Yorkshireman, and his vibrant colours are a good example of how the north-country people are vibrant and colourful.

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My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure.

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I fed my Yak on my spare Cadbury chocolate 21,0000ft up Everest.

It was a blonde, very sweet female Yak. I made it my pet after that.

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In the Arctic I met some Russian sailors on a submarine and they chorused, "Gordon's alive!"

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About Brian Blessed

Quotes 37 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday October 9, 1936

I had to leave school at 14 because my father got injured in the mines and I had to support my family. I was an undertakers assistant, then a plasterer, before doing my military service in the RAF. All the while, I was doing amateur dramatics and dreaming of getting a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

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The household I grew up in... was rather like an Ovaltine advert. There was a huge fire, a kettle on the fire, the oven with the bread being baked every day, and there was the radio; it was very magical to hear all these wonderful programmes.

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I wasn't good at examinations, but I went to a very good secondary school - Bolton-on-Dearne - with wonderful teachers, who taught me drama and encouraged me in every way.

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Life is a re-discovery.

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I've always hated it when people overspend, are spoilt or throw their money away.

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My biggest love is space. I completed 800 hours' space training in Moscow and I became the world's oldest man to go to the North Magnetic Pole. At 67, I also became the oldest man to reach 28,400ft on Everest without oxygen.

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I went to drama school but it was very hard to get work until I was made assistant stage manager.

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I've completed half of my space training at Space City in Moscow.

I love adventure, and I've been training in a centrifuge and MiG Fighter with a view to going into space and being a spokesman for space exploration!

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When I was a child, I wanted to... go into space! To go to Mars. I wanted to explore and explore and explore. I wanted to go to the Lost World in South America - I was heartbroken to discover there were no dinosaurs; I still don't accept it.

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I love Scotland - I was made an honorary Wallace after my work on 'Braveheart,' you know. If I have two or three days off, I love nothing more than driving up there and climbing around Glencoe.

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My parents were so proud when I got a scholarship to go to theatre school - it was unheard of that a coal-miners son should go to drama school.

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When I was 11 I played the part of Rumpelstiltskin and my teacher told me I would make a great actor.

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People talk about the difference between radio acting, TV acting and stage acting, but I think it's all the same. For instance, when I played Vultan in 'Flash Gordon,' I put as much energy into it as I would with 'King Lear' - it's all part of the same thing.

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I do everything I can for wild animals because they have such a bloody awful time.

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I can't retire from life. I love life too much and I cannot wait to start the day.

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I'm a fully trained cosmonaut and have completed 800 hours training, which has made me the No. 1 civilian reserve ready to visit the International Space Station. I am determined to go up, and I want to explore the Moon, Mars and beyond!

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I have marvelous dreams! I meet Buddha, I meet Jesus, I meet Mohammed.

I constantly dream of space, stars and planets: we are the children of stardust.

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In the news this week, the polls continue to slide for Gordon Brown and some people are saying he's dead and buried. But I think the opposite - I say GORDON'S ALIVE!

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I've always been generous and like giving to charities and people in need.

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We had a food store at the theatre and I used to pinch food.

I pinched some trousers and shirts to keep me going but they would wear out. I was virtually on the breadline.

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I threw [Picasso's] drawing on the floor and in doing so, threw away about £50m.

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When I was in Downing Street, David Cameron saw me and said, "Please, shout it all around and let it penetrate to my cabinet meeting." So I bellowed: "Gordon's alive!"

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My brother Alan - who was seven years younger than me - died from leukemia when he was 52. He never knew a day's good health - I wish I could have given him some of my good health. But he was always so cheerful and sweet.

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Ninety nine per cent of the time, for anyone who wins or makes money, it makes them happy.

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