97+ John Malkovich Quotes On Education, World And Being John Malkovich

Top 10 John Malkovich Quotes (BEST)

  1. I've permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity. And that is probably the one thing I was given, and that I'm still grateful for.
  2. And may the best of you - for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments - succeed in framing that most basic of questions, 'how do we live?'
  3. It's not a gift of mine, but one given to me, to be able to criticise myself and not be crushed, by myself or by others.
  4. Art is not disposable. If you want it, you have to hold it and smell it and touch it and read the credits and enjoy it and put it on your wall.
  5. I was never a fanatical movie person.
  6. The one natural gift I have is easy access. That's the only natural I gift I have at all. You have to have that, the third eye.
  7. I don't really have a comprehension of being a public figure.
  8. It's funny - people think analysis or psychiatry is mad, and THEY go to CHURCH.
  9. I mean, anything that money can be made off will never be a problem to make, no matter what it is.
  10. I only have two rules for my newly born daughter: she will dress well and never have sex.

John Malkovich Short Quotes

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  • The ghosts you chase you never catch.
  • I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it's obviously a form of stupidity.
  • I don't lose my temper very often now, and if I do, it's well deserved.
  • If you don't interfere with me, I'll always do something really good.
  • As an actor there are no drawbacks.
  • One doesn't know if one had a happy childhood or not. I don't really know what it means.
  • You know, I'm really not interested in someone telling me that something's good or bad.
  • I wasn`t really raised to be the type of person to have doubts.
  • I don't want to be boring. But that's not always easy.
  • I haven't physically attacked anyone in a couple of years.

John Malkovich Quotes On Love

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I was never a fanatical movie person. There are many popular films I absolutely love like anyone else. Having said that, I don't have time to go to the movies very much. I work a lot of different things, I'm always busy. But I'm always happy to see a popular movie. — John Malkovich

I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me. — John Malkovich

I go around the world, working with all kinds of people who I love. — John Malkovich

There will be people who hate everything you do. And some people will really love it. But that's not really different from the people who really hate it. — John Malkovich

John Malkovich Quotes On Life

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My life before children I don't really remember. I've heard references to it, but I really don't remember. — John Malkovich

I don't remember my life before I had children. — John Malkovich

I prefer to conduct my life based on how I treat people. — John Malkovich

John Malkovich Quotes On People

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It's not a field, I think, for people who need to have success every day: if you can't live with a nightly sort of disaster, you should get out. I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch. — John Malkovich

I don't have a great intellect, and I can't compete with people who do. I feel certain things. And all I know, and all I can do, is what I feel. — John Malkovich

It's a little bit hard to have personal things subject to public scrutiny, and it's a pressure that other people aren't under, but then they're under a lot of pressures that we're not under. — John Malkovich

Anybody doing something brings something to it. It's not for me to say if it's "growth". Just by the nature of everyone has a different take on the material. Some people would. — John Malkovich

You have to do things people see or you don't get to do anything. — John Malkovich

Some people die before their time so that others can live. It's a cornerstone of civilization. — John Malkovich

Even if you do succeed most people wouldn't notice anyway. — John Malkovich

I grew tired of religion some time not long after birth. I believe in people, I believe in humans, I believe in a car, but I don't believe something I can't have absolutely no evidence of for millenniums. And it's funny, people think analysis or psychiatry is mad, and they go to church. — John Malkovich

John Malkovich Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Along with the good qualities, if someone isn't vulnerable I can't be around them to a certain extent. And I don't mean vulnerable to me or vulnerable to me in a sexual way. I just mean vulnerable, period. — John Malkovich

With acting it's your neck up there in the end. And if you think the director can't help you it's one thing. But if you feel they're reining you in when they need to be giving you some rope, or vice versa, then I just don't tolerate that. — John Malkovich

I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that - the ghosts you chase you never catch. — John Malkovich

Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance. — John Malkovich

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't measure up to the standard he set. — John Malkovich

I wouldn't say anything I ever did in film would be something I'd use the word proud about. I've done better work in the theater. — John Malkovich

I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that. — John Malkovich

Most of the women that I like have a haunted quality - they're sort of like women who live in a haunted house by themselves. — John Malkovich

I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often the level of idiocy is so exalted that it's impossible to comprehend. — John Malkovich

It seems whenever I've had a method or what I perceived to be an intellectual groundwork of some sort - a kind of game plan - it's always been the most morbid failure. — John Malkovich

I've always been an avid reader. Everyone in my family read a lot. Considering we were from a little town, we were pretty literate. — John Malkovich

Most films, it doesn't matter if you see them or not. — John Malkovich

When I have failed as an actor I've always thought it was my fault. But when I direct something, I wouldn't want the actors to think it was their fault. — John Malkovich

I never really did a western western. — John Malkovich

Every country has their problems. — John Malkovich

I've done quite a few big American films. — John Malkovich

There's a reason screens are only this thick. — John Malkovich

Politics is not really my thing. — John Malkovich

The theater is so disappointing, really, that it's hard to go again and again. It's just too heartbreaking. I'd rather watch football or play a game or read. — John Malkovich

My father was an exceptionally strong influence on me. — John Malkovich

Reviews are destructive by their very nature. — John Malkovich

Quite often - a lot of the work I had done had been extensively with women. Most especially in the theater, but also quite often in the movies. That has its own delights, and maybe pitfalls too. — John Malkovich

I'm supposed to be a pretty good theater actor. — John Malkovich

You can't work in the movies. Movies are all about lighting. Very few filmmakers will concentrate on the story. You get very little rehearsal time, so anything you do onscreen is a kind of speed painting. — John Malkovich

I have probably four or five male friends who have a real strong masculine side but some degree of a feminine side, too. They're pretty rare, whereas I think women with a masculine side are much less rare. — John Malkovich

Things are so much global and Americanised. — John Malkovich

My father could be very distancing. My clearest memory is of him squatting, watering plants for hours and hours at a time, completely silent. He was very self-contained; my mother was more outgoing and chatty and social. I'm certainly more like her. — John Malkovich

I don't like things too overstated in the cut or too perfect. — John Malkovich

I don't mind what I play, really. — John Malkovich

I like to direct movies, but I don't like to goof around for eight years talking about it. — John Malkovich

All you have is the writer's imagination. You have a very limited time to take this imaginary person and bring the details of their life, as you perceive them, to life. You attempt to do to that as fully and as vibrantly as you can. It's depressing to read how much you've failed. And it's not even particularly instructive or necessary to read how you succeeded because in the end don't you have to judge that? — John Malkovich

I don't mind tracksuits. At the track. — John Malkovich

There are many, many benefits to being known for whatever it is you do. To deny that would be sort of asinine and vulgar. — John Malkovich

I'd hate to see any film I'm involved in fail, especially artistically but also business-wise. — John Malkovich

Films take too long. There's too much BS, too much nonsense. If I want to do a play, I just call the theater, whether it's here, or in Paris or Mexico or Spain or London or whatever, and say, "I want to do this, are you interested?" They'll answer the next day. With a movie, it's all, "Oh, I see this film as blah blah blah." They don't know what you're talking about, they don't care. — John Malkovich

I don't really go through a process, it goes through me. — John Malkovich

Well, I like to have fun at work. — John Malkovich

Where women are concerned, the rule is never to go out with anyone better dressed than you. — John Malkovich

If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time thinking that you don't do anything. — John Malkovich

There's no worse feeling in the world than realizing the play you've directed doesn't work. — John Malkovich

And if you say a word about this over the radio, the next wings you see will belong to the flies buzzing over your rotting corpse. — John Malkovich

I'm more boring and more conservative. — John Malkovich

To a certain extent in Hollywood you're a product, and your product is whatever sells the most, and whatever sells the most is whatever the public likes to see you do - if anything. — John Malkovich

Anybody doing something brings something to it. — John Malkovich

Much of what you do as an actor - it's who's around you, what's the environment, where do you fit into this thing. That's really work that's impossible to do on your own, at least for me. I find it hard to pre-plan every element of everything I do. It's not my thing. — John Malkovich

I think I was born at a time when an American male had so many advantages and opportunities that weren't available to men before or after, just a very brief period. — John Malkovich

You have to play your characters, not like them. — John Malkovich

I don't think my parents know what I do. — John Malkovich

I probably have more female friends than any man I've ever met. What I like about them is that almost always they're generally mentally tougher, and they're better listeners, and they're more capable of surviving things. And most of the women that I like have a haunted quality - they're sort of like women who live in a haunted house all by themselves. — John Malkovich

I still have a temper, I suppose. — John Malkovich

I like to direct movies, but I don't like to goof around for eight years talking about it. And it's pretty irritating to get a movie on. So to complicate it by having more irritation as a director, I don't really need it. And because I direct a great deal still, but in the theater, I kind of get that anyway. Which is not at all to say I would never do it again, or it would never happen again. — John Malkovich

What you really need to build a character is exactly what you don't have in the movies - time. You know, movies are like a line drawing. You have to make very quick decisions, which are, in the end instinctive. Or you make a decision to say "Well, maybe I can do that, because... Oh, that could be irritating after a while, or distracting, etc. etc." Some of it is a matter of time, always. — John Malkovich

I find it hard to pre-plan every element of everything I do. It's not my thing. — John Malkovich

I never wanted to be with someone who just hung around the house. — John Malkovich

I know I have a fairly strong feminine side. I find myself really distanced from male behavior. — John Malkovich

I like very much to do movies. — John Malkovich

The media can make anything true or untrue. So if you do 80 films and you play a bad guy ten times, then you're a bad guy, and then the media repeats that. — John Malkovich

I'm not a control maniac. — John Malkovich

Of course it's trivial, but then most things are. — John Malkovich

I think probably when I was little, after my brother turned on me, I just had to play by myself or with myself. I've always done that. I think either it's some kind of weirdly competitive streak or it takes my mind off whatever's bothering me. — John Malkovich

I don't need to be liked. — John Malkovich

For a while I wanted to be a professional baseball pitcher, and then I wanted to be a musician and then sometimes I think I'd like to start a store for gift-wrapping Christmas presents... But I feel I could do most things I set my mind to, except mechanical things, I'm not very good at that. — John Malkovich

Life Lessons by John Malkovich

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  1. John Malkovich teaches us to never give up on our dreams and to always push ourselves to be the best we can be. He emphasizes the importance of hard work and dedication in order to achieve success.
  2. He also encourages us to embrace our unique personalities and to be unafraid to express ourselves. He believes that we should all strive to be our own individual selves and to never conform to the expectations of others.
  3. Lastly, John Malkovich reminds us that failure is a part of life and that it should not be feared. He believes that we should use our mistakes as learning opportunities and to never give up on our goals.

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