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.— John Malkovich
The most grateful John Malkovich quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
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?'
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.
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.
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.
I was never a fanatical movie person.
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.
I don't really have a comprehension of being a public figure.
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.
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.
It's funny - people think analysis or psychiatry is mad, and THEY go to CHURCH.
I mean, anything that money can be made off will never be a problem to make, no matter what it is.
I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that - the ghosts you chase you never catch.
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.
I only have two rules for my newly born daughter: she will dress well and never have sex.
I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it's obviously a form of stupidity.
The ghosts you chase you never catch.
I don't lose my temper very often now, and if I do, it's well deserved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you don't interfere with me, I'll always do something really good.
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.
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.
As an actor there are no drawbacks.
You know, I'm really not interested in someone telling me that something's good or bad.
One doesn't know if one had a happy childhood or not. I don't really know what it means.
I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me.
Most films, it doesn't matter if you see them or not.
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.
I've done quite a few big American films.
I never really did a western western.
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.
Every country has their problems.
I wasn`t really raised to be the type of person to have doubts.
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.
I don't remember my life before I had children.
My father was an exceptionally strong influence on me.
There's a reason screens are only this thick.
Politics is not really my thing.
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.
I don't want to be boring. But that's not always easy.
My life before children I don't really remember.
I've heard references to it, but I really don't remember.
I haven't physically attacked anyone in a couple of years.
Reviews are destructive by their very nature.
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.