I'm the most gregarious of men and love good company, but never less alone when alone.

— Peter O'Toole

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We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months.

And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition.


It's such a relief for me to sit in front of a tape recorder and not be using it to learn my lines.


When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.


I have no intention of uttering my last words on the stage.

Room service and a couple of depraved young women will do me quite nicely for an exit.


There may be honor among thieves, but there's none in politicians.


I will not be an ordinary man, because I have a right to be extraordinary.


Question: How do you know you're God? Answer: Simple.

When I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.


It distresses us to return work which is not perfect.


A victory? What have we won? We've won a rock in the middle of a wasteland, on the shores of a poisoned sea.


George Eliot is my only steady girlfriend. We go to bed together every night.


Everyone praises Sachin Tendulkar. He may be a genius in his own right but in my book, Rahul Dravid is the artist. Dravid's defence tactics, his strokes, his cuts, his grace are truly amazing. I'd like to meet the chap sometime and take my hat off to him.


Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*.


About Peter O'Toole

Quotes 79 sayings
Nationality Irish
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.


I'm a professional and I'll do anything - a poetry reading, television, cinema, anything that allows me to act.


We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure.


Do you not know that King Kong the first was just three foot six inches tall? He only came up to Faye Wray's belly button! If God could do the tricks that we can do he'd be a happy man!


I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV.


It was a mistake and I made the mistake because I was conservative and played safe. And that way lies failure." "Must do it... constantly go to the well... constantly try, try, try. Dare. Dare, Dare. Who dares wins.


People're artists they're doing something, taking a hunk of chaps, giving it some order, some form, and presenting it saying here is my little song and dance, my chaos.


I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!!!


I don't go for this auto-cannibalism. Very damaging.


If man ever comes to perfect equilibrium with the environment, we'll all be redundant, perhaps because you won't need art or letters.


Being sober for so many years is getting interesting.


There is a legend. And to protest is daft.


It's very inconvenient because every time I finish, let's say, a chapter of a book, I think I'm going to ring Richard and then realize: Oh, Christ, I've buried him. I buried him last year.


Where do I begin? I loved working with Kate Hepburn, which was one of the highlights of my life; Working with Richard Burton in Beckett was another great joy.


I have no memories I'm prepared to share with you.


The common denominator of all my friends is that they're dead.


The good parts are the people who don't make do.

They're the interesting people. Lear doesn't make do.


He's a scoundrel, young Brad Pitt, who led me, his elderly colleague, astray more than once.


Writing is a kind of performing art, and I can't sit down to write unless I'm dressed. I don't mean dressed in a suit, but dressed well and comfortably and I have to be shaved and bathed.


No one can take Jesus away from me.... There's no doubt there was a historical figure of tremendous importance, with enormous notions. Such as peace.


It was around 1985 before I heard the news of President Kennedy's assassination.


I found him perhaps the least terrifying man I've ever met in the theater—because at first glance I could see through him and he could see through me, and he knew that I knew that he knew. Look, love, I've been bullied all my life by bigger experts than Larry Olivier, I can assure you, and he's just got to get in line.


I can make the best French toast.


Marriage is forever. It's like cement.


Pope Paul III was the greatest thief in the history of the church.


I can't tell you about acting. You can develop all the skills, voice, gesture, movement, you can develop by exercise and practice but finally fundamentally it's mining from yourself, from your own personality, from what you know. If you can't know it you can have a good guess by people you know or books you've read.


I loved doing My Favorite Year, which was great fun, and The Ruling Class, which I made with all my chums.


One time in the late '50s, when Peter Finch, Laurence Harvey, and I were all offered the same movie role - the assumption being that we weren't friends - we marched up to producer Dino De Laurentiis's door and declared in unison, 'We don't think we're suitable for the part.'


Life turned out much better than I thought. I knew after a little while that I could act.


My own favorite is something called Rogue Male.


I wish to hazard my soul to opportunity.


We all had such larks. Yes, it was hard work but the friendships and the genuine respect we had for one another, that side I shall miss greatly. I've stopped acting, but I don't think I've finished using my voice. I could, and probably will, record the whole of Shakespeare's sonnets. They live at the side of my bed and are my constant companions.


If you do not surrender, I shall be forced to shoot you through the head with a rather large bullet.


Anything an artist does is to show ourselves as we really are, which is a complex thing. I don't think that one work of Philosophy or Art, or Letters, or Acting, or Middle Playing, or Tightrope Walking, or Flea Circuses has made mankind better, if by better you mean kinder, wiser, more tolerant of each other. One thing self knowledge. Knoticayton: know thyself.


I do not choose to be a common man…it is my right to be uncommon—if I can…I seek opportunity—not security…I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed… to refuse to barter incentive for a dole… I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence, the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopias….


If you cannot say what you mean, your majesty, you will never mean what you say and a gentleman should always mean what he says.


When my father would come home from the track after a good day, the whole room would light up; it was fairyland. But when he lost, it was black. In our house, it was always either a wake ... or a wedding.

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