The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible.— Tom Cruise
Most Powerful Cheques quotations
The Thriller album is still the biggest album of all time.
That is still returning huge royalty cheques.
I cannot do the piece-of-talking-meat thing, the 'Here's your money, wear a pretty dress and take the cheque.' I'm not made that way. I have to be as good as I can be at whatever I do.
Hip-hop don't have no fresh energy, none at all.
It's money driven, everybody tryin' to make that cheque, nobody putting art in their albums any more.
As long as countries wave chequebooks over our heads, we can never be equal.
Thankfully, in my youth I had the best financial advisor a son could ask for: my dad Walter. When I got that first signing bonus in 1978, Dad took my cheque, announced, 'This is what we're going to do,' and bought an annuity with it.
The front of a cheque alone gives someone enough information to steal your identity.
As long as the cheques carry on coming in, and I'm enjoying my work, I shall continue acting.
My father was from Aberdeen, and a more generous man you couldn't wish to meet.
I have a gold watch that belonged to him. He sold it to me on his deathbed. I wrote him a cheque for it, post dated of course.
Bond investors want growth much like equity investors, and to the extent that too much austerity leads to recession or stagnation then credit spreads widen out - even if a country can print its own currency and write its own cheques.
I don't write cheques anymore because I end up signing them "with love, shan rukh"
Never let your campaigns write cheques that your website can't cash.
I do wish I had brought my cheque book. I don't believe in credit cards.
It's exotic for me to be given a script that's already written, and be given a pay cheque, and asked to dress up and play, and that's all.
Largely this is a class thing - writers tend to be cosseted little middle-class kiddies who think that the world owes them a royalty cheque. But just doing it - being in your room for years on end, locked in your head, alone with invented ghosts - it weakens and softens the body. And I know I can't just live in my head.
As for the largest-hearted of us, what is the word we write most often in our cheque-books? "Self.
I like my films to have a certain amount of realism - something that's thought provoking and intelligently written. More than the amount on the pay cheque, I look for a level of respectability as an actor.
This evening, while signing my name on a painting, I was thinking I might stop signing my cheques.
One of my proudest achievements is that when an authoritative book about Hungarian literature came out about a decade ago, there was a little article about me which said I was a Hungarian writer but pretending not to be. Bearing in mind I can hardly write a cheque in Hungarian, I was delighted to be included in the pantheon of Hungarian writers.
Almost everywhere else in Europe, the more military the state, the stronger the king - except in Britain. Here it was parliament, not the monarchy, who signed the cheques. The longer the war went on, the stronger parliament became, as the purse on which it sat grew bigger and bigger.
I get up early and open my emails, write cheques and answer the phone; whatever needs to be done.
Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques.
The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
When you are facing the wilderness on your own, you have a totally different attitude to someone who works in government or who has a monthly cheque.
Nowadays, [young musicians] are so quick to be like, "OK, fine, I'll take the cheque, or I'll get the stamp from XYZ, and I'm expanding my brand," rather than thinking, "I'm part of this space over here, and in order for it to grow, you can't have it assimilated by this bigger bubble or corporate brand."
Most of the money given by rich people in "charity" is made up of conscience money, "ransom," political bribery, and bids for titles.... One buys moral credit by signing a cheque, which is easier than turning a prayer wheel.
When I ask President Marcos for two million dollars, at worst he wants to know whether he should bring the money straight away or whether I can wait for a cheque in the post.
Ha, ha! keep time: how sour sweet music is, When time is broke and no proportion kept!So is it in the music of men's lives.And here have I the daintiness of earTo cheque time broke in a disorder'd string;But for the concord of my state and timeHad not an ear to hear my true time broke.I wasted time, and now does time waste me;For now hath time made me his numbering clock:My thoughts are minutes; and with sighs they jarTheir watches on unto mine eyes, the outward watch,Whereto my finger, like a dial's point,Is pointing still, in cleansing them from tears.
They're not bombarding me with offers, although the ones that have come along have been too preposterous to contemplate, so it's not as if I spend every day resisting $20 million pay cheques.
The highest pay cheque my mother ever received funded the building of a nursery school in Shepherd's Bush - the school cost well over three times the money she donated to the making of the film 'The Palestinian.' Unsurprisingly this always goes unmentioned in the press.
With my first pay cheque I sent my parents to Jamaica, so they actually got passports! They're pretty grounded; it wasn't until they saw the trailer for 'Battleship' that they were like, 'Ooh, this is a big movie, isn't it?'
What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a cheque.
They tend to lay dormant for a while but often come back, and then the cheques come in!
The two most beautiful words in the English language are cheque enclosed
You have to feel more involved than just writing out a cheque.
Charity is almost the wrong word - I think people are beginning to feel more responsible for the world.
I'm thinking of when the Qatari representative was given five minutes with Bill Clinton for a million dollar cheque.