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All Quotes by author - Michael Caine
" Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America. "
" A lot of movie stars are not great actors; they're just very good-looking. And when they start to age and they don't have the looks any more, then it's over. "
" A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything. "
" Am I a car aficionado? No: for me, cars have always been just for transport. I didn't even know anyone who had a car until I was 14 or 15. "
" Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas. "
" As an actor, I'll play anything. "
" At 69, I got the girl! And it wasn't a 68-year-old girl, either. "
" At age 11, I went to a Jewish school. I speak Yiddish. I'm Church of England Protestant. My father was Catholic, and my mother was Protestant. My wife is a Muslim. "
" Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. "
" Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library. "
" But the whole point of the Sixties was that you had to take people as they were. If you came in with us you left your class, and colour, and religion behind, that was what the Sixties was all about. "
" Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write. "
" Do I believe in God? Yes I do. When you've had a life like mine, you have to. "
" English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite. "
" Every time you get a movie, you get a medical. So you know, you know you're alright for a couple of weeks. "
" For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart. "
" For me, the performance was always playing different people. And so when I got older, was no longer the romantic leading movie star, it became more and more interesting for me, the characters I played, you know? "
" Funny things happen to you in movies for silly reasons. "
" Growing up, there was only classical music on BBC Radio. We had to listen to the American Forces Network in Germany, which played pop songs, or the pirate radio boats off the coast. "
" Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It's a company town, and I happen to like the company! "
" I admired Marlon Brando as I grew up. I though he was one of the finest screen actors around. "
" I am a great admirer of other actors, but I never compete with other actors. I always compete with what I did last, and I'm my own most vicious critic. So I'm always trying to do it better. "
" I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead. "
" I am often asked which of my films has come closest to my own ideal of performance, and I always answer, 'Educating Rita.' "
" I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier. "
" I did everything. I ran my life exactly as I wanted to, all the time. I never listened to anybody. I'm pig-headed. "
" I don't do it often, but I do cry. I also laugh a lot; people tell me I'm funny and I do like to laugh. "
" I don't meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers. "
" I don't think you retire from movies; movies retire you. "
" I don't want to sound like Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells, but I do think there should be some sort of national service for young men. "
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