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" Acting is not about knowing all this stuff; it's about character. "
" I can't talk about foreign policy like anyone who's spent their life reading and learning foreign policy. But as a citizen in a democracy, it's very important that I participate in that. "
" You have to think an awful lot about your motivations or people's behavioral intentions or what their body language can indicate or what's really going on or what makes people sometimes do, sometimes, the irrational things they do. "
" I do believe all actors are smart. "
" Involvement in public affairs is a legitimate use of celebrity. "
" Artists speak the truth to the public without fear of retribution or damage to their careers. "
" I think it's good to meet smart people and talk. "
" I just don't get invited to the same dinner parties I used to like to go to. "
" If you don't think you want to go on a train and read the paper every day and work from nine to six at night, there was something about the uncertainty when I was younger which was very attractive. "
" I think you have an obligation to be an optimist. Because if you're not, nothing will change. "
" I've seen people with a tremendous amount of educational background in the field not turn out to be terribly good actors, and I've seen people with no education in the field turn out to be people that I admire quite a bit. "
" I'm a 9/11 Republican. "
" Anyone who devotes time and attention to what makes people tick, to me, is a smart person. "
" I don't even like to use the word relationship. I don't know what it means. "
" For about the first ten years of my career, I wasn't terribly motivated. "
" But why should I run for office and lose what little influence I have? "
" If I don't see my kids for six days, I start to get withdrawal pains. "
" I still think I'm going to do something else when I grow up. "
" I saw and I met a lot of people who were in the field. It also provided a context in which I came to respect what the actor did, because I saw how difficult it actually was to do. "
" I started getting jobs, and I thought it was going to be real easy. "
" But some actors I have met possess an intelligence that I can only dream of. It's about character, it's about behavior. They understand things about people that I simply don't see. "
" I kind of dwindled into acting. "
" I kind of have a dilettantish spirit about me. "
" In Europe, people in the arts are considered part of the intelligentsia; they are considered part of the elite. "
" I had no desire from an early age to be on the stage. "