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" I usually control the environment I'm in, but my control is very quiet and subtle. "
" Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library. "
" Save your money. You're going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think. "
" I don't meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers. "
" The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought, That's what I want to do. "
" January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out. "
" Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America. "
" When you reach the top, that's when the climb begins. "
" Wherever I live, if there isn't a restaurant I want to go to of a certain type, then I open it. That's all. For selfish reasons. "
" The standing ovation threw me... to be held in such regard in a town so full of talent is quite something. "
" Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinema, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he's that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it's not, I assure you. "
" If you're a movie star, you get the girl, you lose the girl, and then you get her back. But if you're a character like me, you lose the girl, then you get another one, then you get another one, then you lose them all, then you lose your life. "
" The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse. "
" I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn't. "
" I'm the audience's representative on earth. "
" I'm always slightly envious of people who become extremely rich without anyone knowing who the hell they are, like financiers. "
" I'm forever testing myself. As a person and as an actor, I have no sense of competition. "
" The three actors I admire the most are all dead. Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and the French actor, Jean Gabin. They're all very natural, sort of masculine without being overly macho. "
" Obsession is a young man's game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old. "
" What a lot of people don't realize about gangs, in my opinion, is that a gang is not there to attack you. Eighty percent of the people in a gang are there to stop anyone from attacking them. You join a gang for protection, not to go out and hit someone. "
" When I'm doing an accent, you shouldn't notice it for a while, if I'm doing it right. "
" I was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite. Imagine signing that autograph! You'd get a broken arm. So I changed my name to Michael Caine after Humphrey Bogart's 'The Caine Mutiny,' which was playing in the theater across from the telephone booth where I learned that I'd gotten my first TV job. "
" A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything. "
" I've always loved reprehensible people because they're so much more interesting to play on screen. "
" I won an Academy Award for 'The Cider House Rules,' playing an American. "
" If you think you're going to be up for an Oscar, you schedule your moviemaking. "
" I feel like 35. At 35 you're old enough to know something and young enough to look forward to what you can do with the knowledge. So I stayed at 35! "
" I am often asked which of my films has come closest to my own ideal of performance, and I always answer, 'Educating Rita.' "
" My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much. "
" I think I have the secret of a successful L.A. restaurant, especially now that so many Europeans live there. You have to have a place where they can see out the windows, see the world passing by. Europeans fancy that. "
" I regard myself as someone who is retired but who occasionally goes out to work. In fact, I'm offered so much good stuff that it's not so occasional. "