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" My parents were always Welsh-speaking and very proud of Wales. "
" I think your children are your measure of success, regardless of work and career. "
" If you've gotta follow a fashion, pick a good fashion, I say, yes. "
" I'm not actually sure that actors or artists should be allowed to have a family, because the focus you need, the egotism, the myopia, is just taking away from the relationship. "
" Villains are a lot of fun. My villains have a lot of tongue-in-cheek. They are sometimes conscious of and a little bit gleeful of their villainy. "
" Many do not understand how precarious Western civilization is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you. "
" Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are men at the top of their game, and Jackson especially is going to change the nature of film-making. "
" There is a demographic catastrophe happening in Europe that nobody wants to talk about, that we daren't bring up because we are so cagey about not offending people racially. "
" 'Shogun' was a mini-series, so even though it went on television, we filmed it like a movie. "
" In the film world, we can all be heroes. In the real world, where heroism can cost you your life or the life of the ones you love, people aren't so willing to make those sacrifices. When they do, they are set apart from the rest of us. "
" I was offered the opportunity to narrate the Catholic bible, and it was something I really wanted to be involved with. "
" I found it marvelous that the great supporters of America in Europe are, of course, those countries that American consistency and firmness in the Cold War ended up liberating. "
" Unkindness is quite a major sin. "
" Actors endow the villain in fiction with a warmth and quality that makes them memorable. I think we like fictional villains because they're the Mr. Hyde of our own dreams. I've met a few real villains in my time, and they weren't the least bit sympathetic. "
" Just think about it: in every shop in the reading world since 1956, there has been two feet of book-space devoted to Tolkien. "
" I love a good safari. "
" I have a lot of respect for aspects of Islam, but I would not choose to live in a theocratically organised Muslim society. "
" When you get back to fundamental questions - 'Why should anything exist?' A, I'm not sure what the answer is in terms of the science, and B, I'm not sure that science can even ask that question. "
" I can't give a soundbite for love or money. "
" If you cannot have fun on a set and enjoy what you're doing, you're better off giving it up. "
" 'Indiana Jones' wasn't physically tough, but they are the only two films I've ever been ill on. On 'The Last Crusade,' I got sciatica. That's when the sciatic nerve, which goes through the funny hole in your pelvis down your leg, swells and rubs against the nerves. "
" Once you've got a child to the point that they've discovered books, they're safe. There's a world of the imagination that when they're hurt or upset, they can move into, and it is wonderful. "
" To experience the unique sense of elation that you have when your child is sleeping on your chest in an incomparable emotion. "
" As I come towards the end of my life, you get to see things in a slightly different perspective. "
" When you've opened your heart to a child as you have to, there's always the fear that you may discover that the child is not viable. Losing that child is not a position you want to find yourself in. "
" There's nothing like the discipline of having to work on a cold film set on the Danubian plain in Bulgaria. Boy, does it get cold. "
" We live in a modest system, a galaxy called the Milky Way. If we named every star in the Milky Way and put them in the Hollywood telephone directory and stacked those telephone directories up, we'd have a pile of telephone directories 70 miles high. "
" I think I have more stamps in my passport than most stamp collectors have in their collections. "
" The universe starts off with the Big Bang theory, and the first thing that emerged from the Big Bang is essentially hydrogen and then helium. And that's what combusts in stars. Finally, stars implode, and they build heavier elements out of that. And those heavier elements are reconstituted in the heart of other stars, eventually. "
" A solitary child growing up in Africa, you're really quite dependent on books. "
" I am a believer in the evolutionary process, and yet I have sympathy for the friends of mine who are creationists. I don't find the positions incompatible. "