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" My plumbing is no one's business but my own. "
" Money is always a pressure. "
" I quite like being old. "
" I'm Irish. That means I'm Catholic. But, truth is, now I'm a retired Christian. "
" I'm not from the working class. I'm from the criminal class. "
" Pope Paul III was the greatest thief in the history of the church. "
" I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony. "
" A few years back I was asked if I would go and meet a director and his various acolytes, and it occurred to me halfway through the meeting that what I was doing was auditioning. And I thought, 'Well, hang on buddy. I've done half a century of this.' "
" I've done everything that's possible to be done. "
" I love working with the young. "
" My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits. "
" It's a razor's edge, a romance with an old man and a young woman. "
" An Oscar is a symbol that is known in every corner of the world. "
" The common denominator of all my friends is that they're dead. "
All My Friends
" The good parts are the people who don't make do. They're the interesting people. Lear doesn't make do. "
" Films were never in my budget. Didn't occur to me till much later. I hoped for a long, good life, which I've had and I'm having as an actor. I didn't expect the rest. "
" I can now tell from the envelope whether or not it is a good script. "
" Life turned out much better than I thought. I knew after a little while that I could act. "
" I love London. "
" I'm the most gregarious of men and love good company, but never less alone when alone. "
" All the minor sports injuries you acquire over the years begin to multiply like flies when you get over 70. "
" Actors have to stay optimistic. The moment we start thinking otherwise, we're dead. "
" I wouldn't mind being a lord. "
" Right after I left drama school, I had a job. "
" In my day England, Scotland, Wales had 80 drama schools. There are none left. So there's no training, no discipline. "
" I never found it easy to learn my lines. It was slog, slog, slog. "
" I had a son born to me when I was 50, and I thought, 'He needs someone to bowl to him.' "
" I'm not a French singer. "
" It's very inconvenient because every time I finish, let's say, a chapter of a book, I think I'm going to ring Richard and then realize: Oh, Christ, I've buried him. I buried him last year. "
" My favorite food from my homeland is Guinness. My second choice in Guinness. My third choice - would have to be Guinness. "
" The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise. "