88+ Best Anthony Hopkins Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has also won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Mind-blowing Anthony Hopkins quotes will inspire you to living a happy, fulfilling and worry-free life.

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Most Famous Anthony Hopkins Quotes

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier. — Anthony Hopkins

Well, everyone likes movies when they’re a little kid. — Anthony Hopkins

We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist. — Anthony Hopkins

We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap. — Anthony Hopkins

I don’t care: if they don’t like it, they don’t like it, but I do it for the fun of it. — Anthony Hopkins

I love life because what more is there. — Anthony Hopkins

Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life. — Anthony Hopkins

Life is tough, but you just have to just get out of bed, get out and do it. — Anthony Hopkins

I have dual citizenship; it just so happens I live in America. I would like to go back to Wales. I’m obsessed with my childhood, and at least three times a week dream I am back there. — Anthony Hopkins

I’m fascinated by the dream world we live in, in our dreaming sleep dreaming and that moment of pre sleep when the subconscious mind whirls up. — Anthony Hopkins

Today is the tomorrow I was worried about yesterday. — Anthony Hopkins

What I do is just go over and over and over my lines and learn the script so well that I can just be easy and relaxed. That’s the way I always work. — Anthony Hopkins

I don’t have people following me around, like bodyguards. I don’t know how people live like that. Maybe the young movie stars have to live like that, I don’t know. But it seems a little crazy to me. I don’t think you need all that stuff. — Anthony Hopkins

In certain moments of our lives we get little signals, little flashes that say, ‘it’s yours if you want it’. — Anthony Hopkins

I’m interested in the dream and subconscious mind, the peculiar dream-like quality of our lives, sometime nightmare quality of our lives. — Anthony Hopkins

There is no shortcut to happiness, you have to live your life. — Anthony Hopkins

I think all those actors from that generation, like Bogart – they were wonderful actors. They didn’t act. They just came on and they did it, and the characters were wonderful. — Anthony Hopkins

We all sell ourselves to some degree, I think. — Anthony Hopkins

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can’t even comprehend it. It’s such an illusion, it’s such a strange thing. — Anthony Hopkins

Inspirational Anthony Hopkins Quotes

Life’s too short to deal with other people’s insecurities. — Anthony Hopkins

I was bullied as a boy – lots of kids are, but hopefully most of us get on with our lives and grow up. — Anthony Hopkins

I don’t like mushiness. I’m a very emotional person but I hate sentimentality. I don’t like great demonstrations of emotion. But as I’m getting older, I’m getting much more open about all that. — Anthony Hopkins

Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry. — Anthony Hopkins

No expectations. Ask nothing, expect nothing and accept everything, and life is very well. — Anthony Hopkins

You mellow out and you just don’t take things too seriously. — Anthony Hopkins

I’m glad I’m not young anymore. I don’t want to start all over again. — Anthony Hopkins

I know how to be strong. I know how to be ruthless. It’s part of my nature. I wouldn’t be an actor if I wasn’t. — Anthony Hopkins

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then. — Anthony Hopkins

Life’s so short and such glorious – images in the world and such horror as well, but I want to see it all. So, I moved out of my comfort zone. — Anthony Hopkins

I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen. — Anthony Hopkins

Once you accept the fact that there’s nothing to fear, you drill into the primal oil well. I believe when we do things without fear, we can do anything. As long as you don’t worry about the consequences. — Anthony Hopkins

Everything is random and there are no guarantees. — Anthony Hopkins

I think the first British actor who really worked well in cinema was Albert Finney. He was a back-street Marlon Brando. He brought a great wittiness and power to the screen. The best actor we’ve had. — Anthony Hopkins

My father wasn’t a cruel man. And I loved him. But he was a pretty tough character. His own father was even tougher – one of those Victorians, hard as iron – but my dad was tough enough. — Anthony Hopkins

If you’re an alcoholic or a drug addict or something, we flirt with death. We pull ourselves to the brink of destruction and if we’re lucky we pull ourselves back. We all have that in us. — Anthony Hopkins

What is so liberating about this whole business is when you see that big movies are going to come out and then you see them up in Malibu in the little triplex theatre a week later and you think, this is show business. This is the great movie career. And it’s all funded in the shoe box. — Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins Thoughts On Life

By giving up ‘the need’ and ‘the want’, things begin to happen for you– Anthony Hopkins

I’m fascinated by the fact that we can’t grasp anything about time. — Anthony Hopkins

Years ago I met Richard Burton in Port Talbot, my home town, and afterwards he passed in his car with his wife, and I thought, ‘I want to get out and become like him’. Not because of Wales, because I love Wales, but because I was so limited as a child at school and so bereft and lonely, and I thought becoming an actor would do that. — Anthony Hopkins

I once asked a Jesuit preist what was the best short prayer he knew. He said “F*ck it.” as in “F*ck it, it’s in Gods hands. — Anthony Hopkins

We’re always looking over our shoulders, ‘what they will think, what the press will think, what will this one – am I making the right career move?’ When you’re young you have to do all that to survive, I suppose. — Anthony Hopkins

Every time I try to retire, or even think of retiring from acting, my agent comes up with a script– Anthony Hopkins — Anthony Hopkins

I am a bit of a solitude person – a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don’t have any major friendships or relationships with people. — Anthony Hopkins

I spent two years in the military service, then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre, though, and then I was definitely on my way. — Anthony Hopkins

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.

It will be the kiss by which all others in your life will be judged… and found wanting. — Anthony Hopkins

We are fascinated by the darkness in ourselves, we are fascinated by the shadow, we are fascinated by the boogeyman. — Anthony Hopkins

For me, time is the greatest mystery of all. The fact is that we’re dreaming all the time. That’s what really gets me. We have a fathomless lake of unconsciousness just beneath our skulls. — Anthony Hopkins

If people don’t want to bother with me, fine. You know, God bless them, and move on. — Anthony Hopkins

The knighthood was a tremendous honor, I don’t dismiss it. But I feel embarrassed by the flowery, theatrical stuff that goes with being an actor. — Anthony Hopkins

A conductor can’t be too arrogant with an orchestra and try to impose himself too much. — Anthony Hopkins

I have a punishing workout regimen. Every day I do 3 minutes on a treadmill, then I lie down, drink a glass of vodka and smoke a cigarette. — Anthony Hopkins

I wouldn’t use the word ‘scared’ for my role as Hitchcock, but it was my most insecure. Taking on such a formidable, giant personality such as Hitchcock; he was one of the great geniuses of world cinema. Sheer genius. — Anthony Hopkins

The Welsh people have a talent for acting that one does not find in the English. The English lack heart. — Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins Quotes on Love, Friendship and Movies

I love roller coasters. I don’t get a chance often, but I’ve gone to Magic Mountain and gone on the rides. I love roller coasters. — Anthony Hopkins

And I love a scary movie. It makes your toes curl and it’s not you going through it. — Anthony Hopkins

I think a certain amount of stress in life is good. — Anthony Hopkins

The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact is bad acting. — Anthony Hopkins

I come from – I came from Wales, and it’s a strong, butch society. We were in the war and all that. People didn’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. You had to get on with it. So my credo is get on with it. I don’t waste time being soft. I’m not cold, but I don’t like being, wasting my time with – life’s too short. — Anthony Hopkins

I tried acting, liked it, and stuck with it. I saw it as the way I would keep that promise to myself of getting back at those who had made my school life a misery. — Anthony Hopkins

There is nothing to be scared of in movies. It’s a bit scarier going on stage. — Anthony Hopkins

Today is the tomorrow we feared yesterday. — Anthony Hopkins

We get questions in our head and little voices that put us down when we were kids, so get over that. That’s all I’ve had to do. — Anthony Hopkins

I am not very good with relationships. With anyone. I can’t be locked up with anyone for too long– Anthony Hopkins — Anthony Hopkins

I’m most suspicious of scripts that have a lot of stage direction at the top of the page… sunrise over the desert and masses of… a whole essay before you get to the dialogue. — Anthony Hopkins

The whole point of courage, to overcome your fear. That’s the interesting thing, when courage bleeds through the fear. — Anthony Hopkins

If you do things, whether it’s acting or music or painting, do it without fear – that’s my philosophy. Because nobody can arrest you and put you in jail if you paint badly, so there’s nothing to lose. — Anthony Hopkins

I couldn’t say I ever dreamt of becoming a composer, a pianist, or anything else for that matter. I have the kind of brain where nothing is set in stone. — Anthony Hopkins

I’ve got a great sense of humor. — Anthony Hopkins

My father was grounded, a very meat-and-potatoes man. He was a baker. — Anthony Hopkins

I have no interest in Shakespeare and all that British nonsense… I just wanted to get famous and all the rest is hogwash. — Anthony Hopkins

I’ve got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare. I’ve done it. — Anthony Hopkins

I came here in 1974 to do a play, and then I went to L.A. I really like living in America. I feel more at home here than anywhere else. — Anthony Hopkins

I’m a pretty tough guy, you know. I’m a pretty hard man. I’ve got a lot of compassion, but I don’t waste time with people. — Anthony Hopkins

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. — Anthony Hopkins

I always liked to take the plunge, you know, I’d jump in at the deep end and hope that I’d find land somehow, or hope I’d float or survive. That’s more or less the way I’ve gone through my life. — Anthony Hopkins

I know that some actors and directors like to have intensity on set. I don’t, particularly. Certainly, if they want that, that’s fine, but I can’t work like that. — Anthony Hopkins

I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves. — Anthony Hopkins

If you don’t go when you want to go, when you do go, you’ll find you’ve gone. — Anthony Hopkins

I’ve got a great sense of humor. — Anthony Hopkins

I’ve got no need to prove to myself that I can do Shakespeare. I’ve done it. — Anthony Hopkins

We have a Boesendorfer piano that I play every day. It keeps my brain and my fingers active. — Anthony Hopkins

People don’t always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don’t advance in life. — Anthony Hopkins

Sometimes I feel tired and think I ought to give it up, I don’t want to just retire. No, I enjoy it all and you just keep going until the day comes when you can’t do it anymore. And that’s what I want to do. — Anthony Hopkins

The trick is not to get too fanatical about getting the accent too accurate because then that becomes a mask. What I try to do is just painting and sketching some of the sounds without obliterating my own voice. — Anthony Hopkins

Try not to be concerned with it. It’s a spiritual thing. Don’t look for the results, don’t live in the payoff. Live in the moment which is a spiritual principle. — Anthony Hopkins

We’re just blades of grass, and when we go, we go, we never come back; one life . . . maybe that’s true. But I tend to believe that this is not all there is. Because my life has been like a shadow of something deeper. And I’ve experienced that many times. — Anthony Hopkins

You look closely enough, you’ll find that everything has a weak spot where it can break, sooner or later. — Anthony Hopkins

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