Jeremy Irons quotes

Born
19 September 1948, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.

Occupation
Actor.

Jeremy Irons is an English actor.

Actors often behave like children, and so we’re taken for children. I want to be grown up.
– Jeremy Irons
I don’t mind getting older. I’m enjoying not having that raging ambition I’ve had all my life.
– Jeremy Irons
No, I don’t believe in hard work. If something is hard, leave it. Let it come to you. Let it happen.
– Jeremy Irons
It’s always great to play a man who sets himself up to be punctured.
– Jeremy Irons
I love touching. I always touch people.
– Jeremy Irons
I’ve always had a desire to live on the outside. That’s where I’m most comfortable.
– Jeremy Irons
My next step must be to go to drama school. Well, I get into drama school, so I did that.
– Jeremy Irons
Commerce seems to be covering every aspect of our lives now. Which me, because I’m a romantic, is sad for me to say.
– Jeremy Irons
I think I would not be described as a character actor in that I don’t take on characteristics which are very alien to me.
– Jeremy Irons
The sad thing about any business I suppose, but in mine you see it particularly, is that you’re always asked to do what you’ve already done.
– Jeremy Irons
I’ve always tended to play people who relish playing against the rules.
– Jeremy Irons
I had people when I was younger trying to feel me up. Older men. I just told them to get lost.
– Jeremy Irons
I constantly experience failure in that my work is never as good as I want it to be. So I live with failure.
– Jeremy Irons
I believe inanimate objects have a spirit.
– Jeremy Irons
We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.
– Jeremy Irons
I was not naturally intellectual, but somebody whose interest had to be whetted, still the case sadly.
– Jeremy Irons
I had done a fair bit of traveling during the holidays in my school days with my guitar and discovered that I could live on it. Admittedly, I traveled with a sleeping bag but I could always find somewhere to lay my head.
– Jeremy Irons
Now in my theater training I showed no aptitude at all.
– Jeremy Irons
I do what I do because I like doing it. I’m well paid for it. I get far too much adulation compared with what it’s worth.
– Jeremy Irons
Godspell was a good leap for me, it was a good shop window.
– Jeremy Irons
It was a better time to be a young actor when I started out. There was a repertory system where you could go and practise.
– Jeremy Irons
A trip to the mainland was a big event and happened maybe once a year, although now you can get across in a speed boat in seven minutes but then it was a long way away.
– Jeremy Irons
I wouldn’t call myself a method actor, but I have my own method. I do my own research. I come up with a background for the character. I’m not a club man. I don’t like isms. I’ve never really studied Stanislavski.
– Jeremy Irons
Civility, politeness, it’s like a cement in a society: binds it together. And when we lose it, then I think we all feel lesser and slightly dirty because of it.
– Jeremy Irons
I think the job of artists is to stir things up.
– Jeremy Irons
Really, ambition has gone. I look for things that tickle my fancy. You begin to see the end of life on the horizon. You think, ‘It’s not going on forever, this.’ Let’s make the most of what time I have left.
– Jeremy Irons
I was the youngest. The yule lamb. The one who always got away without doing the washing up. My sister was four years older, and my brother six years.
– Jeremy Irons
So the better my partner or my opposition, however you like to think about it, the better my game.
– Jeremy Irons
You ask my wife or my two sons, and they’ll tell you that I ain’t free with the money.
– Jeremy Irons
I liked the theater. I liked the people. I liked the time that we worked.
– Jeremy Irons
I’m not religious. I’m spiritual. Religious seems too much like a club.
– Jeremy Irons