Michael Palin quotes

Born
5 May 1943 Ranmoor, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

Occupation
Actor, writer and television presenter.

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was a member of the comedy group Monty Python and later made a number of travel documentaries Read More…

I don’t seek discomfort. But, very often, you realise that what you fear is actually quite ephemeral; something’s different, something’s unfamiliar; therefore, it must be worse.
– Michael Palin
I’m not your expert on Africa or animals or whatever. I’m not a travel writer or maker of documentaries. I was someone who doesn’t know very much, trying to communicate.
– Michael Palin
People say the most stupid things on the spur of the moment that they then have to retract.
– Michael Palin
The trouble with travelling back later on is that you can never repeat the same experience.
– Michael Palin
I do have high standards. I look at everything I have done and think, ‘Why wasn’t that better?’ Part of my motivation is from crippling self-doubt – I have got to prove myself wrong.
– Michael Palin
I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
– Michael Palin
There is barely a country in the world where you will be completely safe.
– Michael Palin
‘The Truth’ is not meant to preach or point any fingers. It’s meant to show that perhaps we should all avoid taking the moral high ground unless we have thought about things a bit more.
– Michael Palin
I was very bad at projecting my voice. I used to do this Gumby Flower Arranging sketch which involved shouting, and I could never do it right, and at one point my voice went completely.
– Michael Palin
‘Nice’ means nothing. Is it someone who doesn’t swear and shout? I swear and shout. ‘Nice’ sounds ineffectual.
– Michael Palin
I am restless. I don’t mind leaving this comfortable, static life. I could live a year on my own in a remote village.
– Michael Palin
So many people had been asking me to write an autobiography, or threatening to write my biography without any input from me, that I thought I’d better tell my story before other people told it for me.
– Michael Palin
People are still crazy about Python after twenty-five years, which I find hard to believe.
– Michael Palin
I wanted to be an explorer, but gradually found the world had been explored and that there was nowhere left, really. Once they climbed Everest in 1953, when I was 10 years old, I thought, ‘Well, that’s pretty much it now.’ But the idea of travelling and exploring and adventure was very strong.
– Michael Palin
I will die, but not retire.
– Michael Palin
I’ve been lucky to have made a number of travel programmes with the BBC, the object being to see places off the beaten track. As a result, I’ve often had a guide who’s been able to show me things that you wouldn’t see with a tour group.
– Michael Palin
The kids growing up is a separate strand to your life. However bad a day you’ve had, that’s the most important thing, and you have to remember that.
– Michael Palin
I have been unusually blessed in that I’ve been allowed to pursue two strands of a career that both delight me and seem to please the public.
– Michael Palin
Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won’t be made safer by creating barriers between people.
– Michael Palin
I’ve never particularly liked travelling with large groups or being told where to go by somebody else. I prefer to find out for myself.
– Michael Palin
I can be me, and people seem quite happy with that.
– Michael Palin
I’ve been lucky enough to stand on both poles, but the place that seemed the remotest to me was Butugychag, a former gulag in Siberia. It is completely cut off from the rest of the world.
– Michael Palin
Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
– Michael Palin
I always wanted to be an explorer, but – it seemed I was doomed to be nothing more than a very silly person.
– Michael Palin
Travelling, and being paid for it, is just great.
– Michael Palin
The human race should just slow down and think about what it is doing.
– Michael Palin
One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle.
– Michael Palin
I want people to know there is more to Somalia than looting and piracy.
– Michael Palin
I am certainly more interested in interviewing than being interviewed. Sometimes you find yourself attacked from the start.
– Michael Palin
I saw novelists as being admirable people and I thought… I thought… maybe, one day, I could be one of them.
– Michael Palin
I’d got over playing a character. People accepted who I was, and if I was incompetent and useless, they felt quite endeared to me.
– Michael Palin
I know that we shall meet problems along the way, but I’d far rather see for myself what’s going on in the world outside, than rely on newspapers, television, politicians and religious leaders to tell me what I should be thinking.
– Michael Palin
People look for patterns in everything. It’s what keeps us sane, I suppose. I struggle to see any patterns in my life. I think I can understand depression a bit because of my sister. My own feelings of… I’m aware that, if you feel down, it can be strangely unrelated to circumstances around you. That’s just the way life is.
– Michael Palin
Fame changes everything. When you’re well-known, you’re expected to be different. Some people assume you must have a yacht and four homes. Or that you’re famous because you are ‘A Decent Man’.
– Michael Palin
When I’m travelling, I always take my little notebook and scribble things down as I watch them; I’m very much geared to everything that’s happening. Whereas, the diary I keep is just about a record of a day I’ve spent. When I’m filming, I’m looking quite intensely at everything I see and trying to get my own eye on what we’re going through.
– Michael Palin
Despite having seen a fair amount of the world, I still love travelling – I just have an insatiable curiosity and like looking out of a window.
– Michael Palin
Please don’t ask which I enjoy more – acting or hosting – because I love them equally.
– Michael Palin
I think some of the best modern writing comes now from travellers.
– Michael Palin
I don’t see why it should be remarkable that you can acquire a reputation for fairness and decency. Those are qualities shared by so many people. And the great majority of people I meet are decent people, just trying to navigate their way through the world without causing too much trouble.
– Michael Palin
I would love to go to Iran. The island of Madagascar, everyone says is pretty exotic, or the wonderful Namibian desert.
– Michael Palin
I got my first lifetime achievement award years ago, and I was very excited, but then I got a sense of: Well, can one get a second lifetime award?
– Michael Palin