Philip Seymour Hoffman quotes

Born
July 23, 1967 Fairport, New York, U.S.

Died
February 2, 2014.

Occupation
Actor.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor.

I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you’ve got.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Plays never feel like the right thing to do at the time.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
The foibles of my body are pretty much out there in the work I do.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Creating something is all about problem-solving.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Creating anything is hard.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
One person’s religion is another person’s cult.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I know some really great actors who are pretty judgmental people, pretty critical people. But they’re great actors. When they’re acting, that’s the craft.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
People aren’t going to throw the kind of money at certain people that they used to.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Yeah, writers do hate writing.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sometimes I have a great day of filming and sometimes the theater strikes me better. It just depends.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Life’s pretty funny when you’re objectively on the outside looking at it.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
When you have a child, as anyone knows who has them, that’s basically all you want to talk about.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
To act well isn’t an easy thing.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
In a film there a lot of people scheduling, you know.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I didn’t really buy LPs or go to concerts.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Well, I think everyone struggles with self-love.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I didn’t have any idea that I would be able to have a career in film.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I think part of being an actor is staying private.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
My ideal weight is 205, actually.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don’t just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That’s really a luxury problem.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I don’t have a specific thing I want anyone to get out of anything I do.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
The drama nerd comes out in me when I’m in a theater.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
You can look at anything as a cult. Churches are cults in their own way.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
My soul is in good shape.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I’ve never been on a cruise.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I like so many different kinds of music just because all I did was listen to the radio as a kid.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’d be dead.’
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he’ll spin six or seven plates in the air? Acting sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I’ve worked with a lot of characters that are unhinged. I’ve played characters that are unhinged. That’s, like, my job.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I do understand what it is to not want to commit to someone, knowing that might bring pain or commit to a life that has to do with being responsible to people other than myself. These things, I think, are normal things.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I think directors should be confident in their leadership capabilities. I think directors should be confident in what they want to do.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I try not to plan that too much.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I think I’m less anonymous than I was.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
My love for the theater has always been a priority. That hasn’t changed. I got into acting that way. The film work that came up was really a surprise.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
People actually live with their id exposed. They’re not good at concealing what’s going on inside.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actors are responsible to the people we play.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
There are characters in movies who I call ‘film characters.’ They don’t exist in real life. They exist to play out a scenario. They can be in fantastic films, but they are not real characters; what happens to them is not lifelike.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
If I don’t feel like I’m doing the job well, and I don’t know how to get there, or I’m too scared, or whatever, I’m not a happy guy and I’m not pleasant. I’m not pleasant to be around.
– Philip Seymour Hoffman