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Alan Arkin

American,  Actor
Total Quotes : 73
Keep Unless Gotta

I gotta keep busy. I'm not happy unless I'm working on two, three things.

- Alan Arkin

Product Sold Probing

A product is most easily sold when it has an identity. So they wrap you all up and put a label on you. And then that's what you have to be. But what I'm looking for is the opportunity to explore what I can do, probing the limits, learning.

- Alan Arkin

Career Give Everybody

Everybody's career has ups and downs. I like to take chances; I don't like to stand still. And I don't give a damn what the market is interested in; I want to try things.

- Alan Arkin

Vision Director Without

A director without a vision is a catastrophe.

- Alan Arkin

Some One Of The Things

But one of the things I learned from improvising is that all of life is an improvisation, whether you like it or not. Some of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century came out of people dropping things.

- Alan Arkin

Life Believe Back

I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas - the oldest Hindu philosophy - and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future - it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future.

- Alan Arkin

Winning Other Works

Every physicist knows that things connect with each other. To isolate things is not the way the universe works - winning best actor is arbitrary.

- Alan Arkin

Sunshine Role Roles

I never had a better role than I had in 'Little Miss Sunshine.' That was one of my favorite roles ever.

- Alan Arkin

Will Away Boxes

I don't know why we have to put things in boxes of superlatives. That isolates them. Life is fluid, and the minute you start trying to put a line around something, it will deceive you and go away.

- Alan Arkin

Hollywood Movie Sometime

I would like to have a movie under my own control sometime, and see what could be done with it. Who knows? Maybe Hollywood will make an improvisational movie someday.

- Alan Arkin

Why Seven Moved

I used to watch the world as if it was a performance and I would realize that certain things that people did moved me, and certain things didn't move me, and I tried to analyze, even at that age, six and seven and eight, why I was moved by certain things they did.

- Alan Arkin

Education Within Rather

Education does not mean jamming information into somebody's head. Rather, it's that ancient idea that all knowledge is within us; to teach is to help somebody pull it out of themselves.

- Alan Arkin

Love Feel Projects

I love working if it's with people who are capable of having a good time. People with a little bit of enjoyment of what they do. If it's enormous pressure, and people feel that their lives are at stake, then it's agony. So I try to pick projects where I feel like I'm going to avoid those traps.

- Alan Arkin

Tide Actor Everybody

For everybody, the tide comes in, the tide goes out - if you're an actor, particularly.

- Alan Arkin

Business Move Actor

I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor.

- Alan Arkin

Epitaph Wrote Ended

I wrote my epitaph: He started out a particle and ended up a wave.

- Alan Arkin

Golf Play Even

I can't even pretend to play golf.

- Alan Arkin

Happy Hero About

I don't sense that I am someone's hero, though I'm happy when people like my work. I've learned how to be gracious about it, but I try to let it go by. I've seen how, if people start taking on those accolades, it can ruin them completely.

- Alan Arkin

Hollywood Movie Some

Filmmakers, they tell me they want to make movies. I say, 'Good, go out, buy a $500 camera, get some friends and make a movie. Don't go to Hollywood. Stay wherever you are.'

- Alan Arkin

Racing Other Putting

I had a hard time treating my field as if it's horse racing, putting actors in competition against each other. I see how the industry and the studios feel it's important, but I don't really have a feeling for being in competition. I want to feel sympathetic and close to others, not opposed to them.

- Alan Arkin