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Alan Arkin

American,  Actor
Total Quotes : 73
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

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

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

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

Mind Plays Once

I don't mind watching plays once in a while, but as long as I don't have to be in them.

- Alan Arkin

Me Fact Still

I don't know what I'm proudest of. The fact that my kids still talk to me.

- 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

Vision Director Without

A director without a vision is a catastrophe.

- 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

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

Brazil Pedestal Couple

I did a couple of movies in Brazil, and the actors were incredibly congenial and hung out together a lot. Even the biggest stars would do radio commercials - they're not put on a pedestal like they are in the United States.

- 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

Play Very Particularly

I don't like improvising on camera, particularly, but very often, a scene will not be working, and you rehearse it once or twice, and you realize something's missing. So I'll play with it until it makes sense.

- Alan Arkin

Alive Living Within

I gotta make a living. I make no bones about that. Most actors do. But within that context, I've never not tried to make something as fresh and alive as I possibly could make it.

- Alan Arkin

Upset Becoming Other

I get a little upset, yeah, if a year goes by and I don't get a script. Thank God I have other interests that keep me from becoming a nervous wreck.

- 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

Believe Say Competitions

I don't believe in competitions between artists. This is insane. Who has the authority to say someone is better?

- Alan Arkin

Doing Real People Inform

I don't live in L.A. on purpose because I don't wanna be immersed in that. I have to have a real life, with real people, in order to inform what I'm doing; otherwise, it just becomes the snake eating its own tail. Vampirism.

- Alan Arkin