Patrick Stewart quotes

  • The people who could do most to improve the situation of so many women and children are in fact, men,
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Children #Men #People

  • I saw Waiting for Godot when I was 17 in rep with a then unknown actor called Peter O'Toole playing Vladimir. I remember leaving the theatre promising myself that one day I would have a go at this play and then pretty much forgot it for 50 years.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Years #Play #Waiting

  • Violence is never ever a choice that a man should make.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Men #Choices #Violence

  • All I ever wanted to do was be on stage, if possible acting in Shakespeare. And to be as good as I could be.There was nowhere else I wanted to go. TV was of no interest. Films were just a fantasy. Yet I was convinced that when we found ourselves in that world of fantasy and sci-fi, it was our classical background and our training that equipped us for that larger-than life-world.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Training #Acting #World

  • I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, 'She must have provoked him,' or, 'Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.' They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Mother #Father #Fighting

  • At 12 years old in the dangerous world that I was in, with a very difficult home life, I found the stage was the safest place to be. It was predetermined and predictable - and furthermore you got to be someone else. All the problems only began when you left the building.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Home #Years #World

  • Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend—someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Passion #Wine #Ideas

  • As a child, I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men say, 'Mrs. Stewart, you must've done something to provoke him.' 'Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to make an argument.' Wrong. Wrong! My mother did nothing to provoke that - and even if she had, violence is never ever a choice that a man should make. Ever.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Mother #Children #Powerful

  • The knights of the theater represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. To find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Knights #Astonishment #Theater

  • It is what you do from now on that will either move our civilization forward a few tiny steps, or else... begin to march us steadily backward.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Moving #Civilization #Tiny

  • I wouldn't know a space-time continuum or warp core breach if they got into bed with me.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Space #Bed #Warp

  • I think I came back from America a funnier and nicer person than I went.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Thinking #America #Persons

  • This is a call to action—not an action that will make things better in six months’ time or a year’s time, but action that might save someone’s life and someone’s future this afternoon, tonight, tomorrow morning.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Morning #Years #Tonight

  • An obsession might be a little strong a term, but it has now become one of the most significant aspects of my life, but most importantly of my career, because it has changed the public's perception of who Patrick Stewart is,
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Strong #Careers #Perception

  • We've made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again! The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done!
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Fall #Space #Done

  • I don't do impersonations. I can do a wounded elephant! I can do a really good cow! And because of the amount of time I spent in North Yorkshire, I do a variety of sheep. All of which I will be happy to roll out for you!
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Elephants #Sheep #Yorkshire

  • I do what I do in my mother's name because I couldn't help her then. Now I can.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Mother #Names #Helping

  • I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets, even though they may be utterly uninhabited.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Civilization #Arrogance #May

  • It's not just an exclamation, but it's a rejection of everything to do with Christmas, with the spirit of Christmas, with gift-giving, with generosity.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Christmas #Generosity #Giving

  • I certainly wanted to maintain some sense of mystery about Picard and that's why we never allowed certain situations to fully evolve, like the relationship between Picard and Beverly Crusher.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Relationship #Mystery #Certain

  • There's no such thing as "just a domestic".
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Domestic Violence #Violence

  • One day, out of irritation, I said, you know all of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Kings #Irritation #Years

  • Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Men #Choices #Violence

  • William Shatner has one style. We have completely contrasting personalities. We're very good friends. I adore him, but we're very different people, so they were smart enough to write characters that reflected that.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Friends #Smart #Character

  • I wasn't campaigning for a role in a Hollywood television series, it was a fluke. So you've got to have a measure of good luck, you really have, being in the right place at the right time.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Good Luck #Television #Flukes

  • You get all of your neuroses worked out on stage. I haven't actually played very many nice characters, certainly not on stage. It's not a quality that attracts me.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Nice #Character #Quality

  • Roddenberry had created quite a complex and at times mysterious character. Guarded, cautious, careful in showing his feelings in expressing his ideas about many things - I found that very interesting.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Character #Ideas #Interesting

  • Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation,
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Our Generation #Rights #Generations

  • For seven years I did very little theatre, and I have to make up some time.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Years #Theatre #Littles

  • As time went on, I did campaign to lighten the character a little bit, to introduce some romance into the episodes, outside activities, horse riding and fencing and mountaineering.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Horse #Character #Romance

  • As the captain, I was going to be having the dominant role in most of the episodes, and that was appealing. I wasn't interested in coming to Hollywood to sit around.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Roles #Captains #Hollywood

  • Tom Hanks knows the name of all the episodes.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Names #Episodes

  • The studio have always claimed that the ship is the star of the show, especially when they're renegotiating contracts.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Stars #Ships #Contracts

  • During my time we had two chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, at different times of course, on the bridge, both of whom asked my permission to sit on the captain's chair.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Bridges #Two #Different

  • I've often reflected on this in the past weeks as I've been following the presidential campaign: Very often, I thought it would have been great for both of these guys to sit down and be force-fed a couple of dozen episodes of Star Trek.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Stars #Couple #Past

  • Whenever the lion fish in the fish tank in the captain's ready room died it was always a sad moment.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Lions #Captains #Rooms

  • I am not the archetypal leading man. This is mainly for one reason: as you may have noticed, I have no hair.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Men #Hair #May

  • The only still center of my life is Macbeth. To go back to doing this bloody, crazed, insane mass-murderer is a huge relief after trying to get my cell phone replaced.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Cells #Phones #Insane

  • Having played many roles of scientific intellect I do have an empathy for that world. It's been hard on me because flying the Enterprise for seven years in Star Trek and sitting in Cerebro in X-men has led people to believe that I know what I'm talking about. But I'm still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Stars #Believe #Men

  • I am told that there have been over the years a number of experiments taking place in places like Massachusetts Institute of Technology that have been entirely based on concepts raised by Star Trek.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Stars #Technology #Years

  • I began directing episodes, which was a great light every couple of months. We never short-changed our audience, but it became something that you had to work at rather than something that was a pleasure.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Couple #Light #Months

  • Encouraging people to believe in it was the most important thing of all. It's one of the reasons I was always uncomfortable whenever film crews came on the set to shoot things. I didn't want our make-believe to be exposed.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Believe #People #Important

  • During the course of the seven years I played scenes with an oil slick, I played a scene with a grain of rice. Sometimes with indescribable creatures. I remember having a conversation with something which was simply a smell, that's all. It was part of our job.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Jobs #Years #Oil

  • But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theater and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Falling In Love #Children #Hero

  • Creating a believable world on the ship was very important, and technically they got better and better and better at showing the ship too.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Creating #Important #Ships

  • I've met actors where you think, if only you could just clean up your act and get it together, people would want to work with you. Some people are so difficult, it's just not worth working with them.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Thinking #People #Together

  • What identifies an individual as a king is how other people behave towards him. All authority is assumed, and if other people don't accept your authority then you don't have it. Perhaps the critical thing to being a convincing figure of authority is actually not to try too hard.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Kings #People #Trying

  • Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine - and change - the way in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other me and allies to do the same.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Profound #Promise #Might

  • We've heard from many teachers that they used episodes of Star Trek and concepts of Star Trek in their science classrooms in order to engage the students.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Teacher #Stars #Science

  • I came to feel very, very sentimental about those sets, which is ludicrous, because they represent everything which is transitory and insubstantial. It's absurd that one should feel sentimental about timber and canvas.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Sentimental #Canvas #Absurd

  • One of the things that I've come to understand is that as I talk a lot about Picard, what I find is that I'm talking about myself.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Talking

  • I was brought up in a very poor and very violent household. I spent much of my childhood being afraid.
    -- Patrick Stewart

    #Childhood #Poor #Violent