David Duchovny quotes

  • Feelings come and go, unless you don't feel them. Then they stay, and hurt, and grow pear-shaped and weird.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Hurt #Feelings #Pears

  • Usually, when I act, I try to forget the words and let them come, and just find my way through them.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Trying #Way #Forget

  • The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are. Instead, we trust people to be who we want them to be - and when they're not, we cry.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Trust #Keys #People

  • There are moments when you get out of your own head and you exist in the moment, and that can be good acting.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Acting #Moments #Be Good

  • Every day I try to do breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga. These things sound awfully cliche, but they help me slow down and try to point to a truth.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Yoga #Exercise #Breathing

  • I don't see any difference in the craft of acting, in film or television. It's absolutely the same. It's different storytelling, playing a character over multiple hours, as opposed to two.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Character #Differences #Two

  • I love dogs. They live in the moment and don't care about anything except affection and food. They're loyal and happy. Humans are just too damn complicated.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Dog #Live In The Moment #Care

  • I understand the self-loathing and the resentment, and the discipline that it takes to sit down in front of a typewriter or computer every single day, whether it's going well or not going well.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Typewriters #Self #Discipline

  • I think the real heroic teachers are the ones who work with kids, like my mom and my sister do.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Inspirational #Mom #Teacher

  • Sometimes when I'm swimming, I think that maybe someday I'll put my red Speedo up for auction. Or maybe I'll donate it to the Smithsonian. They can stuff it with two plums and a gherkin and put it on display.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Swimming #Thinking #Two

  • I don't think of myself as a TV actor. I think of myself as a film, television and Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway actor.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Thinking #Actors #Television

  • Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Creativity #Creative #Anxiety

  • The happiest moment of my life was probably when my daughter was born.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Daughter #Mother #Moments

  • I lost my virginity when I was 14. And I haven't been able to find it.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Able #Lost #Virginity

  • I just spend my money on the essentials. Just basically food and shelter.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Essentials #Shelter

  • People always love and respect characters who speak the truth, even if the truth hurts.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Hurt #Character #People

  • My entire life has been an attempt to get back to the kind of feelings you have on a field. The sense of brotherhood, the esprit de corps, the focus - there being no past or future, just the ball. As trite as it sounds, I was happiest playing ball.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Past #Focus #Feelings

  • I always dreamt of being a basketball player. A dream that only I believed in.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Basketball #Dream #Player

  • Everybody gets the tattoo they deserve.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Tattoo #Deserve

  • Our country was founded on a distrust of government. Our founding fathers gave power to the people to keep an eye on government. So when politicians say, 'Trust me,' they're actually being very un-American.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Country #Father #Eye

  • I dont like the idea of being eaten by a shark. I like to swim in the ocean, and I think much more about sharks than anyone should. I really resent the fact that my oceangoing experiences are ruined by Jaws.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Ocean #Thinking #Sharks

  • My whole life, Ive wanted things before I was ready. I was always pushing for the next job, the next success. I was so focused on achieving and the path that I was missing some great point about life.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Jobs #Missing #Next

  • Dogs are the broccaflower of the animal kingdom.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Dog #Animal #Kingdoms

  • I really enjoy taking an outdoor shower.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Showers #Enjoy

  • I'm very proud of my Scottish blood.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Blood #Proud #Scottish

  • If you have Darwin, Christ and Nietzsche, they're all going to talk at once. You need somebody who listens.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Needs #Christ

  • In high school and college, I was an athlete.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Athlete #School #College

  • In the U.S., oddly, we have images of men as arrogant and aggressive.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Men #Arrogant #Aggressive

  • It's always like you write a poem when you can't really say what you're trying to say.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Writing #Trying #Like You

  • It's hard to find scripts that know what they are from page one to page 115.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Pages #Scripts

  • Most journalists expect me to answer all their questions about aliens and spaceships.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Answers #Aliens #Spaceships

  • One of the great things about doing series television is the guest actors that you can have come on and play around with.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Play #Actors #Television

  • Part of being an actor is letting things come about organically as opposed to forcing them.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Actors

  • I wouldn't succeed at musical theater.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Musical #Succeed #Theater

  • Willie Mays was the best ever. When I was in college I once made a catch like the one Mays made over his head. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed at night I think about it. It still makes me warm.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Lying #Night #College

  • Larry Grobel's interviews are informative and insightful without being pandering or intrusive. You get the sense at all times of both intelligence at work-the interviewee's and Grobel's-both inspired by the encounter.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Insightful #Encounters #Interviews

  • I mean, there's chemistry in life and there's acting chemistry. I'm not saying they're the same thing, but they're as mysterious.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Mean #Acting #Mysterious

  • I may be learning guitar, but I'll never be able to sing.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Guitar #May #Able

  • I've turned down jobs because I've said, 'Honestly, I can't find my way in. I can't do it. I love you, as a director. I think the script is good. You deserve better than I think I can do.'
    -- David Duchovny

    #Jobs #Love You #Thinking

  • What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Air #Mad #Arrogance

  • Without whining and without making myself a tragic figure, there is no replacement for the loss of your privacy. It's a huge sacrifice.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Loss #Sacrifice #Privacy

  • I mean, you always want everybody to pat you on the back and tell you you're wonderful every time you do something; I think that's human nature.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Mean #Thinking #Want

  • Actually, I have an interest in finishing my Ph.D., but I just know I never will.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Finishing #Interest

  • I think patience is a skill and I wish I had it.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Patience #Thinking #Skills

  • I enjoy comedy and I hope that people enjoy watching me do it.
    -- David Duchovny

    #People #Comedy #Enjoy

  • Chemistry is really about two people who like to act together, I think. It's like tennis in the most cliched way. It's like if you hit the ball, they hit the ball back, and they don't hit it into the stands, and they don't put the ball in their pocket and walk off - and they don't argue with the umpire, you know?
    -- David Duchovny

    #Thinking #Umpires #Two

  • I don't believe in a conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrial life.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Believe #Conspiracy #Existence

  • On the one hand, people think they own kids; they feel that they have the right to tell the kids what to do. On the other hand, people envy kids. We'd like to be kids our whole lives. Kids get to do what they do. They live on their instincts.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Kids #Thinking #Hands

  • I feel I have to work hard to nurture whatever talent I have as an actor. I feel like it's not natural to me. So I don't take it for granted... What I think is my natural ability - which is writing - I think I totally take that for granted.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Writing #Hard Work #Thinking

  • If my work was good enough, I would never have to do publicity.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Publicity #Good Enough #Enough

  • In this age of media and Internet access, we are much more talkative than ever before.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Media #Age #Internet

  • At one time there were voiceover artists, now there are celebrity voiceover artists. It's unfortunate because these people need the money less than the voiceover artist.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Artist #People #Needs

  • I had to work in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world for almost three weeks. Pity me.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Beautiful #Three #World

  • Women's fashion is a subtle form of bondage. It's men's way of binding them. We put them in these tight, high-heeled shoes, we make them wear these tight clothes and we say they look sexy. But they're actually tied up.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Sexy #Fashion #Men

  • I had a fear that I'd be typecast, but I don't really have that fear anymore.
    -- David Duchovny

  • I enjoy trying to figure out the best way to compliment the picture and not overpower it.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Trying #Way #Compliment

  • I drive an electric car.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Car #Electric #Electric Car

  • I don't know how anybody gets better at anything aside from doing it.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Get Better

  • Games, by nature, have more plot options and non-linear qualities than TV and film.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Games #Quality #Plot

  • Approaching a part or thinking about taking a part, I never think, 'Is that person like me?'
    -- David Duchovny

    #Thinking #Persons

  • A lot of times passion projects or films are difficult to make because they don't have proven directors attached to them.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Passion #Directors #Film

  • People think celebrities don't have to worry about human things like sickness and death and rent. It's like you've traveled to this Land of Celebrity, this other country. They want you to tell about what you saw.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Country #Thinking #Land

  • I think Mulder is the worst FBI agent in the world. He spends millions of dollars investigating these paranormal phenomena and never comes up with any evidence. He's the Kenneth Starr of the FBI.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Thinking #Dollars #Agents

  • Garry Shandling is someone I've publicly gone gay for, for jokes. Oh and anyone in the Twilight movies. I don't know any of their names, but all of them. The wolves, the vampires? They're all fantastic.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Twilight #Gay #Names

  • Those characters are forever searchingeven if we're not watching them, they're out there, in some dimension. Mulder and Scully are still doing their thing, because that's their nature.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Character #Forever #Dimensions

  • I don't think I'd ever be cruel to an animal.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Animal #Thinking

  • Sex is great until you die, but it's never as great as it was when you were a kid, when it was a mystery.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Sex #Kids #Mystery

  • Humility is considered an un-masculine quality.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Humility #Quality #Masculine

  • I don't like watching people work if they're making art.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Art #People

  • I don't make decisions based on money.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Decision

  • I don't need my phone to play me music. I need it to be a phone and an e-mail thing.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Phones #Play #Needs

  • Linda Brewer's example is inspiring, colorful and potentially very funny. Her journey also exists firmly in the Heartland tradition of American success stories and comedies.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Heart #Journey #Example

  • Fame does lead to money, which I don't have a close relationship with. I'm the kind of guy who never sees the money - it all goes somewhere else. I don't understand it, I don't like to deal with it. I have a fear of not having it, because I grew up without it.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Guy #Doe #Kind

  • I think people still have a need for miracles. Science keeps telling them there's no life on Mars, there's no God, nothing's trailing Hale-Bopp, those people are just dead in their Nikes. But they want to believe in something.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Nike #Believe #Thinking

  • There is never a personal-life connection between my characters and myself. I'm a professional and I can access what I need to access, so there's no bleed-over. I didn't need to believe in aliens to play Mulder. As for my personal life, everything is fantastic right now.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Believe #Character #Play

  • It's not someone else's responsibility to honor my marriage. It's my responsibility.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Responsibility #Honor

  • I'll instinctively know that I identify with a character.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Character

  • Just like every show has a tone, every show has different people on it playing different games. I don't say 'game' in a pejorative sense, I just mean, these are different stories that we tell ourselves when we go to work.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Mean #Games #People

  • I've run into certain geniuses of individualism - they are very few and far between - who live their lives completely on their own terms; they are very powerful and have a great amount of happiness. We all should aspire to that.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Running #Powerful #Genius

  • You can go through life and actually speak your mind and do it in an articulate fashion and with a really intelligent point of view.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Fashion #Intelligent #Views

  • When I grew up, I was in Manhattan the whole time. But my kids have been all over the world.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Kids #Manhattan #World

  • For hundreds of years, that was the major form of entertainment: The grown-ups sat around and watched the kids play. Now they sit around and watch the television. The actors are the kids.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Kids #Years #Play

  • I'm always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Perfect #Trying #Comedy

  • I like my computer. But I don't know how to use it as well as the 10-year-old daughter.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Daughter #Mother #Years

  • A dream is the mind's way of answering a question it hasn't yet figured out how to ask.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Love #Dream #Mind

  • People… they don’t write anymore – they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people in a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Kings #Stupid #Writing

  • Privacy is something I have come to respect. I think when I was younger I wanted to tell everybody everything, because I thought I was so damn interesting. Then I heard the snoring.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Thinking #Interesting #Privacy

  • If you're smart, you'll always be humble. You can learn all you want, but there'll always be somebody who's never read a book who'll know twice what you know.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Smart #Book #Humble

  • One of the scary things is that, when you're a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you're an adult, you realize your father had fear, and that you have it, too.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Dad #Father #Kids

  • When I started getting notoriety it was cheesy to appear in a commercial.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Cheesy #Notoriety

  • I was about 26 or 27 and it was imperative that I make a living right away and it's hard to make a living on stage, so I started in television and film.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Television #Film #Stage

  • Maybe the best things about celebrity are the things like being able to get that seat on the plane that you wouldn't normally get, but that's kind of like cheating.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Cheating #Able #Kind

  • My favorite parts of work as an actor and a director are those unplanned mistakes that do happen, because it's like catching lightning in a bottle. It's the best part of what we do.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Mistake #Lightning #Directors

  • Whenever somebody says they need an angle for their story I always fear that they've got an idea and they want me to fit into it or they want me to come up with an idea myself or I'm supposed to be more revealing than I've been, and to me it just sounds like something I don't want to do.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Ideas #Needs #Stories

  • You're raising a kid and you give it food and shelter and, most importantly, you give it the feeling that it's special. I think people react to celebrities like that - I mean, they treat celebrities like children.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Children #Mean #Kids

  • I poop in the backyard... I wear disposable diapers.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Real #Poop #Backyards

  • I'm not going to give up. I can't give up. Not as long as the truth is out there.
    -- David Duchovny

    #Giving Up #Truth #Long