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Gabriel Byrne Quotes

Presents don’t really mean much to me. I don’t want to sound mawkish, but – it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love.
Gabriel Byrne
Birthday, Life, Love

It’s actually pretty complex, because there’s two levels of reality in the narrative. One is what really took place, and the other is Spider’s poisoned version of what took place.
Gabriel Byrne
Reality, Pretty, Actually

Not to oversimplify it, somebody once said a good rule of thumb in interpreting a character is to find the good in the bad people that you portray and the bad in the good.
Gabriel Byrne
Good, Bad, Character

I would like to break out of this dark, brooding image, cause I’m actually not like that at all.
Gabriel Byrne
Actually, Dark, Break

And then, I suppose, there’s also a cinematic reality on top of that. Because it was extremely difficult to keep tabs on, it was quite confusing acting that.
Gabriel Byrne
Keep, Reality, Difficult

I thought to myself, there’s a man who gave up his life to serve others – to touch people in that way is probably the greatest thing you can do as a human being.
Gabriel Byrne
Life, Others, Greatest

What is that song that Willie Nelson sang? ‘Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.’ I think of that. No big deal. I’ve reached a stage in my life where I am content.
Gabriel Byrne
Life, Few, Days

I had one of the best days of my life. I spent the afternoon with my two kids and my ex-wife at Serendipity. Then I came to the theater, and you know, I think I did the play the best I’ve ever done it.
Gabriel Byrne
Life, Best, Kids

I would love to go back to any time in European history, especially in Irish history, to the second or third century, prior to the arrival of Christianity when Paganism flourished. I can always go back there in my imagination, of course. It doesn’t cost anything, and it’s a form of time travel, I suppose.
Gabriel Byrne
Love, Time, History

It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said, ‘We are born alone. We live alone. We die alone. And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we’re not, we cling to.’
Gabriel Byrne
Alone, Between, Said

I don’t think we’re living in great times for movies, to tell you the truth.
Gabriel Byrne
Great, Truth, Movies

I think there’s a bit of the devil in everybody. There’s a bit of a priest in everybody, too, but I enjoyed playing the devil more. He was more fun.
Gabriel Byrne
Fun, Everybody, Playing

O’Neill presents a very complex multi-layered kind of challenge. His characters are always deeply complex and, to a great extent, inaccessible.
Gabriel Byrne
Great, Challenge, Characters

Corporations are the new dictators.
Gabriel Byrne
Dictators

I never went to drama school, but I did learn a couple of things along the way.
Gabriel Byrne
Learn, Along, Drama

I read a lot on the subject and had many conversations, and I have come to the conclusion that the Catholic Church is a force for evil.
Gabriel Byrne
Evil, Read, Church

I’m a product of my Irish culture, and I could no more lose that than I could my sense of identity.
Gabriel Byrne
Sense, Lose, Culture

No actor who’s any good can say truthfully to themselves, ‘Yeah, I’m good; I’ve got this sorted.’
Gabriel Byrne
Good, Themselves, Yeah

Viking women were able to rule kingdoms, divorce husbands, own land; and Vikings were very progressive in terms of the rights of women.
Gabriel Byrne
Women, Able, Rights

Where issues used to be, say, parochial or local in Ireland or England and so forth, all politics is global now because all business is global.
Gabriel Byrne
Business, Politics, Used

From doing A Moon for the Misbegotten, I’ve learned that nobody’s love can save anybody else. There are people who want to die, and nothing or nobody will stop them. The only one who can save you is yourself.
Gabriel Byrne
Love, Yourself, Die

A completely disrespectful photographer was asked to stop taking photographs, and then said, ‘I’ve got what I want. What are you going to do about it?’ How would you feel if somebody walked up and started taking your photograph? I don’t think you’d be very happy.
Gabriel Byrne
Happy, Said, Stop

I’m not a very gregarious person. I can’t bear attention being called to me in a public place, which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed.
Gabriel Byrne
Business, Public, Attention

The only way you can continue to make artistic films is to make an occasional one of those. They kind of keep your marketability going to the extent that people will employ you.
Gabriel Byrne
Keep, Films, Continue

Being listened to and being heard is an experience that doesn’t happen terribly often. To listen compassionately or nonjudgmentally to another person – not to get too heavy about it – but I once heard somebody say that was a form of real prayer.
Gabriel Byrne
Experience, Another, Often

Generally speaking, I don’t think people know a great deal about the Viking culture, apart from the label that is usually attached to them, either pillagers or deviants who came and brought back loot to Norway. It was an incredibly sophisticated, complex and layered culture. They had their own laws, many of which protected women.
Gabriel Byrne
Great, Women, Culture

I attended the bedside of a friend who was dying in a Dublin hospital. She lived her last hours in a public ward with a television blaring out a football match, all but drowning our final conversation.
Gabriel Byrne
Last, Friend, She

I don’t disrespect anybody who espouses a particular religion or belief – that is their own right to do that. But I think it’s terribly important to look beyond the comfort that religion gives.
Gabriel Byrne
Religion, Anybody, Belief

I think that if you can convey a kind of a complexity, a mystery, a truth in stillness, that, to me, is really worth striving for, and I totally agree with Michael Fassbender in that less is more. If it’s going on inside you, the camera will find it.
Gabriel Byrne
Truth, Less, Worth

I think that when we look at something that’s well acted and a story that’s well told, it allows us to be a mirror of who we are as human beings and as a culture, and offers a glimpse of where we’re headed.
Gabriel Byrne
Story, Culture, Mirror

The Catholic Church is an innately conservative rock – they call themselves the ‘rock of Peter’ – and its resistance to change is, ironically, what has kept it constant throughout the ages.
Gabriel Byrne
Change, Themselves, Rock

The difference that a drama group or a cinema club can make to a small village or a town. It opens people up to ideas, potential about themselves that really, in a way, education often fails to. It’s a way of drawing a community together.
Gabriel Byrne
Education, Often, Together

We tend to think of extremes of emotions as registering, for example, you have to cry or laugh or get angry. But for the most part, we find it difficult to read each other most of the time. If you walk through the street, most people are pretty difficult to read. But they’re thinking inside.
Gabriel Byrne
Time, Thinking, Pretty

When you’re still, and some actors are really brilliant at that, you bring a kind of energy to you as opposed to sending the energy out. There are some actors, like Gary Cooper or Kevin Spacey, that are absolutely brilliant – Gene Hackman is another – at being and allowing the audience to just do the work.
Gabriel Byrne
Work, Another, Energy

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