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Top 50 John Lithgow Quotes (2023 Update)

John Lithgow Quote: “Take care, be kind, be considerate of other people and other species, and be loving.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Academics tend to have wonderfully infantile senses of humor.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I was married very young. I lived a very middle class life. I was married at age 21, divorced at 31. I didn’t sleep on people’s couches.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Growing up I didn’t want to be an actor. I sort of didn’t want to go into the family business; the main reason being there was something I wanted to do far more, which was be an artist.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Books make great gifts because they’re something you love that you can share.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I keep looking for things I haven’t done yet.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I’m a con artist in that I’m an actor. I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn’t.”
John Lithgow Quote: “You kill three people, they call you a murderer. You kill a million people, they call you a conqueror. Go figure.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Up there with my awards, I have a great big statue of Groucho Marx, just to put everything in perspective.”
John Lithgow Quote: “The most exciting acting tends to happen in roles you never thought you could play.”
John Lithgow Quote: “My only regret is that we didn’t have more kids. I came from a family of four kids, but my wife and I just started too late.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I’m very concerned for the future of the earth and its amazing creatures. We’ve got to be careful and make sure we don’t foul our own nest.”
John Lithgow Quote: “If my life was a play, age 35 was my intermission.”
John Lithgow Quote: “We should have charity for what the dead say. We may disapprove of what they say, but we should not insult them and revile them knowing they cannot not defend themselves.”
John Lithgow Quote: “There’s nothing like spending an evening with an audience every night.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I learned the most about myself, and you ask what I learned? Well, I learned my strengths and my weaknesses, and it’s far more important to learn about your weaknesses than your strengths.”
John Lithgow Quote: “You have to overcome enormous self-consciousness, but nudity is about the strongest thing you can do in an acting performance. It’s the most unsettling or the most comic or the most sexual.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Everybody’s a dreamer.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Shakespeare is like mother’s milk to me.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I’d sleep under a Vermeer.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I got a wonderful college education. I went to Harvard. In those four years I accumulated a lot of knowledge but I also created a kind of habit of learning that has stayed with me my whole life.”
John Lithgow Quote: “It’s a very tough time for the playwright. Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park with all these long-running shows.”
John Lithgow Quote: “If you read in front of your kids, it’s very likely that they’ll become readers, too.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I can’t imagine doing an hour-long dramatic series because it’s so much work. A sitcom is a wonderful gig. You work from 10 to 4 every day, it’s fun, and you get to live at home.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I consider myself a very lucky actor that, approaching 60, I’m still employed and employable.”
John Lithgow Quote: “It’s very interesting, I had an extremely intense experience with my dad in 2002, when he was an old man and very ill and I was taking care of him and my mother, and he was extremely depressed, virtually lost the will to live, and I realized my main job was cheering him up to save his life.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I’m a fun father, but not a good father. The hard decisions always went to my wife.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I look for every opportunity to mix comedy and horror and tragedy. I love catching audiences off-guard.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I gave up shame a long time ago.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I find I have to walk a little faster in public these days, but it’s very easy to remember when nobody had any idea who I was.”
John Lithgow Quote: “My great hero was that archetype of cheerful American normalcy, Norman Rockwell.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Instead of being a theater actor who sometimes does movies I became a movie actor who sometimes does theater.”
John Lithgow Quote: “It’s my theory that if you hear enough applause and laughter at a young enough age, you’re doomed.”
John Lithgow Quote: “The Broadway audience is made up of a greater percentage of tourists now. There’s not nearly as much variety and danger and challenge in what’s being offered.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I really prize and love great painting. It’s so out of date now. It’s slightly come back in.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I have a lot of faith in people.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I went to Princeton High School, when I was very serious about being an artist. I was in a theatre family but I didn’t want to become an actor.”
John Lithgow Quote: “What you aspire to on a sitcom is the feeling of live comedy.”
John Lithgow Quote: “When you end a successful sitcom, the most sensible thing to do is go back to the theater.”
John Lithgow Quote: “My father was a man of the theater. I grew up in a theater family. As a young man, as a boy, I gypsied around with my siblings and my parents to, like, eight different towns, went to eight different schools. All those things were extremely formative, and I think that’s what happens.”
John Lithgow Quote: “Look at the darkest hit musicals – Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel – they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music.”
John Lithgow Quote: “For me, working on stage is much more exhausting than all the other mediums, but it’s also much more thrilling.”
John Lithgow Quote: “One of the things that gives me a lot of pleasure about both the solo show and the book is that it tells people about my dad. He really was an important man. He was a kind of pioneer of regional theater. He was the first American producer to ever produce all of Shakespeare plays.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20.”
John Lithgow Quote: “In animation, there’s this exhilarating moment of discovery when you see the film and you say, Oh THAT’S what I was doing.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I think there are all sorts of ways of turning into an actor, and there are a vast variety of different actors. You know, you interview plenty of actors and you know they come at it from a different direction and acting means different things to a lot of people.”
John Lithgow Quote: “If it’s well written and well directed and you’ve got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It’s very rare.”
John Lithgow Quote: “That’s how you deal with stardom; you make it the least important part of your life.”
John Lithgow Quote: “I certainly had my years as an out of work actor but I was married with a baby. My wife was supporting us.”
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