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Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Don’t let people treat you like a cigarette, they only use you when they’re bored and step on you when they’re done. Be like drugs, let them die for you.”

Don’t let people treat you like a cigarette, they only use you when they’re bored and step on you when they’re done. Be like drugs, let them die for you.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman



Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “The film is made in the editing room...”

The film is made in the editing room...

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.”

The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Was I happy? Or was I just not aware?”

Was I happy? Or was I just not aware?

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Creating something is all about problem-solving.”

Creating something is all about problem-solving.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Success isn’t what makes you happy. It really isn’t. Success is doing what makes you happy and doing good work and hopefully having a fruitful life. If I’ve felt like I’ve done good work, that makes me happy. The success part of it is all gravy.”

Success isn’t what makes you happy. It really isn’t. Success is doing what makes you happy and doing good work and hopefully having a fruitful life. If I’ve felt like I’ve done good work, that makes me happy. The success part of it is all gravy.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I would definitely say pleasure is not happiness. Because I think I kill pleasure. Like I take too much of it in, and therefore make it un-pleasurable, like too much coffee, and you’re miserable.”

I would definitely say pleasure is not happiness. Because I think I kill pleasure. Like I take too much of it in, and therefore make it un-pleasurable, like too much coffee, and you’re miserable.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Sometimes it’s hard to say no. Ultimately, if you stick to your guns, you have the career that you want. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good payday and I’ll do films for fun. But ultimately my main goal is to do good work. If it doesn’t pay well, so be it.”

Sometimes it’s hard to say no. Ultimately, if you stick to your guns, you have the career that you want. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good payday and I’ll do films for fun. But ultimately my main goal is to do good work. If it doesn’t pay well, so be it.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.”

When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Life is short. Time is short. As we get older, time does quicken. It’s long, and it’s long pertaining to that thought, that the past is not done with you because you can’t rid of it.”

Life is short. Time is short. As we get older, time does quicken. It’s long, and it’s long pertaining to that thought, that the past is not done with you because you can’t rid of it.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman



Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he’ll spin six or seven plates in the air? Acting sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.”

You know the circus performer who spins the plates in the air you know, and he’ll spin six or seven plates in the air? Acting sometimes is kind of that guy spinning all those plates in the air but in your head and in your body.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.”

There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It’s not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it.”

Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It’s not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft.”

If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you’ve got.”

I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you’ve got.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I think good art, if I could be pretentious enough to say, I think good art deals with the micro to explain the macro.”

I think good art, if I could be pretentious enough to say, I think good art deals with the micro to explain the macro.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I think therapy is a helpful thing. I think everyone knows it. You do it for your life, you do it for yourself, because you want to explore some things, and get at the bottom of some things. It’s about your life, the quality of your life.”

I think therapy is a helpful thing. I think everyone knows it. You do it for your life, you do it for yourself, because you want to explore some things, and get at the bottom of some things. It’s about your life, the quality of your life.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I got into plays in high school then I ended up going to college for it.”

I got into plays in high school then I ended up going to college for it.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don’t just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That’s really a luxury problem.”

There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don’t just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That’s really a luxury problem.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “One person’s religion is another person’s cult.”

One person’s religion is another person’s cult.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman



Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “My girlfriend’s a costume designer in the theater.”

My girlfriend’s a costume designer in the theater.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Actors are responsible to the people we play.”

Actors are responsible to the people we play.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’d be dead.’”

I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’d be dead.’

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Sometimes I take a temperature of things just because everyone else does. Especially when I’m doing a play. I want to know what people are thinking, positive or negative.”

Sometimes I take a temperature of things just because everyone else does. Especially when I’m doing a play. I want to know what people are thinking, positive or negative.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Well, I think everyone struggles with self-love.”

Well, I think everyone struggles with self-love.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “When you see the carrot at the end of the stick, what do you do to get it? These kinds of things that come up, that come up in the story of Capote writing “In Cold Blood,” and when you see the movie, you’ll see what I’m talking about.”

When you see the carrot at the end of the stick, what do you do to get it? These kinds of things that come up, that come up in the story of Capote writing “In Cold Blood,” and when you see the movie, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I know I wasn’t as handsome as some other guys, but I was OK with that.”

I know I wasn’t as handsome as some other guys, but I was OK with that.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Actors are responsible to the people we play. I don’t label or judge. I just play them as honestly and expressively and creatively as I can.”

Actors are responsible to the people we play. I don’t label or judge. I just play them as honestly and expressively and creatively as I can.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.”

Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I got sober when I was 22 years old.”

I got sober when I was 22 years old.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Creating anything is hard.”

Creating anything is hard.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I try to live my life in such a way that I don’t have any regrets. That’s probably why I work so much. I don’t want to feel I missed something important.”

I try to live my life in such a way that I don’t have any regrets. That’s probably why I work so much. I don’t want to feel I missed something important.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “If I’m directing actors, I learn about acting that way. If I’m acting, I learn about directing that way. Producing is just something that’s come about because there’s projects I find interesting that I would like to help get done.”

If I’m directing actors, I learn about acting that way. If I’m acting, I learn about directing that way. Producing is just something that’s come about because there’s projects I find interesting that I would like to help get done.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.”

I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I’ve never been on a cruise.”

I’ve never been on a cruise.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I do feel like all the people I meet, all the people I’m in discussions with, if I’m working with somebody, I sense the same energy that everybody is suffering from the same predicament.”

I do feel like all the people I meet, all the people I’m in discussions with, if I’m working with somebody, I sense the same energy that everybody is suffering from the same predicament.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I think I would have drank myself to death, literally, if I didn’t just stop, once and for all when I did. I am not ever going to preach to anyone about drugs or drinking. But, for me, when they were around, I had no self control.”

I think I would have drank myself to death, literally, if I didn’t just stop, once and for all when I did. I am not ever going to preach to anyone about drugs or drinking. But, for me, when they were around, I had no self control.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I think Magnolia is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and I can say that straight and out and anybody that disagrees with me I’ll fight you to the death. I just think it is one of the greatest films I’ve ever been in and ever seen.”

I think Magnolia is one of the best films I’ve ever seen and I can say that straight and out and anybody that disagrees with me I’ll fight you to the death. I just think it is one of the greatest films I’ve ever been in and ever seen.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Being with a kid always takes you to being a kid somehow, and they really are showing me a childhood I might not have had in some way.”

Being with a kid always takes you to being a kid somehow, and they really are showing me a childhood I might not have had in some way.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Sometimes I’m uncomfortable with the level of fame I’ve got! It all depends on the day and what’s going on. I don’t desire any more fame. I don’t need it.”

Sometimes I’m uncomfortable with the level of fame I’ve got! It all depends on the day and what’s going on. I don’t desire any more fame. I don’t need it.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I didn’t go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That’s what interests me.”

I didn’t go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That’s what interests me.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I have three children and I think I’m happy when I’m with them and they’re okay. When I see them enjoying each other in front of me, and then they let me enjoy them in turn. That brings a feeling which I would say is happiness.”

I have three children and I think I’m happy when I’m with them and they’re okay. When I see them enjoying each other in front of me, and then they let me enjoy them in turn. That brings a feeling which I would say is happiness.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “I don’t want to repeat myself.”

I don’t want to repeat myself.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Yeah, writers do hate writing.”

Yeah, writers do hate writing.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “My mum’s name is Marilyn O’Connor. She’s here tonight and I would like if you see her for you to congratulate her because she brought up four kids alone and she deserves congratulations for that.”

My mum’s name is Marilyn O’Connor. She’s here tonight and I would like if you see her for you to congratulate her because she brought up four kids alone and she deserves congratulations for that.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Vanity is something that will only get in the way of doing your best work, and ultimately if you’re truly vain you care more about your work than how you look in your work. I actually consider myself a pretty vain guy when it comes to that.”

Vanity is something that will only get in the way of doing your best work, and ultimately if you’re truly vain you care more about your work than how you look in your work. I actually consider myself a pretty vain guy when it comes to that.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged.”

If you’re a human being walking the earth, you’re weird, you’re strange, you’re psychologically challenged.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “Plays never feel like the right thing to do at the time.”

Plays never feel like the right thing to do at the time.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “People used to be funny about approaching me, but now they seem to think I’m as sane as anyone who’s done what I’ve done in movies can be.”

People used to be funny about approaching me, but now they seem to think I’m as sane as anyone who’s done what I’ve done in movies can be.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman Quote: “The drama nerd comes out in me when I’m in a theater.”

The drama nerd comes out in me when I’m in a theater.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman

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