Born on December 31, 1937, Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of Hollywood’s most distinguished actors and a living legend.

Hopkins started working in the film industry in the late 60’s. Before that, he pursued a stage career, which he hated. He felt like he was working without a point and he knew he could do so much more.

There are so many movie titles linked to Hopkins’ remarkable acting style, but the actor gained critical acclaim due to his game-changing performance as Hannibal Lector in Silence of The Lambs. In fact, he was so convincing that he kind of scared his co-star Jodie Foster. She later admitted that she avoided Hopkins as much as she could during the filming of the thriller.

Hopkins has consistently proven his immense versatility and due to such a lengthy list of achievements and awards, he was knighted in 1993.

His skills and talent are undeniable, but the actor owes his success to hard work. He still rehearses every line more than 200 times – that’s how first-class portrayals are delivered.

Here are 21 Anthony Hopkins quotes on living a happy and worry-free life.

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.

I don’t care: if they don’t like it they don’t like it, but I do it for the fun of it.

Life is tough, but you just have to just get out of bed, get out and do it

I’m fascinated by the dream world we live in, in our dreaming sleep dreaming and that moment of pre sleep when the subconscious mind whirls up.

Today is the tomorrow I was worried about yesterday.

In certain moments of our lives we get little signals, little flashes that say ‘it’s yours if you want it’   


There is no shortcut to happiness, you have to live your life.

We all sell ourselves to some degree, I think.

I was bullied as a boy – lots of kids are, but hopefully most of us get on with our lives and grow up.

Beware the tyranny of the weak. They just suck you dry.

You mellow out and you just don’t take things too seriously.

Life’s so short and such glorious – images in the world and such horror as well, but I want to see it all. So I moved out of my comfort zone.

We all dream. We dream vividly, depending on our nature. Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist.

Everything is random and there are no guarantees.

I love life because what more is there?

I’m fascinated by the fact that we can’t grasp anything about time.

I am a bit of a solitude person – a solitary personality. I like being on my own. I don’t have any major friendships or relationships with people.

If people don’t want to bother with me, fine. You know, God bless them, and move on.

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can’t even comprehend it. It’s such an illusion, it’s such a strange thing.

I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen.

We get questions in our head and little voices that put us down when we were kids, so get over that. That’s all I’ve had to do.