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John Lithgow Quotes

Academics tend to have wonderfully infantile senses of humor.

Everybody's a dreamer.

For me, working on stage is much more exhausting than all the other mediums, but it's also much more thrilling.

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.

I consider myself a very lucky actor that, approaching 60, I'm still employed and employable.

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.

I gave up shame a long time ago.

I have a lot of faith in people.

I keep looking for things I haven't done yet.

I never get tired of hearing compliments.

I was in 20 Shakespearean plays by the time I was 20.

I'd sleep under a Vermeer.

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.

I'm a fun father, but not a good father. The hard decisions always went to my wife.

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.

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.

If you read in front of your kids, it's very likely that they'll become readers, too.

In animation, there's this exhilarating moment of discovery when you see the film and you say, Oh THAT'S what I was doing.

It's a very tough time for the playwright. Broadway has become almost a musical comedy theme park with all these long-running shows.

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.