The Wit And Wisdom Of Alan Rickman

The Die Hard star died this week aged 69. In memory of a British acting legend, we round up his best quotes

"Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility."

"I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom."

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."

"I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure."

"I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it's a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties."

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"If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust."

"I am the character you are not supposed to like."

"Unless we tell stories about ourselves, which is all that theater is, we're in deep trouble."

"When I get off the plane in England I always feel about two inches shorter."

"Parts win prizes, not actors."

"I think every English actor is nervous of a Newcastle accent."

"I like it when stories are left open."