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A collection of David Duchovny quotes about love, life, child, work, writing, love, happiness, power, discipline, beauty, belief and more.

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David Duchovny is an American writer, producer, director, songwriter and novelist. David started his acting career with an advertisement of beer. After grabbing many other films and television series, David was widely appreciaed in the television series ‘The X-Files; in which he was played the role of a FBI special agent. Along with this series, this multi-talented actor appeared in a few movies such as ‘Return to Me’, ‘Evolution’ ‘House of D’ and ‘The X -Files: I Want To Believe’. ‘Working girl’, ‘New Year’s Day’, ‘Denial’, ‘Red show Diaries’ and ‘Full Frontal’. His debut movie as a director and writer was ‘House of D’. This actor turned writer launched his first book, ‘the coming of age Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale’ in the year 2015. Shortly after that he released his debut album, “Hell or Highwater’. His second book, ‘Bucky F*cking Dent’ was published in 2016. Three times best actor award winner, Duchovny had his way with words too. His thoughts and quotes are very refreshing and relatable. We have collected a few of his sayings and quotes below. 

Feelings come and go, unless you don't feel them. Then they stay, and hurt, and grow pear-shaped and weird.

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

You can't control your mind. Why would you want to?

- David Duchovny

You can't just wear the food chain around your neck like a bauble or necklace. You're part of it and if you keep treating it with disdain, that chain will strangle you.

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

Every day I try to do breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga. These things sound awfully cliche, but they help me slow down and try to point to a truth.

- David Duchovny

Part of being an actor is letting things come about organically as opposed to forcing them.

- David Duchovny

I’ve never seen a wild almond or a soy galloping about in its natural habitat, but cow milk is the best.

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

Dogs are the broccaflower of the animal kingdom.

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

You think plants don’t have feelings? Maybe not the type of feelings you and I have, but they do have planty feelings, really slow feelings that unfold or blossom over years rather than seconds.

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

It's hard to leave anywhere. Even if the place sucked. It's hard to leave anywhere at all.

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

I'm constantly amazed by the ability a child has to show sympathy, to read emotions, to get to the heart of any situation. It's unfiltered and completely inspiring.

- David Duchovny

My favorite parts of work as an actor and a director are those unplanned mistakes that do happen, because it's like catching lightning in a bottle. It's the best part of what we do.

- David Duchovny

The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind. —CHARLES DARWIN

- Holy Cow, David Duchovny

Sometimes the better the writing, the harder it is to play because you really want to service it. It's hard to be that quick and articulate in life. You've got to try to make it seem discovered, you know, not rehearsed.

- David Duchovny

It's always a mystery when you're going into a role - 'Here's your wife of 40 years and... action!' How do you create ease or chemistry or whatever is supposed to exist?

- David Duchovny

I feel like I came to acting late in a way. I was about 26 or 27, and it was imperative that I make a living right away, and it's hard to make a living on stage, so I started in television and film.

- David Duchovny

Generally, I don't like to walk out of a movie. It's like a relationship - you want to see it to the end; otherwise, you won't know if you left early or not.

- David Duchovny

'Alien' is a great movie. So is 'Close Encounters.' But I'm not the guy who goes out to the science-fiction festival. '2001's good.

- David Duchovny

I'm half Jewish, half Scottish. It's hard for me to buy anything.

- David Duchovny

I never, ever, ever cook. And I would never eat anything I might cook.

- David Duchovny

I think Polanski's an amazing director.

- David Duchovny

I'd love to direct more.

- David Duchovny

You can go through life and actually speak your mind and do it in an articulate fashion and with a really intelligent point of view.

- David Duchovny

In terms of likeability, that's something that I don't think about as an actor when I approach a role.

- David Duchovny

I wouldn't succeed at musical theater.

- David Duchovny

I don't think of myself as a TV actor. I think of myself as a film, television and Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway actor.

- David Duchovny

I don't need my phone to play me music. I need it to be a phone and an e-mail thing.

- David Duchovny

It's always like you write a poem when you can't really say what you're trying to say.

- David Duchovny

Sometimes the better the writing, the harder it is to play because you really want to service it.

- David Duchovny

I never thought about the actors on television or film, like what kind of life they had.

- David Duchovny

I understand the self-loathing and the resentment, and the discipline that it takes to sit down in front of a typewriter or computer every single day, whether it's going well or not going well.

- David Duchovny

I envisioned that as my life: staying in academia to make a living and then taking summers off to write my novels.

- David Duchovny

I enjoy comedy and I hope that people enjoy watching me do it.

- David Duchovny

It's hard to find scripts that know what they are from page one to page 115.

- David Duchovny

I don't like watching people work if they're making art.

- David Duchovny

I had a fear that I'd be typecast, but I don't really have that fear anymore.

- David Duchovny

I love animals and I love working with them because they don't lie.

- David Duchovny

I had to work in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world for almost three weeks. Pity me.

- David Duchovny

I mean, there's chemistry in life and there's acting chemistry. I'm not saying they're the same thing, but they're as mysterious.

- David Duchovny

Without whining and without making myself a tragic figure, there is no replacement for the loss of your privacy. It's a huge sacrifice.

- David Duchovny

I don't believe in a conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrial life.

- David Duchovny

I don't want to know what happens in any movie that I go to see.

- David Duchovny

I enjoy trying to figure out the best way to compliment the picture and not overpower it.

- David Duchovny

I think we all choose our style from the ether and whatever is out there.

- David Duchovny

In the U.S., oddly, we have images of men as arrogant and aggressive.

- David Duchovny

I'm turning into a stricter dad.

- David Duchovny

I don't make decisions based on money.

- David Duchovny

I'm very proud of my Scottish blood.

- David Duchovny

When I grew up, I was in Manhattan the whole time. But my kids have been all over the world.

- David Duchovny

Actually, I have an interest in finishing my Ph.D., but I just know I never will.

- David Duchovny

I drive an electric car.

- David Duchovny

A lot of times passion projects or films are difficult to make because they don't have proven directors attached to them.

- David Duchovny

I really enjoy taking an outdoor shower.

- David Duchovny

I was about 26 or 27 and it was imperative that I make a living right away and it's hard to make a living on stage, so I started in television and film.

- David Duchovny

In high school and college, I was an athlete.

- David Duchovny

I feel like I came to acting late in a way.

- David Duchovny

Games, by nature, have more plot options and non-linear qualities than TV and film.

- David Duchovny

I love the Lower East Side.

- David Duchovny

I think the real heroic teachers are the ones who work with kids, like my mom and my sister do.

- David Duchovny

I'm trying to protect what I advertise. That's my stance on any kind of self-expression.

- David Duchovny

Most journalists expect me to answer all their questions about aliens and spaceships.

- David Duchovny

You become tyrannized by this notion that women must not only be treated equally, but they must never fail.

- David Duchovny

If my work was good enough, I would never have to do publicity.

- David Duchovny

Maybe the best things about celebrity are the things like being able to get that seat on the plane that you wouldn't normally get, but that's kind of like cheating.

- David Duchovny

There's nothing wrong with acknowledging the panoply of life's rich experience.

- David Duchovny

I think people are always trying to demystify whatever acting is, so they want to know what your method is.

- David Duchovny

I'll instinctively know that I identify with a character.

- David Duchovny

Approaching a part or thinking about taking a part, I never think, 'Is that person like me?'

- David Duchovny

I just spend my money on the essentials. Just basically food and shelter.

- David Duchovny

I think patience is a skill and I wish I had it.

- David Duchovny

One of the great things about doing series television is the guest actors that you can have come on and play around with.

- David Duchovny

I think there are ways in which shows can pop their heads up a little bit in the morass of everything you can watch.

- David Duchovny

I like my computer. But I don't know how to use it as well as the 10-year-old daughter.

- David Duchovny

When I started getting notoriety it was cheesy to appear in a commercial.

- David Duchovny

I may be learning guitar, but I'll never be able to sing.

- David Duchovny

There are certain things I learned when I first started learning about acting, to try and place the character physically and emotionally. And the way you place them emotionally is often with humor.

- David Duchovny

I think of myself as more of a comic person. I don't know about a comic actor.

- David Duchovny

I mean, you always want everybody to pat you on the back and tell you you're wonderful every time you do something; I think that's human nature.

- David Duchovny

I'm always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.

- David Duchovny

One of the nice things about acting is that it allows you to open up to the other people within you.

- David Duchovny

For hundreds of years, that was the major form of entertainment: The grown-ups sat around and watched the kids play. Now they sit around and watch the television. The actors are the kids.

- David Duchovny

You're raising a kid and you give it food and shelter and, most importantly, you give it the feeling that it's special. I think people react to celebrities like that - I mean, they treat celebrities like children.

- David Duchovny

Willie Mays was the best ever. When I was in college I once made a catch like the one Mays made over his head. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed at night I think about it. It still makes me warm.

- David Duchovny

Sex is great until you die, but it's never as great as it was when you were a kid, when it was a mystery.

- David Duchovny

The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are. Instead, we trust people to be who we want them to be - and when they're not, we cry.

- David Duchovny

I don't think I'd ever be cruel to an animal.

- David Duchovny

I lost my virginity when I was 14. And I haven't been able to find it.

- David Duchovny

Privacy is something I have come to respect. I think when I was younger I wanted to tell everybody everything, because I thought I was so damn interesting. Then I heard the snoring.

- David Duchovny

Well, I still write poetry, but I wouldn't call myself a poet.

- David Duchovny

98% of the people in the world are harmless and wish you well, but it only takes one person who doesn't. That's what you're constantly on guard against.

- David Duchovny

Humility is considered an un-masculine quality.

- David Duchovny

People always love and respect characters who speak the truth, even if the truth hurts.

- David Duchovny

At one time there were voiceover artists, now there are celebrity voiceover artists. It's unfortunate because these people need the money less than the voiceover artist.

- David Duchovny

If you have Darwin, Christ and Nietzsche, they're all going to talk at once. You need somebody who listens.

- David Duchovny

One of the scary things is that, when you're a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you're an adult, you realize your father had fear, and that you have it, too.

- David Duchovny

Women's fashion is a subtle form of bondage. It's men's way of binding them. We put them in these tight, high-heeled shoes, we make them wear these tight clothes and we say they look sexy. But they're actually tied up.

- David Duchovny

I'm kind of stupid when it comes to gadgets.

- David Duchovny

It's not someone else's responsibility to honor my marriage. It's my responsibility.

- David Duchovny

My whole life, I've wanted things before I was ready. I was always pushing for the next job, the next success. I was so focused on achieving and the path that I was missing some great point about life.

- David Duchovny

I've turned down jobs because I've said, 'Honestly, I can't find my way in. I can't do it. I love you, as a director. I think the script is good. You deserve better than I think I can do.'

- David Duchovny

I'm not really a gamer.

- David Duchovny