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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Kevin Spacey on acting, responsibility, people, life, gossip, truth, relationships, love, privacy, alive, success and hope.

198 Motivational Quotes By Kevin Spacey That Will Help You Find Your True Calling

Quick Facts

Famous As: Actor

Born On: July 26, 1959

Born In: South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

Founder / Co Founder: Trigger Street Productions

Kevin Spacey is a popular and acclaimed American actor, producer, singer, screenwriter and director. He started off his career as a stage actor where he debuted with a small role in one of Shakespeare’s plays. He further developed his talent of acting and became a prominent stage actor. This encouraged him to try his luck in films and television. Initially, he worked in small roles before his first notable role in the movie ‘Consenting Adults’. He followed up with a supporting role in ‘The Usual Suspects’. This movie proved to be a major breakthrough in his career and his role as a conman was well-appreciated. It also brought him various accolades including the most renowned ‘Academy Award for Supporting Role’. His next film ‘American Beauty’ also turned out to be a huge success critically as well as commercially. Heappeared in the lead role and was again honored with an ‘Academy Award’ apart from various other awards. Following are the most notable quotations and sayings on risk, life, failure, accomplishments and perceptions by the famous artist that will surely motivate you. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Kevin Spacey which will help you know the world through the perspective of an entertainer.

It's not even about being negative. It's just being unsettled, unsatisfied, unfinished.

Kevin Spacey

What's my favourite book? It changes all the time.

Kevin Spacey

I'm attracted to things that are challenging and fun and interesting, and it certainly seems that audiences enjoy them as well.

Kevin Spacey

The less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person".

Kevin Spacey

It takes stamina to get up like an athlete every single night, seven to eight performances a week, 20 weeks in a row. And there are many young performers who only learn their craft in the two minute bits it takes to film a scene. You never learn the arc of storytelling, the arc of a character that way.

Kevin Spacey

One of the tasks that any artistic director has is, you're trying to bring elements together that will work. The truth is that you could bring all the best talents in the world together and produce a big turkey.

Kevin Spacey

If you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down.

Kevin Spacey

Both 'Consenting Adults' and 'Glengarry Glen Ross' revolve around the economic stresses of the '90s. They are about what people do when they're pushed against that wall, and how they're manipulated. They are both morality tales, though in very different genres.

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Living in London has become incredible. I suppose it's easy to love where you live if you love what you're doing. But this is not just a visit: it's my home.

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People think that direct address was invented by Ferris Bueller, but in fact, it wasn't. It was invented by Shakespeare.

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As an actor, you're always nervous as to what a director will do with something.

Kevin Spacey

What a martyr craves more than anything is a sword to fall on, so you sharpen the blade and hold it at just the right angle.

Kevin Spacey

I feel it's a responsibility for anyone who breaks through a certain ceiling... to send the elevator back down and give others a helpful lift.

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I write a lot about my experiences and the people I meet. I've got a lot of material. But a book about me? It seems sort of odd.

Kevin Spacey

I cotton to the idea that people are much closer to being flawed; they have problems and don't always make the right choices.

Kevin Spacey

Edward Norton and I have known each other awhile. I just think he's the real deal, supremely talented and smart. He's got a great sense of humor.

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You learn every single day when you're running a company. You learn as you go.

Kevin Spacey

There are ways in which you can make sure that even if people come to the theatre because they know an actor or actress, by the end, they've forgotten that, and they leave going, 'Wow - what an amazing play.'

Kevin Spacey

Some politicians that I've seen have been brilliant with the public. They almost speak with the skill of an actor.

Kevin Spacey

President Obama will go down as having passed some of the most historic bills in the history of this country.

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People sometimes have to be reminded, I'm not Frank Underwood. I'm an actor named Kevin Spacey.

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Have we become so celebrity-obsessed that there is no longer a difference between a character and an actor? I hope not.

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I have to remember if I'm at some charitable event where kids are... I try to remember don't swear in front of the kids!

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Over the years, I've spent a lot of time in Washington. It's a great theater town.

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Meeting the person you are going to be playing is very unique.

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The process of doing a play is an organic one, and the process of doing a film is totally inorganic.

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There's no doubt that some of the greatest films ever made have come from the theater. It's all a matter of finding a way to make the theater experience watchable on film.

Kevin Spacey

Whether it's 'Veep' or 'Homeland' or 'The West Wing' - which is a more idealised version of democracy - people are fascinated by politics.

Kevin Spacey

You just play what a writer writes, in terms of what a character chooses to do and how a character chooses to deal with their various relationships.

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What hasn't surprised me is that audiences, as we found starting with box sets, want control, to decide how they watch it. Appointment viewing is slowly being put slightly behind.

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It's extremely dangerous to compare anyone else to Shakespeare.

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I don't watch rugby.

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I think it is just a function of the fact that I moved around so much as a child that I learnt early on to make every place my home.

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It's a really wonderful thing to focus your life on something other than your own personal career and ambition.

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I want to do better. I want to produce better stories. I want to do better plays.

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I terribly miss - we all miss, I think - somebody like the great producer Irving Thalberg. He had a foot in both camps: He understood us creative people. And he understood the money people.

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London is a very energising place to be.

Kevin Spacey

I remember meeting the likes of Johnny Carson and Jimmy Stewart for the first time and being completely starstruck.

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I have wanted to have children. I do want to have children.

Kevin Spacey

There does seem to be in the U.S. now an ideology and an entrenchment that has stopped people doing what they are hired to do, which is govern rather than run for office the whole time.

Kevin Spacey

Why not sit around a Beverly Hills pool collecting residual cheques? That is not the kind of life I want.

Kevin Spacey

If you wanna compete, you've got to get into the original content game.

Kevin Spacey

As a producer or financier, you are going to go where you get the best bang for your buck.

Kevin Spacey

I can imagine there is going to come a time when someone will do 13 hours of a story without breaks.

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I don't even think in terms of ambition.

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Anytime someone can beat the acting out of someone else, I think it's a wonderful thing.

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I think people love it when anybody acts bad; it's not particular to me.

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My admiration for 'Mary Tyler Moore' is very, very big because they went out on top.

Kevin Spacey

I'm not a writer, and I don't want there to be any mistake about that.

Kevin Spacey

While data can only tell you what has happened in the past, it can in some ways give you a sense of what might be of interest to an audience in the future.

Kevin Spacey

'The 24 Hour Plays' is a quite brilliant, exhilarating event for everyone concerned.

Kevin Spacey

We're going to see a lot of companies that have been portals of entertainment become producers.

Kevin Spacey

When the story is good enough, people can watch something three times the length of an opera.

Kevin Spacey

For years, particularly with the advent of the Internet, people have been griping about lessening attention spans.

Kevin Spacey

The audience wants control. They want freedom.

Kevin Spacey

If you're not concerned about maintaining an image, you can pursue roads that another actor might not take.

Kevin Spacey

One can never take the cynicism one comes across in life too seriously.

Kevin Spacey

What I've certainly learned is that whenever I've said anything about real politics, I've come under attack. So it's best simply to play politics on television.

Kevin Spacey

Partisan rancour and party politics and ideology have got in the way of compromise - and compromise is the only thing that has ever made politics successful.

Kevin Spacey

Cable TV has become where the best actors, writers and directors have gone to work because they are allowed to do character-driven stories.

Kevin Spacey

If we don't reach out to make theatre affordable to the young generation, we will lose them all.

Kevin Spacey

When I look around at Broadway and the West End, theatre is becoming an exclusive club.

Kevin Spacey

Working in film tends to isolate actors - it's your close-up; it's all about you.

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If someone can watch an entire season of a TV series in one day, doesn't that show an incredible attention span?

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Kids aren't growing up with a sense of television as the aspirational place for their ideas.

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People say, 'If you open a movie online at the same time as in movie theatres, no one is going to go to the movies.' That's just not true. People love to go out and have a shared experience; they always will.

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If you ignore the murdering and the conniving, Francis Underwood is an effective politician.

Kevin Spacey

I have never played a game in my life.

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I've taken the experiences that I've had in the theatre and applied them to film and television and now games.

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Games are advancing in terms of storytelling and trying to create a character, and it's a brand new audience for me.

Kevin Spacey

I'm not going to make general comments about the British press.

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The Old Vic has always been first and foremost an actors' theatre, a home for great talent and memorable performances.

Kevin Spacey

I certainly identify with the role of mentor and, to some degree, maybe teacher. I do a lot of work with kids at the Old Vic.

Kevin Spacey

There are times when you do a play when you are living in the character over a two-and-a-half-hour period or longer, and you come to the end of the night, and you can feel like you were hit by a truck.

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I'm not revolted by Washington.

Kevin Spacey

In film, movies' schedules are based on three things: actors' availabilities, when are sets being built, when you can rent the place you're going to film in.

Kevin Spacey

You can almost hear people saying, 'We're going to make a movie about an election' and 'We're going to make a movie about a lobbyist.' You can hear the yawning start across the nation.

Kevin Spacey

I've never done a movie that's shot more than 40 days because I just don't do those kinds of films.

Kevin Spacey

I couldn't imagine something asking as much of me as 'House Of Cards.' It's a great warm-up for coming back to the screen.

Kevin Spacey

I felt that I shouldn't be an actor who just makes movie after movie in a quest for prestige and money.

Kevin Spacey

Bobby Darin was one of the first to take black musicians on the road with his band, and there were places that didn't want him to play, and he stood up to it.

Kevin Spacey

I'll tell you one thing. I've never heard a director saying that the dailies suck.

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There's nothing like standing in a place and wanting nothing so much as to change but simply not being able to.

Kevin Spacey

Being an actor sometimes requires that you ask yourself questions you'd rather not know the answers to.

Kevin Spacey

It's interesting to play a politician who gets stuff done.

Kevin Spacey

I don't categorize characters into one syllable. These are fully-rounded characters that I don't judge; I just play them.

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The audience, the place you're in, has everything to do with how your performance goes.

Kevin Spacey

Francis Underwood was entirely based on Richard III. When Michael Dobbs wrote 'House of Cards' in the original British series, Richard III is what he based the character on.

Kevin Spacey

I guess I've been training in the theater for as long as I can remember.

Kevin Spacey

I don't play villainy. I wouldn't even know how to play it.

Kevin Spacey

Film is very condensed.

Kevin Spacey

It's not easy to sustain a long career, and sometimes I don't even think about how long I've been doing it.

Kevin Spacey

But I feel that I have a responsibility to help the film and I have relations with the studio and with those who put up the money so that I can tell a story that I believe in.

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I love doing impressions.

Kevin Spacey

What I like about Britain is that I can live a normal life here.

Kevin Spacey

I actually have a number of lovely watches from the International Watch Company.

Kevin Spacey

I've always found it strange that a director can hire any designer he wants from any country. But if he hires a foreign actor, it's like he's stolen the crown jewels and run across the river with them.

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And I certainly won't lay out areas of my life that I think are just private.

Kevin Spacey

A British director directed 'American Beauty,' an important film about American life, and it didn't matter. What only mattered was everyone's sensibility.

Kevin Spacey

I like being able to go to a local pub and have great food and particularly love pubs that welcome my dogs.

Kevin Spacey

I was not a studious kid, and I struggled to find things that would command my attention and engage my ideas and energies.

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There are a lot of people out there who offer roles to actors because they'll elevate their movie to a place the movie would never reach.

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I am now a commander of the British Empire.

Kevin Spacey

After graduation, I was floundering in L.A., doing stand-up comedy and working in a shoe store in the Valley.

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