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83 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Laura Linney

Famous As: Actress
Born On: February 5, 1964
Born In: Manhattan, New York, United States
Age: 58 Years

Laura Linney is a well-known American singer and actress. She has bagged in various awards and accolades, including four ‘Primetime Emmy Awards,’ and two ‘Golden Globe Awards.’ She has also received four ‘Tony Awards’ and three ‘Academy Awards’ nominations. Some of her notable works include ‘Time Stands Still,’ ‘Kinsey,’ ‘The Squid and the Whale,’ ‘You Can Count On Me,’ ‘Mr. Holmes,’ ‘Primal Fear,’ ‘The Savages,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Love Actually,’ ‘Hyde Park on Hudson,’ ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘Nanny Diaries,’ and ‘The Truman Show,’ amongst various others. We have created a corpus of popular quotes by Laura Linney which have been amassed from her movies, interviews, dialogues, and tweets. Go through her famous quotes on people, comedy, courage, humility, power, technology, cancer, anxiety, character, silence, writing, actress, stage, etc.

You have a lot more to give, the older you get. And you want to give it. I mean, some people want to give it. But there is a desire to pass down, to have a hand in the past and a hand in the future. There's a continuum.

You have a lot more to give, the older you get. And you want to give it. I mean, some people want to give it. But there is a desire to pass down, to have a hand in the past and a hand in the future. There's a continuum.

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It is always good to explore the stuff you don't agree with, to try and understand a different lifestyle or foreign worldview. I like to be challenged in that way, and always end up learning something I didn't know.

It is always good to explore the stuff you don't agree with, to try and understand a different lifestyle or foreign worldview. I like to be challenged in that way, and always end up learning something I didn't know.

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I know what people want to hear is the connection with the son, Roger, when you have a child. I would love to tell that there was an epiphany as to what it is to be a mom, but I didn't feel any difference there.

I know what people want to hear is the connection with the son, Roger, when you have a child. I would love to tell that there was an epiphany as to what it is to be a mom, but I didn't feel any difference there.

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My castings sort of go in phases. There'll be several icy professional parts - a lawyer or a cop. And then there'll be the intelligent-but-wounded group and then the period things. It goes in sequence.

My castings sort of go in phases. There'll be several icy professional parts - a lawyer or a cop. And then there'll be the intelligent-but-wounded group and then the period things. It goes in sequence.

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I enjoy learning about different periods and people, and then taking what's universal about the human condition and seeing where it matches up. No matter where you are, certain things unite everybody.

I enjoy learning about different periods and people, and then taking what's universal about the human condition and seeing where it matches up. No matter where you are, certain things unite everybody.

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But I've also spread my net very wide. If there's one thing that I've done on purpose it's to take whatever job, so long as it's interesting and challenging, whether it's theatre, radio, TV or film.

But I've also spread my net very wide. If there's one thing that I've done on purpose it's to take whatever job, so long as it's interesting and challenging, whether it's theatre, radio, TV or film.

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What people can survive and what they don't survive is shocking to me. Someone can go to Iraq and be blown to bits and survive. Someone can trip and fall on the street and they die - that's that.

What people can survive and what they don't survive is shocking to me. Someone can go to Iraq and be blown to bits and survive. Someone can trip and fall on the street and they die - that's that.

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What I hope in my ideal world is that with each project, I'll either get to work with a really great script that would force me to grow, or work with a really great actor who will make me better.

What I hope in my ideal world is that with each project, I'll either get to work with a really great script that would force me to grow, or work with a really great actor who will make me better.

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We all have a limited amount and that it's a privilege to grow old. That's something that I think a lot of people have forgotten in this very fast-paced world where youth is overly celebrate.

We all have a limited amount and that it's a privilege to grow old. That's something that I think a lot of people have forgotten in this very fast-paced world where youth is overly celebrate.

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I believe that no matter what you do in life, if you learn the basics through theater, it will help you in everything else - problem solving, communication, discipline, all of that stuff.

I believe that no matter what you do in life, if you learn the basics through theater, it will help you in everything else - problem solving, communication, discipline, all of that stuff.

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I still know I have an awful lot to learn, and I hope I'm put in whatever situation it is that's gonna help me learn it, or that I'll get to watch really good people do what they do.

I still know I have an awful lot to learn, and I hope I'm put in whatever situation it is that's gonna help me learn it, or that I'll get to watch really good people do what they do.

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I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer.

I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer.

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I think the way we talk about cancer has really evolved. I remember the way my grandmother used to talk about it, like a death sentence, no-one would even mention the word.

I think the way we talk about cancer has really evolved. I remember the way my grandmother used to talk about it, like a death sentence, no-one would even mention the word.

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Comedy is a way to make sense of chaos. It's a way of dealing with things that are overwhelming, that threaten you; it's a way to survive and get closer to the truth.

Comedy is a way to make sense of chaos. It's a way of dealing with things that are overwhelming, that threaten you; it's a way to survive and get closer to the truth.

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Collaboration. ... For me, it has informed every move I've ever made. And it saved me in many ways and still does. When things get hard, you can cling to the work.

Collaboration. ... For me, it has informed every move I've ever made. And it saved me in many ways and still does. When things get hard, you can cling to the work.

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My family is from the South, and I can remember all those ladies I grew up with, like my great-aunts, who had handkerchiefs. There's something sweet about them.

My family is from the South, and I can remember all those ladies I grew up with, like my great-aunts, who had handkerchiefs. There's something sweet about them.

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I love actors, regardless of where they are in their skill level. There's something terribly satisfying about working with someone who's really learning.

I love actors, regardless of where they are in their skill level. There's something terribly satisfying about working with someone who's really learning.

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What I find so interesting about people is the choices they make, and how that effects their behavior, their sense of self and their relationships.

What I find so interesting about people is the choices they make, and how that effects their behavior, their sense of self and their relationships.

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I don't want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I'm 50, and I will have missed a whole decade!

I don't want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I'm 50, and I will have missed a whole decade!

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I am very lucky, because for the most part people are very nice to me, and I am still able to go about my life and ride the subway and all that.

I am very lucky, because for the most part people are very nice to me, and I am still able to go about my life and ride the subway and all that.

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The basic laws of good acting are the same, but everything about the experience is different-your job responsibility, the time you spend on it.

The basic laws of good acting are the same, but everything about the experience is different-your job responsibility, the time you spend on it.

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My parents were divorced and I didn't grow up with my father, but I spent a lot of time around him, and his influence on me has been profound.

My parents were divorced and I didn't grow up with my father, but I spent a lot of time around him, and his influence on me has been profound.

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The thing about death is that it's honest. I go to things that have a core of honesty about them and there's nothing more honest than death.

The thing about death is that it's honest. I go to things that have a core of honesty about them and there's nothing more honest than death.

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Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked - but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.

Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked - but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.

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People can't really place me. They're not really sure who I am. Sometimes they think I'm Helen Hunt. Sometimes they think I'm Laura Dern.

People can't really place me. They're not really sure who I am. Sometimes they think I'm Helen Hunt. Sometimes they think I'm Laura Dern.

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I think everybody handles things very differently and you can conjecture, but until you're put in that situation, you really don't know.

I think everybody handles things very differently and you can conjecture, but until you're put in that situation, you really don't know.

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When your life is being threatened there's an instinctive urge to fight. You fight for the time you have, for your relationships.

When your life is being threatened there's an instinctive urge to fight. You fight for the time you have, for your relationships.

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People's view of cancer will change when they have their own relationship with cancer, which everyone will, at some point.

People's view of cancer will change when they have their own relationship with cancer, which everyone will, at some point.

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I'm always curious, but I'm learning things I never thought I'd learn. I get to travel to places I never thought I'd go.

I'm always curious, but I'm learning things I never thought I'd learn. I get to travel to places I never thought I'd go.

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For me to have the opportunity to stay with one character for, God willing, a long period of time, is really exciting.

For me to have the opportunity to stay with one character for, God willing, a long period of time, is really exciting.

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What I love about a play is that it's such an investment because only time can create a lot of what happens onstage.

What I love about a play is that it's such an investment because only time can create a lot of what happens onstage.

Laura Linney
I always laugh to myself when I listen to some really big A-list star saying that they are just a normal person.

I always laugh to myself when I listen to some really big A-list star saying that they are just a normal person.

Laura Linney
At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.

At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.

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Fame didn't happen to me in my 20s, it has been a gradual thing which probably makes it easier to deal with.

Fame didn't happen to me in my 20s, it has been a gradual thing which probably makes it easier to deal with.

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I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress.

I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress.

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I could have gone to the gym for three hours a day and bought into all that, but I just wasn't interested.

I could have gone to the gym for three hours a day and bought into all that, but I just wasn't interested.

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I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable.

I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable.

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I'm not someone who likes to have my picture taken, let alone see it plastered all over the place.

I'm not someone who likes to have my picture taken, let alone see it plastered all over the place.

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I tend to make low-budget movies but, yeah, I make more money than I ever thought I would make.

I tend to make low-budget movies but, yeah, I make more money than I ever thought I would make.

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You know when someone's over-flattering you in a way. You smile but you can't believe it.

You know when someone's over-flattering you in a way. You smile but you can't believe it.

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I had learning disabilities, and I couldn't express myself in the written word.

I had learning disabilities, and I couldn't express myself in the written word.

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Fear, anxiety and neurosis: that's just in the suitcase when you're an actor.

Fear, anxiety and neurosis: that's just in the suitcase when you're an actor.

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I don't mind aging. I mean, my whole thing is, it's just a privilege to age.

I don't mind aging. I mean, my whole thing is, it's just a privilege to age.

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Some people's personalities are so compelling that they command attention.

Some people's personalities are so compelling that they command attention.

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I'm very hard on my bags because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me.

I'm very hard on my bags because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me.

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I don't consider myself a celebrity, and I don't consider myself a star.

I don't consider myself a celebrity, and I don't consider myself a star.

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My parents were divorced and I would spend weekends with my father.

My parents were divorced and I would spend weekends with my father.

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I hope that anyone I worked with wouldn't exploit our relationship.

I hope that anyone I worked with wouldn't exploit our relationship.

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A magnetic personality doesn't necessarily indicate a good heart.

A magnetic personality doesn't necessarily indicate a good heart.

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Tanning is tricky, because a lot of people just look orange.

Tanning is tricky, because a lot of people just look orange.

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The goal seems to me at times just to be business first.

The goal seems to me at times just to be business first.

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That's my favorite food group: donut. I love the donut.

That's my favorite food group: donut. I love the donut.

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The entertainment industry is terrified of silence.

The entertainment industry is terrified of silence.

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I don't think you should exploit your own pain.

I don't think you should exploit your own pain.

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I grew up in Manhattan on the Upper East Side.

I grew up in Manhattan on the Upper East Side.

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I crave a cone of silence every once in while.

I crave a cone of silence every once in while.

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I get cold - really cold - when I travel.

I get cold - really cold - when I travel.

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Cancer is so much bigger than a TV show.

Cancer is so much bigger than a TV show.

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I love working closely with people.

I love working closely with people.

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To be too knowing is a downfall.

To be too knowing is a downfall.

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I certainly didn't have a nanny.

I certainly didn't have a nanny.

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Doing the right thing has power.

Doing the right thing has power.

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Courtroom dramas can be boring.

Courtroom dramas can be boring.

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Some big movies are terrific, and some aren't. They're made for different reasons, and they have different impacts and they're very different experiences making them. But if they're good, if you're with good people, then hooray.

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It's always nice when you do something and it's well received as opposed to the other way which God knows happens to everybody. When the good times come around, you take a deep breath, appreciate it, but not take it too seriously.

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With big, emotional roles it's very easy, especially if you've grown up in the American school of acting, to exploit your own pain. You have to be careful about that, because 9 times out of 10, your pain is not appropriate to the character.

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When you tell people, your world changes, your identity changes and people treat you differently. And then, not only do you have to deal with your own emotional response to what's going on, but you take on everybody else's emotional response.

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I love to work in all sorts of different situations. I think you learn a lot, which is why I try not to approach something the same way, because it might not be appropriate, and then you can get lazy just out of boredom. So I love any approach.

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Most scripts are written to be green lit. They're not written to be acted. And a lot of writers with the greatest intention in the world don't write for actors. They don't understand the architecture of what an actor needs to get from point A to point B.

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Things get complicated at times, so there are certainly moments when you wish your life were different. That's true for everybody, not just people in our profession. But there's nothing I feel like I gave up professionally. I'm absolutely doing what I enjoy.

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People have to look to the right places for guidance. Looking at a certain type of entertainment shouldn't be where you go for guidance. To zone out, have a laugh, sure - but it's not a great example on how to navigate on a journey. There are other places to look.

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I am very aware that playwrights, particularly good ones, have a intention for everything they write. Language and punctuation is used specifically, and most of the time actors can find wonderful clues about character in the rhythm and cadence of the language used.

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I think everyone's journey through this crazy, weird, wild, wonderful area of work named acting is really their own. And if you're going for something that isn't yours, you're wasting time. You could be focused on your own work instead of thinking about somebody else.

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When you're dying, you're liberated to do what you want to do. You give yourself permission. I think everyone's experience with a terminal disease is so deeply personal and unique to the person, the context in which they're living and the relationships that they have.

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There's a real passing down in the theater, almost ad nauseam. You have to listen to older people talk about their experience, but it makes you very aware of what has come before you or what is coming after you - that you're a part of a link in a chain. It's not all about you.

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The (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) stories were great, for one. The thing that makes him a remarkable character is how he can withstand all of these different interpretations and different styles and, that's what makes a classic character a classic character; they keep coming back and you see them in a new way every time.

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I never felt like a happy-go-lucky ingenue to begin with. And parts are written better when you're older. When you're young, you're written to be an ingenue, and you're written to be a quality. You're actually not written to be a person, you're written for your youth to inspire someone else, usually a man. So I find it just much more liberating.

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There's something grueling but very appealing about rough, to-the-bone material in a low budget context. There's less between you and the material. There are less people. There is less time. There's often less technology. You have to concentrate very intensely, and you jump in a little deeper because there's nothing in your way... but there are challenges.

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I find that things don't bother me as much. If I had a bad day on set, it sort of just rolls of my back in a way that it didn't before. So that's where the biggest difference is, stuff that used to get under my skin or that I would worry about or be anxious about just isn't a problem. So in some ways, having a child has been very liberating. I found it very liberating.

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Theater is the foundation of how I live my life, actually. My father was a playwright, so I was around it all the time and loved to talk shop with him, just loved it. And basically everything that I hold to be good and true and worthy, I learned in the theater. So not even just about the work, but just about life. Discipline, problem solving, creativity, how to get along with people.

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Where I did feel a difference is learning to just work in a different way so that your resources are not completely depleted so that you don't have anything to give to your child when you go home, and fortunately I've been working long enough that I know how to make that shift so that I don't compromise my work or compromise my relationships; not compromising parenting is really the biggest difference.

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I know that actors and actresses have a great reputation for being very, very selfish, and in some cases, that's very true. But in the theater I find it doesn't help you to be selfish. You sort of have to be selfless in the theater, and the more selfless you are - that doesn't mean don't take care of yourself - but the more you sort of surrender to the work, I find, the better the work is. That's just my experience.

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I get very, very, very irritable with people who complain about getting old, because I know a lot of people who would gladly trade places with us. I'm not saying it's easy, I'm not saying it doesn't hurt your feelings, I'm not saying it's not painful - and physically as well as mentally and spiritually - and it's frightening at times. However, people have really lost perspective, and it's a really bizarre topic of conversation that it's become a cultural peg in our world that aging is a bad thing. It's not logical to me.

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