"In 'The King's Speech,' patriotism is utterly contained within a historical moment, the third of September, 1939, where the aggressor is clear, the fight is clear, it hasn't become complicated over time."
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."Tom Hooper on Ronald Reagan
"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."Tom Hooper on Albert Einstein
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."Tom Hooper on John F. Kennedy
"Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about."Tom Hooper on Mark Twain
"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose."Tom Hooper on John F. Kennedy
"I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it's shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it's a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block to their best self. It's truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that every day."
"My dad said, 'The thing that I was told that was really helpful was that I mustn't be afraid of the things I was afraid of when I was five years old'. The shock of his childhood had put him in this defensive crouch against the world, and he needed to know that he had a nice wife and kids and it wasn't the same any more."
"When I was growing up my mother would say, 'Your dad may have to learn about being a father because he lost his own and that would have affected him'."
"I feel connected to the Second World War because my father lost his father in that war. So, through my dad and the effect it had on him of losing his father young, I always felt connected to the war. It goes back years, but it still feels to me as if we're completely living in it."
"I mean, we've all had those dreams where, you know, we try to cry out and our voice won't come."
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