"I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Alan Rickman on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Alan Rickman on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Alan Rickman on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Alan Rickman on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Alan Rickman on Steve Jobs
"If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust."
"Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world."
"I mean, language fascinates me anyway, and different words have different energies and you can change the whole drive of a sentence."
"From my experience, I think that every actor has to make sure that they're in charge of their own career somehow or other."
"I think there's some connection between absolute discipline and absolute freedom."