"I feel like a hostage to fortune. Not that I am complaining. I wanted to play the role. But in truth I didn't think the show would be such a success. OK, I thought it would fail. Not because it was bad. I was confident it was good, but plenty of good things just sort of wither on the vine."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Hugh Laurie on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Hugh Laurie on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Hugh Laurie on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Hugh Laurie on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."Hugh Laurie on Winston Churchill
"Seems to me that this business, for actors anyway, is not so much about whether or not you do good work. It's about whether or not you get the chance to do good work."
"My dad gave me my first bike at 16. I soon fell off and was in a wheelchair for weeks. I haven't fallen since."
"I hate menus, I hate choosing food. I just want to be brought. Bring me dinner!"
"As a real person, he wouldn't last a minute, would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we've moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it, it was dull. If I was House's friend, I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don't always like morally good people, do we?"
"I have my moments. Ever since I was a boy, I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. Too often I embrace introspection and self-doubt. I wish I could embrace the good things."