"Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience - so we're all different."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Ian Mckellen on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Ian Mckellen on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Ian Mckellen on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Ian Mckellen on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Ian Mckellen on Mark Twain
"When we'd suggested doing it, the Theatre Royal management had said, 'Nobody wants to see Waiting for Godot.' As it happened, every single ticket was booked for every single performance, and this confirmation that our judgment was right was sweet. Audiences came to us from all over the world. It was amazing."
"You always think that 70 is the end of the road: 'Somebody died when they were 73 good life'. You're closer to death, and you better make sure you don't waste too much of your time doing things you don't want to do. No point in saying things you don't believe in."
"It's only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous."
"Godot is whatever it is in life that you are waiting for: 'I'm waiting to win the lottery. I'm waiting to fall in love'. For me, as a child, it was Christmas. At least that eventually came."