"The security comes, as an actor, in knowing that you're not in control. If you try to control your career, or how people perceive you, you'll make yourself unhappy, because life doesn't work like that. So much is luck. It's much better to let yourself off, to think, 'There's nothing I can do.'"
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Matthew Macfadyen on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Matthew Macfadyen on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Matthew Macfadyen on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Matthew Macfadyen on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Matthew Macfadyen on Maya Angelou
"As much as I long for a sort of security and consistency sometimes, I do enjoy sort of being busted around. I really don't know what's happening sometimes next week, let alone this year."
"I was quite a shy child. I would get terribly nervous and throw up before my birthday party. And then I would be fine. I feel the same now. I get nervous, then it's fine."
"My vanity is I'm terribly romantic! But being married is lovely."
"I don't feel like a romantic lead I guess I feel more like a character actor."