"I don't take a great deal of interest in party politics. Social politics interests me a great deal more."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Robert Carlyle on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Robert Carlyle on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Robert Carlyle on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Robert Carlyle on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Robert Carlyle on Joseph Stalin
"My first love is art, and I see a lot of things in an artistic way."
"In the late '70s, maybe just before I started, there was still an attitude that if you did film you didn't do TV and vice versa, but that's gone now."
"My dad was rubbish at all other aspects of his financial life, but he's pretty good at paying the rent."
"I've always taken my love of children from my father. He was a children magnet. Suddenly, having my first child hit home what my dad went through."
"There are a lot of things that make up a performance, a lot of technical things. It isn't always just about pulling it up from the darkest recesses of your mind or your heart. It's your experience and your observation."