There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.Benjamin Franklin
- I'm obsessive about the kind of melodrama of getting through the days and trying to make them good and funny and a happy experience. But my feeling towards the fans is that they delivered me from darkness.
- I never examined what I did in any great detail because I thought it would spoil things. I never read the scripts at all carefully, and never wanted to know what was going on, because I felt that being a benevolent alien that's the way it should be.
- I had to hold back certain things for legal reasons, or just out of common decency, but I think autobiography has got to be selected confessions, hasn't it? I could have said jolly things about some of the dreadful people I've spent my life with, but it would have been a cheat.
- Politicians are just Daily Mail journalists writ large, aren't they? They're always telling us what's going to happen, and we know they don't know!
- I have never described the time I was in Doctor Who as anything except a kind of ecstatic success, but all the rest has been rather a muddle and a disappointment. Compared to Doctor Who, it has been an outrageous failure really - it's so boring.
- Not only don't I know who I am, but I'm very suspicious of people who do know who they are. I am sometimes ten or twelve people a day, and sometimes four or five people an hour!
- Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it's fantastic. It's a kind of madness really.
- Sometimes when I watch very famous people on television, they make me long for death! These utterly pitiful little exhibitionists who don't nourish anyone but just talk very loudly are now actually guiding us and telling us what to think. I think, 'Well, one day I'll be dead and then I'll get away from you.'