Liam Neeson quotes

Liam Neeson is the star of Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York, Taken, Michael Collins.

He developed a love of acting when he was at school starring in a play when he was 11 years old. He had only signed up to take part in the play because he wanted to impress a girl.  He carried on acting all throughout his time at school. See more about his career.

Here are his memorable quotes

Liam Neeson quote. I'm still a proud Irishman, of course, but I've become an American citizen. I'm very, very proud of that. Image copyright Ireland Calling
America has been very, very good to me.

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For every successful actor or actress, there are countless numbers who don’t make it. The name of the game is rejection. You go to an audition and you’re told you’re too tall or you’re too Irish or your nose is not quite right. You’re rejected for your education, you’re rejected for this or that and it’s really tough.

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Liam Neeson quote. It's extraordinary to look into a baby's face and see a piece of your flesh and your spirit. It makes you realize you are a part of the human race. Photo copyright Karen Seto CC2

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.

It’s an ongoing joy being a dad. Looking out for your children is an ongoing process throughout your life.

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There seems to be more opportunities for old guys like me to do a little fighting and running because the lead characters also require a bit of depth and maturity and gravitas that one is likely to acquire doing drama all those years.

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On 27 September 1998, Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson give a six-figure sum from a libel payout to the memorial fund for victims of the Omagh bomb massacre (car bombing that took place on 15 August 1998 in Omagh).

Liam Neeson quote.  It's an extraordinary thing this tiny little province of Northern Ireland where carnage happened. And I was part of it. I grew up in it. Photo copyright Karen Seto CC2
I certainly notice the vitality in Belfast, which wasn’t there in the Seventies. There was a war going on then. Now there are cranes everywhere. There really is a sense of renewal and hope.

Indeed I regard the enduring support which I have received over the years from all sections of the community in Ballymena as being more than sufficient recognition for any success which I may have achieved as an actor.

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Liam Neeson quote. I've had an unbelievable life. I've been very lucky. You do create your own luck too, you know? I never forget where I'm from. Photo copyright Karen Seto CC2

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I was an OK boxer, I wasn’t great, I was OK, but I loved the discipline of getting together every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, usually Saturday afternoons too, with a whole bunch of mates and training, very, very hard for about two-and-half hours.

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Whenever I pass a building site or see somebody digging a ditch, I always think, ‘That’s real work.’

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Liam Neeson quote. I'm Irish, so I'm used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I'll call it dinner. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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I’m Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.

I was reared a Catholic but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What’s it all about?

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Talking about his film roles:
Well, I think they’re all basically the same story. Every culture in the world has them. When you strip it down and analyse it, it’s the young man or girl who goes through a trial or ordeal and hits a very low ebb but manages to get guidance from a Merlin type figure.

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Liam Neeson quote. I believe in acts of kindness, no matter how small. Photo copyright Karen Seto CC2

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Sitting down to eat in our house is about sharing, you know, talking about the day you’ve had, be it in school or work or whatever, so that’s very important to us.

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Liam Neeson quote. I don't think that I am a sex symbol, although it's very flattering. I'm 59, now, so I think I'm possibly past my sell-by date. Photo copyright Karen Seto CC2

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And now, something completely different – Liam Neeson’s “Life’s Too Short” Sketch. The Ulsterman comes to Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Warwick Davis wanting to do comedy.

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Images copyright Ireland Calling Photo Karen Seto CC2

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