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Laura Linney quotes

Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked - but it's immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.

If there's one thing that I've done on purpose it's to take whatever job, so long as it's interesting and challenging, whether it's theatre, radio, TV or film.

What I find so interesting about people is the choices they make, and how that effects their behavior, their sense of self and their relationships.

I don't want to spend my life in my 40s feeling bad about being in my 40s, and then all of a sudden I'm 50, and I will have missed a whole decade!

It's always nice when you do something and it's well received as opposed to the other way which God knows happens to everybody. When the good times come around, you take a deep breath, appreciate it, but not take it too seriously.

Doing the right thing has power.

People's view of cancer will change when they have their own relationship with cancer, which everyone will, at some point.

A magnetic personality doesn't necessarily indicate a good heart.

When your life is being threatened there's an instinctive urge to fight. You fight for the time you have, for your relationships.

Comedy is a way to make sense of chaos. It's a way of dealing with things that are overwhelming, that threaten you; it's a way to survive and get closer to the truth.

It is always good to explore the stuff you don't agree with, to try and understand a different lifestyle or foreign worldview. I like to be challenged in that way, and always end up learning something I didn't know.

I'm very hard on my bags because I tend to carry a lot of stuff with me.

I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer.

I've always thought that I'm sexy in my own right, but not in a way that people thought was bankable.

At school I was always trying to con my teachers into letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.

Cancer is so much bigger than a TV show.

Courtroom dramas can be boring.

Fame didn't happen to me in my 20s, it has been a gradual thing which probably makes it easier to deal with.

Fear, anxiety and neurosis: that's just in the suitcase when you're an actor.

For me to have the opportunity to stay with one character for, God willing, a long period of time, is really exciting.