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Conrad Veidt

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  • I can see now that I should have been strong enough to conquer myself.

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  • For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition - and winning.

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  • What use is there for a biography of myself? I'm just a movie actor.

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  • I turned down the first script offered to me, and the second. I lay on my back one day under an umbrella, in the garden, reading the third, and wondered why I had turned down the first.

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  • So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find that, having come to the end of my story, my life is just beginning.

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  • After my mother died, I found, a little book of hers which recorded everything I had ever done, how I had done it, and how proud she was of her son Conrad.

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  • Have you ever walked late at night through a forest when you are first in love?

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  • There must have been something in my nature - I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now - which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy.

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  • I have no illusions about my art. I am what the public made me and, consequently, I am not likely to forget my debt to them.

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  • Nothing seems to come up to your expectations. But nothing I had heard about Hollywood was enough.

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  • I was appalled at the amount of study necessary in order to qualify in medicine, and gradually my desire was blunted by a keener - and secret - wish to become an actor.

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  • I wish, naturally to prevent the possibility that someone may write an accidental, superficial, incomplete and perhaps untrue picture of me.

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  • An actor remembers his first piece of published praise. It is written on his heart.

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  • My birth neither shook the German Empire nor caused much of an upheaval in the home. It pleased mother, caused father a certain amount of pride and my elder brother the usual fraternal jealousy of a hitherto only son.

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  • Looking back across the years, so many pictures flash on the screen of my memory that just as I begin to see one clearly, another slides in, blotting out the first, itself to be pushed aside by the next and the next and the next.

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  • It is my greatest joy to live a really good part, even though it imposes great strain. An artist is tired but proud when he has created a great work of art. So it is with the actor who really lives a great role and is proud of the part he played.

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  • In the middle of my third Hollywood picture The Magician, the earthquake hit Hollywood. Not the real earthquake. Just the talkies.

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  • My father died. It is still a deep regret to me this day that in choosing acting as my career I was forced to hurt him. He died too early to see I had done the right, the only thing.

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  • I used to think then that I was Bohemian, but I know now that I am not. I prefer order and precision to untidiness and looseness.

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  • It is precisely as though I were possessed by some other spirit when I enter on a new task of acting, as though something within me presses a switch and my own consciousness merges into some other, greater, more vital being.

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  • No, I was not born with a monocle in my eye.

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