8 Quotes Of Wisdom From The Late 'Lawrence of Arabia's Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole was a Hollywood legend. He was also a very candid, quirky, and outspoken guy, in that particular British Isles way. His death on Saturday is a big loss to the world — so let's celebrate that long life he lived with some of our favorite Peter O'Toole quotes. On drinking, the fame game, and the Oscars, see his most memorable pearls of wisdom.

On Respecting A Well-Earned Butt

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“The nicest buttocks in the world are in Ireland. Irish women are always carrying water on their heads, and always carrying their husbands home from pubs. Such things are the greatest posture-builders in the world.”

(O’Toole was a native Irishman)

On The Nature Of His Life

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“For me, life has either been a wake or a wedding.”

That one there’s one of his most famous quotes.

On Not Being Able To Drink At The Oscars

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“I enjoyed it. The only thing that wasn’t enjoyable was in the green room. I said, ‘Can I have a drink?’ ‘We have lemon juice, apple juice, still or sparkling.’ I said, ‘No, I want a drink. No drink?’ I said, ‘All right, I’m f**king off. I’ll be back.’ A man with earphones said, ‘No! No!’ Eventually this vodka was smuggled in.” - O’Toole to the LA Times

On fame

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“I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.”

We’d react that same, Peter.

On drinking

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“Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it.”

Hollywood history fact: He drank with Richard Burton a lot.

On sleaze

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“I can’t stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another.”

On never carrying his keys with him

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“I just hope some bastard’s in.”

And on his goals when he was younger

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“I will not be a common man. I will stir the smooth sands of monotony.” - O’Toole wrote this in a notebook when he was young.