18 Next Generation Sir Patrick Stewart Quotes 

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2021)

Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t the only English actor with honorifics and training from the Shakespeare school of acting but he’s probably near the top of the list if you were asked to name English actors off the top of your head. You might know his roles from the 1980s onward, mostly because that’s when Sir Patrick Stewart played Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Then he was big brain telepath Professor X. For his contributions to drama Stewart would be knighted and become Sir Patrick Stewart in 2010, but he might have known that if he had super telepathic mutant powers. For much of his career Stewart’s powerful voice has been a hallmark of his roles–which probably means he has some cool things to say. So here are some Sir Patrick Stewart quotes.


18 Next Generation Sir Patrick Stewart Quotes

On Living

“Last Wednesday, I stupidly dropped my iPhone in the bath, and my life has sort of spiraled almost out of control.”

“I’ve always believed that it is not possible to be in the world and not be political.”

“I never had teenage years. I guess because I was seen to be more adult than anybody around me.”

On Fame

“I’d been given a voice that I didn’t know was available to me, and it was to speak seriously and with a proper level of involvement on issues of inequality and unfairness.”

“I get a great deal of satisfaction from using [Twitter] for societal issues and concerns that I am involved with, but there’s also been this element of playfulness, which has opened up a new avenue of communication, which I am enjoying very much indeed.”

On Acting

“One day, out of irritation, I said, you know all of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain’s chair of the Enterprise.”

“It took me decades before I developed courage as an actor.”

“I don’t do impersonations. I can do a wounded elephant! I can do a really good cow! And because of the amount of time I spent in North Yorkshire, I do a variety of sheep.”

“Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend—someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.”

On Star Trek

“It still frightens me a little bit to think that so much of my life was totally devoted to Star Trek and almost nothing else.”

“Being cast as Jean-Luc Picard was the most significant thing that ever happened to me because there wasn’t an area of my life that it didn’t touch, mostly for the better.”

“I became a better listener than I ever had been as a result of playing Jean Luc Picard”

On Others

“Talent has always been the sexiest thing to me.”

“Some people are so difficult, it’s just not worth working with them.”

“I think I came back from America a funnier and nicer person than I went.”

“I always have been optimistic about humanity’s future. Always. Even at the most dismaying of times.”

On Domestic Abuse

“Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”

“Domestic violence—and violence against women—does touch so many of us. It’s not a private matter. It is protected by silence.”


Speaking of Star Trek, see fi you know who crewed the Enterprise here.

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