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Ten of our favourite Alan Rickman quotes

The actor has passed away at the age of 69

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Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69. For our main story click here. Below we pick ten of our favourite quotes from the legendary stage and screen actor.

1. "Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world."

2. "I always feel that when I come to Edinburgh, in many ways I am coming home."

3. "I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it's a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties."

4. "I've never been able to plan my life. I just lurch from indecision to indecision."

5. "I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously."

6. "Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility."

7. "The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what's impossible? What's a fantasy?"

8. "If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust."

9. "It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown and sort of surprising."

10. "It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo [J.K. Rowling]."