16 Amazing Mandy Patinkin Quotes That Will Change Your Life

This man is the wise grandfather we all wish we had.

1. How to cure the common cold:

“If you’re sick, watch funny movies.”

2. On taking action:

“The thing I learned the most from my father is don’t wait for tomorrow. Don’t say you’re gonna do something ‘when the kids grow up.’ Don’t say, ‘I’m going to go to Israel once you guys are out of school.’ Because he got pancreatic cancer at fifty-two, and he never did any of it. The gift he gave me was a residue of his death. Don’t ever wait to satisfy an idea or a hope or a dream.”

3. On marriage:

“I got married because I wanted to do something that was more than I understood, because my feelings were more than I understood.”

“What makes a good marriage? The good fortune of picking the right partner to battle it out with you and never quit on you through the hell storms.”

4. On orgasms:

“Sex and orgasm become very tricky if you’re just fooling around. An orgasm is a real chemical thing, and it does something to your brain, even if you’re not interested in doing it. And whether it’s you or the other person, it’s what makes things a mess if you don’t wanna go the distance. You can’t underestimate it.”

5. The importance of embracing your culture:

Save your cultures. Learn it. Have your elders teach it to you. Teach it to your children. It will fill your heart.”

6. On having children:

“First, you give everything you have to your children, and then if you’re lucky they give it back to you as little reminders of everything you’ve dropped along the way. But Dad, you said this. Dad, how could you forget that?

7. On how he’s changed:

“As a young man, I think I was in a bit of the revenge business for too many years of my life. And somewhere in the past ten years, I stopped being so angry and started being a little more grateful.”

8. On violence in TV:

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The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality…I’m not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals], but I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about.”

9. On religion:

“My sense of religion is Einstein’s sense of relativity. I don’t believe in God. I believe that energy never dies. So the possibility exists that you might be breathing in some other form of Moses or Buddha or Muhammad or Bobby Kennedy or Roosevelt or Martin Luther King or Jesus.”

10. On happiness:

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“There’s something about singing that I just love. It makes me feel freer than anything in the world.”

11. The most important words in his life:

“‘Don’t worry, you’ll know,’ became monumental words of my existence. They’ve followed me to every corner of my life: into work situations, to every conversation with my kid that was wonderful, into the voting booth.”

12. The reason we should all be a little more patient:

“The time it takes to get something done is the time it takes.”

13. Why he took the role of Inigo Montoya in “The Princess Bride”:

14. What makes a great writer:

I believe there’s a common ground in what all gifted writers write. It has to do with their wish to turn darkness into light.”

15. How Mandy picks his acting and singing roles:

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“I do what my wife tells me to do.”

16. And when he said this on “Homeland,” because chances are we’ve all thought this about someone before:

Thank you, Mandy Patinkin, for being so epic.

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