British actor and director (1946–2016)
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- Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
- Meanwhile the dreaded press and even in the unit publicist the unstoppable desire to compare one job with another—was X more difficult than Y? No, X=X and Y=Y. Don't be lazy.
- Entry (23 September 1993) in Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman (2022)
- I realise as soon as that [Snape's] ring and costume go on—something happens. It becomes alien to be chatty, smiley, open. The character narrows me down, tightens me up. Not good qualities on a film set. I have never been less communicative with a crew. Fortunately, Dan [Radcliffe] fills that role with ease and charm. And youth.
- Entry (12 April 2006) in Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman (2022)