"I am told so often that I have come to believe it - almost - that I am regarded as a screen lover. Why, I wonder? I have not specialised in this either. But for the admiration I get from women, I am grateful. I feel diffident when they write to me in terms of deepest affection. But the diffidence is submerged by a deeper feeling of pleasure and humility. Women don’t do this just because you are a film star whom they imagine to be a great lover. It is because in some small way you have been privileged to bring, perhaps for just a moment, some spark of romance or glamour into their lives. I receive letters which say something like this: ‘Before I saw your shadow performances I was unhappy. There seemed nothing in life for me. In some way you have given me something to live for.’ Nobody could help being humble before such a confession."
- Conrad Veidt (via aikainkauna)