Inspirational Quotes by Josh Radnor

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.

Josh Radnor

It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters.

Josh Radnor

We’re like a gardener with a hose and our attention is water – we can water flowers or we can water weeds.

Josh Radnor

I’m not a masochistic reader. If something is just too dense or not enjoyable, even though I’m told it should be good for me, I’ll put it down. That said, most of what I read would be considered high-end or good for you, I suppose. But, I also think that reading should be enjoyable.

Josh Radnor

I don’t think evil people or negative people are inherently interesting all the time. People who are good people getting better at being themselves – to me, that’s something that’s really interesting to watch.

Josh Radnor

All of the things I used to obsess over, I’m no longer as obsessed with. I have new concerns but they’re a little more existential or cosmic.

Josh Radnor

It never made sense to me that someone would achieve any kind of success in show business, only to become a jerk.

Josh Radnor

Kindness is not about instant gratification. More often, it’s akin to a low-risk investment that appreciates steadily over time.

Josh Radnor

Everyone has expectations. You just don’t want to have them dashed, so you’re quiet about them.

Josh Radnor

I distinguish sentiment from sentimentality. Sentimentality makes your skin crawl. It’s like too much sugar. But, sentiment is a great feeling.

Josh Radnor

A movie can and should have some real dissonance throughout – rage, heartache, tears, conflict, catharsis and all the other elements Aristotle demanded of a good story – but the chord has to be resolved.

Josh Radnor

I’m a little less hungry as an actor than I used to be. When you’re a director, you’re the conductor of the orchestra, and when you’re an actor, you’re playing the violin. There’s a thrill to each of them, but as the conductor, you get the fuller sound.

Josh Radnor

No matter how dark things may get in a story, I feel it’s the responsibility of the storyteller to leave the audience with at least a shred of hope.

Josh Radnor

I haven’t left the house without a packet of Kleenex in my back pocket for as long as I can remember. Whenever I start thinking I’m incredibly cool, the packet of Kleenex in my back pocket brings me right back down to earth.

Josh Radnor

When I go to movies and I love the movie, it’s because it feels like it articulated something about how we’re living now, and also gives me some insight into my own life. I feel actually altered after having seen it.

Josh Radnor

There’s something melancholy about professors because they’re chronically abandoned. They form these lovely relationships with students and then the students leave and the professors stay the same. It’s like they’re chronically abandoned.

Josh Radnor

I tend to read things that are a little more on the nourishing side. But if I don’t enjoy something, I’ll put it down.

Josh Radnor

You know, I’m not saying, ‘Oh, because I play a good guy on TV, I need to suddenly be villainous in a movie.’ I look at it more like: does this role has a kind of urgency for me in terms of, ‘Can I not say no to it for whatever reason?’

Josh Radnor

If I’m feeling something, I have a lot of different ways to express it, you know? I can write an article about it. I can write a screenplay about it. I can act in someone’s thing.

Josh Radnor

But, yeah, I’m really happy when I’m writing. When I’m being creative and when I have something that I can put down. You know, if you go out and you overhear a conversation or you have a thought, you have a receptacle to go home and say, ‘Oh, this would be great in this script.’ Your antenna’s out in a different way, and I love that time.

Josh Radnor

And as a filmmaker, I’m trying to unhook myself from this idea that unless you have a brilliant, long, enormously lucrative theatrical run, that your movie somehow failed. And I don’t believe that.

Josh Radnor

As a person, I’m anti-violence.

Josh Radnor

I sometimes don’t know what I’m writing when I start writing it, on some level.

Josh Radnor

I care about reading, a lot. It’s a big part of my life.

Josh Radnor

I’m not sitting around saying, ‘Man, I’d really love to direct a western.’ That’s just not something I’m probably going to do, mostly because I’m allergic to horses.

Josh Radnor

I think the word ‘earnest’ kind of has a negative connotation on some level. I think one of the things that’s happened is that being cynical is somehow conflated with being sophisticated. I think that’s problematic, to say the least.

Josh Radnor

There’s so much nonsense tossed around about L.A. and how horrible it is and ‘don’t go out there’ and all that stuff. So I went out to L.A. and I was pleasantly surprised.

Josh Radnor

It’s really hard to be poor in New York – I was really poor when I lived in New York.

Josh Radnor

Well, I stopped drinking. That was actually a big deal. I didn’t go through any harrowing rock-bottom experience. I just made a decision to stop drinking.

Josh Radnor

I went through this very serious Woody Allen phase in college and a little bit after college. I still see his movies.

Josh Radnor

My whole thing is that I want to explore why you read books, what’s the purpose of reading, and maybe that it’s not that cool to hate something just because it’s popular.

Josh Radnor

We are so vocal about what we hate.

Josh Radnor

We don’t have a lot of space in our imaginations to allow people to expand what they do.

Josh Radnor

Film allows me to ask some really big questions with the time to explore them deeply. I love the form.

Josh Radnor

When I write a film, there’s a particular thing I am wrestling with and the question or concern I’m dealing with has to be big enough for me to dedicate a year or two of my life. If the question isn’t big enough, or rich enough, I’ll lose interest.

Josh Radnor

I kicked college nostalgia in my late 20s. As much as I loved college and treasure the memories, I no longer want to go back.

Josh Radnor

I think that the mark of a great book is that it will meet you wherever you’re at and you’ll feel and experience something new and different each time you read it.

Josh Radnor

Cynicism is kind of like folding your arms and stepping back and commenting on things, like the old guys in ‘The Muppets,’ just throwing out comments all the time, whereas there are other people on the ground really trying to affect things and improve their lives and the lives of other people. I think it’s noble and I think it’s cool.

Josh Radnor

I actually have a thing about proper nouns. They clang on my ear in a weird way when I hear them dropped into movies.

Josh Radnor

One man’s uplift is another man’s sentimental hooey.

Josh Radnor

Even though I occasionally appear on it, I don’t watch television.

Josh Radnor

Time off from the news is always something I welcome.

Josh Radnor

An obsessive attention to the news, I’ve realized, only serves to paint a picture of the world as a throbbing blob of dysfunction, most news falling somewhere on a scale from disappointing to calamitous.

Josh Radnor

Here’s the problem: I don’t like who I’ve become when my iPhone is within reach. I find myself checking e-mails and responding to texts throughout the day with some kind of Pavlovian ferocity – it’s not a conscious act, but a reflexive one.

Josh Radnor

I like movies that are about real people in real time with real problems.

Josh Radnor

The reflexive allergy to L.A. that a lot of New Yorkers have, I feel like it’s kind of nonsense.

Josh Radnor

To write a story about New York that only deals with people in your age and socioeconomic bracket, that feels dishonest to me. So much of New York comes from everyone bumping into each other.

Josh Radnor

My trick is the trick that everyone knows: Work really hard and prepare.

Josh Radnor

Acting on stage is still my favorite thing to do. And everyone who’s been in musicals knows that there is nothing more fun.

Josh Radnor

What I write is very personal, but not autobiographical. It’s more ‘thematically personal’ – what’s up in my life in terms of themes at the moment.

Josh Radnor

In college, you’re kind of designing who you want to be. And I wanted to be a big reader.

Josh Radnor

I learned a lesson which I didn’t heed: Don’t put yourself in your movies. It’s too much.

Josh Radnor