Top Quotes by Tommy Lee Jones

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.

Tommy Lee Jones

The quality of one’s emotional life changes over the years, doesn’t it? But the basic instincts and desires, greed and hope, seem to remain constant. In the larger scope of things, there’s a sense of fulfillment to living a creative life. So I guess that’s what keeps me going.

Tommy Lee Jones

I felt like the luckiest kid in the world because God had put me on the ground in Texas. I actually felt sorry for those poor little kids that had to be born in Oklahoma or England or some place. I knew I was living in the best place in the world.

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Ethnic stereotypes are boring and stressful and sometimes criminal. It’s just not a good way to think. It’s non-thinking. It’s stupid and destructive.

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In the course of American history, great steps are taken by ordinary people, and ordinary people are not perfect.

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Partnerships are good engines for narrative.

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I still think probably the only thing I’m suited for is being a boy from Texas.

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All my life I’ve had the privilege to make my living with my imagination, and the most important thing has been to see my creative life grow. I was educated to do that and have lived accordingly.

Tommy Lee Jones

The most important question in American cinema, I’ve learned, is ‘When is lunch?’

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Cormac McCarthy’s language is perfect. He is in my view the greatest living American prose stylist.

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I think that no matter how much you don’t like yourself or the drama of your life you can still find some comedy in it.

Tommy Lee Jones

Characters with no integrity are just as interesting as characters with lots of integrity.

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There’s an undeniable tradition of sexism in this country that ties into the move westward by people of European descent and different ways of looking at Manifest Destiny on the west side of the Mississippi River.

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I like to make movies on the west side of the Mississippi River, and a lot of times, the movies I direct have horses and big hats in them and get called westerns, but that’s okay. I used to resent that, but I don’t anymore.

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I’m a believer in belief. Faith is something that works – it causes people to do things, it has results. It’s an intangible, indefinable, very real thing. And it moves people, sometimes to atrocity. And sometimes to survival.

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Human beings are glorious and preposterous characters.

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I have worked on very good movies that have been buried, and I’ve worked on some resounding mediocrities that have been paraded through the marketplace like they were masterpieces.

Tommy Lee Jones

You are going to grow up whether you want to or not. It requires no effort.

Tommy Lee Jones

Football was a wonderful experience for me. It was a means of, oh, I don’t know, sustaining for much of my youth. In times of trouble, I’ve always had football. I always knew I was a football player. And that was a comfort on many occasions.

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You should never ask a horse or an actor to do something they cannot do. Wisdom will teach you to find out what they can do and then make it easy for them.

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I’m a hedonist.

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If you look at how people use the term ‘western,’ you can only conclude that it means a movie that has big hats and horses. And if you really want to sound like you’ve been thinking, then you’ll use a term like ‘genre.’ But all the hell it seems to mean is big hats and horses. Which is not all that deeply analytical.

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My idea in terms of managing a narrative, or in thinking in my creative life, is that you could easily argue that the past, the present and the future all occur simultaneously, and if you can postulate that, then you’re not strictly bound to a linear narrative.

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I know a lot of cowboys and I’ve done a little work on ranches with cattle, and those people become your friends, and keep their word.

Tommy Lee Jones

The entire elementary school in Rotan, Texas, presented a theatrical production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ And the part of Sneezy fell to me.

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Acting is fun for me and it doesn’t really matter how, whether it’s hard work or easy work, it’s always fun.

Tommy Lee Jones

I don’t fight anybody anytime or anywhere.

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I look upon pride as a sin.

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If military movies were automatically successful we’d make nothing but military movies. But seriously, patriotism is one thing that all Americans have in common.

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I don’t play just villains. I like to have parts that are not simply villains.

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I don’t get it. If you’re saying, Tommy Lee, you don’t fit the image of the East Coast, social elitist wealthy people who comprise Harvard, the only thing I can say is you have no idea what comprises Harvard.

Tommy Lee Jones

I have nothing against interviews. I don’t pursue them. When people I work for deem it appropriate, I’m perfectly willing to serve.

Tommy Lee Jones

What appeals to me? There are things, points of view, uses of the language, habits of dress, ways of thought and believing that came to me from my grandparents and came to them from theirs. Things that are of good use in any situation, no matter what the future may hold.

Tommy Lee Jones

I think any stereotyping is too much.

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I’m always happy to have a job.

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I haven’t had a lot of comedy come my way as a performer.

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As an actor to watch an audience of people howl together in a single mind as a result of work you’ve done together with friends is a privilege.

Tommy Lee Jones

I haven’t a clue if there is life on other planets but I’d be charmed if we found a unicellular organism on Mars. It would change our whole concept of life on Earth.

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I don’t direct movies for a living.

Tommy Lee Jones

No, I don’t think about the myth of the West. It’s not the kind of thinking I do. That’s more suited to people who live in big towns on the West Coast or East Coast, people who stay under a roof, in a room, all the time.

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As a child of West Texas, I identify with Hispanic culture every bit as much as I do North American culture.

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No director wants to be directed, but no good director… would shy away from the good ideas of others.

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I want to photograph what I see and put it in a dramatic context. I’m an actor and a writer, and I want to tell these stories and present these shapes, colors and movements as I see them, as I see them serve a narrative. As I see that narrative serve an audience. That’s what I want to do.

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I love cinema.

Tommy Lee Jones

My home town is very small and very remote and we don’t have a movie house.

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It’s no fun to be a struggling young actor. It’s a desperate thing, no way to be happy. If you have any alternative, you should take it.

Tommy Lee Jones

You can’t instruct an audience to laugh, but what you can do is read well and understand the spirit and subtleties, if there are any, in the dialogue.

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I don’t analyze things like titles.

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I personally don’t live a nihilistic life, I don’t have any use for it.

Tommy Lee Jones

I don’t think I would describe my sense of humor. Doesn’t sound like the kind of thing I’d do.

Tommy Lee Jones

I always told my children when they whined… Only the boring are bored.

Tommy Lee Jones

I don’t do anything that is not fun. I just don’t do it.

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