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Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.”

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

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I look upon pride as a sin.”

I look upon pride as a sin.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I want out of each and every one of you is a hard target search, of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area.”

I want out of each and every one of you is a hard target search, of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I think any stereotyping is too much.”

I think any stereotyping is too much.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Lose the chrome-plated sissy pistol and get yourself a Glock.”

Lose the chrome-plated sissy pistol and get yourself a Glock.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Age will flatten a man.”

Age will flatten a man.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Acting is fun for me and it doesn’t really matter how, whether it’s hard work or easy work, it’s always fun.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Meryl Streep does not make mistakes. Sometimes the world just can’t keep up.”

Meryl Streep does not make mistakes. Sometimes the world just can’t keep up.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Let me explain something you already know. I’m from Texas and we understand the nature of a border. From what I’ve seen, vigilant Texans are being ordered to stand down and allow criminals to pass. Mr. President, prepare to see Texans ignoring those orders.”

Let me explain something you already know. I’m from Texas and we understand the nature of a border. From what I’ve seen, vigilant Texans are being ordered to stand down and allow criminals to pass. Mr. President, prepare to see Texans ignoring those orders.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I don’t do anything that is not fun. I just don’t do it.”

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

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “It makes me feel like a very special person, that I’m able to make my living with my imagination. I developed a big respect for my calling while I was in school, and it remains with me to this day.”

It makes me feel like a very special person, that I’m able to make my living with my imagination. I developed a big respect for my calling while I was in school, and it remains with me to this day.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I don’t consider my private feelings to be relevant in any way, actually.”

I don’t consider my private feelings to be relevant in any way, actually.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “The world’s not a very comfortable place if you have a nightmare to face.”

The world’s not a very comfortable place if you have a nightmare to face.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Human beings are glorious and preposterous characters.”

Human beings are glorious and preposterous characters.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “As a child of West Texas, I identify with Hispanic culture every bit as much as I do North American culture.”

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

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I don’t fight anybody anytime or anywhere.”

I don’t fight anybody anytime or anywhere.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I try as hard as I can for everything to be different from one movie to the next.”

I try as hard as I can for everything to be different from one movie to the next.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I’ve worked with some very good directors and some very bad ones. I learned a great deal from both. From the bad, untalented people, you learn what not to do. And when you work with very highly talented people, you want to emulate them.”

I’ve worked with some very good directors and some very bad ones. I learned a great deal from both. From the bad, untalented people, you learn what not to do. And when you work with very highly talented people, you want to emulate them.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I don’t analyze things like titles.”

I don’t analyze things like titles.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I don’t see people as groups, I see them as individuals.”

I don’t see people as groups, I see them as individuals.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “In the political world, the only position I have is voter. I’m not a spokesman for anything.”

In the political world, the only position I have is voter. I’m not a spokesman for anything.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Normal people with normal problems can be hilarious.”

Normal people with normal problems can be hilarious.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I fear other actors who are not prepared. And I fear directors who are afraid.”

I fear other actors who are not prepared. And I fear directors who are afraid.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Characters with no integrity are just as interesting as characters with lots of integrity.”

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

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “Cormac McCarthy’s language is perfect. He is in my view the greatest living American prose stylist.”

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

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I’m an actor, I’m always looking for work. I was born to do that.”

I’m an actor, I’m always looking for work. I was born to do that.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “The most important question in American cinema, I’ve learned, is ‘When is lunch?’”

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

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I don’t direct movies for a living.”

I don’t direct movies for a living.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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.

— Tommy Lee Jones


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “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.”

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


Tommy Lee Jones Quote: “I’ve worked with more than 50 directors and I’ve paid attention since day one. That’s pretty much been my education, apart from studying art history and shooting with my own cameras. I’ve seen 50 different sets of mistakes and 50 different ways of achieving.”

I’ve worked with more than 50 directors and I’ve paid attention since day one. That’s pretty much been my education, apart from studying art history and shooting with my own cameras. I’ve seen 50 different sets of mistakes and 50 different ways of achieving.

— Tommy Lee Jones

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