Jack Lemmon Quotes

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“No matter how successful you get, always send the elevator back down.” ~ Jack Lemmon

No matter how successful

“Anything truly worthwhile does not come easy. If it did, it would not be all that worthwhile.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.” ~ Jack Lemmon

If you really do want to

“If you’ve been fortunate enough to live out your dream in the profession of your choice, then you have an obligation to send the elevator back down.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“Success is always somebody else’s opinion of you; but it doesn’t amount to a damn compared to your own opinion of yourself.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we’ll ever see.” ~ Jack Lemmon

I have lost someone I loved

“Everything that is truly worthwhile – I think passion is involved in your approach to it. No matter what it is.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“My career has been full of remarkable coincidences that have nothing to do with me.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“How do you know that God didn’t speak to Charles Darwin?” ~ Jack Lemmon

“Dying is not a sin. Not living is.” ~ Jack Lemmon

Dying is not a sin. Not

“I was born in an elevator, and – as my mother said – naturally it was going down. She said, “All I remember is telling your father, ‘That’s it! Never again!'” That’s why I’m an only child.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I think whatever you do, if you are going to do well or even if you don’t do it well, you have to have a passion for it, and I am passionate about it. I love it. I respect it and it gets me. I get off on acting.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“Stay humble. Always answer your phone – no matter who else is in the car.” ~ Jack Lemmon

Stay humble. Always answer

“People are probably correct when they see me as the so-called Everyman. I’m attracted primarily to contemporary characters. I understand them and their frustrations.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“Nobody deserves this much money – certainly not an actor.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I have never lost a total passion for my work.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I had no desire to be in the movies. All my training had been in the theater, thank God.” ~ Jack Lemmon

I had no desire to be in the

“how she moves. That’s just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors. I tell you, it’s a whole different sex! Joe: What are you afraid of? Nobody’s asking you to have a baby.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“When I’m reading material, if I’m a little bit afraid of a part and I’m willing to admit that to myself, then I’ll do it, definitely. If I’m worried about being able to do it, to get it -I absolutely just love it.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I’d rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.” ~ Jack Lemmon

“It can be a simple sentence that makes one single point and you build for that. You zero in on one moment that gets that character, you go for it, that’s it, man, and if you fail the whole thing is down the drain, but if you make it you hit the moon.” ~ Jack Lemmon

It can be a simple sentence

“I was lying ten and had a thirty-five foot putt. I whispered over my shoulder: “How does this one break?” And my caddie said, “Who cares?”” ~ Jack Lemmon

“I would rather play Hamlet with no rehearsal than TV golf.” ~ Jack Lemmon

I had already played a lead on Broadway before I ever did a film. I had had three, four seasons of stock with good, fat parts, good supporting and leading parts. And I had done, oh, God, over 400 live TV shows. _ Jack lemmon

I don’t think Ed Horman could be dishonest if his life depended on it. Jack Lemmon

I don't think Ed Horman could

Once I had started film, I suddenly said, ‘Wow, I love it.’ I moved there from New York. But I’ve always gone back to the theater, and it is more satisfying, really, because you get to give a continuous performance – no sequels. _ Jack Lemmon

I have been fortunate to be able to have a career playing comedy and drama. And it’s awfully hard – it’s like apples and pears to compare the two. Jack Lemmon

I’ll tell you God’s truth: I think that this script that Neil has written – ‘Odd Couple Two,’ I think, is superior to the original one – to the first one. Jack Lemmon

I won’t quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic. Jack Lemmon

I won't quit until I get

I’d rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar. Jack Lemmon

In general, I think comedy is more difficult to write, to direct, and to act successfully. Jack Lemmon

The trouble is that, while my parents were great when they were apart, they were terrible together. Jack Lemmon

The trouble is that, while

If I’d been bright, I’d have realized that I was horribly uncomfortable, amazingly frustrated, and like any sensible person, I’d have quit. But it never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be successful eventually. Jack Lemmon