Tommy Lee Jones Quotes

“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

“I always told my children when they whined… Only the boring are bored.” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

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

Lose the chrome-plated


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

“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

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

“No director wants to be directed, but no good director… would shy away from the good ideas of others.” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

No director wants to be

“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

“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

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

“I like everything Meryl does. I like watching her come to work.. I don’t care.. I like everything about her. I like watching her drink coffee. I don’t care what she does.. She can do no wrong in my eyes.” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

I like everything Meryl does.

“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

“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

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

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

As a child of West Texas,

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

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

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

“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

My idea in terms of managing

“As an actor I want to do as many takes as I can. I wanna shoot the scene… or shoot the shot ’til they make me quit.” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

“Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

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

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

Cormac McCarthy's language

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

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

“The tactic of leading people into… a war that doesn’t make any sense by telling them they are under attack, and if they raise any objection they’re unpatriotic, is a very old tactic. And it doesn’t intimidate me.” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

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

I try as hard as I can for

“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

“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

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

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

I don't do anything that

“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

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

“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 don't get it. If you're

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

“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

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

I look upon pride as

“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

“Age will flatten a man.” ~ Tommy Lee Jones

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