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I don't like American football.
by Jim Jarmusch

I don't like American football.
I think it's boring and ridiculous and predictable.
But baseball is very beautiful.
It's played on a diamond.
- Jim Jarmusch

I didn't get my degree at NYU; I got it later,
they gave me an honourary one.
- Jim Jarmusch

Before she married my father, my mother was a film
reviewer for The Akron Beacon Journal -
a small newspaper.
- Jim Jarmusch

I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
- Jim Jarmusch

 

I started working with friends of mine and that,
to some degree, continues.
- Jim Jarmusch

I always think the Sex Pistols and the Ramones as very,
very important because they stripped things down.
- Jim Jarmusch

I've always loved films, always.
I studied literature and I went to Columbia in New
York and I went to Paris for part of one year and ended up staying there.
- Jim Jarmusch

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Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way,
their sense of language and their vision.
- Jim Jarmusch

When I left Ohio when I was 17 and ended up in New
York and realised that not all films had the giant crab monsters in them,
it really opened up a lot of things for me.
- Jim Jarmusch

I didn't go to classes there, but ended up at the Cinematheque,
and there it opened up even wider because there I saw
a variety of films from all over the world.
- Jim Jarmusch

I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New
York worked as a musician too,
but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.
- Jim Jarmusch

Baseball is one of the most beautiful games.
It is.
It is a very Zen-like game.
- Jim Jarmusch

Contradiction was something I really like when it is
embraced in that kind of philosophy.
- Jim Jarmusch

A lot of poets too live on the margins of social acceptance,
they certainly aren't in it for the money.
William Blake - only his first book was legitimately published.
- Jim Jarmusch

I didn't get the degree because in my last year,
for my thesis film I made a feature called Permanent
Vacation and they'd given me a scholarship,
the Louis B Mayer fellowship and they made a mistake.
- Jim Jarmusch

I think it comes from really liking literary forms.
Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page
can be as affecting as where the text is.
Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it.
- Jim Jarmusch

I like to rehearse with the actors scenes that are
not in the script and will not be in the film because
what we're really doing is trying to establish their character,
and good acting to me is about reacting.
- Jim Jarmusch

I like doing them and they're ridiculous and the actors can improvise a lot,
and they don't have to be really realistic characters
that hit a very specific tone as in a feature film.
They're really fun, I want to make more of them definitely.
- Jim Jarmusch

I love rehearsing because in rehearsals there are no mistakes,
nothing is wrong, some things apply or lead you to
focus on the character and the things that don't apply
are equally valuable because they lead you to towards what does.
- Jim Jarmusch

I always start with characters rather than with a plot,
which many critics would say is very obvious from the
lack of plot in my films -
although I think they do have plots -
but the plot is not of primary importance to me,
the characters are.
- Jim Jarmusch

The intention was to shoot short films that can exist as shorts independently,
but when I put them all together, there are things
that echo through them like the dialogue repeats;
the situation is always the same,
the way they're shot is very simple and the same.
- Jim Jarmusch

I wanted to make an Indian character who wasn't either
a) the savage that must be eliminated,
the force of nature that's blocking the way for industrial progress,
or b) the noble innocent that knows all and is another cliche.
I wanted him to be a complicated human being.
- Jim Jarmusch

I have to tell everyone that when I finish a film and
it goes out and is released,
I never look at my films again.
I don't like looking back.
I don't even like talking about 'em!
So I'm really digging back in my memory because I don't
like to sit and look at my films again.
- Jim Jarmusch

Hopefully, if not it's not working right.
I'm like a navigator and I try to encourage our collaboration
and find the best way that will produce fruit.
I like fruit.
I like cherries, I like bananas.
- Jim Jarmusch

Cricket makes no sense to me.
I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea.
That is very cool, but I don't understand.
My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago,
but I didn't understand what they were talking about.
- Jim Jarmusch

I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work,
and there are things about their work or their presence
or their own personality that make a character,
that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities.
It's always a real collaboration for me.
- Jim Jarmusch

What I did was I completed the half-hour film,
but before really showing it, I wrote two more sections
for a potential feature film which I didn't think would really happen,
but at least I had it in case.
- Jim Jarmusch

If you go into a bar in most places in America and
even say the word poetry,
you'll probably get beaten up.
But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me,
and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
- Jim Jarmusch

It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s,
and the music scene was really, really interesting
because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music,
it was more about your desire to express things.
- Jim Jarmusch

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Success has a simple formula:
do your best, and people may like it.
- Sam Ewing

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
- Max Lucado

We are most like God when we forgive.
- Anonymous

To dream of the person you would like to be
is to waste the person you are.
- Anonymous

Life is like a box of chocolates.
- Forrest Gump

Know that time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
You give your own meaning to time, as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fears are like dragons
guarding our deepest treasure.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

The greatest lovers are like twin blooms,
each reflecting the passion and the glory of the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
- Henry Ford

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Like an Eagle, May You Always Soar
High Above the Troubles of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

We like a man to come right out and say what he thinks-
if we agree with him.
- Mark Twain

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
- Khalil Gibran

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

Like Beauty, Joy and Suffering are
in the Eye of the Beholder.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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