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The money can be a hindrance to someone like me because
by Jim Carrey

The money can be a hindrance to someone like me because
the danger is that you start thinking,
'Is that a $20 million take?' That kind of thing,
and being self-critical.
- Jim Carrey

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey PHOTO

Maybe there is no actual place called hell.
Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents
breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches.
- Jim Carrey

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
- Jim Carrey

 

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am.
I will always be proud to be a Canadian.
- Jim Carrey

I want to be the greatest actor that ever lived,
frankly.
I'd love that.
But I don't need to be.
I just want to be here.
That's it.
- Jim Carrey

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My life is not unlike Truman's.
I can't go anywhere.
- Jim Carrey

I don't care if people think I am an overactor,
as long as they enjoy what I do.
People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter.
- Jim Carrey

Green Eggs and Ham was the story of my life.
I wouldn't eat a thing when I was a kid,
but Dr. Seuss inspired me to try cauliflower!
- Jim Carrey

Ya know what I do almost every day? I wash.
Personal hygiene is part of the package with me.
- Jim Carrey

I refuse to feel guilty.
I feel guilty about too much in my life but not about money.
I went through periods when I had nothing,
so somebody in my family has to get stinkin' wealthy.
- Jim Carrey

It's nice to finally get scripts offered to me that
aren't the ones Tom Hanks wipes his butt with.
- Jim Carrey

Morgan Freeman is so class.
He's so cool.
He's so scary.
- Jim Carrey

If I had never ventured beyond being a stand-up comic,
then I would be sitting in my house today working on
my Leonardo DiCaprio impression.
- Jim Carrey

My focus is to forget the pain of life.
Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it.
And laugh.
- Jim Carrey

Ever since I started to get recognition I've picked
out certain fans and reverse-stalked them.
- Jim Carrey

I used to draw a lot.
If my mother would ask me to do something else,
I'd have a hairy conniption.
I'd just go crazy.
- Jim Carrey

We had problems like all families but we had a lot of love.
I was extremely loved.
We always felt we had each other.
- Jim Carrey

I think I could go away tomorrow.
I've already accomplished something.
It's such a selfish business that sometimes I get sick of myself.
- Jim Carrey

I'm the first to admit this whole salary thing is getting out of control.
In the final analysis, it's still about the work.
- Jim Carrey

It's hard for anybody who's been with me not to feel
starved for affection when I'm making love to my ideas.
Maybe it's not meant for me to settle down and be married.
- Jim Carrey

I really believe in the philosophy that you create your own universe.
I'm just trying to create a good one for myself.
- Jim Carrey

I've never been one to sit back and go,
'I'd better do what the audience wants me to do,
because I don't want to lose them.'
- Jim Carrey

Maybe other people will try to limit me but I don't limit myself.
- Jim Carrey

My report card always said, 'Jim finishes first and
then disrupts the other students'.
- Jim Carrey

I got a lot of support from my parents.
That's the one thing I always appreciated.
They didn't tell me I was being stupid;
they told me I was being funny.
- Jim Carrey

A lot of good love can happen in ten years.
- Jim Carrey

Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything,
or creating anything.
Period.
If you ain't desperate at some point,
you ain't interesting.
- Jim Carrey

I love playing ego and insecurity combined.
- Jim Carrey

Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either
take them or you stay afraid of taking them.
- Jim Carrey

My dad was like a stage mother he always pushed me to do what I wanted.
- Jim Carrey

I tend to stay up late, not because I'm partying but
because it's the only time of the day when I'm alone
and don't have to be performing.
- Jim Carrey

I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee
and look out at my beautiful garden,
and I go, 'Remember how good this is.
Because you can lose it.'
- Jim Carrey

People need motivation to do anything.
I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.
- Jim Carrey

I really want to love somebody.
I do.
I just don't know if it's possible forever and ever.
- Jim Carrey

I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also
feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to.
And I have felt this way ever since all this success started.
- Jim Carrey

I don't make it in regular channels,
and that's okay for me.
- Jim Carrey

But, you know, you can't be a star at home.
- Jim Carrey

One thing I hope I'll never be is drunk with my own power.
And anybody who says I am will never work in this town again.
- Jim Carrey

My family kinda hit the skids.
We were experiencing poverty at that point.
We all got a job, where the whole family had to work
as security guards and janitors.
And I just got angry.
- Jim Carrey

I just want to be myself.
- Jim Carrey

It is better to risk starving to death then surrender.
If you give up on your dreams, what's left?
- Jim Carrey

Either you're the one erasing or you're the one being erased.
- Jim Carrey

There was a time when people said, 'Jim,
if you keep on making faces, your face will freeze like that.'
Now they just say,
'Pay him!'
- Jim Carrey

I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs.
Life is too beautiful.
- Jim Carrey

Originality is really important.
- Jim Carrey

I'm a hard guy to live with.
I'm like a caged animal.
I'm up all night walking around the living room.
It's hard for me to come down from what I do.
- Jim Carrey

Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one,
but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.
- Jim Carrey

I absolutely want to have a career where you make'em laugh and make'em cry.
It's all theater.
- Jim Carrey

I've arrived at the place if I'm not taking a career risk,
I'm not happy.
If I'm scared, then I know I'm being challenged.
- Jim Carrey

I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.
Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything.
Period.
If you ain't desperate at some point,
you ain't interesting.
- Jim Carrey

I need privacy.
I would think that because what I do makes a lot of
people happy that I might deserve a little bit of respect in return.
Instead, the papers try to drag me off my pedestal.
- Jim Carrey

I know this sounds strange, but as a kid,
I was really shy.
Painfully shy.
The turning point was freshman year,
when I was the biggest geek alive.
No one, I mean no one, even talked to me.
- Jim Carrey

I've tried everything.
I've done therapy, I've done colonics.
I went to a psychic who had me running around town
buying pieces of ribbon to fill the colors in my aura.
Did the Prozac thing.
- Jim Carrey

Some nights it was a melee, literally,
where I'd be standing trying to defend myself for what I was doing.
People would be screaming at me to do my old act,
and getting actually violent and angry at me.
- Jim Carrey

For some reason I did something where I realized I could get a reaction.
That was when I broke out of my shell at school,
because I really didn't have any friends or anything
like that and I just kind of was going along,
and then finally I did this zany thing,
and all of a sudden I had tons of friends.
- Jim Carrey

What I have in common with the character in 'Truman'
is this incredible need to please people.
I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also
feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to.
And I have felt this way ever since all this success started.
- Jim Carrey

That's the trouble with being me.
At this point, nobody gives a damn what my problem is.
I could literally have a tumor on the side of my head and they'd be like,
'Yeah, big deal.
I'd eat a tumor every morning for the kinda money you're pulling down.'
- Jim Carrey

Before I do anything, I think, well what hasn't been seen.
Sometimes, that turns out to be something ghastly and not fit for society.
And sometimes that inspiration becomes something that's really worthwhile.
- Jim Carrey

My mother was a professional sick person;
she took a lot of pain pills.
There are many people like that.
It's just how they are used to getting attention.
I always remember she's the daughter of alcoholics
who'd leave her alone at Christmas time.
- Jim Carrey

Creative people don't behave very well generally.
If you're looking for examples of good relationships in show business,
you're gonna be depressed real fast.
I don't have time for anything else right now but work and my daughter.
She's my first priority.
- Jim Carrey

It was such a leap in my career when 'Truman Show' came along.
It's always been a long process for me insofar as recognition goes,
but that's OK because you appreciate it when it comes.
- Jim Carrey

I haven't been as wild with my money as somebody like me might have been.
I've been very safe, very conservative with investments.
I don't blow money.
I don't have a ton of houses.
I know things can go away.
I've already had that experience.
- Jim Carrey

I try to do something the audience might not have seen before.
Like if I'm gonna kiss a girl I wanna kiss her like
a girl has never been kissed.
Like maybe I would kick her legs out from under her
and catch her right before she hits the ground and then kiss her.
- Jim Carrey

I'm so wrapped up in my work that it's often impossible
to consider other things in my life.
My marriage ended in divorce because of this,
my relationship with Holly has suffered by this.
- Jim Carrey

I praticed making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy.
She used to scare me by saying that I was going to
see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror.
That fascinated me even more, of course.
- Jim Carrey

When the first big paycheque with 'Dumb And Dumber' hit,
I went: 'Gosh, I wonder if this will affect my performance.
Will I do a take and think, was that worth $7 million?' But that never happened.
If anything, it made me rebel against that thing when
people who get rich start playing it safe.
- Jim Carrey

You know, I live a monastic lifestyle.
No, I do.
I do live in extremes, basically.
I go back and forth.
Once every six months, I'll have a day where I eat
more chocolate than has ever been consumed by a human being.
- Jim Carrey

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The glow of one warm thought
is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson


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