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The world is filled with violence.
by James Earl Jones

The world is filled with violence.
Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding
citizens should also have guns.
Otherwise they will win and the decent people will loose.
- James Earl Jones

We children learned responsibility automatically.
- James Earl Jones

The goal wasn't to be a millionaire or to be a Hollywood star.
That was not the goal.
The goal was something about - the goal was to find the goal,
but I knew where it was.
- James Earl Jones

I really think I ambled through a lot of my life,
or ambled from one thing to the other.
- James Earl Jones

 

I mean, my people were very, very simple.
They were peasant people, you know?
- James Earl Jones

Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds,
you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race.
- James Earl Jones

No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me.
There was no entitlement.
- James Earl Jones

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The arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation,
but we haven't gotten there yet.
- James Earl Jones

So in my junior year, I switched to the drama department.
- James Earl Jones

More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most,
I go back to my grandfather.
- James Earl Jones

I was as content Off-Broadway as I was in a big Hollywood movie,
and, I just try to be content wherever I am,
you know.
- James Earl Jones

One of the hardest things in life is having words in
your heart that you can't utter.
- James Earl Jones

Your own need to be shines out of any dream or creation you imagine.
- James Earl Jones

And I think, on the other end, there were actors who
were not as good as I was,
perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race.
- James Earl Jones

I think the extent to which I have any balance at all,
any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid
and being raised in those isolated rural areas.
- James Earl Jones

My youngest uncle Randy and I were the first members
of our entire family to ever go to college.
- James Earl Jones

In the wintertime, in the snow country,
citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one,
it was better than ambrosia.
- James Earl Jones

I was an adopted child of my grandparents,
and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that,
because my parents would have been a mess,
you know.
- James Earl Jones

I don't ever want to be a sentimentalist.
I prefer to be a realist.
I'm not a romantic really.
- James Earl Jones

Acting is not about anything romantic,
not even fantasy, although you do create fantasy.
- James Earl Jones

You weren't going to the theater to change the world,
but you had a chance to affect the world,
the thinking and the feelings of the world.
- James Earl Jones

You don't build a bond without being present.
- James Earl Jones

There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant,
irrevocable bond.
- James Earl Jones

I knew real show business from my father,
who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing.
- James Earl Jones

Reading was a big thing, yes.
Books were a big thing.
But the things that stick out were the newspapers.
- James Earl Jones

So in my sophomore year, I took a senior anatomy class.
I thought anatomy - being the thing that I should be most interested in -
and if I could hack,
as we called it, a senior class, I would continue.
I didn't hack the senior class.
- James Earl Jones

So I was determined to use my last two years in college
doing something I thought I would enjoy,
which was acting.
And it was probably because there was girls over in the drama school too,
you know?
- James Earl Jones

When I read great literature, great drama,
speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has
not achieved anything greater than the ability to share
feelings and thoughts through language.
- James Earl Jones

And it was the idea that you can do a play -
like a Shakespeare play,
or any well-written play, Arthur Miller,
whatever - and say things you could never imagine saying,
never imagine thinking in your own life.
- James Earl Jones

It has to be real, and I think a lot of the problems
we have as a society is because we don't acknowledge
that family is important,
and it has to be people who are present,
you know, and mothers and fathers, both are not present enough with children.
- James Earl Jones

My grandmother had the most dramatic effect on my life
because she set me in one direction,
and I had to go back the other direction for my sanity,
and for my ability to be a social human being.
- James Earl Jones

I was preparing myself for the theater,
and...
I got a little job here and a job there,
but it wasn't going well, and I considered some time
before the mid-60s that maybe I should consider something else.
- James Earl Jones

I happened to happened to land in a time,
in the middle '60s, that without knowing it,
and without being told by the history of theater -
which we now see from a historical point of view was an explosive time.
- James Earl Jones

Even during the rationing period, during World War II,
we didn't have the anxiety that we'd starve,
because we grew our own potatoes, you know? And our own hogs,
and our own cows and stuff, you know.
- James Earl Jones

You sang in church, you know, and you didn't act at all.
You tried not to act, you tried to tell the truth.
The idea of being a troubadour on the road singing
for your supper was very disturbing to him.
- James Earl Jones

When I was in New York after I left the Army,
I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing,
studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and
speech classes and history of theater,
all that.
- James Earl Jones

Before my grandpa built his own church,
we went to the neighboring town, and it was a white community.
You know, up north, mostly middle European people and Indians,
Chippewa Indians.
We were welcome to that church, but once we got in,
they didn't know what to do with us.
- James Earl Jones

I got out of the Army - in my world -
I came to New York,
for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning,
and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble,
a certain impetus for black actors.
- James Earl Jones

And nothing embittered me, which is important,
because I think ethnic people and women in this society
can end up being embittered because of the lack of affirmative action,
you know.
- James Earl Jones

So by the time I got to Michigan I was a stutterer.
I couldn't talk.
So my first year of school was my first mute year and
then those mute years continued until I got to high school.
- James Earl Jones

My grandmother though, began to prepare in her own neurotic -
and I think psychotic -
way to face racism.
So she taught us to be racist, which is something I
had to undo later when I got to Michigan,
you know.
- James Earl Jones

One day, my youngest uncle - the other one who was first to go to college,
Randy - and I were sitting out on the front porch.
And he was brilliant.
He ended up - he just retired from Boeing Aircraft in Wichita,
Kansas.
- James Earl Jones

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A Single Generosity Enlarges the World.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cleansing fire of Spirit
consumes the troubles of this world.
Feed your concerns to the fire.
Breathe deeply and rejoice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are a magnificent gift to the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the master calls a butterfly.
- Richard Bach

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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