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James Earl Jones Quotes and Sayings

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

We children learned responsibility automatically.
- James Earl Jones

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant,
irrevocable bond.
- 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 knew real show business from my father,
who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And during my college, at the end of the junior year I worked in a mine.
- Rube Goldberg

And that's another piece of advice I'll give junior writers;
when you get to the point where they take you to lunch,
let the editor suggest where to go.
- Jerry Pournelle

Wednesday a junior came to me, and told me I was to
be hazed as I left the Opera House Friday night.
- Richard H. Davis

I'm talking like 10, 12 years old.
Either junior brings Mom and Pop or Mom and Pop bring the kids.
I'm talking young here, not a college drinking crowd.
- George Thorogood

I sang in church choir all my life, through elementary school,
junior high and high school.
- Kevin Richardson

I think Junior is certainly a science fiction premise as is Twins,
as is Dave, beyond Ghostbusters.
- Ivan Reitman

While at Cal Tech I talked a lot with Jon Mathews,
then a junior faculty member; he taught me how to use
the Institute's computer;
we also went on hikes together.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

James was my given name, but I was a junior;
so I was Jamie as a kid.
- James Denton

I think that the mere fact that I'm doing it ought to inspire someone.
In junior high school the counselor suggested that
I focus on wood shop and metal shop.
- Christopher Darden

I acted in junior high in the junior high school group,
and then when I got into senior high I was,
you know, the main actor of the senior high school.
- Richard Foreman

But even in elementary school and junior high,
I was very interested in space and in the space program.
- Sally Ride

It wasn't a secret that I was gay.
I'd come out to my parents during my junior year of high school,
on the day that I also wrecked the family car.
- Mary Cheney

When I was a junior camp counselor and it was my job
to tell the campers a bedtime story or devotional,
I would tell them a rapture story.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Yeah, we held a junior carp tournament on the St.
Lawrence River in New York last August.
I hosted that along with a couple of other people.
- Tom Felton

When I was in junior high school, the teachers voted
me the student most likely to end up in the electric chair.
- Sylvester Stallone

I wore a woman's antique fur jacket to my high school junior prom.
- Lance Loud

I didn't figure out the makeup or cute hair or clothes until oh,
maybe my junior year of high school.
- Catherine Bell

Because I gave myself - I left school after the second
semester of my junior year to pursue a career in music.
and I gave myself five years to make it and I made it in three.
- Ruben Studdard

For TV I don't think I could have gotten a better part
than Uncle Junior because of the intimacy of the character
based on David Chase's brilliant writing.
- Dominic Chianese

I love playing Junior; he's so fun...
Under it all, he's a good guy, just a little bit spoiled.
- Ryan Sypek

Following my junior year in high school,
I went on a camping trip through Russia in a group led by Horst Momber,
a young language teacher from Roosevelt.
- Peter Agre

When I was a junior, boys were allowed to come visit me at the house.
We could sit on the porch until about 8 o'clock at night;
that's when it started getting dark.
That was it.
- Daisy Fuentes

I was maybe only 13 or 14 when I started to play junior tournaments.
- Jana Novotna

My mom and dad met at UCLA when he as a captain in
the Air Force and she was in her junior year.
- Tracy Austin

I'd been familiar with comics, and I'd collected 'em when I was a kid,
but after I got into junior high school,
there wasn't much I was interested in.
- Harvey Pekar

People out there maybe know who Junior Parker is and
some of those Sun Records blues guys.
- Brian Setzer

I attended a very small junior high and specially in
the end that became a disaster.
The principal was pretty senile and a drunk,
so the children more or less runned the school.
- Jonathan Brandis

In school I was pretty quiet.
Kinda shy until my junior year.
But at home I was a freak.
- Dane Cook

I can't see why we can't toss in a Junior Walker or
Wilson Pickett number in every once in a while.
- Jose Carreras


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