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Samuel L. Jackson Quotes and Sayings

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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none,
and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.
- Samuel L. Jackson

Long Kiss Goodnight has a huge cult following.
They could make another version of that movie right
now and make a lot of money.
- Samuel L. Jackson

If you have an opportunity to use your voice you should use it.
- Samuel L. Jackson

I actually think I have an audience member's sensibility
about going to the movies.
- Samuel L. Jackson

 

I look at myself as an audience member.
I still love movies, and I still go and sit in the
back of the big dark room with everybody else,
and I want the same thrill.
- Samuel L. Jackson

Not everybody goes to movies to get their life changed.
- Samuel L. Jackson

I've been fortunate to be in films that are classic,
that are going to be around.
- Samuel L. Jackson

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I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to
stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say 'Hi,
my name is Sam and I am an addict.'
- Samuel L. Jackson

I never had one beer.
If I bought a six-pack of beer, I kept drinking till all six beers were gone.
You have to have that kind of understanding about yourself.
I haven't had a drink now in 12 years.
- Samuel L. Jackson

Greek was very much a live language,
and a language still unconscious of grammar,
not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries.
- Gilbert Murray

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough,
grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Dictionaries are always fun, but not always reassuring.
- M. F. K. Fisher

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense:
the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family.
- John Thorn

Read Churchill, he tells you how crucial was the Greek
role in your decisive desert victory over Rommel.
- Melina Mercouri

Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin.
No good can come of it.
- C. P. Scott

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots
in Latin and Greek words.
A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.
- Maynard James Keenan

My boyhood saw Greek islands floating over Harvard Square.
- Horace Gregory

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent,
whose only claim to fame is that its art director went
on to be the art director of Discover for many years.
- Jane Haddam

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology -
the richest king who gets everything he wants,
but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
- Martin Scorsese

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused
by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word.
- Gilbert Murray

I am an Epicurean.
I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus
as containing everything rational in moral philosophy
which Greek and Roman leave to us.
- Thomas Jefferson

From that moment, I did not cease to pray to God that
by his grace it might one day be permitted to me to learn Greek.
- Heinrich Schliemann

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art,
because to us it is false and visionary,
was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
- John Ruskin

And, of course, it must be asked: is it proper to transact
with the Turks for the most reassured of Greek possessions
when Greece is under Turkish invasion and subjugation?
- Melina Mercouri

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama,
that is, modern opera as we know it.
- John Eaton

Movies are immortal art - the first new art since Greek drama.
- Eric Johnston

No matter how thoroughly a person may have learned the Greek alphabet,
he will never be in a condition to repeat it backwards
without further training.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus

The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots;
its business was to express the heroic saga,
the myths.
- Gilbert Murray

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence,
with bravery and mercy.
- Theodore White

And though thou hadst small Latin, and less Greek.
- Ben Jonson

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness,
just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears.
And the Bible.
- Penelope Lively

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

Every human being has within him an ideal man,
just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state
a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the
Greek made of the god Apollo.
- Jose Marti

I thought that the chief thing to be done in order
to equal boys was to be learned and courageous.
So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Knowing some Greek helped defuse forbidding words -
not that I counted much on using them.
You'll find only trace elements of this language in the poem.
- James Merrill

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate
person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
- Aleister Crowley

There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if
a quote giving advice comes from someone famous,
very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice.
- Bo Bennett

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind,
forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that
it begets more evil than it kills.'
- Immanuel Kant

My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek
class at Northwestern University.
- James Cronin

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

You are about to have your first experience with a Greek lunch.
I will kill you if you pretend to like it.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The word democracy comes from the Greek and means,
literally, government by the people.
- Robert Welch

In England only uneducated people show off their knowledge;
nobody quotes Latin or Greek authors in the course of conversation,
unless he has never read them.
- George Mikes

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it.
You've got everything except one thing: madness!
- the movie Zorba The Greek

When I was a kid, I'd kneel down at the side of my
bed every night before I went to sleep,
and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.
- Olympia Dukakis

England and Greece are friends.
English blood was shed on Greek soil in the war against fascism,
and Greeks gave their lives to protect English pilots.
- Melina Mercouri

I like to cook, but mostly Greek.
When I am confused or tired, I think about what I can cook.
It takes you away from everything, as you are thinking only of your dish.
- Nana Mouskouri

I've played American, Italian, Greek,
French.
I've been really lucky that way.
- Chita Rivera

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about
the same as it was in ancient Greek republics:
Freedom for slave owners.
- Vladimir Lenin

If you look at the timing of many of the Greek dramas
from the theatrical point of view,
it's all off, and I think the reason for that is that
music played a very important part.
- John Eaton

The Greek sculptor - I don't think he was very different from any of us.
- Michael Tippett

Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in
this world that is not Greek in its origin.
- John Acton

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life,
and they can't do it.
I'm too happy.
- Curt Flood

My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because
then you get stuff cheaper.
- Amy Sedaris

For example, I like using strong Greek and Roman Renaissance
characters as part of my series.
- Frank Bruno

I don't buy into any of that hogwash.
They put that out to sell tickets.
It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama
formula of good versus evil,
and lots of fear.
- Margot Kidder

I have friends who read my books in Greek.
- Brian Lumley

I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that
there is redemption through chaos.
I believe in that.
I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.
- Brendan Fraser

Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke,
however imperfectly, and read in great quantities,
at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly
different from either Latin or Greek.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science,
but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language;
because it is necessary to use many Greek words to
which there are none corresponding in Latin.
- Marcus V. Pollio


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