"My goal is to get another 30 years out of this business. So I need to figure out the fuel to do that. And so far, I think it's respect and quality and company, not celebrity or box office or stardom. It's not a sprinter's approach. It's more like a long-distance thing. You can stick around a lot longer if you kind of slow-play it."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Jason Bateman on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Jason Bateman on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Jason Bateman on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Jason Bateman on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Jason Bateman on Abraham Lincoln
"People have often asked if I'm gay because I don't go out of my way to spit and scratch and give people attitude."
"I remember my dad working with me on breaking down my script and writing out a back story for my character and all that stuff."
"Throughout my 20s I spent a lot of time just playing and not really working, but fortunately for me I continued to get just enough work, and have a reason to wake up in the morning. I really empathize with some of my peers who had success in the early years then it dries up, and so there's no reason to get up in the morning."
"I played a ton of team sports growing up, and team wins are just incredibly gratifying."
"I think anybody who's doing work in their teen years on TV or in the movies, you're a teen idol by default."